I’ve been reading a lot of Richard Peck, a very prolific Young Adult author. I love the speeches that he gives at conferences. His words motivate me to write and think about what it means to write for teens.
Here’s a great quote from the New England Independent Book Seller’s Conference.
“It’s a golden age for books, but a dark time to be young, and growing darker as the message texted from the back of the classroom replaces more and more of the curriculum and Facebook glows hot into the night, long after parents are fast asleep. And so never has a young generation needed our stories as much as this one because nobody ever grows up until he has to and in our stories somebody always has to.”
Recently, my parents were cleaning out their garage, and they unearthed my Baby Sitter’s Club collection. Seeing all my books again was like running into an old, loved friend! I was so excited, and I looked them all over again.
I saved very few items, books or otherwise, from my childhood, but I could never (still can’t) bear to part with my Baby-Sitter’s Collections. They truly were some of my dearest childhood friends, who just happened to be fictional.