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Readergirlz Vow

August 6th, 2008 (06:18 pm)
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In March, many of us took the readergirlz vow, which you see above - a way to further encourage people to read, reflect, and reach out! Have you been reading all of the spotlighted books? Have you been inspired to get active in your school or your community? Do you check out the community service programs we talk about and support? Tell us about at the readergirlz forum, in this thread!

If you are new to the readergirlz forum - or if you usually lurk, meaning that you read the discussions but haven't posted - don't be shy! Introduce yourself. Share your thoughts on this month's book and theme, body image.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher The Violet series by Melissa Walker


Here's a list of books we've spotlighted in the past six months:
March 2008 - Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
April 2008 - Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
May 2008 - Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
June 2008 - Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
July 2008 - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
August 2008 - The Violet series by Melissa Walker

To learn more about these books, read the back issues of readergirlz:
http://www.readergirlz.com/archive.html

To download the vow, posters, icons, and other goodies, visit the downloads page:
http://www.readergirlz.com/downloads.html

~ postergirlz Little Willow

Comments

Posted by: dawn_metcalf (dawn_metcalf)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)

Okay, lurking and shyness aside (all who know me are laughing their heads off right now...) I work (professionally) as an educator and speaker on issues of body image and self-esteem so I'm all about this topic.

There is honestly too much to talk about in this forum...although I have debated about musing upon it at length on my own blog...simply because there's just so much to discuss: cultural expectations, familial pressures, friends' opinions, worries about being attractive/likable/thin enough/good enough or just plain "enough" when weighed against unrealistic expectations or air-brushed media messages.

There's the "chicken parts" way young women are depicted on magazine and book covers, the loss of torsos and lengthened limbs in advertising and modeled products, and the almost overwhelming message that if you "Just Do This" to your body, then you will be happier/more popular/smarter/better. This is not to say I'm all about obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, but I'm all for throwing out home scales, clothing labels and Supersize portions.

But don't ask me. Jean Kilbourne and About-Face.org say it better than I could right here, but it is something to note that I'm not lurking. ;-)

My name is Dawn Metcalf and my debut novel, SKIN & BONES, will be out spring/summer of 2010. Despite the title, this isn't a book about body image, it's a dark paranormal superheroine thriller; however, the MC *is* overweight and I like her like that.

And a rec' for your list: Carolyn Mackler's "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things." When I met the author at a conference signing, she was happy to boast that her MC is overweight, struggles with it, but still gets the guy in the end without becoming skinny.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)

Feel free to post that at the forum! We have a ton of topics up about body image, modeling, and so forth.

http://groups.myspace.com/readergirlz

We have Mackler fans over there. Nudge, nudge.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)

I'm so glad that you checked out readergirlz. Thank you for the feedback. I hope to see you at the forum!

How was the book buying binge? Did you find some finds? :)

Posted by: readergirlz (readergirlz)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)

It was so cool to read your response, Mistress Mab! We truly want to be a resource for librarians and advocate teen literacy. Thanks for the kind words!

Lorie Ann Grover ~rgz diva/author

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)

I hope so too!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)

To that, I say, "WOO HOO!"

Speaking of autographs: Do you follow John and Hank Green's vlog? John recently autographed a book by Maureen Johnson. It was in a used bookstore. Someone who watched _that_ vlog then went to the store and bought the book - and made her own video post of the whole thing.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)

Girl at Sea. :)

Posted by: readergirlz (readergirlz)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)

Thanks, Little Willow! It's great to be reminded of our Vow! And we certainly welcome everyone.

Lorie Ann Grover ~rgz diva/author

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)

What I'm here for, Lorie Ann!

Posted by: nancy_v (nancy_v)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)

YAY for Readergirlz!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)

Thanks, Nancy! :)

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