Thursday, February 3, 2011
Giving Away THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney!
Good friend, fancy dresser and awesome writer Daisy Whitney and I had a great time at Kepler's last night - thanks to all of you who came out to see us! In honor of the visit, I'm giving away two signed copies of her groundbreaking book THE MOCKINGBIRDS over on the DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS Facebook page. Head on over there, make a comment and you're entered - we'll pick two random winners tomorrow night.
A little about THE MOCKINGBIRDS:
(Booklist) Silence does not equal consent. . . . The only thing that means yes is yes.” When Alex, a junior at Themis, a New England boarding school, wakes up naked in a boy’s bed, she doesn’t immediately realize what has happened during the previous drunken night. As fragmented memories return, though, she begins to understand that what happened was date rape. With the encouragement of her friends and older sister, Alex submits her case to the Mockingbirds, an underground justice system inspired by Harper Lee’s classic novel, in which Themis students investigate and try crimes committed against other students. Whitney, whose author’s note discusses her own teenage experience of date rape and its aftermath, is a seasoned journalist, and she writes with smooth assurance and a propulsive rhythm as she follows Alex through the Mockingbird’s trial process and its accompanying emotional storm of confusion, shame, fear, and finally, empowerment. Authentic and illuminating, this strong debut explores vital teen topics of sex and violence; crime and punishment; ineffectual authority; and the immeasurable, healing influence of friendship and love.