As some of you guys know, I grew up in New Jersey. My parents are still there as are many of my friends, so it’s been crazy to see what’s happened in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. My mom keeps giving me updates about how things are going and, sending me pictures of the devastation and telling me where they’ve moved everyone who’s in temporary housing.
In fact, recently, she sent me this picture of the Long Branch boardwalk, the beach I pretty much grew up on. It took me a while to figure out what those wood things were — maybe something they’d put in? And then I realized that was what had been underneath the slats of the boardwalk itself.
Anyway, that’s why I have a personal connection to YA for NJ, which is bringing together YA and Middle Grade authors to auction stuff, 100% of the proceeds of which will go to The Food Bank of New Jersey. It’s organized by Kieran Viola and she’s done a great job — there’s some amazing stuff there.
My auctions are:
A signed ARC of my new middle grade, DOLL BONES.
A signed set of the Spiderwick Chronicles.
A signed copy of my dark faerie fantasy novel, TITHE.
But, really, you should go over and take a look at what’s for grabs, because there’s lots and lots and lots of good stuff — tons of signed books, editorial critiques, school visits, personal phone calls, and much much more. And just in time for the holidays too!