Monday, May 5, 2008

"Boys" Book Gets Praise

The May issue of School Library Journal features a very positive review for the newest book in Lynda Madaras' What's Happening to My Body? series, On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! This puberty guide written for boys ages 8 and up receives the following praise:

In this much-needed companion to her "Ready, Set, Grow!" (2003) guide for girls, Madaras draws on her experience teaching sex education to inform boys. The age-appropriate presentation includes cartoon art on almost every page and a sprinkling of humor. A reassuring tone pervades the text...An excellent resource for both children and parents.

For more information on the book, see:

21st-Century Parent Coast to Coast

Debra Haffner, author of the new book What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know, was featured as a guest on San Francisco's The View from the Bay (KGO-TV, ABC) this past Tuesday. On the show, she discussed raising kids today, how to be an "affirming parent," and Internet safety issues.

You can view the segment at this link:

Separately, Haffner's column "21st-Century Parent" (serialized from the book by McClatchy Tribune newspapers) recently started running in the Miami Herald and other papers.

You can read the first entries here:

Mystery Writers honor "Michael Clayton"

Last week, the Mystery Writers of America handed out their coveted Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring mystery and crime writing. The winner of the Edgar for Best Motion Picture Screenplay was "Michael Clayton," written by Tony Gilroy, previously nominated for the Oscars and the Writers Guild Awards.

Michael Clayton: The Shooting Script is published in Newmarket Press' acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script series. See more details on the book by visiting:

Friday, April 11, 2008

"Drawings" Book Inspires Writer

It's the turn of to review Superbad: The Drawings. Writer Pamela fills her review with a wealth of clever takes on the male member so prominently featured in the "phallographic" book.

Full review:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mother-Daughter Memoir Reviewed

Shooting Water, the acclaimed memoir by Devyani Saltzman chronicling her reconciliation with her filmmaker mother Deepa Mehta during the production of the Oscar-nominated film "Water," was just reviewed on, a website for the Indian community in New England.

Reviewer Judi (Simran) Silva wrote about the book it is "an amazing, emotional, heartwarming, informative and excellently written journal on Devyani Saltzman's experiences of the shooting of Water, her coming of age and the sweet reunion with her mother Deepa. It was a book this reader could not put down until every last page was finished."

You can read the full review at:

For more details on Shooting Water, see:

Monday, April 7, 2008

21st-Century Parenting Book Reviewed, Picked as Book-of-the-Month

The new book by parenting educator Debra Haffner, What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know, is reviewed in the latest issue of Publishers Weekly (April 7, 2008).

The magazine writes:
"Haffner (From Diapers to Dating), an ordained Unitarian minister, isn't afraid to tackle the big questions, including drinking, drugs and teen sex. But while Haffner 'tells it like it is,' she also presents the research and statistics to prove that many of parents' worst fears are unfounded... [She] covers a great deal of ground in this compact book; readers will appreciate her just-the-facts-please approach as well as her tendency to interpret the stats from the bright side."

Full review at:
(scroll down to Parenting)

In other news, the book has been selected as "Book-of-the-Month" pick by the Institute for Progressive Christianity, and is featured on the organization's website:

Link to Forum discussion:

"Dorm Room Diet" part of Dr. Oz mission

In a new interview with the New York Sun (April 7, 2008 issue), Dr. Mehmet Oz, author of You: Staying Young, discusses the breakfast program for New York City schoolchildren, and mentions his daughter Daphne's book The Dorm Room Diet.

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