Readergirlz, Sara Zarr and Dove's Real Beauty

PrettyFace.JPG Readergirlz is having a big giveaway over at the blog for a set of SIX books by Mary Hogan, including Pretty Face, which always draws me in with its cover (even though toes sometimes freak me out). The description is pretty great too: "Just when Hayley feels doomed to live her life in the fat lane, her parents decide to send her to Italy for the summer--not for school, not for fat camp, just for fun. It's there, under the Italian sun, that Hayley's vision of herself starts to change. She's curvy, not fat. Pizza isn't evil. And life is so much more than one-size-fits-all. Who knows? Once Hayley sees herself in a new light, maybe the girl with the pretty face will finally find true amore."You know I'm all about loving your body and being good to it. Truly. And semi-relatedly, the delightful (and I can say that now for sure because I met her in person last week in Utah!) Sara Zarr posted about how her latest author photos were retouched against her wishes. Not surprisingly, Sara put that photographer right in his place. Nicely, of course. And, just one more thing that I forgot to mention: Last month I was the guest editor at Dove's Real Beauty Channel, where I confessed lots of stuff about my junior high self in this essay. I'm into the Dove campaign, so I was happy to participate. Happy Saturday!