BENEFITING: Pack Away Hunger, Inc.
I'm traveling America in a rented compact car meeting with at-risk youth this summer in a very unconventional book tour. Rather than simply signing copies of my third novel FAT ANGIE (Candlewick Press, March 2013), I am partnering with libraries, independent bookstores and community organizations to make myself accessible to the youth the book was written for who often don't have access to creative mentors.
I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and while we did raise the required Pledge Goal, we didn't make our ultimate amount of $5,000 dollars.
Travel, production equipment and food from a 22 can cooler are a big part of this across America adventure. Your support enables me to:
1. Get to as many kids as I can.
2. Assist in having production crew.
3. Rocking the world in general.
With that said, a community of some of the finest writers in YA & MG literature, have agreed to appear in the documentary. Did I mention that they also rock?! See the list:
Megan Kelley Hall
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS ONE MORE TIME?
At-Risk Summer is a feature length documentary about the influence of a professional filmmaker and novelist working with "at risk" youth (economic disadvantaged, bullied and LGBTQ kids) in small and inner city communities. It is a call to action film similar to BULLY (2012).
However, in At-Risk Summer, the documentary captures the impact of a professional artist working with youth who predominately lack access to such mentors. The film explores their stories, awakenings and most likely resistance. What are these kids dreams and stories? Their challenges and frustrations? How they can be empowered by channeling their voice through music, image and words. How can they begin to envision themselves as their greatest alley?
While meeting and working with teens, we will interview Young Adult authors who actively explore topics of bullying and isolation in their writing to capture their personal passion for their subject and how their writing impacts others.
Some of the themes in my third novel, FAT ANGIE: bullying, self-image, belonging, friendship, same-sex relationships, war, family and self-harm will offer a springboard to begin a conversation with these kids on the topics that are relevant to them.