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50 States Against Bullying Author Tour
Jay Asher

Find out about Jay Asher and his author appearances!

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Contests and Sweepstakes!

Marie Lu

Win a Young Elite Writing Workshop Hosted by Marie Lu!

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend series and the new fantasy novel, The Young Elites will host a writing workshop at your library for your patrons!

Marie will discuss writing tips with your readers and writers, explain her craft, and provide advice on writing for YA, writing in genre, and the craft in general.

No purchase necessary. Open to teachers and librarians in grades 9-12 located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions. Entries must be received no later than December 15, 2014, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Void where prohibited by law. To enter and for full rules, go to theyoungelites.com

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Enter the Book With No Pictures read-aloud contest!

Win a visit from BJ Novak, plus $5,000 for your school or library.

To Enter: Film yourself reading The Book With No Pictures out loud—be sure to include listener reactions and the hilarity that occurs. The funnier the better!

No purchase necessary, entries must be received by December 31, 2014, void where prohibited by law. For full official rules and to enter, visit TheBookWithNoPictures.com

School and Library Staff Pick

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One of my favorite picture books of the season is a 112-page alphabet book. That you could probably spot from outer space. Once Upon an Alphabet—by the brilliant Oliver Jeffers—is a wild and wildly entertaining anthology of stories FOR all 26 letters. Sometimes dark, sometimes silly, Jeffers uses alliteration to tell eccentric tales showcasing each letter, and the result is a true work of art. What I love most about this book is the surprise of it. The stories themselves are absurd but clever; the very subtle nods to the reader are delightful; the cameos from familiar Jeffers characters are sweet; and the people and things that thread throughout (such as the owl and the octopus out to solve problems and the interplay between letters E and N) are genius. There are so many details to discover and illustrations to appreciate, this a book that belongs on every reader's bookshelf—whether the alphabet is something you're learning or something you're learning to love.

—Carmela, School and Library Executive Director

STAR news for NEW books

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Once Upon and Alphabet
By Oliver Jeffers
2 starred reviews!

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Althea and Oliver
By Cristina Moracho
3 starred reviews!

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Dory Fantasmagory
By Abby Hanlon
2 starred reviews!

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Brown Girl Dreaming
By Jacqueline Woodson
6 starred reviews!

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Belzhar
Meg Wolitzer
3 starred reviews!

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The Glass Sentence
By SE Grover
3 starred reviews!

Blue Sea Burning: The Chronicles of Egg

The Young Elites
Marie Lu
3 starred reviews!

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I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
3 starred reviews!

Author Access Jay Asher

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Author Interview with Jay Asher

What are you most looking forward to during your 50 States Against Bullying Tour?

My favorite aspect of being an author has always been visiting different communities and meeting my readers face to face. With traditional school visits, I also get to speak with people who haven't read my books and talk about my writing process as well as the serious aspects I write about. WIth this tour, I've been given a wonderful opportunity to talk even more about the specific issue of bullying. When I decided I wanted to become an author, I never thought something I wrote would be used as a way to start conversations that are otherwise difficult to begin. When you're being bullied, it can feel like no one cares, and I'm so excited to tell the teens at the schools I visit that I wouldn't be there if their school didn't care. While I know the tour will exhaust me and I'll miss being home tremendously, when asked to do something as positive as this, it's impossible to say no.

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