New York Times Bestselling author Pattie Mallette will visit Southlake as part of her national book tour, in support of the teen edition of Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom. Set to engage and empower teens, Mallette will meet with fans and sign copies of the latest memoir release at Barnes & Noble Book Store on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 12pm CT.
In addition to her book release, Pattie Mallette is currently leading groups to support teens, encouraging them to talk through the issues addressed in and which she faces through her new book. The focus of the teen groups is to create an environment for young people to share their own stories and find hope through her experiences. Because of the significant difference that was made in her life through supportive relationships, Mallette is releasing the book and meeting with teens in hopes of her story providing solace, as well as guidance for younger fans around the world.
With over two million Twitter followers and a teen pop sensation as her son, Mallette can largely relate to many teenagers today. Releasing on July 2, 2013 through Revell Books, Mallette aims to bring teens encouragement by telling of the healing she found out of her own pain. Special features are included in the book, such as sidebars on topics based on actual questions from Mallette’s Twitter followers and a group discussion guide.
Throughout the book, Mallette candidly shares her life story in order to show teens how they can find a way out in the most difficult situations. Despite dealing with abandonment issues, depression, sexual abuse and single parenthood, Mallette shows that her life has been filled with grace and hope. Mallette shares how her faith brought her through and made her a stronger person because of her difficult journey. As many of her social media followers call her “mom,” they will be able to read the teen edition of Nowhere but Up and trust the sound advice that Mallette has to offer.
Writing isn’t always fun for sixth graders but when one Carroll ISD student put pencil to paper, the words just came naturally.
When Durham Intermediate student Jacqueline Hall learned about the “My Favorite Teacher” essay contest hosted by local bookstore Barnes & Noble, she started making a list of all her teachers she’d write about.
“I started thinking how everyone wishes and looks for that once in a lifetime teacher, ” Hall said. “And I started listing reasons why she’s been so amazing.”
For Hall, that teacher is Liz Herron. Herron is the sixth grade Humanities ELA (English Language Arts) teacher at DIS.
“She’s such a great teacher. She knows what it’s like to be a sixth grader in Language Arts.” Hall wrote about Herron; and her entry was chosen as the winning essay.
“As teachers we have a very finite time with these guys and the world that they’re going in to, its so different than when I became an adult years ago,” Herron said. “I want to make sure that I give them the ability to think, to be creative, and to believe in themselves and to problem solve and be able to face whatever challenges they’re going to have.”
Herron and Hall have a strong teacher-student bond that is evident when you meet them. Their friendship has lasted the past two school years, since Herron taught Hall in fifth grade last year.
“I was just so touched and so humbled by her words and it honestly inspired me to be better.” Herron said she read the winning essay and was overwhelmed by Hall’s words, “I thought oh my gosh, she’s expecting great things from me I’ve got to be better!”
The community will have an opportunity to listen to the winning essay. Hall will read her words during a reception for Herron at Barnes and Noble in Southlake Town Square at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. Herron and Hall will both receive special awards during the event. Click here for additional details about the reception.
The Barnes and Noble bookstore located in Southlake Town Square will host a special event on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. The Barnes and Noble Book Fair Benefiting the CISD PTO for Special Education will be packed with performances and special guest appearances by local celebrities. Some event highlights include visits from KDFW Meteorologist Dan Henry, Carroll ISD mascot, Charlie and various CISD campus choirs. A complete, hour by hour list of events is available by clicking here.
This event is a fundraiser for the Carroll ISD PTO for Special Education. A portion of book purchases made in the store on that day will be donated to the PTO. The fundraiser continues online from Sun. Feb. 24-27. During this time, the group will receive a portion of book purchases made through the Barnes and Noble website.