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Lauren Myracle, Birthday Gal!

It’s no secret that BookKids looooooves Lauren Myracle.  We love her when she’s spooky, sappy, and even controversial.  We love her teen novels and her chapter books and her blog.  We are so excited to put her latest novel, Peace, Love, & Baby  Ducks, in the hands of  Austin readers!

Of course, today is Ms. Myracle‘s birthday, so the first order of business is to head over to her blog and wish her cake, ice cream, and world peace.  Go on, don’t be shy!

The second, of course, is to educate the masses about Lauren‘s lovely books!  Haven’t read anything by Lauren Myracle yet? Here are some of our favorites – get ready to jump on the bandwagon!

The ever-popular Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen series – now all available in paperback! – is perfect for tween girlie girls.  Anyone who loves books like Are You There God?  It’s Me, Margaret are going to see the resemblance in Winnie, another girl dealing with the firsts, failures, joys and jinxes of becoming a teenager. Beginning at the title birthday and covering a year in Winnie’s life, these are sweet, funny, feel-good reads.  Fans are eagerly anticipating another sequel!

The “Internet Girls” books – New York Times best-selling ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r – have made a lot of headlines lately.  Criticized for “offensive language” and “inappropriate content,”  ttyl was challeneged right in our back yard at Round Rock ISD.  But if the offended parties took a closer look at the books, they might see that these novels – told entirely in instant messages among three friends – raise awareness about some pretty heavy topics.  And while the girls may not always make good choices, through each other they find a way to do the right thing.  And, because of their unconventional format, many teen girls who might not have been interested in reading have gotten hooked on books.  And we like love that!

Bliss, Myracle‘s spookiest novel to date, takes on so many angles that it simply bursts to tell its story.  It’s a historical fiction, taking place in the 1960s in Atlanta, Georgia.  The main character is Bliss, a fourteen-year-old girl who grew up on a hippie commune.  Thrust into life at an elite prep school, she’s now dealing with a lot of weirdness – popularity, racism, and a spooky voice coming from one of the buildings.  And when Bliss befriends the wrong girl, everything begins to spin out of control.  This ambitious novel splices Bliss’ narrative with diary entries of another girl, and is sprinkled with quotes from 60’s pop culture and politics.  And though it may be artfully done, this is not a book to read alone in the dark.

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Happy Birthday, Lauren!

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I'm a general bookseller dedicated to the children's section of BookPeople. In my "spare" time, I'm the publisher/editor for my very own small press, Children's Brains are Yummy Books. Basically, I eat, sleep, and read kids' books.

10 comments on “Lauren Myracle, Birthday Gal!

  1. My 11 yr old brought home your l8r, g8r and I was appalled and po’d that this crap had gotten onto the shelf of her middle school library, its wrong and you are profiting on this soft core porn for tweens,, you should be ashamed , who wants their little tween reading about ****jobs, sex toys, etc etc, something is you are seriously disturbed Lauren!

  2. note those are direct quotes taken from this book not just words I am using, she the author actually puts them in her tween novles charming isnt she !!!! Parents beware !

    • Lori,

      It is your prerogative as a parent to choose what your kids read. However, I think that Ms. Myracle’s books are very valuable. While they are not appropriate reading for every teen, they ARE meant for older kids, not tweens, and address serious issues that middle-and-high-schoolers face every day.

      Our blog, though, is perhaps not the most appropriate forum for your complaints. We are a book store full of book-lovers and we don’t believe in any kind of book censorship. I believe I can speak for all of us when I say we are proud to support banned authors like Lauren Myracle. She is doing teens around the world a huge service by writing books that open up real discussions on topics that are often hard to bring up with your parents.

  3. I disagree, what huge service are you refering to..a blow job as a gift perhaps.( thats straight outta her book).kids are the only ones who want to see this garbage in books beacuse its forbidden in their homes most likely, sort of like porno is, and this woman is making thousands of dollars pushing it on them..as “reality” give me a break I was a teenager once too..

  4. I agree that Lauren Myracle writes books that explore the teenage experience in a way that is genuine, thoughtful, open, and honest. Readers want, need and deserve books that are forthright and honest, teen readers most of all. We need writers like Lauren Myracle, and I’m grateful that she’s able to contribute her talent and insight to the world of children’s literature.

