Tuesday, March 27, 2012


1. The idea came from an article about this epidemic in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
2. The research and writing took seven years.
3. Thirteen publishers rejected it. Scholastic didn’t fully reject it, but asked if I’d rewrite it to be part of their Dear America series. I said thank you, no.
4. I lost track of the number of revisions. 14? 112? Whatever, it took a long time and needed a lot of work. This book was my apprentice piece.
5. It has sold more than one million copies in the United States, won all kinds of shiny awards, is a standard part of elementary and middle school curriculum, and has been translated into Catalan, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish.


tammy said...

This is one of my 19 year old daughters favorite books. She's probably read it 10 times! So glad cool people are persistent....

Julie Daines said...

I always have a love/hate relationship with stories like this. :)

Taffy said...

I still haven't read this one. I read WINTERGIRLS. Hard to read about anorexia, fascinated by the story, difficult to forget.

Andrea said...

Very interesting. I like that she stuck with her first work.