Wednesday, 14 March 2012

What Do You Like About People?

By Justine Tyler

Because I’m on the quiet side, people always assume I’m nice. I mean, I guess I’m nice, compared some kids. I don’t mouth off my teachers or anything. Mostly I do what I’m supposed to. But I definitely have a wild side. Me and my friend Holly like to prank people, for instance. You know, on the phone. We say dumb stuff, like we’re calling from the IRS or something. It’s so funny. Adults get all fired up when they hear “IRS.” They can’t tell we’re kids? For real? Neither of us sounds like a grownup. 

Sometimes I yell at my mom, especially when she criticizes my sister. I feel bad. My mom gets so upset. But I can’t help it. It makes me crazy when she says stuff about Leah. My sister bends the rules, but it doesn’t make her a bad person. She wants to be independent. I don’t always agree with how she behaves, but I respect her. My parents should respect her, too. They shouldn’t always be jumping all over her.

Anyway, my point is, I’m not always nice. I don’t like everyone, either. But I do give people a chance. Usually, I’m pretty accepting. I mean, I don’t make fun of other kids or anything. There’s this kid in my bio class. He picks his nose and wipes his finger on his pants. It so gross! The other kids all pick on him. One time, they were teasing him so bad, he started to cry. That just made it worse. At lunch, I sat with him. I’m not looking for a medal or anything. I mean, it was sort of cool, sitting with him. He’s really interesting. His dad’s a pilot and their family has traveled all over the world.

One thing I won’t tolerate, though – people talking trash about my family. When I hear people saying things about my sister, judging her, I want to punch them out. KIA-AH. Left, right, uppercut. Pow, pow! Ha! Knock some sense into their peanut-size brain.

She has a big heart, my sister. A few months ago, this boy at school called me a monkey. I had the hugest crush on him. One afternoon, he sat next to me on the bus. He likes me, I thought. He likes me. All of a sudden, he points at my arm and starts saying how hairy I am. “You look like a monkey,” he said. I wanted to die. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have my sister. She just listened and she rubbed my back and she said he probably did like me. “That’s how boys your age act,” she said. “They’re just immature.”

Same with that boy, Mike, who picks his nose. He ended up being a really great friend. For midterms, he made this intense study booklet, with all the important information we’d learned so far. I’m sure it took him hours to put it together. And he gave me a copy.

If you give people a chance, you might be surprised to find that under their weirdness or rebellion there’s a really good person. When that happens, it’s like the coolest thing ever.

People surprise you. Looks are often deceiving. The worst person in the world, or the person you think the worst, turns out to have a good side. That’s what I like about people.
Who is Justine Tyler? She is 12 years old, an eighth grader at Cortland Middle School and Leah’s sister in Terri Giuliano Long’s novel, In Leah’s Wake. A straight-A student, she has won town-wide awards in science and math. She’s currently working on a project on planetary movement for her school’s science fair.  She loves karate, vampire slaying, chocolate chip cookies and Dog, her yellow Labrador Retriever.

About the author
Terri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the novel In Leah’s Wake. Her life outside of books is devoted to her family. In her free time, she enjoys walking, traveling, and listening to music. True to her Italian-American heritage, she’s an enthusiastic cook. In an alternate reality, she might be an international food writer. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. In Leah’s Wake is her debut novel.



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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
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8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
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My Soul Slippers

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Pretty All True

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