BOOK LAUNCH — Whooo hooooo!!!

God Awful Loser by S. AcevedoI’m so excited to announce the date and time for the BOOK LAUNCH of my young adult novel, God Awful Loser!

Drumroll please!

Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (that’s my drumroll… 🙂 ….)

my official launch will be FRIDAY, MAY 8th, at 7 p.m. at Milwaukee’s own Boswell Books! AND, more great news — it’s part of the celebrations for National Children’s Book Week! Whoo hoooo!

Please come share my joy at the realization of a long held dream. I’d love to see all of my friends and family there and would super enjoy meeting new people! It will be fun — and we’ll even have treats. See you in May! 🙂

World Read Aloud Day

Papa JuanTomorrow is World Read Aloud Day, celebrated the first Wednesday of March as a way to promote literacy and the shared word.

I think most of us adults equate reading aloud as something we do with children. I certainly did a great deal of that. Heck, I’d even change my voice for the characters because I’d just get that into it. But I’d like to take a moment to suggest that if you don’t have children handy tomorrow, you might consider sharing that wonderful moment with an older adult, maybe someone with vision problems or just someone who’d love to hear your voice.

My grandfather passed away last July. One of the most precious things we did together on my final visits was spend time together as I read aloud to him from Don Quixote. That classic is a long two books. I knew starting the first that I wouldn’t get a quarter of the way through before he’d leave me. I was right. Still, I enjoyed laughing with him at the funny parts, and I could tell that he cherished the moments.

Reading aloud does more than celebrate the written word. It builds connections across cultures, ages, and even time. And so I hope you’ll get a chance tomorrow to create memories as beautiful as mine.

What I Just Read

The Edge of Nowhere by John SmelcerI just finished reading the young adult novella The Edge of Nowhere by John Smelcer. It’s an adventure story about a discontented teenage boy who, in trying to help his dog, gets swept over the side of his father’s salmon fishing boat during a storm and must survive the Alaskan wilderness to make it back home.

During his trials, the teenager, Seth, contemplates the recent death of his mother, his tendency to seek comfort through food and video games, and the nearly forgotten culture of his Native Alaskan grandmother.

It was a fast read with plenty of action and interesting lessons on survival. Young readers who enjoy adventure and survivalist stories will root for Seth to not only find his way home but to find his way back to the person he once was.