Archive for September, 2006

September 30, 2006

Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb . . . dumb

Sydney McGee, a teacher in Frisco, Tex., suspended after 28 years of stellar teaching for exposing fifth grade students to naked art.

I usually try to restrain myself from such name calling. But in this case, I won’t.

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September 19, 2006

Happy Pub Date, Laura

Today is the official publication date of my friend Laura Ruby’s new novel, Good Girls.

Accolades abound:

“Fasten your seatbelts! Good Girls never lets up. Harrowing, honest, poignant, and wickedly funny, Laura Ruby’s so-good novel comes out swinging, challenging the stereotypes of what it means to be “good” while exploring what it means to be true.”

—Libba Bray, author of A Great and Terrible Beauty

Good Girls is a raw and powerful book that burrows its way into your head and heart from the first riveting chapter. Though the subject matter may spark controversy among teens and parents, Audreys struggle for dignity, self-respect, and love is every girls’ struggle. “

—Lisa Tucker, author of The Song Reader

“At last, a young adult novel that perfectly captures–without moralizing, sensationalizing or exploiting–the sweet ache of emerging desire. Good Girls sizzles with passion, insight, humor and wisdom. A stunning read.” (A stunning blurb, don’t you think?)

—Rosemary Graham, author of Thou Shalt Not Dump the SkaterDude

“This is a book girls will read over and over, dog-earing pages. Frank, fearless, and very funny, Laura Ruby explodes stereotypes.”

—E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List

Good Girls is Judy Blume’s Forever for savvy and sophisticated 21st century readers.”

—Michael Cart, former YALSA president

“You can’t write an authentic book about adolescence without including sex and sexuality, and Laura Ruby does a masterful job.”

—Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

And it’s all true.

Read an excerpt here, an essay by Laura here, buy it here.

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