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Author of THE SECRET YEAR, TRY NOT TO BREATHE, and short fiction
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A story of young refugees, survival and hope:
 
How about some perspective for your middle schoolers? Excerpt from Escaping The Tiger in which a young refugee from Laos asks a man to tell him about America:

"Can you teach me a few English words, Colonel? Tell me about America. I'm in the mood for a dream."

"America," Colonel said in English. "Land of the free. Home of the brave." Then he switched back to Lao. "A place where they have special food for dogs."

"What do you mean, special food?"

"Food for dogs that people don't eat. Comes in little cans or big bags. Americans buy it at their market stores."

"You mean Americans don't give their old rice to the dogs?" Vonlai asked, trying to wrap his mind around what a dog would eat other than table scraps.

"Well, Americans don't eat rice every day. Even if they did, they still have a type of food only for dogs. Ground-up meat that people don't eat. Dog food."

"Why can't people eat it if it's meat?"

"Because it's food for dogs. Specially made for puppies. Old dogs. Even fat dogs."

Vonlai let out a laugh. "Fat dogs! Now I know you're teasing! Tell me something that's true."
~Vientiane, Laos April 1982 Vonlai’s father roused him in the middle of a moonless night. “What? Stop it,” Vonlai mumbled. “Shhh. Wake up,” Pah said, pulling Vonlai’s elbow. “We’re crossing tonight...
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Check out our very own, @MZMackay's creating spaces on today's "Where We Make" feature on @cometparty's blog - http://ow.ly/wFKUR
"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. Where We Make: Mieke Zamora-Mackay. I'm so pleased to introduce Mieke Zamora-Mackay, a South Jersey writer whom I “met” on Twitter in early 2012—the short story is that we came ...
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Help people come "out of the darkness" of suicide: http://bit.ly/11MPP65
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Yesterday Malinda Lo (@malindalo) tweeted about "disparaging remarks about girls' interest in romance" and followed it with, "Love (the point of romance!) is the most important experience any human be...
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Author Denise Jaden and friends on whether we can ever be enough:
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I compiled this list as a resource, for those who are interested in YA fiction dealing with the topic of suicide.
Since writing Try Not to Breathe, in which the main character recovers from a suicide attempt, I thought it might be useful to compile a list of YA novels that deal with suicide (or suicide attempts) ...
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Three Young Adult Authors Walk into a Book Store...and Come Out Managing a Publishing House. That's very nearly what recently happened to young adult authors Shannon Delany, Judith Graves, and Jen Murgia  except there...
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For the past few years, I’ve made the same New Year’s resolution: To do less. To hurry less and worry less, to stop rushing and overcrowding my schedule. And this year, I actually managed to do that, ...
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Because I have ALWAYS been in love with libraries, I've joined Authors for Libraries:
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Enjoy this most thorough editing chart, ganked from the blog of Terri-Lynne DeFino:
Well, not for The Shadows One Walks , anyway. Still in editor mode. Working, working, working. Speaking of editor mode, my lovely author, Heather McDougal (Songs For A Machine Age) sent me this today:...
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This month, Susan Taylor Brown is featuring simple poetry exercises on her blog to "Kick the Poetry Can'ts:"
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