Thursday, November 05, 2009

What is Bobbie Pyron reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Bobbie Pyron, author of the debut YA novel, The Ring.

One paragraph from her entry:
I'm also savoring Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book, edited by Anita Silvey. Famous folks from all walks of life—news, entertainment, sports, politics, business—talk about what children's book shaped their lives. Some were comforted and given hope by a particular book during a painful point in their childhood. Others found a passion that would shape who they became and what they did as adults. The book makes me feel very good about writing for children. Especially after I've been asked for the hundredth time, “Why don't you write for adults”!...[read on]
Bobbie Pyron, who holds an MLS, is a part-time librarian in the Salt Lake County Library system. She’s been a library director, a school librarian, a bookstore manager, an Outward Bound instructor, a professional singer and a professional dog trainer, as well as a life guard and gladiola harvester. She lives in Park City with her husband, Todd, and her shelties.

Among the early praise for The Ring:
“Fifteen-year-old Mardie is reeling from her dad’s expectations, her brother’s secret, her boyfriend’s pressure. Her only chance is to learn to box smart and come out punching. A hard-hitting first novel.”
—Robert Lipsyte, recipient of the 2001 ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award, and author of The Contender and One Fat Summer, a NY Times Outstanding Book of the Year and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Learn more about The Ring and its author at Bobbie Pyron's website and blog.

Writers Read: Bobbie Pyron.

--Marshal Zeringue