July 22, 2009

Pass It On...

The United States Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health, is full of awesome. The Office of Women's Health has developed girlshealth.gov, which is a fun site with a lot of health information, stories from New Moon, and a place to talk about bullying and other mental health issues. Girlshealth.gov has invited girls ages 10-16 who are "outgoing, passionate, and active in their school community" to apply to be a part of their Sounding Board.

Being part of the Sounding Board gives girls the opportunity to share their opinions on anything from their favorite Web sites to the issues concerning their peers. The complete contest and application package can be found here. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2009.

If you know any 10-16 year old girls who would be interested, please pass this on. It's exciting to have an administration interested in the input of young adults!

What A Girl Wants #4: it's up! What sort of subjects do teen girls need to address in their reading that they can not simply find in adult titles? Our panel of authors respond thoughtfully and brilliantly.

It's always hilarious to me when my outside reading and my YA blogreading collide. mental_floss is talking about the ALA Book Cart Drills. Now I *know* Betsy has to do this next year. On rollerblades.

Did you know Dark Horse Comics is making a graphic novel out of Supersize Me? Neither did I. I could see that used in Junior High science. I would have preferred that, when I was teaching, to doing the life cycle of grasshoppers... not that they're not cool, too. But a graphic novel beats most things!

GET INVOLVED:~ Farida just reminded me, and it's a good excuse to post this again. Do NOT miss the Diamonds & Toads Fairytale Contest. You have until the 31st of July to tell, in 1,000 words or less, the story of Sleeping Beauty, in a YA friendly, but G-rated style. This is a lot harder than it sounds, let's just say! The gorgeous bookbox first prize is lovely, but having your words be read and admired might be even better. Go, writers!

The 'zine TBR Tallboy is taking short story subs 'til the 30th of September (August, Leila?) for the December 1st issue. Amusing, surprising, and quirky, it's quality short fiction, and you can be involved.

1 comment:

Sarah Stevenson said...

Yet again, Dark Horse is awesome. Excellent set of links--knowing these are waiting for me to check out, I'll definitely be more motivated to get my work done. :)