My new novel, Crossing Lines (Viking) has just come out, and I believe it will spark great discussion among students about bullying in our schools. It is narrated by a macho high school football player whose sister’s best friend—the only boy in the fashion club—first comes to school in lipstick, and then a dress. Hence, our narrator is caught between his football friends’ idea of what’s right and trying to find a viewpoint of his own.
Booklist said, “This quick-reading, tightly constructed novel will provoke substantive questions, making it a great choice for group discussion.”
I hope you will read the opening chapters to Crossing Lines at paulvolponibooks.com.
Also, please be aware that I will soon be scheduling Skype video conferences for the 2011-2012 school year for English classes, book clubs and library groups reading my novels.
During a video conference, which usually lasts about 45-minutes (the average length of a class), I tell about the background of my ALA award winning young adult novels, discuss the writing process, answer questions about my work, ask the students questions about themselves, and encourage students in their own writing. The conferences usually go very well, and a great time is generally had by all, including me. I keep the honorarium at a very low $200.