I’m so excited to share the cover of my debut middle grade novel Braced with you! I love the design and I can’t wait to hear what you think.
June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that affects an estimated seven million people in the United States. While girls are eight times more likely than boys to need treatment, this condition affects children of all races, classes, and genders.
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, “Scoliosis is the most common deformity of the spine and early detection is the key to keeping the condition from progressing and providing treatment.
Fewer than half of the nation’s states currently legislate school screening of scoliosis, and some states are considering discontinuing those screenings.”
Find out more about the how you can support scoliosis awareness, education, and early detection.
Listed here are places where you can find additional information about scoliosis and how it gets treated:
“Cheryl Klein at Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books has bought Alyson Gerber’s debut middle-grade novel Braced, in which 12-year-old Rachel learns her scoliosis has worsened and she has to wear a back brace, but the experience teaches her that she is made of stronger stuff than even her brace. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Kate McKean at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights.” –Publishers Weekly