Mother-Daughter YA Reads/NPR

July 23rd, 2009

Check it out! I’m going to be on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” this Thursday, July 23, along with Lizzie Skurnick (“Shelf Discovery”), from 3 to 3:40 p.m. Be sure to tune in (okay, yeah, that’s NPR, and yeah, that’s TODAY)!

We’re going to talk about YA Mother-Daughter reads!

I’ve told you my mom used to call the school and tell them I was “sick” whenever there was going to be an Audrey Hepburn or Leslie Caron movie playing on Channel 4.

Well! This was in the days before video recorders and DVDs!

One of my favorite mother-daughter reads is actually Daddy Long Legs (hey! It’s a Puffin Classic!), which was made into a movie starring Leslie Caron. My mom and I used to stay home and watch it together. SO GOOD!

If you haven’t watched/read it, you MUST! It’s epistolary, much like my “Boy” books. You could even say it inspired them. Thanks, Mom!

And Dads, I actually remember bringing home some books from the library and my dad stealing them. Like The Man Without a Face (the book is WAY better than the Mel Gibson movie), and one of the YA books in “Shelf Discoveries”–Robert Cormier’s “I Am The Cheese.”


This book is not about cheese. The kid in the book is on his own. It’s super scary.

THIS IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK! I suggest President Obama read “I Am The Cheese” with Malia next…NOT “Twilight,” which I heard a rumor he was thinking about reading with her now that they were done with the Harry Potter series. I really hope for Malia’s sake he reconsiders this. There’s nothing more embarrassing than reading a romance novel with your DAD.

This reminds me of this guy I knew who wore socks with sandals and had daughters and no TV and who would make make them read teen romances like “Twilight” and “Flowers in the Attic” with him as part of “family time.” EW! I felt so SORRY for those girls.

Please, Mr. Obama! Don’t be that guy!

I met some great mothers and daughters who were enjoying some bonding time like the kind my mom and I had playing hooky from school while I was at the Betsy-Tacy convention this past week, where I gave the closing speech:

Check it out: You can see me, and part of the convention, covered on the local news!

I signed tons of books, and got to meet so many fantastic readers, and even some of the characters from the books.


Me with Aunt Ruth!

I even got to go to Betsy’s house:


(Really, it’s the author, Maud Hart Lovelace’s real life house, lovingly restored by the Betsy-Tacy Society, with donations!)

They restored Tacy’s house, across the street, as well!

It was such a thrill to be able to walk in the footsteps of such beloved characters (and a real life author)!

And all of the convention organizers and attendees were so nice to me, and gave me such lovely gifts. And I bought tons of Betsy swag at the gift shoppe! It was so great! I can’t thank them enough…or wait to go again next time!

And I had a great time going on KARE-11 (you can watch it here if you missed it) and visiting with Corbin, one of my favorite newscasters of all time!

Plus, I got to get airbrushed with makeup for going on high-def. If you’ve never done this, you HAVE to. It was so fun, and it lasted all day with NO TOUCH-UPS. It was RAD! I want to buy my own airbrush machine. I LOVE KARE-11!

OK, I have to go brush up on my YA classics now (such a hardship). I just love thinking about Louis Duncan’s GIFT OF MAGIC, and THE CAT ATE MY GYM SUIT by Paula Danziger, and THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, and Richard Peck’s GHOSTS I HAVE BEEN, and THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE…GAH!


(Hint: Don’t read this one with your dad either. HOT romance!)

So many great books! I can’t wait until my nieces are old enough to read!

See you on NPR!

More later.

Much love,

Meg