Loss is a shapeshifter. It can manifest in a mover's truck, appear as a stream of tears on your mother's face, and can leave you feeling hollow and empty like a hole has been punctured in your skin and your insides have leaked out. How to Say Goodbye in Robot
is about all of these forms of loss and the spaces they create - within a person and between people. Natalie Standiford skillfully reveals this rich emotional landscape as she takes the reader through the complicated, painful and gorgeous lives of her characters as they confront their losses and navigate the gaps left in their wake.
Bea Szabo has recently moved once again because of her father's work, this time to Baltimore. "I learned not to get too attached to anything. I stopped thinking of the houses we lived in as my house, or the street we lived on as my street. Or my friends as my friends." She has become...
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The All-YA-Author Band
Natalie Standiford is a rock star! Not only does she write books for children and young adults, but she is also in two bands.
One is a punk rock band called Ruffian, and the other - check this out! - is an all YA-author band called Tiger Beat. Natalie's band-mates include Libba Bray, Daniel Ehrenhaft, and Barnabas Miller. Natalie plays the bass guitar. Tiger Beat had their debut in March 2009 in the New York City independent bookstore Books of Wonder. Can you imagine rocking out to familiar cover tunes and then buying books and having the authors-musicians sign them - all at once!