Jeannette Eyerly, one of the first authors to bring serious issues like death, abortion, and drugs to the once-bubble-gum world of young adult fiction, has died at the age of 100. In addition to writing popular novels like Drop-Out , More Than a Summer Love , and A Girl Like Me , Eyerly was also a mental health advocate . She campaigned to reduce the stigma of mental illness, and to provide alternatives to hospital care — she even helped found a mental health center in Polk County, Iowa. RIP Jeannette Eyerly, and kudos for addressing people's hardships, both in fiction and in life. [NY Times ]