Just before we graduated from Simmons, I got to read an early draft of a novel about a girl with the Troubles. Gloria Jean's diagnosis of celiac disease brought on some kissing concerns; who wants to worry about what her partner has been chewing? But Gloria Jean also had some less typically-YA worries. If she couldn't have gluten, how could she take Communion?That draft has since become Ten Commandments for Kissing Gloria Jean, by Britt Leigh, now out from Pauline Books and Media. I've seen the humor, thoughtfulness, and YA moxie that went into this novel, and I can't wait to read the final product. Happy book birthweek, Britt!