{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass

May 17, 2018 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Post, Young Adult 0

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass

Welcome to Day #4 of The Girl with More Than One Heart Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass on April 17th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Laura, as well as 5 chances to win a copy of The Girl with More Than One Heart!

What resources do you recommend for a child/teen struggling with the loss of a loved one?
by Laura Geringer Bass

I recommend: Books! 
Reading is something you can do alone without the help of friends or adults. Here are some treasured books I read in middle school and high school and some I’ve read recently that deal with themes of grief and loss from the point of view of a child or teen.
 First, here are three of Briana’s favorite books, cited in chapter 5, (“Blue”) of “The Girl With More Than One Heart.” Each of the heroines in these books: (Francie, Frankie, and Scout in that order) share the experience of being thrust out of the innocence of childhood too soon by a crisis they have to puzzle out on their own:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
The Member of a Wedding by Carson McCullers.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
And here are a few books I know my heroine Briana would have loved had she read them. (“The Girl With More Than One Heart” has been deemed  “similar” to some of these titles by Kirkus critics and others):
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech: Salamanca Tree Hiddle is on a cross-country quest for her lost mother.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine:  Caitlin Smith is on the autistic spectrum and has just experienced the loss of her older brother Devon who was killed during a school shooting.
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Smith: Willow Chance is the genius daughter of a couple who die in a car crash. Her eccentricities prevent her from having many people she can turn to but a variety of unlikely characters come into her life as surrogate family and help her navigate her loss.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead : Four mysterious notes change Miranda’s life forever. Set on the Upper West Side, this novel takes themes of death and loss into the realm of time travel.
The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren de Stefano: Can a machine bring back the ghost of Emmaline’s mother? And is a moment with the dead worth the loss of a memory?
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg:  Caught between two parents whose obsessions have begun to cross the line into madness, a school spelling bee catapults Eliza into knowledge beyond her years.
Other People’s Houses by Lore Segal  in 1938, a ten-year-old girl is put on the Kindertransport, a train carrying hundreds of Jewish children out of Austria to safety from Hitler’s oppression. A child’s eye view of the trauma of separation and loss.
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman:  Freya, Nathaniel, and Harun meet by accident. The trio end up spending a day together that changes all of their lives. Their budding friendship gives each character the strength to confront the truth about their families and themselves.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin:  Suzy’s best friend, Franny, was too strong a swimmer to have drowned. Suzy’s determined search for a different explanation for her friend’s death leads her to believe that Franny was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish. She sets out to prove her theory. The death occurs at the beginning of the novel and takes readers through the grieving process.
Other resources?
Try my #BeYourOwn Workshop.  
Telling my dad’s stories and making them my own in “The Girl With More Than One Heart”, helped me navigate my loss after his death. To help children and teens who are struggling with grief and loss as well as those who just feel different or lonely or who are having trouble with a change in their lives, I’ve designed a series of writing prompts based on my book.
Here are a few examples from my  #BeYourOwn writing workshop:
And here are 7 steps for working with these cards:
1. Read the words located in the heart aloud.
2. Think about them. What does the phrase bring to mind?
3. Have a pen and paper handy or better yet, a notebook. Jot down any thoughts the words in the heart make you think of— other words,
phrases or sentences.
4. Read the rest of the prompt on the card aloud.
5. Follow the prompt or continue to free associate to the phrase in the heart and write for 5 to 7 minutes non-stop.
6. Read what you have written aloud.
7. Select a second prompt card and repeat the process.
In the end, you may have a poem, or a story or just a record of some thoughts. You may want to go back to what you’ve written and add to it or revise it. Or you may not. You may feel like sharing what you’ve written with others. Or you may not. What matters is that you’ve written something true to your feelings in the moment, something spontaneous that came from the heart. You told a story—your story. By letting your mind travel freely and writing down where it takes you, you start to suspect that you have many stories to tell. And that knowledge—the knowledge that you have stories to tell—is power.


Blog Tour Schedule:
May 14th — BookhoundsYA
May 15th — The Book Rat
May 16th — Page Turners
May 17th — Book Briefs
May 18th — Crossroad Reviews

The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass

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There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious.

Find Her!  it says. Be Your Own!

How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her grandpa can do is tell stories instead of being the “rock” she needs? When her not-so-normal home life leaves no time to pursue her dream of writing for the school literary magazine? When the first blush of a new romance threatens to be nipped in the bud? Forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm.

 Laura Geringer Bass is the author of over 20 highly acclaimed books for children, tweens, and teens.

Her new novel for middle graders about friendship, love, and loss — The Girl With More Than One Heart — is the lyrical story of a courageous girl who imagines she needs an extra heart to navigate her grief after the death of her dad.

Laura serves on the National Advisory Board of First Book, a non-profit organization that has delivered over 170 million books to children in need and as a mentor for Girls Write Now and Prison Writes, teaching teens at risk.

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