Tuesday, May 18, 2021

BLOG TOUR: Taking Up Space by Alyson Gerber


 Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Award-winning Author Alyson Gerber's Taking Up Space. Today, on our tour stop, we have a guest post to share featuring "5 Quotes from Taking Up Space." We even have a tour-wide giveaway to share as well. So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE.

Middle Grade
Publish Date:
May 18, 2021

Sarah loves basketball more than anything. Crushing it on the court makes her feel like she matters. And it’s the only thing that helps her ignore how much it hurts when her mom forgets to feed her.

But lately Sarah can’t even play basketball right. She’s slower now and missing shots she should be able to make. Her body doesn’t feel like it’s her own anymore. She’s worried that changing herself back to how she used to be is the only way she can take control over what’s happening.

When Sarah’s crush asks her to be partners in a cooking competition, she feels pulled in a million directions. She’ll have to dig deep to stand up for what she needs at home, be honest with her best friends, and accept that she doesn’t need to change to feel good about herself.


*5 Quotes from Taking Up Space*


"There’s no instant fix for the hole deep inside me... But it helps to say it’s there, twisting up the way I see myself and messing with my view of everything."


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"Detectives aren’t exactly superheroes. But they know how to pay attention to details, follow their instincts, and listen to themselves. I wish I could be more like that—like a person who knows I’m right."


Alyson Gerber    #TakingUpSpace


"I’m not sure why I thought they were more right about me than me."

Alyson Gerber    #TakingUpSpace


"You can be healthy and also unhealthy at any size."


Alyson Gerber    #TakingUpSpace

"You’re not stuck. You can turn into one of those confident people."

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Praise for Taking Up Space

"This affirming novel offers a normalizing message about discussing body image and mental health." —Publishers Weekly

"[Gerber] supplies a positive representation of constructive approaches to an often misunderstood condition...Pragmatic and valuable." —Kirkus Reviews

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Scholastic Summer 2021 Dewey Diva Picks — Shortlist


**About the Author**
Photo Content from Alyson Gerber
Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically-acclaimed, own-voices novels Braced and Focused published by Scholastic. Her third novel Taking Up Space will be in stores on May 18, 2021. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AlysonGerber.

Braced, Focused, and Taking Up Space are all Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. Braced received three starred reviews and has been nominated for state book awards in Oklahoma, Indiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Dakota, and Georgia. Focused was picked as a best book of year by The Today Show, Kirkus Reviews, and A Mighty Girl and has been nominated for state book awards in Rhode Island, Oklahoma, and Michigan. Alyson’s latest novel, Taking Up Space, based on her experience with disordered eating, will be published on May 18, 2021. Taking Up Space will help readers recognize how much they matter and see that if something negative is taking up space in their minds, even if there isn’t a name for it, they should ask for help.

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***The Giveaway***

Giveaway Open Internationally | Must be 13+ to Enter
- ends June 7, 2021
Note: Not Responsible for Lost & Damaged Prizes in Your Mail Box

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