The Young Adult Division of the Nassau and Suffolk Library Associations are having Joan Bauer speak at their December luncheon and, so far, I’m planning on going. You may not think that’s a big thing, but I do…for two reasons. One-Ms. Bauer just looks like a really nice person…don’t you think so? Two, she writes great books (only a nice person can write her kind of books). I’ve read Close to Famous, Peeled, Best Foot Forward, Rules of the Road and they are so enjoyable. You know, it’s so hard these days to find good stories without sex, violence, profanity, etc. Ms. Bauer writes those kind of stories.
When Susan and I started this blog, one of our goals was to bring to the forefront writers that may be under the radar a bit. You don’t hear a lot about Joan Bauer, so some of you may not know of her. Her books haven’t been withdrawn from National Book Award consideration (I know, enough is enough). They haven’t been challenged or banned, as far as I know.
On the other hand, she’s won the Newbery Honor Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize and the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators among other awards. Rules of the Road was chosen as one of the top young adult books of the quarter century by the American Library Association.
My favorite Joan Bauer book? It’d have to be Close to Famous. Anything with food in it. So, that’s why I’m excited about meeting Joan Bauer. (Plus, she lives in Brooklyn. She’s got to be nice.)