February 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Dear Teen Me Giveaway!

How many times have you looked back on your teenage years and cringed, wishing that you could offer your younger self some guidance? That’s exactly the inspiration behind Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books, $14.99 paperback; 978-1-936976-21-8), the upcoming book by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally, in which 70 young adult authors—including Ellen Hopkins, Nancy Holder, Lauren Oliver, Tom Angleberger and more—write letters to their younger selves.

Inspired by the blog of the same name, these heartfelt letters offer advice to today’s teens and cover issues they frequently face, such as losing a friend, diversity, poverty, crushes, and eating disorders. A mix of funny and heartbreaking letters, notes, and graphic entries, the Dear Teen Me anthology shows readers of all ages that they’re not alone.

For a chance to win an advance copy of Dear Teen Me, all you have to do is email publicity@zestbooks.net with your preferred mailing address and let the publisher know what you’d tell your teen self if you could! Five people will be chosen at random from entries received by midnight on September 28, and will be notified via email by October 1. All entrants will be added to the Zest Books e-newsletter so you’ll never miss what’s new.

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves, edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally is available October 30 from all national wholesalers.

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Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."

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