YA authors spread awareness with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Unless you’re a hermit living in a cave without WiFi, you’ve heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge, now officially endorsed by the ALS Assocation, began as a way to simply raise awareness and earn some money to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The crippling disease, which causes paralysis and eventual death, affects many people around the world.

Dumping a bucket of ice water on your head may seem like a silly way to raise awareness, but the ALS Association has raised over $94 million since the challenge began. And though the challenge started in late July, YA lit authors are just beginning to get involved.

The Dark Divine author Bree Despain, challenged by Teen Author Boot Camp organizers Writers Cubed, nominated Natalie Whipple, Elana Johnson and Colleen Houck. Houck (Tiger’s Curse series) accepted her nomination from Despain and subsequently nominated Carrie Ryan, Ann Aguirre and Beth Revis.

Sara Raasch, author of Snow Like Ashes, accepted author Martina A. Boone’s nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and elected to take it to a new level: sitting in a huge tub of ice, as her book takes place in a wintery world.

The CEO of publisher Scholastic challenged Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and The Raven Cycle series. Stiefvater chose to take the challenge in a slightly different direction, focusing on a new charity organization that focuses on safe driving for teenagers.

“You may have noticed that there are no ice buckets in this video. That is because I am tired of looking at ice buckets and never tired of looking at cars,” said Stiefvater.

Other challenged and participating YA authors include Lori M. Lee, Julie Kagawa, Adi Alsaid, Scott Westerfeld, Brandon Sanderson, Trisha Leigh, Denise Grover, Katie Finn, Jessica Brody, Heather Demetrios, Shannon Hale and Michelle Madow (who completed her challenge in Iceleand). Literary agents, including Amy Boggs and Brooks Sherman, also participated in the challenge.

John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars, was asked on Tumblr about participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Recovering from meningitis, Green elected not to participate.

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