Looking for a summertime activity for your little honey? Well, reading is not only a sweet method to keep her busy; it is also a fun way to keep her interested in learning.

Get started by checking out this new release!

 

 

Book Title: The Girlz of Galstanberry

Written for girls ages: 12 & up :-)

Brief description of book:

The Girlz of Galstanberry is a tween series that celebrates the diversity of girls around the United States. It specifically focuses on 5 girls—Brandi, Lillian, Fei, Tabitha, and Nisha—from different cities, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds that become accepted into Galstanberry Girls Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. Their varied personalities lead to inevitable drama and internal conflicts. However, with each triumph and tribulation, the girls grow throughout the series, learning more about themselves and classmates.

Written by:

Garen S. Wolff

Brief bio:

Garen S. Wolff is a scientist, author and soon to be medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine! She attended Detroit Country Day, a prestigious private school from Kindergarten through high school. After graduation, Miss Wolff matriculated into Wellesley College, a private women’s college in Massachusetts. There, she received my B.A in Neuroscience, and then received a Masters of Science from Wayne State School of Medicine.

So, “Where does Galstanberry come in?”

Last year, Miss Wolff was a research fellow at the National Institute of Health in Washington D.C. After long days at the laboratory, she retreated to her apartment to just write. Miss Wolff reflected on her educational background and diverse friends and soon enough, The Girlz of Galstanberry was born. Every girl has a story to tell due to their geographic location, ethnicity, socio-economic status, family structure, etc. Therefore, she created The Girlz of Galstanberry to reflect these stories.

A lil’ sweet talk with the author:

 

 

SHC:  Why do you feel it is important to encourage girls to read?

Recently, I received an email from a reader saying she loved, The Girlz of Galstanberry, because it takes her to, “another place.” I think that’s a fantastic reason to read! Books not only encourage imagination, but also increase one’s vocabulary. Girls, especially middle schoolers, have a lot to deal with—cliques, self-esteem issues, pimples, just to name a few. Books like, The Girlz of Galstanberry, are not only a fun break from the drama of everyday life, but present opportunities for girls to reflect and learn more about themselves.

SHC: How does your book celebrate and or empower girls?

The Girlz of Galstanberry(GG) tells girls that it’s okay to still play with dolls, laugh at something funny and not someone’s misfortune, and be loyal to yourself. In a world where the media constantly barrages middle school-aged girls with adult issues, GG shares a different prospective: there is no rush to grow up, enjoy your middle-school years, and most importantly embrace who you are!

SHC: What makes your book a sweet summer read?

Galstanberry #2 is a ‘sweet’ summer read for 3 reasons:

1) Diversity—Racially, Geographically, & Socio-Economic Background

2)Rated : No foul language or content!

3) Inspires girls to be themselves

July 4-July 29, The Galstanberry team is providing a twitter contest for US residents. The Galstanberry Grand Gift prize includes:

1) Book #1

2) Book #2

3) Stickers

4) Bookmark

Follow @GalstanberryFan, and RT this for a chance to win the Galstanberry Grand Gift:

http://t.co/vdVLz4v #giveaway #contest

Once someone tweets this above phrase,  they will be automatically entered into the contest. People can tweet it as many times as they want.

Galstanberry #2 Blog Tour, Next Stop (July 11):CalmingCorners.com