Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
You used to be such a cute little store. Earrings, scarves, keychains, fun pens, glittery journals. I used to like you, really I did. I even bought a charm at your store for my cell phone. It’s a super-cute, pink Eiffel Tower, in honor of my love of all things French, like St. Therese of Lisieux. She’s…well…after my visit to your store today, I don’t think you know who she is.
When people ask me where I got the phone charm, I’d say “Claire’s” with a smile. I guess I wanted to help you out. Not that you need my help, or even want it, but I wasn’t ashamed to tell people I bought something at your store.
Now I am.
See the picture above? It’s from your “vampire” display. Yeah, super cute.
But what’s even cuter? “You Suck” necklaces. Wow. I mean, it’s a mother’s dream come true, to have her little darling wearing that around her neck. Because it’s really classy to tell people you meet that they suck. And it’s especially classy coming from a ten-year-old girl. It would be perfect to wear to church or Grandma's birthday party. Or school, you know, if you didn't like your teacher. And for class photos! A mantel masterpiece. Niiiiiice.
A twelve-year-old kid I know saw the necklace and said, “That’s just stupid. I mean, what is it supposed to mean? It’s not even funny.”
Claire’s, that’s your target audience right there. Take note. Nobody’s buying into your “I’m a tough girl and ain’t nobody gonna mess with me” mantra. You’ve failed miserably with the “You Suck” necklaces.
You see, I write books for pre-teens, books that encourage kids to grow up with morals and modesty, a wholesome childhood. Stores like you are trying to take that away from them. Many of my readers are girls who shop at your store. And I’m pretty darned protective of them. So you can see why I get a little angry about stores that want to sell them trash like this. You can see that, right?
Oh, and Claire’s?
One more thing.
You su—oh, forget it.
I’m not going to stoop to your level. That's your word, not mine.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Olivia Thomas was the new girl in school when she felt St. Therese of Lisieux enter her life in a powerful way. Now, two years later, her relationship with the Little Flower has blossomed into a beautiful friendship as she prepares to follow the Little Way into the seventh grade.
School is out for the year and it is time for a fun beach adventure with family and friends. However, Olivia's summer vacation turns out to be anything but ordinary! She discovers that sometimes it can be difficult to be a good Catholic when you're in middle school—and she finds that she needs God and St. Therese now more than ever. In this beautiful novel that celebrates modesty and the precious gift of life, Olivia learns that it takes blind faith every day—and that God is never far away, even on vacation.