Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.
In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.
Author Daisy Whitney is touring the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit this week, and I'm thrilled to have her here to answer a few questions. The Mockingbirds comes out in stores this month!
Welcome, Daisy! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less.
THE MOCKINGBIRDS — underground, student-run justice system.
Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
I love Martin! He’s one of the Mockingbirds and a love interest in the story. I love him because I think he is everything a guy could be - funny, honest, brave, strong.
What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Write every day and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it because with hard work and talent dreams have a funny way of coming true.
What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
I wrote very bad journals all of which I have destroyed!
What's the last book you read that you really loved?
I just read WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman (April 2011) and it’s amazing. I am also crazy about ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Steph Perkins (December 2).
Great! Thanks for stopping by, Daisy!
If you'd like to find out more about The Mockingbirds, coming from Little Brown in November, 2010, check out these links:
Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has THE MOCKINGBIRDS.
THE MOCKINGBIRDS | A young adult novel by Daisy Whitney | November 2010 | Little, Brown