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Harry Potter and the teamTEENauthor Topic

Every month, members of teamTEENauthor write a blog post for teens on a specific topic. September’s topic is Harry Potter. For links to more posts on this topic, scroll to the bottom.

I came to the Harry Potter books pretty late, a little before the fourth book, Goblet of Fire, was published. I had heard of the series, but it wasn’t until the recommendations from friends came in force that I decided to give them a try. I was so confident I would love them that I ordered the first three books from the Science Fiction Book Club, and started reading The Sorceror’s Stone while I was trapped in an airport overnight. It was the best book I could have had with me, because I was immediately hooked, and once I’d caught up, I was looking forward to the next one along with the rest of the world.

For some reason I’ve only ever re-read the first three books though, maybe because the later ones are so much longer and I barely have time to read new books, let alone visit favorites. Or maybe it’s because I always hit my favorite, Prisoner of Azkaban, and then don’t feel the need to read more. I consider the third book to be Harry Potter at its best: It had just begun to deal with some darker themes, it was delving into Harry’s past, and yet it still had a sense of innocence about it that diminished with later books.


on olympic dreams

Every month, members of teamTEENauthor write a blog post for teens on a specific topic. August’s topic is Olympic Dreams. For links to more posts on this topic, scroll to the bottom.

Photo by Luke MacGregor via theverge.com

The Olympics are over and this post is about a week late. No matter, we’re really just early for the next Olympics. That’s in, like, four years, right? Or something?

I have a horrible confession: I am not a fan of the Olympics. I don’t actively dislike them, but I am not the type who arranges my schedule to watch any events. My DVR isn’t even plugged in (no cable), but if it were, I would not have set it for the Olympics (except to record gymnastics for my wife). All told, I may have watched about ten minutes total of this year’s games in various clips online and a few idle minutes of live television.


on bullying

Every month, members of teamTEENauthor write a blog post for teens about a one-word topic. July’s topic is Bully. For links to more posts on this topic, scroll to the bottom.

I’ve been thinking about bullying and my own encounters with it for a while now, even before it came up as a topic for teamTEENauthor. Bullying has been in headlines all too often in the past few years, unfortunately due to some high profile stories about related suicides. The flip side of all this attention is that more people are talking about bullying for a positive reason: to raise awareness of it as a serious problem and explore ways of preventing and dealing with it.

The nature of bullying has changed a lot since I was a teenager, with a greater focus on the dangers of “cyberbullying,” which wasn’t much of a problem for me since I didn’t really spend much time on our primitive version of the internet as a kid. I’m also sorry to say that bullying doesn’t end when you enter the adult world; people can always find new ways to be cruel to each other.

Bullying has been around probably for as long as people have socialized with each other—or at least since the first school went into session—so there’s likely no simple solution, nor one solution that will apply to everyone in every situation. But we can all agree that bullying will not just go away if it’s ignored. So I hesitate to share the fact that this is exactly how I handled bullying as a kid. I ignored it as much as possible.


teamTEENauthor DARE DAY


If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, I’m about to tell you. Even better, I’m about to show you.

I recently signed up with teamTEENauthor, which was founded by Julie Cross (the author of the fantastic book, Tempest) in order to connect authors for teens with their readers. Great idea, no? One of the requirements of membership is to undergo periodic public humiliation, just like my entire young adult life. It’s like Truth or Dare without the truth option.

For the first DARE DAY challenge, a panel of teens granted us the following choices:

1) Get 5 complete strangers to sign your arm with a pen or marker in a public place and have someone take pictures of  a couple people signing and of the finished product

2) Create and perform 60 seconds of choreography to a Justin Beiber or One Direction song and upload a video of it. You will be allowed background dancers (limit of 2). Does NOT have to be in public. The internet will be public enough.

3) Memorize one complete verse and the chorus to Nicki Manaj’s Super Bass and make a video of you singing it. Does NOT have to be in a public place.

For various reasons, but mostly for time, I chose the second dare. I apologize in advance for what you’re about to see. I have very little dance skill, and I have a difficult time hearing rhythm. When you’re done witnessing my documented shame, visit the links below to see the other authors who are participating in this DARE DAY challenge.

For more DARE DAY fun, visit:

Julie Cross

Adam Leonard