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Welcome to Library Lions special edition Hope Through Stories. Authors and Readers sending Hope to children and teens through books and donations to Ferguson Library.
 Joelle Charbonneau    

Bestselling author of TheTesting Trilogy Gave us permission to repost her Roar for Ferguson Library and the pivotal role it’s playing reaching out to children and teens in Ferguson MO. (original post here)  


Because at the darkest moment in every story there is hope….

Authors united in support of the students of Ferguson, MO

The terrible events in Ferguson, MO have rocked the community and the nation. The outrage, sense of betrayal and hopelessness are obvious in every photograph, interview and social media message.  I don’t know what will happen next, but I am certain it will linger long into the future.
As a parent and a young adult author, I can’t help but think of the youngest members of the Ferguson community.  I worry that they will see the hopelessness and unrest around them and turn their back on the possibility of a better future.  I worry that they will believe they don’t matter.  I am terrified they will lose hope. They need to be reminded that they are important and that there is hope even in the darkest of times.


(Photo J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP/File )


Fellow authors – I ask you to join with me in sending hope to Ferguson through signed books. The Ferguson Library is doing amazing work to help the young people in their community.  An interview with director Scott Bonner gives a glimpse into their efforts.  We can help them do more.  We all know that sometimes it takes just the right story to make the difference. Let’s send them as many as we can so each child can find the one that speaks to them. 


Please let me know if you are sending books (talktojoelle@aol.com) so I can add you to the list of authors on this page. Let’s show the students of Ferguson that there is hope in each and every story. They still have their story to write.


c/o Scott Bonner
Ferguson Municipal Public Library
35 N. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135



DONATE DIRECTLY TO FERGUSON PUBLIC LIBRARYClick here to visit the library’s webpage.  A DONATE button is located on the upper right hand corner if you would like to send money to help them in their efforts. 


Hope Through Stories Authors

Joelle Charbonneau – author of THE TESTING trilogy

Veronica Roth– author of the DIVERGENT trilogy

Charlaine Harris – author of the Sookie Sackhouse mysteries

Jay Asher – author of THIRTEEN REAONS WHY

Ellen Hopkins – author of RUMBLE

Alex London – author of PROXY

Stephanie Keuhn-author of CHARM and STRANGE

Tess Sharpe – author of FAR FROM YOU

Sarah Fine – author of GUARDS OF SHADOWLANDS trilogy

Elizabeth Wein – author of CODE NAME VERITY

Stephanie Diaz– author of EXTRACTION

Helene Dunbar – author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS

Debra Lynn Shelton– author of THE SECRET KEEPER

Linda Rodriguez – author of the SKEET BANNION Mysteries

Melissa Walker – author of ASHES TO ASHES

Ellen Booraem – author of TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD

Crissa-Jean Chappell – author of MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH

Samantha Vamos – author of ALPHABET TRUCKS

Dahlia Adler – author of BEHIND THE SCENES

Kim Baccellia – author of CROSSED OUT


Todd Hasak-Lowy – author of 33 MINUTES

Miriam Busch – author of LION LION

Julia Karr – author of TRUTH

Catherine Ryan Hyde – author of PAY IT FORWARD

Patricia McCowan– author of HONEYCOMB

Shannon Lee Alexander – author of LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES

Anne Schober – author of HEART PRINTS

Lawrence Tabak– author of IN REAL LIFE

Livia Blackburne – author of MIDNIGHT THIEF

Amy Reed – author of DAMAGED

Nicole Maggi– author of WINTER FALLS

Elissa Sussman– author of STRAY

Diana Renn – author of LATITUDE ZERO

Melissa Kantor – author of MAYBE ONE DAY **

Robyn Schneider – author of THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING **

Jackie Morse Kessler – author of LOSS **

T M Geoglein– author of COLD FURY trilogy **

Megan Miranda – author of HYSTERIA **

Elaine Wolf – author of CAMP **

K.M. Walton– author of CRACKED **

** books with asterisks donated by an amazing literary publicist – Amy Del Rosso

Paul Anthony Shortt – author of THE MEMORY WARS trilogy

Martina A. Boone– author of COMPULSION

Jay Stringer – author of The EOIN MILLER trilogy

Annette Laing – author of The SNIPESVILLE CHRONICLES

Scott Bly – author of SMASHER

Kathryn Burak – author of EMILY’S DRESS

Lisa McMann– author of the UNWANTED series

Sharon Mentyka – author of B IN THE WORLD

Thomas Pluck – author of BLADE OF DISHONOR

Sean Beaudoin – author of WISE YOUNG FOOLS

Greg Pincus– author of THE 14 FIBS OF GREGORY K.

David P. Haight – author of ME AND MRS. JONES

Tanita S. David– author of A LA CARTE


Sue Whitmer– author of COLLECTING DREAMS

David Habben – illustrator of IT’s NEVER TO LATE TO BE NICE

Kerry Paterson – author of IT’S NEVER TO LATE TO BE NICE

Susanna Stratford – author of MAMA YOGA

Greg Stolze– author of SINNER

Kate Bassett – author of WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS

Adam Bertocci– author of TWO GENTLEMEN OF LEBOWSKI

Kelli Russell Agodon– author of HOURGLASS MUSEUM

Carrie Jones – author of the NEED Series

Mary Ting – author of The CROSSROADS SAGA

Patt Blount– author of SOME BOYS

Jody Casella– author of THIN SPACE

Marissa Burt– author of STORYBOUND

Beth Fehlbaum – author of BIG FAT DISASTER

Rachel Caine– author of MORGANVILLE VAMPRIES

Alexandra Duncan – author of SALVAGE

Bethany Hegedus – author of GRANDFATHER GANDHI

Maurene Goo– author of SINCE YOU ASKED

Andrew Smith – author of THE MARBURY LENS **

Robin Benway– author of ALSO KNOWN AS **

Yelena Black – author of DANCE OF SHADOWS **

Katie Cotugno– author of HOW TO LOVE **

Sandra McLeod Humphrey – author of HOT ISSUES COOL CHOICES **

Roni O’Connell – author of FLOAT **

Ann Marie Frohoff– Author of FEVER PITCH **

Jacqueline West– author of THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE

Kate Walton– author of CRACKED AND EMPTY

Kim Baker – author of PICKLE

Joy N. Hensley– author of RITES OF PASSAGE

Sarah Noffke– author of the LUCIDITES series

Julie Murphy – author of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY

S. Chris Shirley – author of PLAYING BY THE BOOK

Erica Silverman – author of COWGIRL KATE

Sydney M. Cooper – author of THE FORSAKEN LANDS series

Mindy Hardwick – author of WEAVING MAGIC

David Patneaude – author of SOMEONE WAS WATCHING

Tim Shoemaker – author of CODE OF SILENCE series

Francesca Forrest – author of PEN PAL

Jeremy Zimmerman– author of KENSEI

Janet Lee Carey – author of DRAGONSWOOD

Katherine Pryor – author of SYLVIA’S SPINACH

Thank you, Joelle, for this special edition post! And thank you in advance to all the authors, librarians, and Library Lions readers for sending your goodwill and support to Ferguson Municipal Public Library giving Hope Through Stories.

Note to Librarians: If you’re a Youth Librarian working in a school or public library we’d love to hear about you and your library.  Email Janet on the Contact page on this website for an interview.

Note to Authors: If you’re interested in Roaring for Libraries on this blog, contact Janet. 


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