Luminis Books is thrilled that MAYBE I WILL by Laurie Gray one of 25 finalists for the 2014 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List!
Last week the Public Library Association conference was held in Indianapolis. Over 5000 librarians came to attend programs, workshops and the trade show. Luminis was there! We had signings by authors Laurie Gray, Chris Katsaropoulos and Tracy Richardson.
Author Chris Katsaropoulos signing ANTIPHONY
Author Tracy Richardson signing THE FIELD
Luminis also sponsored a YA Author event with fellow Indiana publisher Tanglewood ~ Cultivating Resiliency Through Books for Teens ~ featuring Indiana authors Tracy Richardson, Laurie Gray and Tanglewood Indiana author, Mike Mullin. Over 100 librarians came at 4:15 on a Friday afternoon to hear how addressing difficult subjects like drinking and sexual abuse in books empowers teens by allowing them to experience them through the safety of a book while gaining valuable insights and skills.
Laurie Gray signing MAYBE I WILL and JUST MYRTO,
Tracy Richardson signing THE FIELD,
and Mike MULLIN signing SUNRISE of the ASHFALL Trilogy after the event.
Author Laurie Gray’s third novel with Luminis Books is the story of Myrto, the second wife of Socrates, only briefly mentioned in history. Laurie weaves a beautiful fictional tale of how Myrto, as a young woman in Ancient Greece, is doubly cursed to have been born a mortal and a female. When her father dies leaving no dowry for her to marry, she wonders whether her brother will find her a husband or sell her into slavery. Although she’d rather have a kind master than a cruel husband, her brother decides to give Myrto to his former teacher Socrates as a second wife. Being a second wife is not an easy proposition for Myrto, and while her new husband treats her kindly, his first wife Xanthippe is nothing but cruel. When Socrates is convicted of treason and sentenced to death, Myrto must discover where she belongs in this quickly changing world . As her personal journey through Ancient Greek metaphysics unfolds, will she always be defined by her relationships with men, or will she discover the joy of being Just Myrto?
“Teens—and adults—interested in ancient Greece from a social and intellectual perspective will find this novel richly rewarding, as will fans of biography and readers who appreciate a “human face” for famous names. In addition, JUST MYRTO offers intriguing glimpses of women’s lives in ancient Greece, a notoriously male-centered society; it should find a place in feminist literature.” ~ Elsa Marston, author of THE COMPASSIONATE WARRIOR: ABD EL-KADER OF ALGERIA, and SANTA CLAUS IN BAGHDAD AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT TEENS IN THE ARAB WORLD
Laurie Gray has worked as a high school teacher, a deputy prosecuting attorney, and the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting, Laurie currently works as a bilingual child forensic interviewer at her local Child Advocacy Center and as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech. She has served on the faculty of the National Symposium for Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, annually since 2009.
Learn more about JUST MYRTO at the Luminis Books website.
Learn how your children can benefit from the powerful, compassionate, and effective techniques of Socratic parenting in this guide that draws from ancient wisdom to create a new paradigm for modern parents.
“Parenting is a paradox. It is a natural unfolding process and, at the same time, a frightening task filled with fears and unknowns. Laurie Gray, in A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting, has wonderfully addressed both sides of this paradox. She is able to take a sophisticated philosophical tradition and present it in a way that helps parents realize that wisdom is indeed a natural quality we all possess.” – William Martin, author of The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Learn more about A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting at the Luminis Books website.
We are thrilled to announce that three Luminis titles have won 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards! Congratulations!
GOLD MEDAL ~ Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup
BRONZE MEDAL ~ Maybe I Will By Laurie Gray
BRONZE MEDAL ~ The Field by Tracy Richardson
See all the winners at Independent Publisher
“The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs.”
“The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Authors Laurie Gray, Chris Katsaropoulos and Tracy Richardson were at the American Library Association conference in Chicago recently signing books! We gave away lots of free books to librarians because they are the Champions of Reading! Being at ALA is such fun because it is ALL ABOUT BOOKS and people who love them as much as we do.
Chris Katsaropoulos signing his novel Antiphony
People were very intrigued with the idea “What if the Universe is a giant thought?” ~String Theory physics and consciousness in a novel. Katsaropoulos does it all with beautifully written prose.
Laurie Gray signing copies of Maybe I Will
Maybe I Will is getting a lot of Top Ten recommendations from the Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) galley reviewers!
Tracy Richardson signing ARC’s of The Field
Is Eric’s almost supernatural skill in the goal due to athletic ability or something much, much more?
MAYBE I WILL is a freaking awesome book! ~ That’s what Haley, 17, a YALSA (young adult library service assn) teen reviewer says.
Lindsey, YA Librarian extraordinaire, read MAYBE I WILL and loved it. She gave it to her four teen readers, but covered up the back of the book where it says that the reader is never told whether Sandy is a boy or a girl. The result? All four teens had “their minds blown” and it led to an excellent discussion about sexual assualt and how Sandy copes.
Read Lindsey’s full post about her experiment and the teen reviews at her website In All Series-ousness
“Sandy is written so as to be readable as either male or female…the book’s portrayal is largely successful, and the note it hits at the end is hopeful without being unrealistic. A careful treatment of a difficult topic.”
Maybe I Will is story that stirs reader emotions and shares a meaningful story. I would recommend it to teenagers who enjoy realistic fiction and books like Speak.
~VBat (17) at LitPik
“Gray’s background as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and her talent as a writer enabled [her] to craft characters whose emotions, motivations, and reactions seem realistic and utterly believable. I would definitely recommend Maybe I Will for high school age readers, but I think it’s important that parents or teachers read it with the students. Kids will probably have questions about what they read and will benefit from discussing this topic with a trusted adult.”
~Ross Brand, The Trades
Readers will learn new techniques for surviving the teen years and life’s unfair, unjust events. Maybe I Will is an essential purchase for libraries with young adults requesting books like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, A Child Called It, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones.
Maybe I Will leaves the reader with hope. There is hope, there are ways to survive the bad, and there are people out there to help. The reality is that the bad is not always sufficiently punished in our legal system. But Maybe I Will may be the title that helps a teen open up and tell someone, rather than continue to suffer in silence.
Diane R. Kelly ~ Practically Paradise