A Line In The Dark Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Today I’m excited to be part of A Thin Line In The Dark Blog Tour!

Let’s take a look at the book!


  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
    • The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

      Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift.

      As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

      When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

      Order the book here!


      Tawney’s Review: 

      This book was a psychological thriller with complex characters. It was a little tame in regards to those type of thrillers, especially with the beautiful cover, but the mystery kept me engaged.

      Jess and Angie are best friends but they could be so much more until Margot appears. Now we have a love triangle that sizzles of jealousy. The interaction of Jess with Margot and Angie are emotional. Jess has feelings she doesn’t understand for Angie and as Angie flaunts her relationship with Margot Jess’s world seems to be unraveling.

      This book was dark and edgy but I loved the sexual awakening that Jess had. It was mostly seen in her comics that she drew, a queer love triangle that represented her own. I really liked this part. The book starts off with Jess’s point of view but then goes into third person point of view, which threw me off my pace when reading. It took a couple of chapters before I got into the book again. The ending seemed a little rushed and not overly concluded. It was fine but left me wanting a bit more.

      Should you read it? Yes, a mild psychological thriller with a great love triangle that’s a quick read.


      About the author: 

       Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels AshHuntressAdaptation, and InheritanceAsh was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen. Malinda is co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. www.malindalo.com


      GIVEAWAY

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      TOUR SCHEDULE

      Week One:

      October 16 – YA Wednesdays – Character Aesthetics

      October 17 – Twinning for Books – Review

      October 18 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A

      October 19 – BookCrushin – Review

      October 20 – Read. Sleep. Repeat. – Author Guest Post | More than Friends

      Week Two:

      October 23 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Recipe

      October 24 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist

      October 25 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Author Q&A

      October 26 – Fiction Fare – Review

      October 27 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review & Aesthetics Board

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      Things I’m Seeing Without You Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

      Today I’m excited to be the last stop on the Things I’m Seeing Without You Blog Tour!

      Let’s take a look at the book!


      ABOUT THE BOOK

      Title: Things I’m Seeing Without You

      Author: Peter Bognanni

      Pub. Date: October 3, 2017

      Publisher: Dial Books

      Pages: 336

      Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

      Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back.

      Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

      Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

      As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

      Funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, and wondrous, in the vein of Six Feet Under and I’ll Give You the SunThings I’m Seeing Without You is a beautiful examination of what it means to love someone, to lose someone, and to love again.

      Order your book here!


      Tawney’s Review: 

      With 13 Reasons Why bringing to the forefront teen suicide, this book comes out at the right time to bring further reading of such a serious subject matter…teen suicide.

      Tess is in grief and barely functionable after finding out the boy she fell in love with died by suicide. She drops out of high school and goes to stay with her Dad. She sets out on a journey to discover who he really was and in her own grief help others cope with their own grief.

      The subject is so touchy and emotional I usually tend to stay away from such books that could bring me down. But this book sucked me in and I wanted to know more about Jonah and how Tess would cope. It was heart wrenching to see her maneuver through her grief and try to regain her life. The book was emotional, deep but also there were rays of light with Tess interaction with other characters.

       As the book progressed you find out more about Jonah and it helps the reader and Tess understood him in the end. This was an emotional read with just enough wit to tone down the seriousness. The author does a great job at keeping the pace and moving the reader right along with Tess.

      Should you read it?  Yes! If you liked 13 Reasons Why then you will want to read this book.

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       I received an ARC from the publisher and all views expressed are my own.


      GIVEAWAY:

      Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni. (ARV: $17.99 each).
      NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 25, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 16, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 18, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

      Enter here!

      And check out the other tour stops!

