"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I'm am so thrilled about this upcoming anthology for two really great reasons.

DEAR TEEN ME edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson (Zest, November 2012)

1) One of my very dear friends is E. Kristin Anderson, and I am so happy for her and this amazing anthology. I was with her at THE PLACE the very day she got the idea to start the Dear Teen Me blog.

2) I'm a contributor! Yes, I have written a letter to my Dear Teen self, and in November 2012, it will be shared with the world!





Here's the description from Amazon:

Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends--and a lot of familiar faces--in the course of Dear Teen Me.


And who else, besides me, has written a letter for DEAR TEEN ME?

I'm going to give you the whole list along with titles for each of their pieces...

1. E. Kristin Anderson—Want. Take. Have

2. Jessica LeeAnderson—Contents Under Pressure

3. Tom Angleberger—Shhhhhh!

4. Sean Beaudoin—Frame Me and Nail Me to the Wall

5. CharlesBenoit—Reinventing Me

6. Robin Benway—9 Things You Need to Know

7. Ilsa J. Bick—The Knife

8. Marke Bieschke—Dance Dance Revolution

9. Joseph Bruchac—First Kiss . . .ish

10. Jessica Burkhart—Trust Is as Important as Love

11. Josh A. Cagan—Thank You, Oily Pizza

12. Riley Carney—Nothing’s Impossible

13. Tera Lynn Childs—The Future Isn’t Everything

14. Jessica Corra—The Principal’s Office

15. Heather Davis—Raising Me

16. Daniel Ehrenhaft—Getting Stood Up

17. Laura EllenLosing Your Sight Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Rights

18. Beth Fantaskey—I Hope You Dance—to the Theme from Bonanza

19. Caridad Ferrer—Jekyll & Hyde

20. Michael Griffo—Be Honest with Yourself

21. Janet Gurtler—The Skinny Girl

22. Kersten Hamilton—It’s About to Get Worse

23. Bethany Hegedus—Going All the Way

24. Geoff Herbach—You Are the Electric Boogaloo

25. Faith Erin Hicks—No Calls from Spielberg Yet

26. Nancy Holder—When Dance Was Your World

27. K. A. Holt—Lois Lowry and the Space-Time Continuum vs. Boys

28. P. J. Hoover—Seeping Through the Cracks

29. Ellen Hopkins—Finding Your Voice

30. Stacey Jay—Who Needs Luck?

31. Carrie Jones—Seizures

32. Mike Jung—Regarding Your Commendable Decision to Live

33. Stasia WardKehoe—Getting Past the Fear

34. Tara Kelly—Bad Girl

35. Miranda Kenneally—Pick Up the Phone and Call Him Back. Right. Now.

36. Stephanie Kuehnert—He Broke More Than Your Heart

37. Mary Lindsey—Hope Until the Last Second

38. Nikki Loftin—The Ramifications of Mouthing Off to Cute Boys

39. Katherine Longshore—The Best Days of Our Lives? Really?

40. Ken Lowery—Winging It

41. Kekla Magoon—The Balancing Act

42. Mari Mancusi—What the Bully Stole

43. Gretchen McNeil—All the World’s a Stage

44. Jodi Meadows—The Pursuit of (Moments of) Happiness

45. Saundra Mitchell—This Is Not Your Story

46. Hannah Moskowitz—Get Better

47. Jenny Moss—What I Really Want

48. Sarah Ockler—Dancing with the Dead

49. Lauren Oliver & Elizabeth Miles—Best Friends Forever (for Real)

50. Stephanie Pellegrin—Just Be Yourself

51. Mitali Perkins—First Kiss

52. Cheryl Rainfield—Keep Hold of Your Strength

53. Dave Roman—Special Delivery from Your Excellent Future

54. Jess Rothenberg—Stop Obsessing, Kiss That Guy, and Party Like It’s 1999

55. Jennifer Rush—All Roads Lead Somewhere

56. Amy Kathleen Ryan—Smile!

57. Tom Ryan—Sing It Out

58. Leila Sales—I’m Not Going to Give You Any Good Advice

59. Cynthia Leitich Smith— Friends in Dark Places

60. JessicaSpotswood—Finding Him

61. Erika Stalder—Boys, Boys, Boys…

62. Rhonda Stapleton—Chunky

63. Mariko Tamaki—Keeping Quiet

64. Don Tate—Stolen Jeans, Smoke Rings, and Self-Esteem

65. Melissa Walker—You’re So Right But So Wrong

66. Tracy White—100% True, Guaranteed

67. Jo Whittemore—All Kinds of Sexy

68. Sara Zarr—What Is a Friend?

69. Jennifer Ziegler—Facing Facts: Makeovers Don’t Change a Thing


I Read Banned Books said...


PJ Hoover said...

Oh yeah! I am psyched! Thanks, Jen! :)

Meghan Kirkland said...

Just wanted to let you know there is an award for you on my blog! Have a nice day!


PJ Hoover said...

Oooh, thank you, Meghan! Heading over to check now!

Miriam Forster said...

This is totally on my To-Read list!

*waits impatiently*

PJ Hoover said...

I can't wait to read all the other letters either, Miriam! It is going to be so cool!