  5. I have to say I am not sure if I have read any of Lauren’s books but now I will be sure to pick up several on my next trip to the library or bookstore. As a parent of a 14 year old I have never told her what books she can or can not read. We share books regularly and have very candid discussions about them. I have shared my concern about particular books with her on occasion and she has put down books that she found too explicit. I would rather my child read about blow jobs in books and talk with me about it then be misinformed by a friend. Few people feel comfortable talking to their kids about sex (let’s face it, few parents really teach their kids about sex)….it is not always easy but I would rather it was me talking with them then someone else.
    Emily, keep up the great work. I admire your love of books and enthusiasm for sharing them with kids. I will continue to follow your blogs as will both my kids. You have not steered us wrong yet.
    Lori, there are many many books out there. If you don’t like it put it down and find something you do like. Kids are curious and will find this stuff whether we like it or not. I suspect the books won’t be my favorites but I’ll read them to keep up with my teen. Kids are doing this stuff. That is the reality.

  6. I’ve read Ms. Myracle’s TTYL, TTFN, and L8R G8R—the books are thoughtful, and she captures the struggles of the teen experience so well. Close to 750,000 teens get pregnant in the U.S. each year and there are many other staggering teen sexual health facts–this is “realty”. I applaud any author willing to tackle a difficult subject in an open and honest manner, and I also applaud individuals willing to stick up for these books.

  7. how dare you people tell this woman your blog is “not the place” to voice her honest opinion of the books you are promoting. As a mother of a tween who is VERY interested in reading all this authors books and is under the impression they are all appropriate for her because of her school library also. You got one thing right, blog lady, we as parents absolutely have the prerogative to choose what our kids are reading! This means we have to scrutinize what is available to them in places they do not need our permission to obtain such materials, like school or the public library, and when we DO find problems we tend to open our mouths about it so the ninety percent of parents who are not paying any attention what so ever, or are liberal to the point of stupidity (as your blog celebrating Myracle’s superior tween author prowess seems to be), can know that there is objectionable content in the books not suitable for kids under thirteen or fourteen, regardless of the age the book is being marketed at. I actually agree with you on the same sex parenting thing not being a big deal, but sex toys and sexual situations being handled the right way in a book does not teach kids how to handle things that way in real life, it merely gets them interested in reading soft core pornographic material simply to be titillated by it. I was eleven once, I remember what it was like too. And I know I wouldn’t be reading her books at that age for their PC modern moral values. You guys as people running a kids books blog need to have a serious reality check about what exactly you are promoting. And kudos to the mom who dared to say what she thinks, and mention some of the actual content of the books rather than a flowery review. You go girl!

    • Of course, this blog is a forum for people to offer their honest opinions about books. This will always be a place to discuss the content — objectionable or otherwise — of any children’s book, regardless of its popularity. It is not, however, the place for questioning an author’s mental stability or insults of an author as a person. That I believe is what the other employee was most likely reacting too.

      And to reiterate, TTYL and the other books in that series, is not for children under the age of thirteen. It is not shelved in the chapter book section, and I know that I, as well as some of my fellow booksellers, have actively discouraged parents of tweens from purchasing that series of books because it is age inappropriate.

      However, Lauren Myracle does have a tween-specific series that starts with the book Eleven that is age appropriate and does not contain sex. That series is in the chapter book section, and it is a series we steer younger girls and their parents to when they express interest in TTYL. It was also that series, not the one containing TTYL and their like, that the other employee was celebrating for tweens. Unfortunately because the TTYL series contains sex and other controversial subject matter, many people assume that all of Myracle’s books revolve around sex. This does not happen to be the case.

      And if your daughter is insistent on reading TTYL, a better option for her would be Myracle’s newest series, the Flower Power books, which were released after this post. Told in the same style as TTYL — in text messages, instant messages, and emails, etc — it however deals with more age appropriate material, mostly the interaction of different cliques and becoming friends with people your own friends might not like. Although I have not personally read the book, I do not believe there is any sex in it at any point. Also, the book is intended for the tween audience, so it most likely will not have the objectionable fare found in her books for older readers.

      Finally, as for censorship, we here at BookPeople do not support censorship of any book, even those for children. We believe that parents, not institutions, should determine what their child reads. We realize that in the case of school libraries, this becomes difficult because unlike bookstores and public libraries, often parents are not with their children in school libraries when they are selecting books to read. However, we do not support the complete removal of controversial books from library shelves. Children whose parents do not object to certain books should have the right to have access to them, just as parents should have the right to determine the suitability of books for their own children.

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