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4/6/14 - Some really great news.  Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty Girl has been selected as a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year for 2014.  Yay!  Bank Street is a private institution in New York that reviews books coming out of Canada and the US of A and publishes its selections to help guide librarians, parents, educators, etc. toward the best books for children and young adults.  Very excited about this. 


Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty Girl (A Junior Library Guild selection & American Library Association nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction 2013) is told through the witty, tormented voice of fourteen-year-old Faye, a young teen living in 1984 Brooklyn, New York, who copes with her mother's abuse by stealing with her friends.  But when robbing an elderly woman almost turns to murder, she gains an opportunity to learn new truths about life.

If you're in the New York area, pop into Books Of Wonder at 18 West 18th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues and pick up a signed copy.  It's a lovely independent bookstore (a dying breed, huh?). If you're in the LA area, get your copy from another great independent store, Vroman's in Pasadena. Or you can click onto the Random House link below for more information on where you can purchase your copy of Revenge Of A Not-SO-Pretty Girl so you can follow Faye on her journey of self-discovery.

Laurel Elaine Woods strikes a pose with Revenge, at Books Of Wonder, NYC

Kiara Harding getting a little Revenge from her local library - Atlanta, GA

Even the fellas have been taking some Revenge - Mike White, NYPD                              
Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty
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- A Junior Library Guild Selection
- Nominated for Best Fiction For Young Adults 2013 - The American Library Association
- Chosen by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as one of 6 books that "can be the 1st light of understanding encountered by an abused teen."

Here are samples of some of the great write-ups the novel has been getting:

Kirkus Magazine (One of the biggest book review magazines & notorious for being tough)--    
     "This exhilarating, generous-hearted tale with a smart, funny, caustically observant protagonist is about so much more than revenge: distinguishing what matters from what doesn’t, taking risks, making mistakes and paying for them.
     Like Siobhan Vivian in The List, Blythe explores issues of physical appearance in rare depth. Some mistakes aren’t fixable, Faye learns, but she’ll keep trying to fix them anyway.   
    Solidly grounded in the gritty realities of daily life, Faye's discoveries feel earned.  A compelling and believable journey."

Magazine-- "What to read this summer.  New releases you won't be able to put down!

The buzz: Revenge Of A Not-So Pretty Girl is about urban life and unlikely alliances—it's definitely a page turner!"

August, 2013 - "I Have A Dream" guest post -

Sunday, July 19th & August 2, 2013 - 107.3 JAMZ Greenville, South Carolina
Friday, May 31, 2013 - Artist Talk- Salon 718, Brooklyn NY

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Best of Book Expo, Books Of Wonder - NY, NY
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Life Actually Tour, Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA Sunday, April 21, 2013 - Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books, USC     


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