Amazing news!! I found out from Buried in the Slushpile that brilliant, amazing, incredible Markus Zusak will be the on-line writer-in-residence over at the Australian website Inside A Dog, for YA literature. If you haven't guessed by now, I love, love this brilliant author of The Book Thief (Printz Honor book) and The Messenger. Check out his first post on this site. He promises about 20 chapters of a side project he's working on, called 53 Killers. OMG, I'm in total heaven.
Elaine Magliaro from the new Wild Rose Reader, shares a poetry contest for children in 4th - 6th grade. If you want to know more about this poet extraordinaire, check out her 7-Imp interview.
Emily just started a new blog called Deliciously Clean Reads, which focuses on middle grade and YA novels that are free from swear words and sex.
Kelly shares a New York Times article on the pressure teen girls are under. I found Kelly's link to this over at readergirlz. I found this so disturbing as a mother of girls. I can only hope helping my children develop their self confidence and esteem will enable them to deal with whatever life hands them when they reach their teen years.
Author Mitali Perkins created a new blog, Sparrow Speaking! Listen Up!. This is so creative. Mitali's fictional First Daughter, Sameera Righton, will be blogging about the 2008 presidential campaign. Mitali asks for readers to help choose between two titles for this 2008 new book #2 about Sameera. Book #1 about Sameera is called First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover, due to be released June 2007 by Dutton.