Blog Tour: DEAR DYLAN and #Teamdauntless giveaway

In 2010 I reviewed Siobhan Curham’s first novel for teens, DEAR DYLAN, which she self-published, and I adored it. Now, a few years later, DEAR DYLAN has won the Young Minds Award and is being republished by Electric Monkey and I’m so very pleased to participate in the DEAR DYLAN blog tour with a guest post from Siobhan. Read my review of the book and then please, read on to find out about this story's main character Georgie.

Dear Dylan ~ Blog Tour
Day Four ~ Tales of a Ravenous Reader




For me, the key message in Dear Dylan is when the main character, Georgie (who is 14 years old), is told the following:
“Right now you are on a difficult page, but you won’t be stuck here forever. You have so many pages yet to fill in your life story – all crisp and clean and full of promise. So whatever is happening right now, hold on to that thought, and whenever you get the opportunity, have the courage to turn that page.”
The best thing I’ve learnt as I’ve grown older is that nothing lasts forever – not even the very worst of times. But when you’re a teenager it’s really hard to know this, as you don’t have enough life experience to draw upon. When bad things happen it is often for the very first time, so how are you supposed to know that they’ll one day change for the better. I remember, when my parents split up, and when I was briefly bullied at school, and when I first had my heart broken by a boy, thinking that the pain would never end. It just felt like a bottomless pit. Now, of course, years later, and having got over all of the above, I realise that when bad things happen you have to ride them out and look forward to the day when they’re just a distant memory.
In Dear Dylan, Georgie is going through a lot. Her step-dad is a bully and her mum isn’t coping at all with his abuse. I wanted Georgie, and any young person reading the book who might be going through similarly tough times, to know that things never stay the same and to gain hope from her experiences.
Georgie ends up finding the courage to ‘turn that page’ and manages to change her life for the better. The thought that a reader of Dear Dylan might gain comfort or inspiration from this is my greatest ambition as a writer. 

Thank you Siobhan for that bit of insight into Georgie's character. She is endearing, headstrong and dauntless. Which brings me to the second part of this post. I truly believe that  DEAR DYLAN is a special book and I want to Give my copy to a #TeamDauntless suporter.




#TeamDauntless is ready to be brave!. Everyday beginning Monday, with the Nook giveaway until April 30th. #TeamDauntless will be posting a daily giveaway spread out between all the team members. Today it is here at the RAVENOUS READER blog with a giveaway of DEAR DYLAN by Siobhan Curham.

So throughout all these giveaways and tweets and everything else in between we only ask that you support #TeamDauntless by clicking on the link provided as many times as your heart desires to help us. We know you support the best faction- Who doesn't want to be Brave?? 

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RICK YANCEY
Rakestraw Books in Danville
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN and MARK HUNTLY PARSONS
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Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

RICK YANCEY
Book Passage in Corte Mdera
Thursday, September 18 @ 6:30pm

GRETCHEN MCNEIL , KATHERINE LINKA and ANNA CAREY
Books Inc. San Francisco
Thursday, September 18 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON book launch

Books Inc. SF
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

KIM CULBERTSON and CATHERINE LINKA
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

MEGAN SHULL *The Swap*

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Tuesday, September 23 @ 10am

JANDY NELSON and NINA LACOUR
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Tuesday, September 23 @ 7pm

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LAUREN OLIVER
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, October 1 @ 7pm

LAUREN OLIVER
Book Passage in San Francisco
Thursday, October 2 @ 12:30pm

LAUREN OLIVER and JANDY NELSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 2 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON, NINA LaCOUR and STEPHANIE KUEHN
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, October 3 @ 7pm

SARA FARIZAN
Books Inc. on Market St.
Friday, October 10 @ 7pm

JAMES FREY with John Hanke, VP of Google's Niantic Lab
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Saturday, October 11 @ 6pm


BECCA FITZPATRICK, CHRISTINA LAUREN & KIERSTEN WHITE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, October 12 @ 3pm


FIERCE READS TOUR with GENNIFER ALBIN, NIKKI KELLY, JESSICA BRODY and MARISSA MEYER
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Monday, October 13 @ 6:30pm

PAOLO BACIGALUPI and A.S. KING
Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
Wednesday, October 15 time 7pm

RICK RIORDAN (ticketed event)
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7pm

CORY DOCTOROW and JEN WANG

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Thursday, October 16 @ 7:30pm

MARIE LU
Face in a Book in El Dorado
Thursday, October 16 @ 7pm

A.S. KING and PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Sports Basement on Bryant in SF
Thursday, October 16 @ 6pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
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Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Wednesday, October 22 @7pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30pm

SARA RAASCH, KASIE WEST AND CORRINE JACKSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 27 @ 7pm

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