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Hi everyone. This past week we lost another fellow blogger, Stephanie. Many of you know her blog TeacherofYA at http://teacherofya.wordpress.com Thanks to Lara at http://larakareem.blog we now know she passed away from a pulmonary embolism. I only knew Stephanie through WordPress where we shared our love of books. She was a passionate bibliophile and especially loved YA literature. She started her blog after she discovered her twelve-year-old niece was given a YA book to read that was inappropriate, by a bookstore employee. She wanted to assist readers in finding the perfect books for them whether it was through her blog or her teaching. She was a supportive blogging friend and I always enjoyed our discussions. She was a high school English teacher who loved her students and dreamed of writing her own book one day. She’s left us far too soon. I will miss Stephanie and my thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and students. I was going to try to find an inspirational quote, but I came across something that she wrote on her Goodreads page that I’d like to share instead.

I believe one cannot be a truly good writer unless they are a reader.