Teen Read Week and all kinds of voting

HAPPY TEEN READ WEEK! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite books!

Wouldn’t it be cool if some truly rich person (I’m looking at you, Bill Gates) decided to provide a gift certificate to every teenager in America to buy a book this week through an independent bookseller? If any of you are having dinner with Bill this week, try to work this suggestion into the conversation.

Sorry for being a day late with this, but check out the nightly author interviews at Readergirlz this week, put together in honor of Teen Read Week!

Today is the last day to nominate a book for the Cybils Award. If you read a book this year that you loved, click your way over there and share the title.

Speaking of voting and nominating type things, I am having a problem. I mailed in my application for my absentee ballot weeks ago. (I’ll be on book tour on Election Day.) The ballot has not arrived. We just called the Oswego County Board of Elections and they said the ballots haven’t arrived in their offices yet! What? WHAT? The ballots haven’t been printed up yet? When were they planning on doing this? How are they going to get to soldiers serving overseas in time? Is this incompetence or political shenanigans? I just fired off a few emails – stay tuned.

::takes deep yoga breath to calm self::

More CHAINS love! Language Arts teacher Sarah gives her opinion about the use of CHAINS in the classroom on her Reading Zone blog.

Don’t forget – I’m giving a sneak preview of my CHAINS tour presentation tonight at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble in Dewitt, NY, where I’ll be speaking at their Educators’ Appreciation Night.

I’ll leave you with a little more autumnal fire from up here on the tundra.

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8 Replies to “Teen Read Week and all kinds of voting”

  1. I am from Minnesota but am styding abroad in Ireland right now, and I received my absentee ballot last week. My roommates from Alaska and Colorado did as well, so rest assured that at least three states have shipped their ballots to some students overseas! 🙂

  2. I love your book CHAINS! When I was at ALA, I made sure I picked up your ARC first. The vendor there told me I made a good choice. I agree. This book is very powerful.

  3. I’ll keep my eye out for Bill. I can attest to the fact that his stepmother is a big supporter of kids’and teen books, having worked at an indie here in Seattle. She comes in with the newspaper and buys her grandkids nearly everything listed there (which I assume includes Bill’s kids). (She’s also responsible for the cool re-doing of our art museum, as its director.)

  4. I feel your pain with the absentee ballot. Last year I got my ballot the day of the election! And it had to be post marked from that day (but it was already past outgoing mail time). Basically, I had to throw it away and not vote. Very disappointing, but at least it wasn’t a big presidential year like this year.

  5. Come on over to the other side, of Lake Champlain, that is. Vermont has gorgeous foliage, at last this year, and our ballots have been printed and sitting in Town Clerk’s offices since last week and you can vote early, as well as by mail. My very own BD gets to cast hers for the first time in a national election next Monday while she’s home on break.

    Hurrah for voting young adults!

  6. Ohhhh, that is so beautiful. We seem to be having more of a “yellow” fall vs an “orange/red” fall where I am in Ontario, but clearly you’ve got it covered down in NY. That is GORGEOUS.

    Today is the Canadian election … I am about to go turn on my tv and see how things are turning out! (As a student living away from home, don’t even get me started on the hoops I unsuccessfully tried to jump through to try to vote in my home city. They do not make it easy for out-of-town students to vote! Luckily, I got to vote in my school city, although I am much less invested in the MPs down here.)

    Enjoy the fall … such an amazing time of year!
    🙂 Sarah

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