Seattle is full of fantastic YA authors, including the fabulous Justina Chen Headley, co-founder of ReaderGirlz and author of the acclaimed novels Nothing But the Truth and Girl Overboard. Today, Justina’s new book, North of Beautiful, hit the bookstores, and I was thrilled to join fans and friends alike to celebrate with Justina.
North of Beautiful has been described as a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the true meaning of beauty. I can’t wait to read my copy, hot off the presses!
One of things I admire most about Justina (and what makes her an honorary Smart Girl) is her commitment to giving back to the community and donating a portion of the proceeds from her young adult novels to organizations that work with teens. She has also used her books to draw attention to important issues affecting young people, and North of Beautiful is no exception.
Justina has created the North of Beautiful Find Beauty Challenge, and she wants to hear from you about what you think the true meaning of beautiful is. Here’s the scoop from Justina’s blog:
Tell the world what you find to be Truly Beautiful! Just upload a 90-second video describing what real beauty means to you…and you could win yourself an iTouch! PLUS, for every uploaded video, I’ll donate $10 (up to $1,000) to Global Surgical Outreach, an amazing group that helps kids with cleft lips and palates in the third world. To enter:
- Record a 90-second video essay about what’s truly beautiful to you!
- Upload the video to YouTube
- Then…send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org who will link your video the North of Beautiful YouTube channel
- Tell all your friends to RATE your video
For more details, click here!
Want to win a signed copy of North of Beautiful? Leave a comment below and share what you consider your most beautiful quality to be, and you’ll automatically be entered to win. The winner will be selected on Friday, February 6th. Good luck!