Cinderella: My Favorite Bully Story (YALSA Blog)

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Reposted from the YALSA Blog (posted October 28, 2013)   The best story I ever read about a girl who was bullied is Cinderella. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which means a lot of really cool people will tell their stories of how they suffered and overcame. I love the new voices that lend themselves […]

Stay Classy, Young America

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(From the Blink YA Books blog of Zondervan / HarperCollins) If you’re a young adult looking to size up the state of your peers these days, never fear. It will never be measured by the depths pop culture sinks to grab your attention. Those cringe-awful moments are merely the setting of a flood line—reflections of […]

Relating with David Baldacci (oh, sure)

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My Hour with the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci’s office suite in a Washington, D.C. suburb looks exactly how yours would look if, you know, your books had sold more than 100 million copies. The walls are lined with warm mahogany shelves and framed book jacket posters, as if Baldacci opened […]

The Nature of Beauty

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This past weekend my best friend blessed me with a painting of the “Pretty Place” chapel by local South Carolina artist Ashley Galloway. Although the front of the chapel looks like any other church at the end of a mountain road, the view from inside is unforgettable. Once through the doorway, visitors find the structure […]