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1. If I Stay - Movie Review

If I Stay

Release date: 22 August 2014

Directed by: R. J. Cutler

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley

Based on the novel If I Stay by Gayle Forman

DiNovi Pictures/Warner Bros.

Based on Gayle Forman's best-selling young adult novel, If I Stay follows talented young cellist Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) after her family is involved in a fatal car accident. Her spirit wanders the halls of the hospital where her body lies in a coma, watching her loved ones grieve, remembering her life, and trying to decide whether she will wake up or go towards the light.

While the film adaptation is fairly faithful to the events of the novel, the forgettable dialogue fails to hit the right resonance. Lip-biting Mia comes across as stuck-up, pretentious, and flat--a disservice to Moretz, whose Hit-Girl character from the Kick-Ass movies proves she is capable of a wider range of expression. Her handsome rocker boyfriend Adam (the scrumptious Jamie Blackley) is by turns charming and cheesy. Their on-screen attraction smolders, but moments that should have flared fizzle instead. Fans of the book might swoon over their mawkish declarations of love, but the screenplay produces nothing even remotely as memorable or quotable as The Fault in Our Stars's simple but heartfelt "Okay? Okay."

The Halls's family life is much more compelling than Mia's budding romance. The adults surrounding her are drummer-turned-teacher dad Denny (Joshua Leonard), riot-grrrl-turned-travel-agent mom Kat (Mireille Enos), and the ever-supportive Gramps (Stacy Keach). Enos burns with pent-up energy, from her vibrant growl of a voice to her flaming hair to her staccato walk. Leonard's eyes light up with awe and pride as Denny realizes his daughter is a much more talented musician than he will ever be. Keach's bedside scene is the only one that moves me to tears: Gramps pours his heartbreak out and, just for a moment, pierces the veil between himself and Mia's lingering soul. 

A killer soundtrack could have saved If I Stay from its own snoozefest. It's serviceable, don't get me wrong. The poignant Saint-Saëns "Le Cygne", other cello pieces, and even the songs composed for Adam's fictional band Willamette Stone manage to imbue some otherwise lifeless scenes. But for a story set in musically rich Portland, Oregon, one has to wonder why no Portlandian bands are on the soundtrack.

Some visual choices were also a tad confusing: the outfit Mia wears for their snow-day outing is much more suited to a breezy California winter than snowy Oregon; a tight, too-bright close-up of Mia screaming in the hospital's hallway frames her more like a spoiled brat having a tantrum than a genuinely distraught young adult who has lost everything she holds dear. Top that off with Moretz's face super-imposed on someone else's body whenever Mia has to play the cello, and you have a hot mess of a movie.

I wanted to like it, I really did. But everything was too clean, while the audience was reminded now and then that life is messy, and that that's just how it is. Adam's tidy rehearsal space, perfectly-coiffed Mia (who looks like she spends an hour at the salon every morning before school), and the Halls's too-neat cottage would have benefited from a little grunge to make the setting more believable. In the end, I'd rather have watched a not-so-pretty cellist with medium acting chops, a script that better translates the emotions and not the plot, and a less-glossy production.

If I Stay is in theaters now.

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2. Watch Out, Hollywood! Blog Tour

We're featuring the second book in the Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child--Watch Out, Hollywood!  Read on for a quick interview with the author and a chance to win a copy of the books.

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About the Book

Hilarious tween heroine Charlie C. Cooper—reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child—is back! This sequel to Confessions of a So-called Middle Child will delight fans of Louise Rennison, Mean Girls, and Harriet the Spy.

Charlie's adventures offer a fresh look at middle school, bullying, and mean girls. In Book Two, Charlie navigates sudden celebrity and auditions for a television series, but a little white lie may endanger the one friendship Charlie can truly count on—and her connection to swoon-worthy crush Bobby! Poignant and seriously funny, Charlie's account of her dilemma is one all tweens will relate to.

Charlie knows what it feels like to be stuck in the middle, but it's finally her time to shine. After saving her friend Marta in the old Houdini tunnels of Los Angeles, Charlie's become a local hero, gained sudden celebrity, and *MIGHT* just become a TV star! But will Charlie let her newfound fame go to her head? Watch out, Hollywood!

Q&A with Maria T. Lennon

RNSL: What's the most important thing you try to emphasize when you write a story like Charlie's? Is it humor and fun, a life lesson, or a balance of several aspects?

MTL: When you write a book I think you need to have skin in the game—to quote Jonathan Franzen. It has to mean something. So, when I started writing about Charlie I wanted to write a story about a young girl trying to figure out who she was and how she fits in. Kids all try to see how they fit in, and they’ll try on a variety of different identities to see which one fits. Am I an athlete? Am I a brain? Am I—wait I’m none of these things. Then what? Am I bad? Am I the troublemaker? That’s the girl who interests me. The girl who just can’t find the thing that fits. So, it begins with a girl, there has to be a point and, of course, humor. Humor is everything in life.

RNSL: Where do you get your sense of humor?

MTL: My father. He was so funny—like hold-your-stomach funny. He had one of the driest, funniest senses of humor I’ve ever come across and thankfully I think we’ve inherited it by osmosis. No matter what we went through as kids—and we went through a lot—he had us laughing. And we still laugh all the time.

