School Library Journal reported this week that nonfiction is gaining popularity with young readers, so I had to take this opportunity to point out a set of nonfiction titles that blew me away recently: The Louder Than Words books.
Marni, Emily and Chelsey — three works named after their teenage authors — cover the topics of a hair-pulling stress disorder, chronic illness and the murder of a parent, respectively. Edited by Deborah Reber, these titles capture the voices of their young authors in a way that had me laughing and crying at the same time, an emotional state that I love (I’m weird, I know). The bottom line: Each is a riveting read.
Now, Reber is searching for her next trio of teen writers to tell tales from their lives.