      SCHEDULE:
      Week One:
      September 25 – Arctic Books – Author Q&A
      September 26 – Fiktshun – Review
      September 27 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Reasons to Read TISWY
      September 28 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Author Guest Post
      September 29 – BookCrushin – Review
      Week Two:
      October 2 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A
      October 3 – Dazzled by Books – Review
      October 4 – In Wonderland – Beyond the Pages
      October 5 – YA and Wine – Review & Mood Board
      October 6 – Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post
      Week Three:
      October 9 – Rants & Raves of a Bibliophile – Review & Favorite Quotes
      October 10 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Guest Post
      October 11 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Q&A
      October 12 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
      October 13 – Twinning for Books

      ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

      Peter Bognanni

      Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the LA Times award for first fiction and the ALA Alex Award and has been adapted into a feature film.  He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

      Moxie Review

      This book spoke to me.

      Let’s take a look at the book Moxie.

       

       

      • Hardcover: 336 pages
      • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 19, 2017)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 1626726353

      MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

      Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

      Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

      Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

      Order here!


      Tawney’s Review:

      This was a fantastic read that just had girl power all over it.

      Vivian was a strong character fed up with all the sexist crap that goes on in high school regarding the football team, because they can do no wrong… and that’s what made this book rock!  She took matters into her own hand and made a feminist movement within her high school called Moxie.

      Vivian started off as a character who wanted to stay under the radar but boy when she’s fired up she’s not one to contend with.  She stood up for what she believed in even if it could damage her social and academic life.

      Should you read it? Yes! A powerful book that empowers female liberties and what it means to stand up for what’s right.

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      About the author:

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      Hi! I’m young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two, but if you speak French you can pronounce it better than that. Sadly, I don’t speak French.) I’m a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with my family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, I enjoy writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. I love to eat and hate to cook. For more fun facts, read on!
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      There’s Someone Inside Your House

      • Hardcover: 304 pages
      • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (September 26, 2017)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 0525426019

      It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.

      Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.


      My review:

      This was a very different type of thriller than I’m use to. More campy teen slasher movie from the 90s type.

      Makani has moved to Nebraska from Hawaii because of something that happened there. She now lives with her grandmother and is starting her senior year in high school. Nothing should happen in this small town and Makani can start over…or so she thought. Soon a serial killer is on the loose and the mayhem begins.

      I thought it was a good mystery and fast pace. I love thrillers so I was intrigued by this book. The killer is revealed earlier than expected so I was a bit surprised, especially since the killer was barely heard of. And why the killer was killing was a disappointment. The characters that died unfortunately didn’t resonate with me. I felt nothing for them. Just a simple bloody death.

      The suspense was dark and gritty but what I truly liked was Makani and Ollie’s relationship. There was definitely chemistry between them. It made a lighter tone to a dark plot. Maybe that’s because Perkins normally rights contemporary romance. So, it seemed like a romance book with occasional killings. This was Stephanie Perkin’s first thriller and it wasn’t bad!

      Should you read it? Yes, but it’s a different type of thriller with more romance than slashing. It may not have connected with me but it could with you.

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      I’m giving away my ARC of There’s Someone Inside Your House! To win comment below on your favorite slasher movie and why it scares you! 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪

      Charm Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

      I am so excited that CHARM by J.A. Armitage is available now and that I get to share the news!

      If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by USA Today Bestselling Author J.A. Armitage, be sure to check out all the details below.

      This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Cinderella Prize Pack courtesy of J.A. So if you’d like a chance to win, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

      About The Book:

      Title: CHARM

      Author: J.A. Armitage

      Pub. Date: September 26, 2017

      Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

      Pages: 291

      Formats: eBook

      Find it: AmazonGoodreads

      You all know the story of Cinderella… 

      The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. The problem is, she has no intention of ever getting married, let alone pushing a child out of her ladyparts. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. The problem is, she doesn’t want to choose between a hundred eligible bachelors. She just wants to live her life in peace and find love in her own time.

      Cynder knows about the impending war between his people and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of his own royal family, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for.

      Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.


