Friday, August 11, 2017

Reconnaissance Mission: Becoming a Book Scout for Rebellious Writing




Hello fellow rebels!

Our history books seem to portray that rebellions are started when shots are fired. That the only thing of importance are the soldiers that fought the battles, the soldiers that fell, the soldiers that obtained the victories.

What those stuffy textbook writers forget is that without food in their stomachs, clothes on their backs, and information in their minds, the soldiers on the battlefield would be the most useless part of the rebellion instead of the most glorious.

My point is, a rebellion is built not just on armies but also a vast network civilian supporters.

And just like any, this Rebellion is in need of such a network.

While all of us on the #RW team are avid readers of YA fiction, there is only so many books one can read. We are always looking for clean books to recommend, and we also want to warn against bad ones.

So, we would like to invite you, fellow readers, on a reconnaissance (or spying) mission: to be book scouts for Rebellious Writing.

The job of a book scout is to scout out and give us their personal ratings of Young Adult age-range literature, especially for how much swearing, abuse, and lust is present in the work on a 1 to 5 scale. Much like a spy's communication to an army, these simple brief "reviews" would provide a guaranteed spoiler free look to see if a book is clean enough to enjoy without loss of our souls or tempers.

To give you an idea, a 5 star book would be one that:

1. Has no swear words (spelled out or in symbol talk). Words such as crap, suck, screw, etc., are technically vulgar words as well though they are not considered swear words. Since we wish to advocate for clean literature, I personally would include these words as swear words. Phrases that allude to swearing (e.g. he cursed) are acceptable. 
2. If abuse (alcohol, drug, child, or domestic) is in the book, it is shown in a negative light and has clear consequences. We don't wish to recommend books that would glorify that kind of stuff.
3. Has no explicit sexual scenes (including making out), or any impurity beyond mild kissing between a male and a female.

Being a book scout is completely voluntary. You, the scout, set your own terms of involvement. You can make one recommendation, you can make 250 if you so desire. You can do it regularly, you can do it once in a blue moon. The choice is entirely yours. 

These book scout reviews will be published on the Rebellious Writing Goodreads group and will be also published here on the blog as "Book Scout Bulletins".

To submit your book scout reviews, and for other ways to get involved with Rebellious Writing, please visit the "Collaborate" page located in the drop down menu under "Mission" and fill out the Google form. Any questions about the form may be emailed to the team email: 
therebelliouswriting@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing what books you readers bring forth to us! 

March well, 


24 comments:

  1. Catherine, I love how you did your signature at the end. How did you make that?
    Wonderful post. I'll definitely keep you posted if I find clean YA books. I just bought two and am waiting for them to get here. I'll let you know how it turns out. :D

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you, Ivie! It was really simple!

      Basically what I did was open up Paint, resized the canvas to be a rectangular shape, wrote my name in a script font, and added two copies of a picture of a flower bouquet. I did resize the flower pics and erase part of the "C" for a cleaner look.

      Thank you! And YES, keep me posted on those books, I would love to hear about them!!!

      (And can I say that I love your new profile GIF? That is awesome!)

      Catherine

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    2. Thank you! I love Toothless and saw I could do a gif.
      I'll have to remember the signature thing. I really like it.
      I'll keep you posted. The books will supposedly be here this weekend. I'll probably do a post when they arrive. 😊

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  2. What about books that aren't technically YA, but still might be something a teen would want to read? I just started reading "Rules of Murder" by Julianna Deering and was thinking I could probably review it for this site... but it's not specifically YA.

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    1. That's totally acceptable, for example even classics aren't technically YA but they are ok to submit. Anything that is appropriate and could be of interest to teens is great!

      Anna @ www.rebelliouswriting.com

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    2. Great! I'll be submitting a review once I finish it, then.

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    3. Absolutely, Hamlette! I was thinking of an age-range (15-30) for YA, not the genre, I'm sorry that wasn't clear before!!

      Can't wait to see it!

      Catherine

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  3. Beautifully done Catherine! I love how you put this together

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Goodness, yes! You did a fantastic job, Catherine!!

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    2. Thank you both! It was great fun.

      Catherine

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  4. *applause* You did a great job, big sis! I shall definitely be submitting reviews.

    -Lia
    catholicgirlstuff.blogspot.com
    lilahsmusicals.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!!!

      I would certainly hope so, little sis! Can't wait to see them!

      Catherine

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  5. Whoo! I'd love to, you know! (Love to review stuff for you, that is.) And I really like this new website of yours! Great job girls!

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    1. AWESOME! Thank you Lisa!! Look forward to seeing them!

      Catherine

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    2. One question though: is it just ratings, or should there be a review too?

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    3. The book scout "reviews" are more rating-based, yes. The original idea was to have a short review attached, but I think that got scrapped for some reason. If you would like to do a full review for us, I suggest that you fill out the contact form as a guest post (as we do have guest reviewers!).

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  6. Wonderful analogy intro to this post, Catherine! You hooked me right away XD

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    1. Thanks Lila! It is so true though! As my brother once said, "No one gives enough appreciation to volunteers."

      Catherine

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  7. I'll be submiting things. ;)

    Excellent post, Catherine!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Clare! Can't wait to see them!

      Catherine

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  8. Thanks y'all, for following me back on blogger and Google. I really appreciate it and I appreciate what y'all do. Keep up the good work. :)

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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  9. This is amazing - I can't wait to read more and someday soon I just may submit something!
    I pray God uses your blog in BIG ways! <3

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    1. That's great, Kara Lynn! Can't wait to seem them!

      We're praying also!

      Catherine

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