Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Selective Collective Features 45 POUNDS!

The Selective Collective is a group of 5 blogs/7 bloggers who join to together to feature a book at the same time in a different way. Check out how they covered 45 POUNDS.

Diana and Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks did a review

I love how each of these posts take a facet of the book and explores it--the serious topics and undertones and the humor. Thank you, Selective Collective!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Book and a Chat

I sat down for a lovely chat with Barry to talk about 45 Pounds (more or less). You can catch it here.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Amazon Best Books of the Month--July

Amazon is featuring 45 Pounds (More OR Less) as one of the Best Teen Books of the Month for July. I'm in great company. Another pick is In the After by Demitria  Lunetta, another Class of 2k13 member. (FYI: In the After is an awesome book.)

Monday, July 1, 2013

School Library Journal Review

BARSON, K. A. 45 Pounds (More or Less). 256p. Viking. July 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-78482-0. 
Gr 8-10Sixteen-year-old Ann has a big problem. She has just two months to get into a bridesmaid dress for her Aunt Jackie’s wedding. She needs to lose 45 pounds, which would be hard enough without the complications of a new job, a cute boy, a mean group of girls, and blended families that leave her caught in the middleand left out. Her mother is obsessive about her own weight and as the summer wears on, Ann begins to see just how troubled her families are. Telling the story in Ann’s wry, realistic voice, this debut author effectively captures society’s preoccupation with size and the resulting alienation of an overweight teen. With a chain-smoking grandmother whose language is peppered with “fat-ass,” relatives and friends who are slyly disparaging about her weight, and a mother who constantly prods her about dieting, the message could be heavy-handed. But Barson lightens the tone with almost cinematic humor, ensuring that even the most painful scenes have a slapstick edge. The ticking clock behind the wedding deadline gives the story real momentum, and while the ending is all nuptial jubilation, it is also a realistic summer’s end for Ann.Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZ

Kirkus Review

Read the Kirkus Review of 45 Pounds (More or Less) here.