Introducing BREAK THESE RULES. All royalties will be donated to The Children's Defense Fund. The book features essays written by many well-known YA writers. Each attacks a piece of conventional wisdom (or a rule) and encourages kids to think for themselves. Q's essay tackles the herd instinct, racism, and travel. (He also mentions an AK-47.) Props to Luke Reynolds for coming up with the idea and seeing it through to publication. (This guy cares about the big issues; he has passion!) Other contributing YA writers: Kathy Erskine, Sara Zarr, Josh Berk, Carl Deuker, Francisco X. Stork, Matthew Quick, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Leslie Connor, Wendy Mass, Carol Williams, Gary D. Schmidt, Jordan Sonnnenblick, A.S. King, Neesha Meminger, Lisa Schroeder, Marcus Sedgwick, and Kimberly Willis Holt.
2 - FOREVER REWRITING interviews Q here.
3 - Booklist reviews BOY21:
Finley pretends his earliest memory is shooting hoops in the driveway, where it was easy to zone out and forget what happened to his family. Now a senior, Finley doesn’t talk much. “My mind is a fist and it’s always clenched tight, trying to keep the words in.” Keeping the silence is important in his neighborhood, where the Irish mob and black gangs clash. Snitches and their families are ruthlessly punished. He and his girlfriend, Erin, play varsity b-ball and dream of getting away. When moneyed Russ moves to the neighborhood, Finley is worried about the newcomer’s basketball superskills, but Russ has problems, too. After his parents’ murder, he adopted the persona “Boy21,“ a benevolent, emotionless alien stranded on Earth. Finley’s glum reluctance to help Boy21 grows into surprising grace and friendship, and when Russ begins to heal, Finley confronts his own tragic past. Finley’s relationships are sweet, supportive, and authentic. The revelation of what happened in Finley’s childhood is heartbreaking, but the hopeful ending pays off. An unusual and touching story.