Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Feature: The Untold by Courtney Collins

With shades of Water for Elephants and True Grit, a stunning debut novel set in the Australian outback about a female horse thief, her bid for freedom, and the two men trying to capture her.

It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, Jessie is on the run.

Born wild and brave, by twenty-six she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler, and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her.

Two men crash through the bushland, desperate to claim the reward on her head: one her lover, the other the law.

But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her—her own child, who awaits her.

About the Book:
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (May 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399167099
ISBN-13: 978-0399167096

About the Author:
Courtney Collins lives on the Goulburn River in regional Victoria, Australia. The Untold is her first novel, and she is currently at work on her second novel.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Judy Blume Makeover!

 On April 29, 2014, Simon and Schuster is re-releasing Judy Blume's collection of books with a brand-new, 21st century, chic look!  Below are a few examples of the newly designed covers:

More makeovers coming in May!

JUDY BLUME, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Blubber, and Freckle Juice. More than eighty-two million copies of her books have been sold, her work has been translated into thirty-two languages, and she receives thousands of letters a month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. You can learn more about her on her official website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kids and Teen Choice Book Awards - Vote!

Voting is now Open!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kaia's Review: Dragon Keepers by Kate Klimo

Great for people who love adventure! 

The adventure starts in the first book, The Dragon in the Sock Drawer. In this book, brother and sister Jesse and Daisy discover a geode that they soon find out is a dragon egg. When the egg hatches, Jesse and Daisy have to take care of the dragon. As the series progresses, Jesse, Daisy, and their new dragon, Emmy, will go on crazy adventures to magical lands. In each book Emmy gets bigger along with bigger surprises.

I really enjoyed The Dragon Keepers series. It was fun to read about all the creatures they met and how the dragon grew up. This was one of my favorite books in third grade. Readers that enjoyed Guardians of Ga'hoole and The Familiars will enjoy this.

So grab your dragon and read The Dragon Keepers series!

About Kaia, our Middle Grade Reviewer:

Kaia, age 11, is a fifth grader from Huntsville, Alabama. She is an avid reader and artist, and her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling and Brandon Mull.

Book Extras:

About the Book:
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L
  • Series: Dragon Keepers (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375855882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375855887

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: The Accident by Chris Pavone

Prepare to lose some sleep!

Chris Pavone delivers another heart-pounding page-turner with The Accident. A mysterious manuscript lands on the desk of a literary agent, Isabel Reed.  At first, the book seems innocuous, but as Isabel reads further, she knows she has no ordinary book in her hands. Contained within its 488 pages, the manuscript is an expose', an unauthorized biography, and reveals awful secrets that could take down one of the most powerful men in the world. The author is anonymous, but each person who reads the manuscript should fear for their lives, because there are powerful people with great resources, who will stop at nothing to keep this book from being published.

This book had everything I was looking for when I picked it up, but I couldn't put it down and Chris Pavone owes me a night of sleep!

The opening of the book brings us up close and personal with the author of the mysterious manuscript, as he works to change the book from the first person to the third person, hoping to add a layer of safety, "to hide behind omniscience, and anonymity, to create the shadow of a doubt about this book's authorship. To give himself some chance of survival."

I was immediately drawn to the inside look into the publishing industry with fading careers hoping for that one big thing that will keep them in the game, hungry novices looking to make a name for themselves, and a subsidiary rights director hoping to get a jump on the next blockbuster.

Publishing.  New York. Manuscripts.  Murder. Film.  Mystery. Government. Politics. Conspiracies.
THE ACCIDENT has it all.

Book Extras:
Goodreads Page
Chris Pavone Website
The Accident Excerpt

About the book:
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385348452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385348454

About the Author:
Chris Pavone is the author of THE EXPATS, which was an instant New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller, published in twenty languages on five continents, as well as developed for film, plus winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Chris grew up in New York City, and attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn and Cornell University, then worked at a number of publishing houses over nearly two decades, most notably as an editor at Clarkson Potter, where he specialized in cookbooks; in the late nineties, he also wrote a little (and mostly blank) book called The Wine Log. Chris is married and the father of twin schoolboys, and lives in Greenwich Village and the North Fork of Long Island. His second novel, THE ACCIDENT, will be published March 11, 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Author Event: Tom Angleberger 3/23/14

Tom Angleberger, author and illustrator of the blockbuster Origami Yoda series is coming to Clinton, New Jersey to celebrate the release of 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Clinton Book Shop
12 East Main St
Clinton, New Jersey
United States

(Please Note: This is a ticketed event. Also, all books presented for signing must be purchased through the Clinton Book Shop. Call the shop to order your book and reserve your spot.)