      Excerpt:

      My mother smiled. Her smile had a way of putting people at ease. I’d seen her use it countless times on nervous subjects. That’s what made her a good queen. She flicked her eyes towards my father who just nodded and then she turned back to me. Reaching forward and taking my hand in hers she spoke softly to me. Another trick of hers to keep me calm. I wondered briefly what exactly she would need to keep me calm for.

      You already know

      The little voice was persistent.

      “We cannot cancel the ball. Too much is at stake and, while it is unfortunate timing, it would be madness to stop it at this late stage. Your father and I have talked extensively about this and we have decided that you are to take Grace’s place.”

      I opened my mouth in shock. We had only just begun the official mourning for Grace and here they both were, asking me to take her place at some stupid party.

      “You mean dance with the men?”

      “Not just dance with them. We need concrete ties. The country is in a period of great instability and we need a leader to take our place when we are gone. We need you to choose a husband.”


      About J.A.:


      Born in Leeds, I lived a very normal life until I got bored one day and decided to travel the world. Since then I’ve worked on a Banana Plantation, cleaned ACDC’s dressing room and been a professional clown.

      I climbed to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the top of Kilimanjaro. Nowadays you’ll find me being a climbing frame for my two young children, working in a school, and renovating my home.

      Did I also mention I wrote some books?

      I hope you enjoy them!

      For my free books, just sign up to my newsletter here!

      Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads


      Giveaway Details:

      *****CHARM GIVEAWAY*****

      I’m giving away a Cinderella swag pack, print copies of Charm and a $20 Amazon voucher.
      1st prize: Cinderella Swag Pack with NYT bestselling book, DVD and print copy of Charm
      2nd Prize: $20 Amazon Giftcard and Ecopy of Charm
      3rd Prize: Print copy of Charm

      Just click the link below to take you to the entry form

      https://www.jaarmitage.com/giveaway

      Pre-Pub Adventure: September 2017

      It’s Pre-Pub Adventure and we have a new author to introduce today!

      Please welcome author Karina Yan Glaser!

      Every month we follow authors on their publishing adventure. Have you ever wondered how authors prepare for a book release or what they are working on while also getting ready to publish a new book? How do they multitask? What is publishing like? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

         

      1. Welcome Karina! Introduce yourself.

      Thank you for having me! My name is Karina Yan Glaser, and I am a full-time writer and a contributing editor at Book Riot. I live in Harlem, New York City, with my family and assortment of rescue animals.

      2. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street sounds humorous and entertaining, how did you come up with the idea?

      The idea for The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street actually came to me in the middle of the night four years ago, around 2am. I woke up with the first sentence for the book and jotted it down on a piece of paper on my bedside table. I ended up writing the whole (very messy) first draft for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I had wanted to write about a big family living in modern New York City, sort of like a contemporary spin on classic books like All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor and The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright.

      3. The cover is amazing, did you get to have any input in it?

      Yes, my editor and the book designer kept me in the loop with every version of the cover. I didn’t have much to contribute except, “Wow, this is amazing!” or “I love it!”. I gave some feedback on aspects of the cover that did not line up with the story, but otherwise I really trusted my publisher and the cover artist to create what they thought was best.

      Follow Karina: Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Blog


      1. You’ve been busy the last month with trips to book conferences, how do you prepare for them?

      Mmmmmm… *prepare* is kind of a strong word, lol. Earlier in the year, I would spend weeks trying to figure out outfits and makeup looks and blah blah… Now? I throw a bunch of stuff in a backpack the morning of my flight and pray I didn’t forget anything. It’s really such a whirlwind at this point, I’m constantly on the fly both literally and figuratively.

      1. You recently held the final hardcover of your book in your hands, what was that momentlike?

      Surreal doesn’t begin to cover it. By the time the book comes out, it’ll have been 32 months since I sold it, so it felt like the end of a legitimate era, really. I know I’ll never read the thing, but I’m going to use that First Copy I Ever Held as MY book that people sign while I’m signing theirs. Like a prose yearbook. (Shoutout to Sabaa Tahir who’s the first person I ever saw do that!)

