Chris Lynch, Nancy Garden, and Christopher Paul Curtis and are just a few of the well-known authors who respond to real teens' letters in this powerful compilation. Not mere fan mail, the selections speak about teens' gravest concerns--bullying, derailed friendships, racism, date rape, incest, illness, divorce, and more--and they describe how the authors' books helped them face the heartaches. The authors are candid in their responses, and they share their own experiences of overcoming struggle. Nearly all the authors congratulate the teens for the honesty and courage represented in the letters: "I know you will make it . . . Your [mind] is full of doubt, curiosity, and wonder--the hallmarks of a truly intelligent person," says Janet McDonald, who signs her letter to a Texas teen, "" Your "Biggest Fan." For some readers, this dialogue between writers and readers will be inspiring; for those harboring their own wounding secrets, it may be lifesaving. Readers can log on to the authors' Web sites, listed in the appended biographical information.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2007, American Library Association.)
School Library Journal (05/01/2007):
Gr 8 UpIf there was ever a book that every young adult librarian and every reading teacher should read, this is it. And the students with whom they work will be clamoring to get their hands on it as well. "Dear Author" is an astounding compilation of letters from teen readers to writers, and their replies. The letters speak of heartache, abuse, bullying, ostracism, and other issues that these young people have faced. They have written to the authors because they have identified with one or more of their characters. Lois Duncan and John Ritter reply with heartfelt responses, identifying with their readers and encouraging them to be strong. Following the letters are short biographies and bibliographies for each of the authors included. Why is this book so essential? First, it clearly shows what a tremendous impact YA literature has on teens. Second, it is immensely helpful in highlighting titles that just may help students/patrons deal with situations that are looming large in their lives. Whether or not they intended to, these authors have written stories that assist young adults in coping with their own lives. Essential."Delia Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT" Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Joan F. Kaywell lives in Tampa, Florida.
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Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2007 pg. 424 (EAN 9780399237058, Hardcover)
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo 01/01/2007 pg. 7 (EAN 9780399237058, Hardcover)
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2007 pg. 430 (EAN 9780399237058, Hardcover)
Wilson Senior High Core Col 01/01/2007 pg. 29 (EAN 9780399237058, Hardcover)
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo 01/01/2009 pg. 36 (EAN 9780399237058, Hardcover)
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Contributor Bio: Kaywell, Joan F
JOAN F. KAYWELL is Interim Department Chair of Secondary Education and Professor of English Education at the University of South Florida. She is Past-President of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN). She has written reviews and artilces for English Journal, The ALAN Review, and The New Advocate. She is also the author of six books including Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Classics, and Adolescents at Risk: A Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction for Young Adults, Parents, and Professionals (Greenwood, 1993). She is the series advisor for the Greenwood series Using Literature to Help Troubled Teens.
Contributor Bio: Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Born in Buffalo, New York, Catherine Ryan Hyde moved to New York City shortly after graduating from high school. With a plan to do something other than writing, something that might provide a steadier paycheck, Hyde worked as a baker, a pastry chef, an auto mechanic, a dog trainer, and a tour guide. Hyde moved to a small town on California's Central Coast in the mid-1980?s. Realizing she needed to write, and after coming to terms with alcohol and drug addiction, she hunkered down. She's been clean and sober for over twenty-five years now, and is the author of twenty-three novels and numerous short stories, which have won literary accolades throughout the world. Hyde's bestselling novel Pay it Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, and translated into twenty-three languages for distribution in over thirty countries. When not writing, Hyde hikes, kayaks, and visits national parks. The research for Take Me With You was all done from her own little twenty-two-foot motorhome.