Teen Author Uses Technology to Publish and Promote new YA Series

19-Year-Old Shalayne Alexandria, Author of Teen / Young Adult Fiction Series Nyville High, Uses Interactive Online Community, Video Trailers, Free Cell Phone Books to Create and Maintain Relationship with Readers. Author’s third book in the Nyville High series, Nyville High No. 3: True Lies will be featured under the New Title Showcase at BookExpo America 2008

19-year-old author Shalayne Alexandria has the Nyville High book series, launched an interactive website and uses mobile technology to deliver free ebooks every week to her readers.  She delivers two minute stories once a week to readers so that they can follow the story while on the go.

Shalayne is currently offering free downloads of the first ebook on her website!

source:  PRWeb

Site of the Week: The Brown Bookshelf

I could put myself out of business with this posting! If you’re here because of your passion for multicultural literature, you really must start reading the Brown Bookshelf. Authors Paula Chase Hyman, Varian Johnson, Don Tate, Kelly Starling Lyons and Carla Sarratt collaborate to put forth a plethora of information and resources. Coming this summer will be dynamic discussion sessions on their MySpace page. I’ll be there and I hope you will be, too! Register now so that you’re ready for the activities.

book review: First Daughter White House Rules

FIrst daughter:  White house rules

author:  Miltali Perkins

Dutton Juvenile (January 24, 2008)

Main character:  Sameera (“Sparrow”)

In this election year, this book is a timely read that may give middle school girls an interesting perspective on life in the White House. Sparrow tells the story of how she decides to live out her role as first daughter.  What is unique about Sparrow is that she is an adopted girl of Pakistani descent.  Author Perkins delivers a very subtle presence of Pakistani culture and which helps the reader identify shared commonalities and differences.  The use of Sparrow’s blog (which Perkins continues in real life) further develops and expands her character.  Unfortunately, other characters are not as well developed.  Relationships are wholesome and supportive, helping to deliver a smooth and quick paced read.  This should be a welcomed addition to any YA collection as it is one of the few books told from the perspective of a teen American of Pakistani origin.

no sex, no drugs, no profanty, no violence

themes:  first love, family, careers, government, Pakistani Americans


Many people tell me they like to read about various grants that I find, so here are two very recent ones that I’ve heard about via my IYI Newsletter (Indiana Youth Initiative).   I’m only familiar with them through their website so I’m not sure what additional services I can find there, but I do know their website is a clearinghouse for statistics, grants and workshops aimed at serving the youth of Indiana.

Great idea! Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Ashoka’s Youth Venture and the Earth Island Institute present the Lorax Challenge, encouraging young people between the ages of 12 and 20 to develop and implement plans to improve their local natural environment. Grant range: $1,000. Deadline: May 31, 2008. More info: http://genv.net/

Funding is available to help schools prepare for the new school year.

Dollar General offers Back-to-School Grants to help elementary, middle and high schools purchase equipment, materials and software for the school library. The school must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store.

More info: http://www.dollargeneral.com/Community/Pages/GrantPrograms.aspx Deadline: June 12, 2008