To celebrate the (approximate) 1-year anniversary of Diversity in YA’s launch on tumblr, we’re giving away all these books! Thank you for celebrating diversity in young adult books with us and continuing to engage in dialogue and increasing awareness!
(To view a document listing all the titles, click here.)
Here’s how this is going to work:
- We’ve divided these books into 4-packs of diverse awesomeness. Don’t worry, series titles will all be kept together, so you won’t end up getting a middle book or a third book in a trilogy without the others.
- We have multiple copies of some titles, so some of them will go into several prize packs.
- We’ll select 17 winners, each of whom will receive a prize pack of 4 books!
- Because of the large number of titles and the cost of international shipping, we’re only able to ship to U.S. mailing addresses. International folks may enter as long as they have a U.S. mailing address.
- Teachers and librarians get an extra entry!
- The deadline to enter is March 31, 2014.
(If you can’t see the Rafflecopter entry form on your tumblr dash, you can also enter at our website.)
Thank you so much to the following publishers for donating books to our Anniversary Giveaway:
Anonymous asked: Someone forgets I pay attention, sweetheart. As I've said a few times before, you're going to have to wait until July for anything further. If NZ does extradite Dotcom, they can do the same to me when and if the Feds ask. Too bad they've had to wait two and a half years, kike bitch.
I apologize for the language above, but it is left whole to show a rather ugly point.
So: My ask box is closed now.
And I’m doing something very, very, very rarely do, and my friends have been begging me to do about this whole thing since day one: meet it head on.
The above ask was sent in by my stalker. This is why my ask box remains closed.
Maybe it is time to show what stalking really is and does.
Imagine getting messages, the type of which make the above seem mild and sweet (add in sexual threats, death threats, and vows to be up to this forever), any time you have any ability for anyone to contact you.
Every day. At times multiple times a day, sometimes in a stream of messages that clog your inbox.
And when you never once address that, they start contacting your friends, your sister, your parents. Your brother in law. Your infant nephew/godson.
Threatens them consistently. Sends them packages. Sends them postcards. Look sup their private info and parade it in front of them.
For 5.5 years.
Things that thus far haven’t helped: An arrest. An international warrant. International attention. Stays in mental health facilities. Nothing deters this behavior.
Stalking is one of the crimes that takes the victim out of the equation, because of how likely it is that being in it exacerbates the situation. And if we do nothing and let the world exist like this, we are enabling a kind of malice that could threaten the very positive and at times powerful ways we exchange ideas and connect to each other.
The Internet is the wild west, and at some point the cavalry’s gotta come in, here.
The FBI has been amazing but are limited by a foreign nation’s wish to completely ignore a situation that has been proven many times over to exist.
I can only be so defiant in private while balancing the need for my and my family’s safety.
You may think, “I’ve seen her at LeakyCons, she’s not affected by this at all!” Never make an assumption by the strength someone is able to project that they are unaffected. And never assume that someone who doesn’t give her life over to something negative completely - disappear from the internet, etc - doesn’t just as much peace and justice as those whose lives lose major functions because of this activity. There is sometimes a paternalistic rise in compassion that rises to meet the level to which a person has been affected. If we start judging that way, we forget that no matter the victim and no matter the effect, the crime is the same and it must be stopped.
So there you go. A glimpse into my life.
If you wish to stand against stalking, please reblog; and as a bonus, please add your own thoughts about the necessity that a country’s law enforcement agency (in this case New Zealand’s) starts to take this seriously.
This may be the most important thing I ever reblog, and I really hope you take the time to read it.
I’ve known Melissa throughout much of this and I’ve seen the hurt and damage it has caused. I’ve seen her get not one, but HUNDREDS of highly graphic and possibly viable rape and death threats from this stalker. The notes come into every part of Melissa’s life, pretty much every day. They are both electronic and physical. They go to her family. They threaten everything about her life.
The note you see above is NOTHING compared to some that have come in.
I also get notes from this stalker. As I post this, I set myself up to get more. I send them to the FBI, as I have been instructed. The case file grows.
This has gone on for five and a half years.
It’s hard to keep silent while someone goes through this.
