LK: First of all, I’d like to thank Juliette Terzieff for hosting the Tattered tour today because a young adult novel is a little off the grid for her normal topics. Although, once Katie gets started I think you’ll see it’s a much better fit than what you might think. One random selected commenter will win a paperback copy of Misfit McCabe along with Prince of Wolves by Dave Gross. To be entered for consideration for the Kindle grand prize comment and either Like Juliette’s Facebook page, follow her on Twitter (@jterzieff), or become a member of the Zombie Survival Crew.
Tattered is the third novel in the heartwarming young adult series, Misfit McCabe. A little about the book:
What do Sunday afternoon court proceedings, cheerleader tryouts, and a book burning have in common? Katie McCabe is back in action.
After her nemesis Harvey is found guilty and sentenced to community service, Katie wants to believe her troubles are over, but Harvey won’t rest until he gets revenge. When blackmail rears its ugly head, she’s caught between friends and enemies putting her growing relationship with Tom at stake. Books go up in flames and Katie’s world rains down in tatters.
Juliette and I have been friends for a while now. We met through twitter and have become friends through a whirlwind of crazy, but now I’d like to introduce Katie McCabe, the fourteen-year-old main character of Tattered.
Katie: Hi! Ummm… I didn’t realize it was going to be this intimidating… Wow. You’ve done so many things. Not only that, but I hear that you are ready to fight zombies. That takes some guts. But I guess if you’re passionate about something, you just go out and do something about it. And I heard that what it’s really about is being prepared for whatever comes along. *whispers* Zombies kinda scare me. *clears throat*
Anyway, I guess I understand because I feel pretty strong about censorship. As a teenager, every day it seems like someone is deciding what I should or shouldn’t read. And it makes me angry. The people in my town recently went nuts and tried to take half the books out of the school library. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it was a bunch. Then they did the same thing at the public library! Why should someone who doesn’t even know me make decisions about what I can handle between the pages of a book? I recently read about a book which had been banned for an ENTIRE country — can you believe that? But actually, censorship goes beyond controlling what a person can read, or watch, or see… in some ways it denies us the right to prepare.
Books give us a safe environment to experience things outside of what we might normally experience. I think that’s what drives me the craziest. That people don’t understand that I can read about an experience in a book and while it may be tough to stomach sometimes because it’s a rough situation, I can learn from it without having to go through the experience in real life. The books which are banned are usually things which have dark topics: rape, incest, drugs, violence. Isn’t it better that I meet those things between the covers of a book for the first time rather than in real life? Maybe, just maybe, I might be able to avoid a situation like that because of something I’ve read in a book, or if I can’t, maybe I will be comforted by knowing I’m not the only one to experience it.
*sheepish grin* I guess I got a little carried away. Thanks for allowing me to come and talk about something I care about.
LK: Put the puzzle below together for part of the code to receive a free Misfit McCabe ebook. And make sure you visit Heather McCorkle on tomorrow’s stop on the tour. And for all details on the tour, the prizes, and the stops, please visit Griffie World.