Do you like to read about new books and the authors that wrote them? And would you like the chance to win free books in the process? Then I have two great sites for you: Free Book Friday and Free Book Friday for Teens.
The sites have featured names like Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, and Audrey Niffenegger and this coming week, starting on Saturday, February 2oth, the teen site will be featuring Nothing but Trouble after Midnight.
Nothing but Trouble after Midnight has been regarded as an excellent tool for broaching abstinence education. Please use the questions below as a springboard for discussions on such pertinent, yet difficult, topics.
NBTAM Discussion Guide: Abstinence Education
What are qualities of a healthy relationship?
What are qualities of an unhealthy relationship?
Can a relationship be both healthy and unhealthy?
What are some positive aspects about Chloe’s relationship with Austin?
Is positive the same as healthy?
Why does Chloe choose abstinence?
Is it possible to remain abstinent?
Why does Rob choose abstinence?
How does the rape change Chloe?
How does the rape change Rob’s feelings about Chloe?
Why was Chloe afraid to tell about the rape?
Are Chloe’s relationships more damaged by the actual rape or her thoughts about herself based upon being raped?
*Discussion questions were created by Ann Williams, MS Ed, a clinical therapist who specialized in abstinence education.*
Most families have traditions–especially around the holidays, and tonight my family gathered for one of ours. Every year, as my two children unpack their ornaments, I explain who gave them each one, and with cups of egg nog and fresh-baked goodies to snack on, I videotape my children as they hang the ornaments on the tree.
This year, though, marked a milestone for both of them, since no one needed any help hanging the ornaments on the tree. So with a sad sigh, I hit rewind and go back a few years, watching as each child–with the help of a parent–hangs their first ornament on the tree.
Yes, Christmases go by so quickly, and after all the busyness of the season, we are just left with those memories. So for me and my family, the annual ornament video is the way we capture each passing year.
Happy Holidays to you, and I hope you find a way to capture the spirit of the season with your family…
Here is a simple lesson idea for middle/high school students. Have your students read chapter excerpts from Nothing but Trouble after Midnight on this blog, discuss them in your class, and complete these simple prompts:
Also, check out the “Teacher” page on the right for more information about using Nothing but Trouble after Midnight in your classroom.
After reading the first chapter, consider some of the embarassing moments in your life. Pick one that stands out to you and tell about it. How old were you? Who else was there? Do people still bring up this event, and if so, how do you feel about it now?
In chapter two, Chloe recounts her first impression of Austin Walker. Whenever you meet someone, you develop a first impression. Think of a first impression of someone you know well, and without giving names, explain how it changed–for better or worse–after you got to know the person better.
In the third chapter, Chloe expresses her gratitude to Rob with a drawing. There are many ways to show your appreciation for someone else. Now think of someone who deserves your gratitude and plan a way to thank him. You could draft a simple thank-you note, make a card, or create your own idea.
Here is a topic I posted on Gather.com:
Some authors have blogs and some do not, and I was wondering if that’s because not all writers make good bloggers.
I have a blog…now, since I was told it was a rite of passage to authordom. So, I posted some pics, the back cover text, and a few chapter excerpts on there, and now that the book is out, I am left thinking, “Now what?”
Many of you have blogs out there. Good ones, I know, since I stop by and read them with awe. You are great sources for freebies and hot topics. I feel like I get to know you better through your blog, but maybe I just don’t know where to begin. Or just maybe….some authors make bad bloggers…
Okay, share your opinion, or better yet, share your successes with your blog. I–and my two blog followers–will thank you! 🙂
Well, that all depends on who you ask? But since Nothing but Trouble after Midnight is already in the hands of some students and on the shelves of bookstores, then I say it has been released. However, Amazon is showing a November 2nd release; my publisher has it listed on their site—but it’s still not ready for orders; and Barnes & Noble is giving a much later date—November 16th.
Why so many variations? Well, the book finished weeks ahead of schedule, and I have been bringing the book to schools and bookstores already; and I will continue doing so, even as the book becomes available on the various on-line retailers.
Now, If you intend to order from Barnes & Noble, please, please, please do so inside the store. It doesn’t matter if it is in stock or not, this helps with my store sales, which ultimately decides if they will carry this book or future titles in the series.
Thanks for your interest and support!