      1. With only a month until Dear Martin releases what are your plans?

      Sleep as much as possible. Trying to really rest and fuel up before the TRUE journey begins. 🙂

      Follow Nic: Twitter * Instagram * YouTube


      Liara Tamani

            

      1. With a month to go until Calling My Name is released, what are you doing to prepare?

      I can’t believe my pub-date is getting so close! I remember when October 24th seemed so far away, and now it’s almost here. So exciting. Seems like I’m doing a little bit of everything these days! Setting things up for the book launch party and subsequent Calling My Name bookstore events. Writing for a new (still secret) project. Doing podcasts. Working on book two. Writing pieces for various blogs. Putting together a pre-order campaign. So many things! But all things to help build momentum around Calling My Name and keep my writing career moving forward, so I can’t complain.

      2. Epic Reads just recently did a feature on the cover design of Calling My Name, did artist Vashti work with you when designing it? 

      No. I had no idea she was designing it until my publisher, Greenwillow Books, presented the finished design to me. I cried when I saw it. Vashti obviously invested time into reading my book and understanding the protagonist, Taja, and her journey to find herself. Taja couldn’t be more perfect on the cover—beautiful and magical and contemplative—and I couldn’t be more grateful.

      3. Calling My Name was also featured on BuzzFeed’s 22 YA Novels You’ll Want to Read From Cover to Cover this Fall, how does it feel about the excitement around your book? 

      It’s an awesome feeling seeing Calling My Name on lists like that. As a writer, you never know how well your book is going to be received. It feels great knowing people have read it and enjoyed it. And obviously being on lists like that helps get the word out about your book, which is always a good thing! I try to come from the place of putting my best work into the world and not worrying about its commercial success, but it’s hard. I want my book to succeed. And if I’m honest, I want as many people as possible to read it.

      Follow Liara on her blog * Instagram * Twitter * Facebook


          

      1. You have one more month until Dare Mighty Things releases! This is so exciting! What are you doing to prepare for the release?

      What am I doing? I assume you mean other than growing more panicked every day? ;P Mostly I’ve been buying fun stuff for my launch – photo booth props, prizes, food – and setting up my preorder campaign. Oh, and doing interviews! 🙂 But yeah, no, mostly my brain has been on frantically trying to finish book 2 before deadline, which happens to be like 2 weeks before book 1 comes out.

      Yeah, I have to finish the sequel before the first book is even out. Author life is nuts that way.

      Don’t miss out on Heather’s pre-order giveaway here

      2. Tell us about your experience at Dragon Con? (I loved your Instagram pics!)

      Thank you so much! I wish I could’ve taken more photos. I saw SO MANY amazing cosplays – I mean, just astounding, incredibly detailed and beautiful ones – but it’s literally so packed all you can do is kind of jump into this river of humanity and get swept along until you reach your destination and have to jump out of the stream. And I was too shy to ask most people for their photos, haha.

      I did two panels with some authors that I was super intimidated by at first, but they were SO quick to welcome me and make me feel at ease. Pretty soon I forgot to be nervous and just enjoyed chatting about the things I loved and sharing that love with other panelists and the audience. Which is the best part of doing panels, I think – mentioning some book or movie you love and having the room go “YES!”

      It was super overwhelming, the first couple of days. But you know, even with 80-thousand-some-odd people crammed into 5 hotels, everyone was kind of amazing. Super friendly, just happy to be there, and most everyone was super respectful of your personal space (as much as could be allowed.) I never saw people being rude or even short-tempered, really. People were geeking out over each other’s costumes and it was generally just a friendly, happy atmosphere; a giant nerd party! Even for an anxious introvert like me, the crowds became easier when I realized that NOBODY is looking at you, because they’re all looking at that AMAZING Maui cosplay over there with the gigantic 12-foot-long hook.

