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About two weeks ago, my Google alert turned up a newspaper article about a speech team, focusing on the two captains, high school seniors who had done very well this year in competition. One, a girl named, Sarah, had performed a monologue from my book, PURGE.

I was really excited by that - and sooo curious to know what passage she'd used. I know which one I usually do for a reading. I posted the link on my Facebook page and said I wish I knew what she'd done.
A friend of mine promptly sent me a link to her Facebook and said, "Why don't you ask her?"

The thing is, this young lady is a minor, with a private Facebook page, and I've just written a book about Internet predators, so I'm particularly sensitive about approaching underage kids online. But I was so excited about it. My friends and I debated on my Facebook page for a while - with me worrying if she would think me a creeper stalker, and them saying they would be tickled pink if the author of a book they'd been using for a monologue contacted them.

Because she had a private FB profile, I had to friend her to write her a message, so I wrote in the friend request that I was the author of PURGE and I was so excited about her using my book etc etc.

Luckily for me, she accepted my friend request. We ended up having a wonderful dialogue, and she agreed to video herself doing the monologue so I could put it on my website. I told her I wanted her to check that it was okay with her parents and we agreed that we'd only use her first name. I asked her if she'd worried that I was a creeper stalker and she said for about two minutes, but she checked with her mom (SMART GIRL!) and they decided I was legit.

And so, I'm so proud and happy to show you the amazing Sarah, who has thrilled me by bringing my words to life:



In other happy news, PURGE was on the list of the Best Books of the Year from The Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee.

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d_michiko_f
Apr. 30th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Awesome!!!!!
jgurtler
Apr. 30th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
The monolouge thing is SOOOO cool!
jayasher
Apr. 30th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
That is so cool! You rock, Sarah...and Sarah!
lisayee
Apr. 30th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
Yes, totally cool . . . for both of you!!!
micolz
Apr. 30th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
So much fun! And congrats on the Bank Street list!
(Anonymous)
May. 2nd, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Sound Quality
Sarah does an amazing job during the monologue of grabbing attention and the fact she has memorized her speech is great!! Kudos to her. My only wish is that the sound quality was higher. I just wish that she had used a microphone to drop out all the background noise.

Sound quality should not be an issue, but in this case I think it is because I could not listen all the way through. To me, the low sound quality was extremely distracting.

Congratulations on writing and having a book published.

David
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