31 Flavorites… Banned Book Week and True Grits!

ReaderGirlz and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Assoc.) — two amazing organizations dedicated to YA readers and YA authors are sponsoring October as 31 Flavorites… a month of YA authors. Each day there will be an Author chat at 5 p.m. (pst)/8 p.m. (est)… and each day will feature a different author.
Tonight Meg Cabot kicks off the event… Ann Brashares Oct 10th… Cecil Castellucci Oct 12th… John Green Oct. 15th… Lisa Yee Oct. 22nd… Cynthia Leitich Smith 10/29 and Stephenie Meyer 10/31!!! (Just a few of my favorites!) Could be fun!

BANNED BOOKS WEEK: 9/29 through 10/6

This should be a serious issue not only to writers but readers as well… here are some suggestions for how to celebrate banned books week, from The Office of Intellectual Freedom. (though I don’t know if celebrate is the right word… commemorate maybe?)

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2006 (drum roll, please)
  • “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
  • “Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
  • “Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language;
  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
  • “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

… True Grits (because it’s just so weird!)

Some guy won a Grits Eating Contest by eating 21 pounds of Grits… ew! I looked it up… 21 pounds of Grits, with nothing on it, is 5,620 calories!

About Sheryl Scarborough

For MONEY I have written: TV series, cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, magazine articles, Business Plans, Direct Music Marketing letters (as Mariah Carey, MC Hammer and others), Corporate Newsletters, Mens Style (online) Magazine (as managing editor),screenplays (well, okay so not so much about the money there) and Restaurant Reviews (for free food!) Now… I’m writing for love and what I LOVE are young adult mystery novels.


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