August 20, 2011

Diet Book for Teenagers and Ilsa Bick's new novel, Ashes

This Saturday we'd like to share two pieces of news for you....

Book Aimed at Teenagers - Focuses on Dieting

Children's book author, Paul M. Kramer (who has written many popular books geared toward issues that young children deal with everyday) has taken it upon himself to write a new book entitled Maggie Goes on a Diet.
Set to release in October, 2011 (self-published), Maggie Goes on a Diet is about a young girl who transforms herself from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school's soccer star. According to the plot summary: "Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image." 

Hmm...for what age reader are we talking about here, you ask? Well, Barnes & Noble's website says that the book is for readers ages 6 to 12, while Amazon's site says that it is intended for children ages 4 to 8.

Umm...excuse me!! Who ever said that by going on a diet and exercising, every young girl is going to be the school soccer star? And who ever said that being thin necessarily means being happy??  

I need to know if I'm the only one incensed by this. 
GCReaders - help me out, please!

Egmont USA Debuting an Awesome New Title :)
In a less annoying piece of news, lol...

On September 6, 2011, Egmont USA will be releasing their new YA, post-apocalyptic novel entitled, Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. Ashes will have the largest ever announced first printing for Egmont USA with 125,000 copies!  

The book will have an amazing marketing campaign, and it already started as Bick attended BEA this year. There will be multi-city book tours, and online video interviews. 

Ashes will be the first in a trilogy. The next novel, Shadows will be released in the fall of 2012. 

Judging by that AMAZING cover, they won't have to do much more marketing!  



  1. I'm incensed over that first one, too. It's okay to talk about healthy eating at that age, but talking about diets is just too much. No matter what her intentions, it will just cause eating issues if introduced that young.

  2. I agree with you Maria and Ricki. When I was in this age group I was chunky, but not obese, and they were taking me to the doctor and telling me I had to lose weight. Well that certainly worked out well! We parents need to teach our children good eating habits by example and introductions to foods and lifestyle that are healthy. But just because someone is thin does not mean they will be happy or successful. I turned into a sneak eater and even to this day am more comfortable eating alone and frankly that is just wrong.

  3. You definitely aren't the only one! For one, a child that age isn't going to understand the difference between what's healthy and what isn't, and I would imagine their idea of a diet is just eating less. Which is obviously dangerous. At the same time, I think a lot of parents are irresponsible, and sadly, many kids would be wasting their time trying to get their parents to help them get healthy. Still--this is definitely the wrong way to go about it for so many reasons. This is planting the idea in the CHILD'S head that something is wrong with them, when in reality, a doctor is the only one who should be making this kind of call about a kid. And in that situation, where the child's health is really at risk, the PARENTS need to be the ones taking action. So much I could say about this that I can't even keep my thoughts straight. It's frustrating. Lol.


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