Speaking of Little Willow at slayground, check out Five Six Seven Eight, a wonderful blog currently featuring: an interview with author Mari Mancusi; a recommendation of Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi (Berkley Trade, 2006); recommended reads on "tough issues;" a spotlight on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice McKinley series; Little Willow's opinion of the recent Naomi Wolf article on various teen series; an interview with Sarah Dessen; and more. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to Jennifer Robinson, who flattered me by posting this at her blog:
I ran across a list of books for dealing with tough issues on Little Willow's blog (which I've only just discovered). She recommends a categorized listing of books for upper high school students "dealing tough issues - eating disorders, loss and grieving, addiction, abuse, and so forth." The books are rated for both quality and content (PG-13, etc.).
Topics covered by Little Willow's list include: eating disorders, physical disorders/injuries, teenage pregnancy, teenage alcoholism, dating abuse, teacher/student relationships, parental abuse, recovery/support groups, stepfamilies, loss or physical illness of a parents, siblings or friends, and many other topics.
I think that this list could be life-changing, or even life-saving, for teens facing these sorts of issues. Reading these books will let them know that they aren't alone. And of course the books can help parents and teachers, too. It's unfortunate that books like this are necessary, but I do think that it's better to have the books available than to deny that tough issues do crop up. So, check out Little Willow's list, but hope that you won't need it.
Many thanks to Kelly at Big A, little a for posting the following:
Speaking of lists and young adult fiction, Little Willow has contributed a great post on "tough issues" and young adult reads at Slayground. LW recommends titles for kids struggling with a variety of "tough issues" from eating disorders to academics. The comment thread is great too.
More thanks to Kelly, who included me at The Edge of the Forest's Best of the Blogs:
The Edge of the Forest does not typically feature its own authors in the Best of the Blogs Column. This month, however, a new contributor has an especially good post: Check out Little Willow's Recommended Reads: Tough Issues list, featuring titles appropriate for teens grappling with life's traumas.
When Book Chronicle held the Litty Awards for Litblogger Recognition, Bildungsroman was one of thirty-five blogs nominated.
I am incredibly flattered. Thank you all for the recognition.