Sunday, July 4, 2010

books saving lives

Has a book ever saved your life? It may sound dramatic, but it does happen from time to time. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some of my favorite authors - John Green, David Levitan, Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson, and more. On several occassions, conversation turned to the impact books can have on people. A few quick examples:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book reaches those with eating disorders and the people who love them. Laurie shared a story of an anorexic girl on the brink of danger who pulled herself out of the depths of her disease after reading the book.

I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
Author Robert Cormier actually put his own phone number in this book. Feeling suicidal, a reader called the number, spoke with Robert, and they continued a friendship for years. She credits him for saving her life.

War Is--: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk About War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell
Showing war from all aspects, this book has actually changed the mind of a few teens who were planning to enlist in the military.

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