When a teacher looks out over his or her classroom, he/she is looking at one in three girls who have been sexually mistreated, one in five boys.
I get used to it, ... One of the things I find is that schools and school boards get antsy about whether to have me there.
(The Michigan district) used it as an all-school reader, ... Sophomores, juniors and seniors were reading it and discussing it and discussing it in different disciplines, and I was getting some amazing e-mails back from kids and teachers.
It's the scene in the book that probably gets the most attention, ... The biggest problem is that she is yelling, and in the book it's in big font. This is what happens all the time: They read the language and don't read the context. It's meant to let you know how awful her life is.
I realized that I wanted to be a writer and I had characters and topics all around me to write about
Since I didn't read a lot, it left me without rules when I was writing.
The truth that comes out from those people's lives is skimmed off and thrown into my characters' lives
With all the kids that I have worked with throughout the years, I couldn't find one that wasn't like me in a way.
I heard the voice of God saying, 'You have read your last book,'
What happens is everybody thinks the danger is you're going to read this stuff and all of a sudden you'll start acting that way
...we can say we love each other if my life is better because you're in it and your life is better because I'm in it.
Talking with Elaine like that, with no judgment from her or anything, seemed to bring my feelings more to the surface so I could look at them. I love times like that; you don't get many of them.(Walker, in STOTAN!)
He tries to force the anger down, but it's like an anvil on his chest. He closes his eyes, like Sammy taught him, and forces the anvil up; he softens.
But the truth doesn't need to be known, or believed, to be true.
Nothing exists without its opposite.