       I have to admit, I was really happy to get home, but it was a lot less fun knowing I wasn’t going to see Daenerys carrying around a massive dragon on her shoulder or Wonder Woman on my way to work. For a few days during DragonCon, people turn what they love into reality, and it’s just kind of magical. I was glad to experience it.

      3. What’s it like hanging out with other authors?

      Um, intimidating? Haha. But also, a lot easier than I’d imagine. You see people in real life and they’re suddenly human to you – more real and normal than you might think when you only know their online persona. And we’re all so like-minded when you get down to it; we all just love books. Nobody understands what you go through in publishing, especially in your debut year, like other authors. They’re so ready to commiserate with you and share tips, advice, and hilarious stories to make you feel better. It’s often easy to get into conversations, even when many of them are just as nervous to be outside & away from their computer screens as I am.

      Much love to everyone I met that weekend. I hope to meet more of you soon!

      Follow Heather: Blog * Twitter * Instagram * Tumblr


      1. What have you been working since last we check in?

      I have been working on a super secret project that is near and dear to my heart. I can’t say much, but I can say that I was inspired by the beautiful British countryside and some of the people I met on my travels. ; )

      2.So you recently spent an afternoon falconing, tell us all about it?!

      Falconing was incredible! We got to hold and learn about several different falcons and owls, then we got to actually fly some of them! A few things I learned: falcons, while light, are heavier than you’d expect; holding an owl is like holding air, you barely feel anything when they land on you; some owls like to walk on the ground and it’s hilarous; and it’s way easier to become a falconer in the UK than the US. I left with a new appreciation for these beautiful birds of prey!

      3. Your book is a month away from releasing, how are you preparing for it?

      Publishing has the unique ability to go from completely motionless to boulder rolling down a steep hill in no time flat. You go months with nothing to do and then wham. I’ve been sending out ARCs, setting up interviews, scheduling events, creating & ordering bookplates, and a dozen other tiny things. My release date was pushed to October 31, so now I’m scrambling to reschedule my launch party as well. The month or so leading up to launch is definitely a whirlwind!

      Follow S.F. Henson: Blog *InstagramTwitter * Goodread *Facebook


      Until the next Pre-Pub Adventure check in!

      Wild Bird Blog Tour

      Today we’re part of the Wild Bird Blog Tour!

      Let’s take a look at Wild Bird.


      • Age Range: 12 and up
      • Hardcover: 320 pages
      • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 5, 2017)

      3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.

      The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive.


       

      Review:

      This book was a mesmerizing read.

      Wren was taken from her home to the Utah desert for a wilderness therapy camp. She’s a troubled 14-year-old who doesn’t feel connected to her family and this may be the only way to save herself. It could be her last chance.

      Wren is a relatable character that many teenagers could identify with. The loss of self-worth and feeling of isolation is common.  Wren struggles with her demons and the dilemmas of life. The transformation that Wren goes through is beautifully written. The perspective changes from the therapy camp to flashbacks of Wren’s school and home life. It helped weave that paths together of why she’s at camp and what she must do to save herself.

      Should you read it? Yes, an emotional book that journeys into the heart of one’s self-discovery.

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      About the author:

      ​Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series—often called “The new Nancy Drew”—and wrote Flipped, which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by School Library Journal and became a Warner Brothers feature film, with Rob Reiner directing.

      Her other stand-alone titles include The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, and The Running Dream, which was awarded American Library Association’s Schneider Family Award for its “expression of the disability experience.”

      Van Draanen has also created two four-book series for younger readers.  The Shredderman books feature a boy who deals with a bully and received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit,” and was made into a Nickelodeon movie. The related Gecko & Sticky books, which are full of alluring alliterations that make for rousing read-alouds, are perfect for reluctant readers.

      A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Van Draanen resides in California where she can be spotted riding shopping carts across parking lots. She and her husband, Mark Parsons, have two sons, two dogs, and enjoy the three R’s: Reading, Running, and Rock’n’Roll.