School Library Journal reported this week that nonfiction is gaining popularity with young readers, so I had to take this opportunity to point out a set of nonfiction titles that blew me away recently: The Louder Than Words books. Marni, Emily and Chelsey -- three works named after their teenage authors -- cover the topics of a hair-pulling stress disorder, chronic illness and the murder of a parent, respectively. Edited by Deborah Reber, these titles capture the voices of their young authors in a way that had me laughing and crying at the same time, an emotional state that I love (I'm weird, I know). The bottom line: Each is a riveting read.
Now, Reber is searching for her next trio of teen writers to tell tales from their lives.
If you're between the ages of 13-19 and you've got something to share, here's how to submit your story. And if you aren't quite ready to let the world glimpse your innermost secrets, just pass this opportunity along to your really open friends with writerly aspirations. They'll thank you.