Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara) wrote,
Sarah Darer Littman

Watching my words come alive - an unexpected gift!

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.
Tags: awards, purge

  • Reality testing & the long road to trusting my gut

    I wrote a blog post yesterday over at the YA Contemps about Trusting your Gut, in conjunction with the release of April Henry's new release GIRL,…

  • Thursday Thoughts - Now with Rant!

    1. Have been running around like the proverbial headless chicken since we got back from Florida, which, incidentally, was a lot of fun except for the…

  • Getting Real about Beauty

    While I was getting my elbow iced at physio yesterday I read the People magazine article about Heidi Montag's 10+ plastic surgeries in one day at…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.