Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

YA Short Stories

Short stories would seem to be an ideal form for the teenaged reader and I don't think that has anything to do with their supposed shorter attention-span either. The form itself is just so dense and packed and delivers the punch of great writing in a smaller package--what's not to love? Cynthia Leitich Smith interviews Donald Gallo on short stories including Gallo's newest anthology.

Support Teen Lit Day April 17

Teen patients in pediatric hospitals across the United States and Canada will receive 10,000 young adult novels, audiobooks, and graphic novels Thursday as readergirlz and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) celebrate the second annual Support Teen Lit Day on April 17.

This unprecedented teen literacy program, coined “Operation TBD” (short for Teen Book Drop), will put free books—altogether valued at more than $175,000—donated by 20 book publishers into the hands of many of the teens most in need of solace, entertainment and a sense of personal accomplishment. After all, long-term hospital stays can be difficult on many levels—for teenagers and their families. More on the readergirlz web page: readergirlz is the foremost online book community for teen girls, led by YA authors Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe), Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard), and Mitali Perkins (First Daughter: White House Rules).