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    No matter how you celebrate this holiday season, I wish you a peaceful time. I also extend you good wishes for all your writing endeavors in 2008. When you pass all those books for sale at the book store, envision your own there next year. This business takes talent, luck and a whole lot of perseverance. As I tell children when I do school visits, believe in yourself and your dreams can come true. It's no less an important message for adults. May 2008 bring you all the successes you dream about.

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In this week's issue of Publisher’s Weekly, author Michael Cart is quoted as saying that “over the past decade and a half, as the number of YA books has exploded, the average age of the protagonists has risen from 14 to 17 and the term `young adult’ has expanded to include readers `as old as 25.’ Keep that in mind when you’re creating your characters.

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So, I finally had a chance to read this year's National Book Award Winner in the YA category. I loved Arthur/Junior. Talk about an author creating a voice. Immediately a reader is drawn in to the story because you can't help but root for Junior. I've recommended the book to my husband, an English teacher in an economically-challenged community. I think many of his students can relate to the desire to get out of their current situation, as well as the conflict that arises when you do so. It's a wonderful story, not only to read, but to learn from as a writer. If you haven't already done so, take a few hours to read "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
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