For the last two weeks, we’ve been celebrating the launch of Albert’s Borris’s amazing novel Crash Into Me. When we embarked on this project, we had hopes that readers of this blog would take notice of Albert’s book. What we didn’t anticipate was just how quickly and intensely word would spread about our efforts and that we would soon be seeing posts about Albert on news-zines like MediaBistro, Boing Boing, and today the on-line version of the New Yorker. I think all of us at 2K9 are awed by just how much outreach and interest there has been in Albert, and how many children’s authors, editors, agents, bloggers, and publicists have banded together to help a single very charismatic author present his work of art to the world. We really need to thank everyone involved for this. You are wonderful.
I’ve been a fan of Albert Borris even before I read Crash Into Me, ever since he introduced himself as the co-president of our group before his stroke. He was a tactful leader and managed to resolve some of our creative differences while simultaneously bringing us closer together.
I think the themes of Crash Into Me speak to how a group of diverse people can work together to initiate positive transformation and little miracles like the huge media attention we saw take place over the last few days. The characters in Crash Into Me struggle , but find ways to co-exist and thrive. I admire the psychological realism and metaphoric quality of Albert’s main character Owen, a boy who is continually waking up to the world after bursts of sleep. I look forward to meeting Albert face to face this week at Anderson's Book Store in Naperville, Illinois. We plan on presenting excerpts from Crash Into Me here and at Constellation Books in Maryland where 2K9ers will also be gathering to sign and present their own books.
Finally, I think Crash Into Me will make a great addition to a class I plan to teach this fall on Young Adult literature. Anyone else interested in using Crash Into Me in their classroom can download a teacher guide written by Albert from this site.
Here are some more thoughts about Crash Into Me from other 2K9ers.
I think what makes Crash Into Me edgy is the intense experiences these kids have had, the frightening, yet real way they decide to deal with it, and Albert’s lack of fear in facing it head on. It’s such a beautiful novel.--Cheryl Renee Herbsman author of Breathing
I could certainly see using this in a guidance classroom – or even studying this in health – it would get a lot more attention from the students than statistics and suicide prevention lectures.—Donna St. Cyr author of Secrets of The Cheese Syndicate