Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal
by Taro Meyer
GENRE: YA/Middle Grade
Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???
“You know that thousands of girls like Aaron,” she said. “Right?”
“So it’s statistically almost impossible that a pop star boy will date a fan.”
I should have known she’d say something like that. I wanted to say, “Okay, just forget it.” But instead I said, “Whatever! I mean I just love his singing and his writing. That’s all.”
But that’s not all. How do you change what you feel just because some stupid statistics say you don’t have a chance? An article in Tigerbeat said Aaron had dated a girl from his high school for three months! And she wasn’t a star! So who knows what can happen? When you feel something, you have to believe! Your feelings are totally crucial to your life! When I look at Aaron’s face I get those stomach flutters! And feelings CANNOT BE IGNORED.
I started thinking about stomach flutters instead of the essay and wondering why they happen with just one particular boy. Why can one boy make your stomach go CRAZY????
I called my cousin Elyse to ask what she thought because she’s older and experienced.
“No one really knows,” she said. “That feeling just hits you. But you want to make sure that the boy you like, likes you back.”
“How can you tell?”
“Well,” she said after thinking for a minute, “sometimes boys don’t want you to know they like you. So they look at you like they are trying to look like they aren’t looking at you or liking you, but really, they are.
Taro Meyer: Why I write the kinds of books I do
I love writing for young people because I love their energy, their ideas, their creativity. I enjoy Middle Grade fiction because it focuses on a time in one’s life that is about change. It’s about discovering who you are as an individual; it’s about maturing personally and socially, learning what your values are and how to navigate your expanding and increasingly challenging world. As an audiobook producer/director, I fell in love with Middle Grade (and YA fiction) because they are so attuned to their audiences and so well-written.
I also adore writing for younger children. I love to play with kids and be silly with them. I especially enjoy making up zany rhymes with – or for -them. It doesn’t matter if we use real words or made up ones. It’s all fun and stimulates creativity. It’s great seeing their joy at realizing they’ve come up with something funny or something original. Seeing a child’s whole being light up as they are being creative, playful and encouraged, is one of life’s great treats. I used to play the rhyming game with my daughter when she was little. One person says a sentence, the next person rhymes it and the game keeps going until someone is stumped. We began doing it when she was about three or four. We’d rhyme as we walked home from her school, or from shopping, or from the park. I’ve recently written and produced a musical album and illustrated book, Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin. It’s all in rhyme. My now-adult daughter wrote some of the songs with me. She’s still a great rhymer and she says it’s because of all those rhyming games we used to play.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One, Here’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.
She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie.
As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others.
Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.
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