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One of the things that reading so many of the Class of 2K10 books has done, is to give us a greater awareness of issues that face teens. Some of our authors are taking their commitments to these issues one step further.

To honor National Domestic Violence Awareness month this October, author Swati Avasthi has combined a blog tour for her debut novel, Split, with a charity auction.

Over 40 authors, agents and editors (including many of the Class of 2K10!) have donated manuscript critiques, personalized books, and more to an online auction that anyone –reader, writer, booklover -- can bid on and buy. All proceeds go to the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Here's a link to the auction items. Good luck!

In addition to the auction, Avasthi is donating $1/comment on her 26-stop, month-long blog tour, coordinated by Kari Olson at Teen Book Scene. If we reach the goal and cap of $250, Swati will double the donation to the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Here's a link to a list of tour stops: http://theteenbookscene.weebly.com/split-details.html

The CDC estimates that one in four women will experience intimate partner abuse during her life and UC Davis estimates that a child who grew up witnessing abuse is four times as likely to perpetrate abuse, 25 times more likely to commit rape and 6 times more likely to commit suicide. Family Violence Prevention Fund has some great initiatives, including Coaching Boys Into Men and Start Strong, that are about breaking the intergenerational cycle and preventing abuse.

So, follow the tour, get stuff you want, and make a difference.

Big Kudos to Swati for using this forum to bring attention to this important cause.


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Oct. 1st, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Yes. This is important.
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
This sounds amazing. A great idea for a great cause.
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