July 15,  2013

  Kids' Authors Share Their Stories

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Dear Readers,


In this issue of KidsBuzz, you'll meet Marty, a girl who's been following the rules for so long she's forgotten who she was when she started, until she meets Lil in PLAYING NICE.




Warm wishes, 


Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp 


FirstBlockAges 13 and up / YA Fiction / In This Together Media


Win a set of Playing Nice by Rebekah Crane for your book club. Enter to win by emailing the author (please write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).


PlayingNice Dear Reader,

High school is tough. The crushes, the bullying, the fact that anything you do can be splattered on social media. When I wrote PLAYING NICE, I knew it was important to be honest about high school, so I created a story about two girls. Two girls who can't seem to understand boys. Two girls who get bullied. Two girls whose differences make them stronger, whose friendship gives them hope. Two girls who discover the moment you think you're broken is actually the moment you break free.


Marty and Lil are high school to me. They drive around with the windows rolled down, blasting music, and screaming into the wind.


High school is tough, but it's a hell of a lot easier with friends. 


Friends Forever, 


Rebekah Crane


Book reviews:    


"Hilarious, heartfelt, edgy."

-- Rory O'Malley, Tony-nominated actor from The Book of Mormon


"I love this book as an adult but as a teenager I would have been obsessed. Rebekah Crane captures perfectly and poignantly the thousands of feelings, thoughts, dreams and desires of that wonderful creature called a teenager." 

-- Lili Taylor, Actress


Discussion questions:

1) Marty tells the story from a first-person perspective. How might the story be different if told from Lil's perspective? Sarah's? Marty's mom?      


2) Lil says, "Truth is subjective." Do you think Lil's actions throughout the book are her own or a reaction to the way people view her? Why?    


3) Marty and Lil identify themselves through song lyrics. What song lyrics identify you?    


4) Marty and Lil battle bullying. After reading the book, what advice would you give someone in the same situation?


To keep up with Rebekah via her Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, and for more information on book club visits and ways to feature you and your best friend on her site, please visit her website.


AUTHOR CALL-IN INFORMATION:  Rebekah Crane is happy to call in or Skype with your book club. She can also visit your club if you meet in the Denver, Colorado area. Email Rebekah to submit your request.  

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