From Booklist, October 2010:
“…Hegedus nicely blends the historic background with the contemporary strand as Maebelle's confidence slowly grows in this strong story about peer competition, race in a small town, and coming to terms with family history.”
Kirkus, October 2010
"The somber acknowledgment of the town's slave-holding past is contrasted with a present where racism and bigotry are not unknon, but hthere are no easy villans, and Maebelle's is not the only family where black and white come together...[Hegedus] treats the nicely drawn cast of characters with depth and dimension."
VOYA, October, 2009
From the School Library Journal, May, 2009:
“…beautifully described and believable…The pacing of [Between Us Baxters] is deliberate and suspenseful with twists and turns that add to the bittersweet conclusion.” School Library Journal
From Booklist, March 15, 2009:
“…Polly’s first person narrative shows the heartbreaking family and friendship drama…the struggle and fury of poor whites, and the shocking persecution of blacks. The good guys are not idealized. Polly’s quarrels with Timbre Ann run deep, and healing the hurt takes more than just saying sorry.” —Hazel Rochman
Twelve-year old reviewer; flamingnet.com: "Young Adult Books Reviewed by Young Adult Reviewers"
“This book is better than Twilight because it makes you think about how you treat people. It is not a book to throw on the floor…it’s the one you never want to put down!”
“Creating Your Own Canon,” at Brazos Valley SCBWI
Featured author at the 15th annual Young Writers' Workshop, to be held at Travis Heights Elementary.
8a.m. until noon
On faculty at Austin SCBWI 2011 Conference
Booking School Visit Events in the NY/NJ/CT/MA
Texas Book Festival featured author; moderating "True Grit: Kids with Chutzpah"
Texas Book Festival featured author: "It Could've Been: Mining the Past"
Book signing in the Barnes & Noble tent after Sunday's panel.
The Bookish Brunch
Speaking at the Round Rock, Texas, Barnes & Noble, 2pm
Fundraiser for Austin Chapter of National Novel Writing Month, I will be signing copies of Between us Baxters and Truth with a Capital T.
School Visit: Austin Discovery School
Johnson City Writers: panel discussion, luncheon, and afternoon writing workshop.
San Antonio, TX: Texas Library Association. Bethany will be walking the conference floor and attending the Delacorte Dames & Dude panel at the The Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference. The conference is being held in San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on 200 E. Market Street.
Austin, TX: The February meeting will be at BookPeople on February 13 from 11am – 12 noon.
Come join author Bethany Hegedus for a nuts and bolts approach to scene and structure. No hammer needed, or nails—just bring a notebook and get ready to examine Aristotle’s Incline and the 6 Key Scenes every book needs. Please be familiar with Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, (and who isn’t?) as Bethany will discuss the 7 Key Scenes used to build this gem of a book. d signing for students at the Newton County Day School in Needham, MA.
Moderating Third Thursday panel at Writers’ League of Texas.
February: Newton County Day School in Needham, MA; AINSE: Middle School Students of Color Conference in Needham, MA
March: Between Us Baxters Book Bash. I am celebrating the launch of Between Us Baxters with a cocktail party at Elizabeth’s; I will be speaking and reading at the NYC Assistant Principals and Heads of English department luncheon, hosted by Everbind/WestSide Books.
May: WestSide booth signing copies of Between Us Baxters 11-noon at Book Expo America, New York, NY
June: Attend Youth Inc. cocktail reception at City Winery, New York, NY
July: Attend Vermont College of Fine Arts mini-residency, Montpelier, VT
September: Attend Bar Harbor Books Festival in Bar Harbor, ME
October: WestSide booth signing copies of Between Us Baxters at NEIBA in Hartford, CT
November: WestSide booth signing copies of Between Us Baxters at NCTE in Philadelphia, PA