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Behind the Book: Meet Lauren Myracle!

Register to meet Lauren Myracle here!

A couple weeks ago, teen throughout Pittsburgh had the opportunity to meet D.J. MacHale, author of the Pendragon books.  He spoke at two local middle schools (Pittsburgh Murray and Pittsburgh Schiller) and at CLP – Main, and it was AWESOME.

Well, another author visit is getting close, and I hope you’ll all come! Lauren Myracle, author of ttyl, ttfn, l8r g8r, Bliss and many more will be speaking at CLP – Squirrel Hill on November 18th.

One thing that I really admire about Lauren Myracle is her commitment to intellectual freedom.  See, her books get banned from schools and libraries…a lot.  She’s not afraid to write like teens actually talk, about things that teens actually think about, like sex and drugs and “inappropriate relationships.”  Teens love her (and so do I), but adults sometimes get afraid.  I guess some people think that if teens aren’t thinking about sex, and they read about other people thinking about sex, then they’ll…run out and start having sex? I don’t know…that doesn’t seem very likely to me.

At any rate, Lauren Myracle stands up to the people who try to get her books removed from schools and libraries.  She talks to them, has webchats about censorship, and supports the Freedom to Read Foundation.  AND she writes awesome books.

It’s looking like Lauren’s only appearance in Pittsburgh will be at the library, because I haven’t been able to book her into any local schools.  Many of her books aren’t approved for school libraries.  I’ll tell you true, though, we have them ALL at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! So come on down, check out a book, and then come to Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm to meet the author and get a free copy of one of her books!


Bliss has left the hippie commune she grew up in for elite Crestview Academy.  She’s having trouble adjusting, until a new friend comes along…a friend who’s obsessed with a long ago murder that happened on campus.

Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen

Middle school’s fun, right? Not when you have to deal with a grumpy big sister, a snooty classmate, and a growing distance between yourself and your best friend!


How to be Bad

Told in alternating voices, Jesse, Vicks, and Mel, hoping to leave all their worries and woes behind, escape their small town by taking a road trip to Miami. Co-written by E. Lockhart and Sarah Mlynowski.


Kissing Kate

Sixteen-year-old Lissa’s relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.


Let it Snow

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town. Co-written by John Green and Maureen Johnson.

Luv Ya Bunches

Four girls with nothing in common except their names — they were all named after flowers — bond through instant messages, screenplay and blog posts. This is Lauren’s newest book and is recommended for grades 3-5.

Peace, Love and Baby Ducks

Fifteen-year-old Carly’s summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering.

Rhymes with Witches

High school freshman Jane believes that she would do anything to be popular until she is selected to be in the school’s most exclusive clique and learns that popularity has a price.


ttyl, ttfn, and l8r g8r

The Internet Girls series, written entirely in instant messages, chronicles the real and imagined adventures of a group of girls as they navigate the rocky road of high school. Recommended for grades 8+


And if you REALLY want to be freaked out, watch this SUPER CREEPY book trailer for Bliss:

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