May is Mental Health Month. Maybe you are one who feels uncomfortable around anyone who appears to have a mental problem.  Maybe you are even afraid that they might try to harm you or themselves if you try to interact. … Continue reading

School visits and youth conferences: Yes!

The more I get into this book-promoting world, the more I appreciate it for what it’s worth.  And it’s worth this:  meeting adults and youth who connect with Crazy in some way, and making a pitch for more open, honest … Continue reading

NCRA and Books That Save Lives

If you are reading this on Monday, I will be in Raleigh at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference, co-presenting a breakout session with Madeleine Kuderick (Kiss of Broken Glass) on the topic “Young Adult Literature Saves Lives.” I’ll talk … Continue reading