Author Event!

Children’s book authors Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan will be at the St. Louis Public Library — Schlafly Branch — this coming Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.,  with illustrator Brian Floca and editor Neal Porter of Neal Porter Books.  The four will be discussing their latest picture book project, Ballet for Martha:  Making Appalachian Spring.

If you have questions, you can call the library at 314-367-4120.

If you can make it, tell me all about it.  I have to work!


How teens respond to stress

When writing about your teen character, you no doubt apply stress to make their story as interesting as possible.  That’s good.

But if you base your character’s reactions to stress on your own reactions, that may not be good according to UCLA neuroscientist Adriana Galvan.  In addition to how stress effects brain function, Galvan has also studied how teens and adults interpret and respond to stress differently.

For example, the greatest sources of stress for adults are work and school work.  Teens?  You might be tempted to say school work, after all that is what we stress about.  But the greatest source of stress reported for teens is parents.

Adults respond least well to stress in the morning.  Teens, in the early evening.

When stressed, teens also show greater cognitive impairment than adults show.

So if you have your teen character running frantically to school, worried about a test, but later chilling at home in the evening, you might want to think again.

Read all of the National Science Foundation article about Galvan’s work here.