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Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy "Sid" Murphy was a cheerleader, a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she's thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid - including a lock of her perfect red curls - and she can't remember any of it.
Back home and alienated by her friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey "The Living Stoner" Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect... or so she thinks.
Humorous and thoughtful, Colleen Clayton's stunning debut is a moving exploration of one girl's triumph over tragedy.
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Friday, March 16, 2012
It should be a lot of fun!
Do you plan on seeing it?
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I've scoured baby name websites, eyed up my class roosters and thought about past interactions with people, but nothing seems right for my characters.
Currently, I've been writing a lot about ---- and -----.
I kind of like the ring of it, right?
"Hello, my name is ----."
How do you name your characters?
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I had to answer questions about important locations in the book (the basketball court, the prep school itself and a swimming pool at nighttime- my main character, Kate, swims laps at night), clothes I thought the characters would wear (school uniforms- navy skirts or pants, white collared shirts), and important colors (maroon and yellow- Beacon Prep's school colors). I described the tone of the book and other things I thought might be important.
I also had to include pictures of actors and actresses that I thought looked like my main characters. I went to imdb for that and attached the following files.
I pulled pictures of Ellen Page and Willa Holland for Kate...
This is what I wrote to the art department when trying to describe my thoughts/mood of the cover:
"When I envision the cover I see either a silhouette of Kate swimming in a swimming pool at night (perhaps from above, so the whole cover is the pool and her silhouette is on the bottom) or Kate floating on her back in a pool at night maybe with her hair spread out around her. Again, I see the whole cover the pool and a small part the main character of Kate. I think this would evoke the idea of solitude or feeling alone, especially at night.
The other image that comes to mind is an empty basketball court and either Kate sitting alone in her school uniform on the edge of a bleacher or lying on the floor of the court (again, the whole court is most of the cover) like the cover I’ve attached from Out of Reach. This would also evoke that idea/mode of being alone or solitude. She doesn’t play basketball, but she’s surrounded by it."
I'm so nervous and so excited to see my cover! I don't know if I can handle the waiting!
Friday, March 2, 2012
Chardon is a neighboring school to my school district.
Many of my students are friends with the students of Chardon, play sports against their teams, and went to Auburn Career Center with the victims. I have colleagues who live in Chardon, and my department has worked with teachers at their high school on professional development.
This week was tough.
It was one full of sadness, anger, pain, disbelief, fear, questions, support, unity and most of all love.
The compassion and drive my students had this week to come together and help amazed me. They are incredible, incredible kids.
Today my school gathered together wearing red, Chardon's school color. This picture, along with banners full of messages from our students, have been sent to them.
If you look in the middle, you'll see we formed a heart inside of our group to let Chardon know how much we love and care for them.