Sunday, June 07, 2009

A Letter from the Class of 2k9


Debut YA novelist Albert Borris has a way with words. Or rather, had a way with words. This past December, just months before the release of CRASH INTO ME (Simon Pulse), Albert suffered a stroke so powerful, his doctors told him he was lucky to be alive. And alive he is, having made a full physical recovery, enough to roughhouse with his two young sons and work out at the gym. However, Albert is still working on recovering something else: his words.

To be sure, they are all up there in his brilliant mind. He just can’t get them out – verbally or on paper – in the correct order, yet. But he’s working on it. Prior to his stroke, Albert was a full time teen counselor, husband and father. He also served as Co-President of the Class of 2k9, a group of 22 debut middle grade and young adult novelists banding together to promote their books. Words were his thing. Communicating with others, in person and on the page, was his specialty.

As his friends and fellow debut novelists, we, the Class of 2k9, are making it our business to get the word out about Albert and his novel, CRASH INTO ME. Here's a bit about it:

When Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.

Won’t you join us in spreading the word?

Pass this on to every librarian, teacher, and teen reader you know.

Send him an encouraging note on our website: www.classof2k9.com

Blog about Albert.

Pre order his book.

Anything you can think of to show your support would be deeply appreciated. Thank you.

The Class of 2k9

10 comments:

franslayton said...

Thank you for supporting Albert, Tarie! The Class of 2k9 really appreciates it!!

Michelle said...

Tarie,
The way you guys support one another is inspirational. I hope lots of bloggers and writers follow your example.

Tarie said...

Fran, you are most welcome. Crash Into Me truly sounds awesome and I will be watching out for it in Philippine bookstores.

Hi, Michelle. Thanks, and it's so nice to meet you! :D

Kathryn Fitzmaurice said...

Thank you, Tarie, for posting this. I'm sure his family appreciates your kindness in helping to spread the word!

Tarie said...

Hi, Kathryn! I can't wait till Crash Into Me hits Philippine bookstores. And I would actually like to pick Albert's brain one day. I wonder what lead him to write such a novel.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I heard about this awhile ago and I must say, it's so awful. I really hope he gets well soon and his novel does great. It looks amazing!


On another note, I have a YA Book Carnival starting tomorrow if you want to stop by the blog and check it out. Participate if you want too!

-Lauren

Tarie said...

Hi, Lauren! Thanks for reminding me. I'll stop by tomorrow. :o)

Angelica Louise said...

Is this book available in local bookstores now? :)

Tarie said...

Angelica, yes! I saw copies in Powerbooks. :o)

Angelica Louise said...

Bookstores I went to didn't have copies anymore. Oh, well, on my wishlist! Thanks again :)