I hope that the stalker actually gets the medical treatment she so desperately needs. She is a danger to herself as much as anything else. I have gotten at least one letter from her that was a detailed suicide threat. She has also cut her own wrists and posted the picture online. She very, very much needs help.
I hope Melissa gets justice. She needs her life back.
And I hope this helps pave a way for more victims of online stalking to get the help and protection they need.
I hope the authorities in New Zealand will take this seriously.
These titles appear on both the 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers lists.
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Naturals. Disney, 2013; 9781423168232; $17.99.
The FBI wants Cassie to join a secret team of profilers and a serial killer wants her as his next victim.
Coley, Liz. Pretty Girl-13. Harper Collins, 2013; 9780062127372; $17.99.
Kidnapped Angie reappears and is unaware of her trauma-induced multiple personalities.
Goodman, Shawn. Kindness for Weakness. Delacorte Press, 2013; 978038574242; $16.99.
James, caught selling drugs for his older brother, winds up in a juvenile detention center known for its cruel guards and dysfunctional inmates.
King, A.S. Reality Boy. Little, Brown and Company, 2013; 9780316222709; $18.00.
Known on reality TV as “The Crapper,” Gerald is an angry young man who has been forced to live with a sociopathic sister, a weak father, and a mother who blames him for everything.
London, Alex. Proxy. Philomel, 2013; 9780399257766, $17.99.
In order to repay a life debt Syd must take the punishment for anything rich boy Knox does wrong. When Knox goes too far, he and Syd finally meet and discover the secrets of their society.
Lyga, Barry. Game. Little, Brown, 2013; 9780316125871; $17.99.
Jazz, the son of the world’s most notorious serial killer, uses the skills he learned from Dear Old Dad to help track down a killer - again.
Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Candlewick Press, 2013; 9780763658595; $16.99.
Yaqui Delgado wants to kick Piddy Sanchez’s ass. But what will Piddy do?
Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013; 9781250012579; $18.99.
Eleanor is the new girl at school with bright red hair. Park reluctantly lets her sit next to him on the bus. Even with a great effort to ignore each other, romance follows.
Strasser, Todd. Fallout. Candlewick Press, 2013; 9780763655341; $16.99.
In 1962, 10 people squeeze into a backyard bomb shelter supplied for four and await their fate.
Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. Putnam Juvenile, 2013; 9780399162411; $18.99.
While the human race is being exterminated by unseen aliens, Cassie focuses on rescuing her brother.
Yovanoff, Brenna. Paper Valentine. Penguin, 2013; 9781595145994; $17.99.
Investigating a string of murders at the demand of her best friend’s angry ghost, Hannah stumbles into a potential relationship with the local mysterious bad boy - and into danger.
I’ve switched over to angelina41.blogspot.com for my Reader’s Advisory Challenge posts.
You can’t handle all of this. #ricksteves #travel #guru #1989
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Published Oct. 16, 2012 by Hyperion
The island of Demesne is a retreat away from the harsh realities of a world changed by global warming and wars fought over water supplies. The wealthy citizens who live there use clones as servants and companions. Elysia is a teen clone who is purchased by the wife of the governor to fill the emotional role of daughter and sister in the family. As a clone, Elysia should not be able to feel human emotions, but as time goes on, she realizes that she not only feels things she shouldn’t, she also has memories from her First, the person she was cloned from. This puts her in a dangerous position.
What I liked:
There wasn’t very much that I liked about this story, to be honest. It felt very derivative of many other books and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Add in a seriously problematic plot twist, and this wasn’t a personal favorite of mine.
Reader’s Advisory Challenge
Science Fiction is the genre I read for February. It covers a huge amount in terms of sub genres (dystopians and steampunk to name a couple) and honestly, I find it all a bit confusing. The rule of thumb I’d always heard for SF was that if it could eventually come true due to scientific advancement (living on space ships or inside biodomes or something), it’s science fiction. If you add in a paranormal element, it ceases to be SF and becomes fantasy. That’s a pretty simplistic explanation, but it makes sense to me.
Kelly and Kimberly at Stacked wrote a great blog post about the genre and included a ton of recommended titles.
The Andre Norton Awards are given to the best science fiction and fantasy titles in YA.
I’ll be back next month with a pick for High Fantasy!