About the Book:
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Series: Origami Yoda
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (March 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419710524
ISBN-13: 978-1419710520

At McQuarrie Middle School, the war against the FunTime Menace--aka test prep--wages on. Our heroes have one battle under their belts, and they've even found a surprising ally in Jabba the Puppett. But to defeat the Dark Standardized Testing Forces they're going to need an even bigger, even more surprising ally: Principal Rabbski. But with great forces--aka the school board--pushing her from above, will the gang's former enemy don a finger puppet and join the Rebellion--or will her transformation to Empress Rabbski, Dark Lord of the Sith, be complete? With this timely episode in the blockbuster Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger demonstrates once again that his "grasp of middle-school emotions, humor and behavior is spot-on" ("Scripps Howard News Service").

Origami Yoda Blog
Origami Yoda Website
Not in the NJ/NY/PA area?  Find Tom Angelberger near you:  EVENTS

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Live Internet Authors Event - Today!

Attention fans of Historical Fiction! 

March 6th marks the 692nd anniversary of the death of Emma of Normandy, dowager queen of England.

Live from their respective blogs and countries, Patricia Bracewell, American author of Shadow on the Crown, and Helen Hollick, British author of The Forever Queen, will be hosting an interactive interview to commemorate Queen Emma—the central figure in their novels.

There are two chances to participate in this one-of-a-kind event: 

Today, March 6th 
stream it live 
on Helen’s blog at 9am EST or 
on Patricia’s blog at 5pm EST 

For complete information, please visit Patricia’s blog

England, A.D. 1002
In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, a fifteen-year-old girl kneels to receive an English crown – an act that will echo down the ages. Within that circlet of gold the ambitions of four powerful men are about to collide, for this young queen is the key to all that they desire. To a calculating Norman duke she is a blood tie to the wealthiest monarchy in Europe. To a haunted English king she is a guarantee of allies against a fierce and brutal enemy. To Denmark’s Viking ruler she is a prize worth ten times her weight in silver. To a young ætheling of England she is a temptation to forbidden passion.
Her name is Emma…and she will change the course of history.
About the Author
Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She has always been fascinated by English history and holds an MA in English literature.  Her historical research has taken her to Britain, France and Denmark. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Oakland, California.
Saxon England, 1002. 
Not only is Æthelred a failure as King, but his young bride, Emma of Normandy, soon discovers he is even worse as a husband. When the Danish Vikings, led by Swein Forkbeard and his son, Cnut, cause a maelstrom of chaos, Emma, as Queen, must take control if the Kingdom-and her crown-are to be salvaged. Smarter than history remembers, and stronger than the foreign invaders who threaten England's shores, Emma risks everything on a gamble that could either fulfill her ambitions and dreams or destroy her completely.
Emma, the Queen of Saxon England, comes to life through the exquisite writing of Helen Hollick, who shows in this epic tale how one of the most compelling and vivid heroines in English history stood tall through a turbulent fifty-year reign of proud determination, tragic despair, and triumph over treachery
About the Author
Helen Hollick is the author of a trilogy of novels about Arthurian Britain: The Kingmaking, Pendragon's Banner and Shadow of the King, as well as Harold the King. She lives in London.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Read Across America Day!

Today is Read Across America Day!

NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.

There are tons of reading activities in schools, libraries, and book shops all over America today. Do a quick Google search or check out the Seussville website for downloadable activities!

Come join me Thursday, as I read aloud from one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books!

Clinton, New Jersey

11:00 AM

Craft to Follow

*I love reading aloud to children. They have NO judgement, they just love to listen and laugh. giving me license to be as silly as I want to be! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

WONDERful News!

Coming This Summer:

365 DAYS OF WONDER: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts
On sale August 26, 2014 / Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
HC: 978-0-553-49904-9 / $14.99 / $17.99 Can.
GLB: 978-0-553-49905-6 / $17.99 / $21.00 Can.

For those of you who are new here, I wanted to stand on a desk and scream at the top of my lungs for a little book called WONDER by R.J. Palacio.  If you haven't read this Middle Grade gem, no matter how old you are, do it.  Only then will you understand how excited I am that Random House is publishing 365 DAYS OF WONDER, as well as an eStory, THE JULIAN CHAPTER, both based on WONDER.  

Here is more from Random House Children's:

The story of a fifth grader born with a facial deformity who attends mainstream school for the first time, Wonder was called “rich and memorable” (The New York Times Book Review) and a “debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely” (The Wall Street Journal). Wonder has sold over 1 million copies since its publication on February 14, 2012. The bestselling middle-grade novel has remained at the top of bestseller lists, spending 97 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, with 44 weeks in the #1 spot. 

Wonder introduced readers to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts—that is, principles to live by. 365 DAYS OF WONDER: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts features precepts for each day of the year—daily quotes and inspiration, with words of wisdom from such notable figures as Anne Frank, Confucius, and Nelson Mandela, along with over 100 Wonder readers who sent Palacio their own precepts. Readers from all over the world submitted more than 1,200 entries in two weeks for inclusion in the book. Also included with the precepts are letters and emails from characters who appeared in Wonder, including Auggie, Summer, Charlotte, Amos, and Julian.

“When R. J. Palacio introduced us to her main character, Auggie, and his incredible story in Wonder two years ago, she instantly captured our hearts—and the hearts of more than one million readers across the country,” says Marcus. “Publishing a new work by Palacio is a special event, and 365 Days of Wonder is the perfect companion book for every fan, young and old, who was moved by the magic of Wonder.” 

“While there are many books full of inspirational quotes and sayings, precepts, as defined by Mr. Browne, are a little different,” says Palacio. “Their themes of kindness, strength of character, overcoming adversity, or simply doing good in the world teach those kinds of elemental virtues that parents strive to impart to their kids.”

Palacio’s debut novel featured alternating chapters narrated by various characters; however, the antagonist, Julian, was not included. With the publication of the e-original THE JULIAN CHAPTER: A Wonder Story (on sale May 13, 2014), Julian will be given a voice for the first time. “I had always thought he was an interesting character worthy of further exploration, but I didn’t give him a voice in Wonder because he had nothing to add to Auggie’s narrative over the course of this one very important year,” Palacio explains. “Outside of the context of Wonder, however, I’m able to explore the character much further. I think a lot of children identify with Julian—the bully—whether they admit it or not, and they struggle with whether he has any chance for redemption. I think THE JULIAN CHAPTER will bring some closure for this character who has sparked so much discussion among my readers.”

Random House Children’s Books will release a boxed set edition of Wonder and 365 Days of Wonder, also available on August 26th. 

About the Author:
R. J. Palacio wrote WONDER, her first novel, while working as Children’s Book Director at Workman Publishing. She is now Editor-at-Large at Workman Publishing and a member of the illustrious roster of authors represented by the Random House Speakers Bureau (RHSpeakers.com). She lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Featured: The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (February 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250038944
ISBN-13: 978-1250038944

“Greene’s genre-bending novel of madness and despair evokes both the predatory lasciviousness of Nabokov’s classic, Lolita, and the anxious ambiguity of Gillian Flynn’s contemporary thriller, Gone Girl (2012).” Booklist

“Greene (Mirror Lake; Envious Moon) has created a brilliant, harrowing novel depicting the spectacular unraveling of a once distinguished and proudly successful man. He has also conceived one of the most convincingly drawn unreliable narrators that readers may ever meet, a character recalling the creations of Edgar Allan Poe…Essential for fans of literary fiction.”
Library Journal

“The book is, at its core, a trenchant examination of one family’s terrible loss and how the aftermath of tragedy can make or break a person’s soul.” Publishers Weekly

“…this is a moving testament to the vicissitudes of love and loss, regret and hope.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A truly remarkable novel, I read the second half of The Headmaster’s Wife with my mouth open my jaw having dropped at the end of the first half.  Thomas Christopher Greene knows how to hook a reader and land him.”   
– Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

“An accomplished and artful storyteller, Greene has surprises in store as he unspools
a plot that becomes as poignant as it is unpredictable.”
–Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed

“I devoured this book.  Both psychologically complex and wickedly fast-paced.”
–Julianna Baggott, New York Times bestselling author of Pure

About the Author:
Thomas Christopher Greene was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tom has worked in a staple factory; as an oyster shucker; a speechwriter and spokesperson for a presidential campaign; the director of public affairs for two colleges; and as a professor of writing and literature. In 2006, Tom founded the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a top New England arts college, making him the youngest college president in America at that time. The Headmaster's Wife is Tom's fourth novel

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