What’s NEW?

book-tourI’m excited to share that Violet’s Secret is going on tour! Thanks to Debby Hipes, a nationally recognized Young Adult Literature expert and presenter, and the sponsoring professional development company, the Bureau of Education and Research, Violet’s Secret will be included in the program, “What’s NEW in Young Adult Literature and How to Use It in Your Program,” as a NEW title for 2013.

If you are a secondary teacher, school librarian or public librarian, this seminar was as enjoyable as it was informative. I attended last winter, shortly before the release of Violet’s Secret, and the day was full of the most motivating Young Adult titles published in the last year. Debby read passages with her expressive personality and linked lists and lists of NEW books to suggestions for integrating them for our own needs, as educators of students in grades 6-12.

A year later, I’ve realized that even as I didn’t have the time to read all of the titles I highlighted in my resource handbook of NEW books that Debby designed, I’m able to recall plot summaries from Debby’s presentation as my students are reading these new books. In addition, I love that I easily have recommendations for students based on their needs, whether it’s high interest for non-readers and boys, or new authors like me who can be offered to prolific readers as fresh and more substantial than commercial realistic fiction.

I’m planning to attend Debby’s seminar again this year, hoping to thank her in person for including my novel in her 2013 NEW book list. But just as important, I appreciated Debby’s faith in me last winter as she encouraged me to share Violet’s Secret with her. Debby’s enthusiasm for reading spreads beyond the teachers and librarians who sit in front of her in the seminar. At least for me, she spoke to me as a writer, helping me to remember that I enjoy it and can do it well and should be proud to share my work, my message. As a teacher, she inspired me to motivate my teenage students to find something that they’d like to read. There are always so many new books to choose from, and now I’m hoping that my writing, my first novel, will be a part of the reading experience of many– a NEW book for 2013 and for years to come.

If you’re interested in attending this seminar, “What’s NEW in Young Adult Literature…,” check out BER’s website, BER.org. It’s in Harrisburg, PA, on December 5, 2012. Hope to see you there!