Louise Palanker is a passionate advocate for teen causes and the author of the semi-autobiographical young adult novel Journals, which has been a recurring iTunes Staff Pick.
Inspired by the overwhelmingly positive response from teens, Louise recently turned her book into a free,
interactive book app, titled Journals: Middle School Love and War. In an age where physical communication has become overshadowed by technical social networking, Louise answers thousands of heartfelt questions from kids aged 9-17, in-app, on topics such as “Am I too young to date?” “Why is my mom so mean?” and “How can I tell if he likes me?”
Louise's vision is to create a strong, active community around Journals that fosters open dialogue between parents and teens about the tough questions of growing up: boys, girls, friends, dating, popularity, love,
sex and family issues.
In version 2.0 of the app, out now for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Louise has also added an innovative, lockable “Ask-Me Diary” that gives Journals readers questions for each day to help them get past their fears of expressing themselves and enables diary users to post entries onto social networks if they wish, including Facebook and Tumblr.
Inspired by the popularity of the Journals “Ask The Author” feature, Palanker recently launched the ‘Journals: Out Loud’ podcast, The show airs live on BlogTalkRadio and UStream Tuesdays 8-9 pm(Pacific), and features a team of teens who assist Louise as she answers listeners’ questions.
For more info on Louise Palanker and Journals, please visit:
For a free I Tunes download of Journals: Middle School Love and War,
Read the first 5 chapters of Journals: Middle School Love and War:
Listen or watch the ‘Journals: Out Loud’ podcast: