Thursday, March 28, 2013
Spring break is just around the corner! Vacation time is the best time to sit down and read tons of books. If you haven't already read Jennifer E. Smith's books, this is the golden opportunity. Jennifer is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Look Like.
Miranda Reads: In the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight I must admit that Oliver is quite the charmer. Is Oliver based on someone you know?
Jennifer E. Smith: He’s not, actually, though I have a good friend with an accent whose middle name happens to be Oliver, and he likes to tell everyone that the character is based on him!
MR: Do you believe in love at first sight? Why?
JES: I believe in connections at first sight – a spark of interest and a feeling that you want to get to know a person better. In spite of the title, I’m not quite as convinced by the googly-eyed, swoony version of love at first sight, though I’m both an optimist and a romantic, so I guess it’s nice to believe it’s at least possible. You never know…
MR: Your latest book, This is What Happy Looks Like will be released in April. Can you tell us what it's about?
JES: It’s about what happens when an email goes astray, sparking an unlikely relationship between two very different teens from opposite ends of the country – a girl from a small town in Maine, and a boy from California who happens to be a movie star. Like Statistical Probability, the story explores the idea of fate quite a bit.
MR: In YA literature, it seems that almost every book has some sort of an “epic love triangle” (ie. the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle from the Twilight Saga; the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love triangle from the Hunger Games trilogy). Readers love them or don’t like them. What’s your personal opinion about “love triangles”?
JES: You know, I really do enjoy them in other books, but I’ve never actually included one in any of my own. In some ways, I guess it feels like an artificial conflict, and so far, I’ve been more interested in exploring other obstacles that face two people in a relationship. But I’m a sucker for reading about them in other books, and I’d love to potentially try one at some point.
MR: One of your fun facts says that you went to St. Andrews in Scotland and missed Will and Kate by 1 year. If you were at St. Andrews the time that Will and Kate were there, what would you say to them? Would you ask for their autographs?
JES: It would have been really cool to meet them, though I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have had the nerve to say anything at all. A friend of mine who was there at the time once asked William if she could borrow a pen during class. That’s probably about as far as I would have gotten too!
MR: What author are you most looking forward to meeting at the 8th annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival?
JES: It’s a great line-up this year, and there are so many authors I really admire, and others who are good friends, so it’s going to be a lot of fun. But the person I’m most excited to meet is definitely Michael Morpurgo. I was first introduced to his work when I was living in the UK, and I absolutely loved Private Peaceful, and of course, War Horse, as well. So I’m really looking forward to meeting him.
Make sure you enter the giveaway by suggesting an appropriate song (in the comment box) for Stephanie should sing at TBF. The grand prize is 10 door prize tickets. The giveaway ends April 22.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Giveaway: 10 door prize tickets! With these door prize tickets, you will have a chance to win a stack of books and other prizes as well.
How to enter: in the comment box below, suggest a song Stephanie and the other TBF committee should sing at the opening ceremony. Please pick an appropriate song with no swear words.
Giveaway deadline: April 22nd
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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"I watch his chest rise. It's as though he is lifting himself up one last time. A final stand? I see the pillow in his lap. He pauses and takes a deep, slow breath. Has it all come down to this?"
-Stuck in Neutral
*Monroe County Library link for Stuck in Neutral- http://classic.libraryweb.org/carlweb/jsp/FullRecord?databaseID=720&record=5&controlNumber=869758
Monday, March 18, 2013
Ethan from the Caster Chronicles (by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl) along with Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (by Jennifer E. Smith) need YOUR help! On the blog Paper Lanterns Lit, it's Swoon Madness! It's a fun tournament featuring favorite YA literature heroes. Ethan and Oliver are up against some tough swoon-worthy YA heroes. Help Ethan and Oliver win the "Sweet Sixteen" round by voting on the Paper Lantern Lit blog. The polls are closed this Wednesday! So vote for these two swoon-worthy heroes!
For TBF 2013 our fundraiser challenge was to raise $8,888. I'm happy to announce that we did it! Whoo-hoo! Huge thanks to all who contributed to the fundraiser. Now, we can all see Stephanie in a prom dress and sing to the authors at TBF 2013!
Getting back on track, I read the first book in the Touch series, Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz. She is also the author of Blue is for Nightmares series and stand-alone novels, Bleed and Project 17.
Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something...but he's not the only one with a secret.
What an intense and thrilling novel. A new guy at school who might possibly be a psychopath: check. Receiving creepy love tokens from a sketchy secret admirer: check. Have several people on the suspect list who could be the love stalker: check. Deadly Little Secret is the type of book that you promised to read one more chapter and before you know it, you finished. It was brilliantly written. Readers who like to read paranormal, suspense, mystery and romance will love Deadly Little Secret.
Keep checking the blog. There might be another giveaway soon....
Now from Writers and Books!
Poster with more info
Not only will Canvas contain submissions exclusively from teenagers, it would also be run by an editorial board of local high schoolers to insure that each publication is representative of, and faithful to, the voices of Rochester youth. The editorial board is responsible for choosing the general guidelines for each submission, the length of each publication, which submissions to accept, themes for each issue, and the general layout of each publication. We have chosen an editorial board, and they are hard at work on our first publication.
Now we need submissions.
- Fiction – Please limit submissions to 2,500 words
- Poetry – You may submit more than one poem, but please do not exceed five pages worth of poetry.
- Creative NonFiction – Please limit submissions to 2,500 words.
- Flash Fiction – You may submit more than one flash fiction story, but please do not exceed five pages worth of flash fiction (with a maximum of 500 words per story).
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Have you finished reading the Caster Chronicles by co-authors, Kami Garcia and TBF author, Margaret Stohl? If not, start with the first book, Beautiful Creatures. Here's my review. After reading Beautiful Creatures, the next book is Beautiful Darkness, (in between is e-novella, Dream Dark) third book is Beautiful Chaos and the fourth and final book is Beautiful Redemption.
Mourning about the end of the Caster Chronicles? There's good news! Margaret Stohl has a new series called Icons. The first book will be released on May 7th, just in time for TBF! Yay!
P.S.--More good news! Kami Garcia also has a new series called Legion. The first, Unbreakable, is expected to be out October 1st. So many books to look forward to this year!
Friday, March 8, 2013
Every girl wants to grow up to be a Spinster, one of the beautiful women who spin the fabric of life. It’s either that or working as a secretary. Once every girl turns 16, they are tested to see if they have the gift to become a Spinster. But Adelice’s parents have told her that she musn’t be chosen; so she tries to fail. But she knows that they will be coming for her. And the life of a Spinster isn’t exactly all fun and games. So how will Adelice escape this life that her parents tried to have her avoid?
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Elizabeth Reads: Why did you want to be an author?
ER: What inspired you to write Crewel?
ER: How did you dream up Adelice’s world in Crewel?
GA: It all started with the concept of Spinster. In Arras, you want to be a Spinster because they seem to have lavish lives and power. From there I started wondering what that world would look like and it took on this Mad Men vibe, so naturally I wanted everything to have that glamourous feel of the 40s and 50s.
ER: Who was your favourite author as a teen? Were you always a big reader?
GA: That's hard because YA didn't really exist when I was a teen, save for Judy Blume. Most of my teen reading was for class, but we read great books! Honestly! Fitzgerald, Huxley, Dickens, and Shakespeare. I was so very into Shakespeare with I was a teen. I read about Renaissance theatre and made notes in the margins. I guess Shakespeare was my favorite author in high school.
ER: What’s the part about TBF that you’re most excited for?
GA: I hear there's Jell-O wrestling.
ER: What book(s) are you reading now or recently?
ER: When's the next Crewel book coming out?
GA: OCTOBER 29, 2013! It will be here before I know it.
I for one am totally excited about meeting Gennifer Albin at TBF. I ADORED Crewel (as I'm sure you will too), and I cannot wait to read its sequel. (Check back for a review of Crewel in a few days!) I hope you'll be able to come and meet Gennifer Albin at the festival in May! (Just over 70 days left!!!)
Also, don't forget that we're only $200 away from meeting our goal of $8,888. Ask your family and friends to donate so that we can see all the board members (including Stephanie) in prom dresses!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
When reading: Ellen Hopkins I listen to: The Cure Disintegration
When reading: Tom Angleberger I listen to: They Might Be Giants Here Comes Science
I'm sure that I'll think of more, but why don't you send us some suggestions of what you listen to! OR why not guess as to what you would think the authors' listen to!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Congradulations! Bookworm4ya, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you your prizes.
Thank you so much to everyone who entered. Check back soon for another giveaway and another chance to win!