Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ReachOut.com and ReadergirlZ!

It is almost May and that means the ReachOut Reads initiative for Mental Health Awareness month is almost here! Check out their fantastic website that just launched:

 It was only back in March that I came into contact with Anastasia Goodstein of ReachOut.com and learned of Reach Out Reads.  It was great fun brainstorming a list of authors and books and working with Anastasia and Jane, in PR, to help line up this outstanding list of author chats.  Check out the list below and MARK your calendars.*Spread the word to teens you know, teachers, librarians, etc.* The author chats are being hosted by

with more authors!

Tue 5pm PST
Book: Recovery Road
wed 5pm PST
Book: Exposed
thu 5pm PST
Book: Science Fair Season
Tue 5pm PST
Book: Border Crossing
Wed 5pm PST
Book: Cryer's Cross
Thu 5pm PST
Book: Sorta Like a Rockstar
Tue 5pm PST
Book: Open Wounds
Wed 5pm PST
Book: A Blue So Dark
Thu 5pm PST
Book: Gentlemen
Tue 5pm PST
Book: Beautiful
Wed 5pm PST
Book: The Vespertine
Thu 5pm PST
Book: Hope in Patience
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Also, Anastasia writes: "We sent out thousands of bookmarks to 1300 YALSA librarians across the country this morning along with ReachOut.com stickers." The bookmarks feature a list of books suggested by YALSA. They are:


This list was developed in 2011 for ReachOut.com by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). For more reading resources from YALSA, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists

On Abuse
Breathing Underwater
by Alex Flinn
On Abuse
The Rules of Survival
by Nancy Werlin

On Bullying
Some Girls Are
by Courtney Summers
On Depression
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

On Depression
Under the Wolf, Under the Dog
by Adam Rapp
On Eating Disorders
by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

On Eating Disorders
by Laurie Halse Anderson
On Eating Disorders
by Robin Friedman

On Helping A Friend
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
by Chris Crutcher
On Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder
Nobel Genes
by Rune Michaels

On Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Ball Don’t Lie
by Matt de la Pena
On Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Kissing Doorknobs
by Terry Spencer Hesser

On Schizophrenia
A Blue So Dark
by Holly Schindler
On Self Harm
by Patricia McCormick

On Suicide
Hold Still
by Nina LaCour

I said it before and I will say it again: books matter. They heal. They are one of the weapons in our arsenal against teen suicide. It will get better has become a popular saying and it can and it will. But it doesn't have to be years in the future. It can get better NOW.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, Bethany! Books are lifesavers!As my protagonist, Ashley, says of the first book she ever read about a character who had been sexually abused-- (the main character's girlfriend in Chris Crutcher's WHALE TALK)-- Ashley reaized for the first time that she wasn't alone, and she felt like less of a freak.

    Beth Fehlbaum
    Hope in Patience