Trent Reedy

I'm an author of books for young people and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. www.trentreedy.com

A lot of people have been asking when book 2 in the DIVIDED WE FALL trilogy is coming out. Presently, BURNING NATION looks like the image below. All that green and blue marks things I must cut or change. But, we’re making progress.

Why YA

Adults often look on many of the problems of junior high and high school age people as trivial.  Older people often dismiss the difficulties of the young as “just a phase they’re going through.”  They have the luxury of making these judgements only because they have already made it through those times.

But the problems of young people aren’t trivial at all.  It is important that young people face the challenges of youth well.  For their method of dealing with those difficulties leads to real consequences, material, physical, and emotional.  The problems they face, whether big or seemingly small, and the methods they learn in response to these problems, have a profound effect on shaping the adult they will become.

That’s why middle grade and young adult books are so important.  In addition to being fun, mind and soul nourishment, they offer young people companions, people to care about, with whom they have something in common.  Someone to to go with them through the trouble filled hallways, fields, and streets of youth.  Someone to say, “you are not alone.” 

“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house, like a lot of houses. A yard like a lot of other yards. On a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back…with wonder.”

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-Kevin from The Wonder Years (via ssunshowers)

Perfect.

Beautiful Book Sculptures

harpercollinschildrens:

We don’t normally condone the destruction of books, but we’ll have to give these a pass for art’s sake. Artist, Guy Laramee takes beautiful books and turns them into beautiful sculptures. He’s sculpted some gorgeous pieces including everything from landscapes to oceans and caves.

(via thebookmouse)

Wonderful.

Wonderful.

I’m looking for a small school with a small budget and a teacher who might be interested in teaching my first novel, WORDS IN THE DUST. I have 48 paperback copies. I will happily ship all of them to an American school small enough so that 48 copies could make a classroom set. I’d happily divide the set among two even smaller schools. I would also be willing to donate Skype time with these classrooms as part of the lesson if the teacher thinks that would be useful. Basically, I need to make room on my own shelves for my new books, and I want to help small schools. Interested parties should send me a message via the CONTACT section of my website. www.trentreedy.com. I reserve the right to decide where the books will go based on my perception of their need. Help me spread the word?

I’m looking for a small school with a small budget and a teacher who might be interested in teaching my first novel, WORDS IN THE DUST. I have 48 paperback copies. I will happily ship all of them to an American school small enough so that 48 copies could make a classroom set. I’d happily divide the set among two even smaller schools. I would also be willing to donate Skype time with these classrooms as part of the lesson if the teacher thinks that would be useful. Basically, I need to make room on my own shelves for my new books, and I want to help small schools. Interested parties should send me a message via the CONTACT section of my website. www.trentreedy.com. I reserve the right to decide where the books will go based on my perception of their need. Help me spread the word?

Happy book birthday to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  April 14, 1939.

Happy book birthday to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  April 14, 1939.

BETTER OFF FRIENDS is amazing.  Unputdownable.  Perfectly paced.  It made my heart ache in that way only the best stories can.  Read it immediately.

BETTER OFF FRIENDS is amazing.  Unputdownable.  Perfectly paced.  It made my heart ache in that way only the best stories can.  Read it immediately.

Happy birthday to the greatest novel of all time, The Great Gatsby.  April 10, 1925.
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Happy birthday to the greatest novel of all time, The Great Gatsby.  April 10, 1925.

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

April 5, 2014

The Afghan people, men and women, defy the threat of death to vote for a new and even better future.  Afghanistan rising!  Inshallah!
Afghans lining up to vote in Kabul despite Taliban threats!  The Afghan people are indomitable!  Afghanistan rising.  Inshallah.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/05/299326560/defying-a-taliban-threat-of-violence-afghans-line-up-to-vote
Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

Happy First Contact Day.  April 5, 2063.  Less than half a century to go!

Afghanistan Rising.

Afghanistan is holding presidential elections, electing President Karzai’s replacement. I pray for safety for Afghan voters and the election of a good, strong anti-Taliban president. This election is critically important to the future of Zulaikha and Afghan girls just like her. It’s so important to all the good Afghan people who have worked so hard to build a better Afghanistan. Afghanistan is rising, Inshallah.

Happy birthday to Maya Angelou.  April 4, 1928.

Happy birthday to Maya Angelou.  April 4, 1928.