Here is a forwarded email from poet Janet Wong
Dear Melissa, Darcy, and Barbara:
I am very happy to announce that a free downloadable Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of my next book, ME AND ROLLY MALOO, is now available at www.charlesbridge.com/arc. Username: Charlesbridge
Please take a look, and if you like it, share it with your colleagues, students, and friends! This is the book that I featured in one of the small sessions that Barbara attended, and it is also the book that I will focus on in my IRA luncheon talk in Chicago.
A note about the title: Jenna Lee is the one who tells the story in this book. I describe her as "ME" in the title because so many of us, particularly children, define ourselves in terms of the people around us. Rather than taking the lead in forming our own identities and making our own decisions, we are shaped by peer pressure. In this book, Jenna becomes a cheater because Rolly wants her to cheat.
I'm hoping that this story will encourage lively classroom discussions about popularity, identity, being a leader, and doing the right thing. I think this book could make a successful read-aloud (with the graphic novel-like elements providing a natural opportunity for readers' theater).
On a related subject: Charlesbridge is doing a drawing, with the prize being a Skype school visit from me. You can find details on their website, about halfway down the home page: www.charlesbridge.com. Please feel free to spread the word about this. Last month I plunged into the world of Skype and did a half-dozen Skype sessions with students, and it was fun for everyone, I think, because it had a "special event" feeling despite the fact that it was pretty easy to do. I'd love to "visit" more students this way!