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Kate Brauning is an author of young adult thrillers with a twist of the unusual, including How We Fall and the short story “Godzilla Girls.” As a child, she spent a lot of time in her local library, wandering the shelves and discovering all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. She grew up in the hills of Missouri on twenty acres with a big pear tree, cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and bottle calves. An incurable love for seeing real life through the pages of a book drew her to writing fiction, and at fifteen she decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She’s been writing ever since, and she’s not going to stop until she can no longer put one word after another.

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Kate Brauning That's a great question. The thing is, many of those situations ARE young adult situations. Teenagers are dealing with sex and drugs and authority iss…moreThat's a great question. The thing is, many of those situations ARE young adult situations. Teenagers are dealing with sex and drugs and authority issues and violence and swearing. Those things are part of their lives already, even if parents wish they weren't. If a particular student isn't dealing with those things, in most cases one or more of their friends are. In the classroom, books present a place for dealing a little more objectively with those issues, for processing and evaluating them. It also helps hone critical thinking skills and helps them find response mechanisms. There is a lot of solid work behind teaching books with those elements as a positive way to help students deal with these issues. You can find some methods and responses to parents in Banned Books materials here, for example: http://bannedbooksweek.org/resources/... and also here: http://www.ascd.org/publications/news...

Even though what you're talking about aren't necessarily banned books, many banned books contain the kind of material you're talking about, and the rationale and methods can hold true for teaching similar books.

Engaging parents in this process can be helpful. There are suggestions in those links for how to do that, too.

It's definitely an issue teachers run into, and one worth researching and having response materials in place. I dealt with it myself, actually-- I was a high school English teacher before I started writing. I will say, though, that I find high value in YA books where the more mature issues are dealt with honestly and openly, because it gives readers a place to process and relate to those struggles. And many teens may not have a place to do that elsewhere.(less)
Kate Brauning I've got an upper YA thriller set in the Ozarks that I'm revising, and a NA non-college manuscript that I'm drafting right now. They're so very differ…moreI've got an upper YA thriller set in the Ozarks that I'm revising, and a NA non-college manuscript that I'm drafting right now. They're so very different, but I love them both so much that I'm constantly jotting notes and telling my husband about a new idea and adding songs to playlists for them. (less)
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Hi, all! We’re now 5 weeks away from the soft release (Amazon, B&N, Walmart) of HOW WE FALL, and 6 weeks away from release day! It’s starting to feel a little bit more real each day. And I need your help getting the word out!


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“Don’t let something make you miserable if you can do something about it. If that’s what makes you happy, go for it.”
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“We didn't have to be a doomed romance. We weren't some cosmic mistake. We were us, and we couldn't be stopped by anything but ourselves.”
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“He was an island of sanity in a household of anything-goes chaos. I never felt like I didn’t fit in when he was around, because we were our own group. He and I.”
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