RNSL: Have you always been a writer? Tell us how you got started on the path that led you to your current career.

MTL: Yes. Always. First it was notes slipped under my mother’s door to apologize when I did something bad, and then when I went to school in England all I did was write essay after essay. I had great teachers and they supported my efforts.

RNSL: Is there a book or screenplay out there that you love so much, you wish you had been the one to write it? (I'll tell you mine: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger--the book, NOT the so-called movie!)

MTL: Million Dollar Baby and Brokeback Mountain are, in my humble opinion, perfection.

RNSL: If you could live anywhere else in the world except Los Angeles, where would it be and why?

MTL: In my mind there is always an act three. Act one: Get your life together, figure out who you are and what you want to be. Act two: Build a family and a life. And then Act three—do whatever the heck you like. Now, I’m still in act two but when act three comes along I’d like to have a house in the south of Italy. My husband is from Italy and we lived there for a long time before moving back to LA and having children. Life by the sea there is a good life. 

About the Author

Maria T. Lennon is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a novelist, a screenwriter, and the author of Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, the first book featuring the irrepressible Charlie C. Cooper. When not driving one of her four children to school or volunteering at school libraries, she can be found sitting in a parked car, a café, or a library, writing novels, travel articles, or just passed out. To learn more, and to download a free curiculum guide, visit her website: http://confessionsofasocalledmiddlechild.com/.

Blog Tour Schedule

Follow all of the stops on Maria Lennon’s blog tour!

Wed, Aug 13 - The Hiding Spot
Mon, Aug 18 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tues, Aug 19 - The Book Monsters
Wed, Aug 20 - The Children's Book Review
Thurs, Aug 21 - Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Aug 22 - Booking Mama
Mon, Aug 25 - Read Now, Sleep Later
Tues, Aug 26 - Once upon a Story
Wed, Aug 27 - The Late Bloomer's Book Blog
Thurs, Aug 28 - The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Fri, Aug 29 - Beauty and the Bookshelf

Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive both books featuring Charlie C. Cooper--Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child, new in paperback, and Watch Out, Hollywood! More Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child, in hardcover! (U.S. addresses only.)

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3. Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Unabridged audiobook

Read by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne

Publication date: 05 June 2012 by Random House Audio

Category: Adult Mystery Thriller Suspense

Keywords: Kidnapping, Murder, Crime

Format: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook

Source: Purchased from Audible.com

Having read Gillian Flynn's debut, Sharp Objects, I was really looking forward to her nightmarish account of a marriage gone completely to hell. An unemployed writer, Nick Dunne, drags his silver-spoon-fed, New York City born-and-bred wife Amy to his hometown in Missouri to help out his aging parents. Their relationship shreds apart over a combination of money troubles, petty arguments, and deep-seated resentments. On their fifth wedding anniversary, when Nick comes home to an empty house, he becomes the chief suspect in Amy's disappearance and possible murder. 

While the first part felt a bit slow, dragging along with two really unlikeable main characters, the second part blew up, took off, and didn't slow down until the last 30 minutes or so. The self-referential, inside-jokey-ness of the plot and dialogue kept me hooked, even though at times I wasn't quite sure who I was rooting for--Amy, the victimized wife, or Nick, the put-upon husband? The twist comes early, but then keeps on twisting until you can't see the end. The ending chilled me, though it left me wanting a different outcome.

I'm really looking forward to the film version from David Fincher. While I didn't like the ending of the novel, I hear the third act has been rewritten for the movie, and I look forward to the possibility of getting a more satisfying ending. I think Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck (a man with "a face you want to punch", as the character of Nick is described) are perfectly cast. 

The audiobook readers, Julia Whelan (Amy) and Kirby Heyborne (Nick) sound like they're really having fun on this production. Not only do they get to say the darndest things, they get to imbue the material with such vitriol and attitude that the last 2/3rds of the audiobook sounds virtually unstoppable. I seriously had to force myself to stop listening and go to sleep so that I wouldn't be a total wreck at work the next day. I'd definitely listen to other audiobooks they read.

Flynn writes her characters' voices with flair, shifting into their different moods and personas quickly and easily. She throws out so many red herrings, you hardly suspect that more than one of them--heck, almost all of them--turn out to be real. All in all, Gone Girl was exactly the escapist thriller I wanted for a zingy summer read.

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4. The Vault of Dreamers

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien

ISBN 10: 1596439386
ISBN 13: 9781596439382

Publication date: 16 Sept 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

Category: Young Adult Science Fiction

Keywords: SciFi, Reality Show, Privacy, Dreaming

Format: Hardcover, ebook

Source: ARC from Publisher

For students at The Forge School, every day is more than just a popularity contest. It's the most prestigious arts school in the country, true, but it's also the set of The Forge Show, a reality television series. Students attending Forge give up all of their privacy, except for the half day that they sleep, in exchange for 3 years of first-class creative education and revenue from ad sales, which they can later use to fund college studies.

For Rosie Sinclair, it's the chance to escape a life of poverty and obscurity. Just one problem: she's not very popular, and just before half of the sophomore class gets cut, she skips her sleeping pill so she can watch the rain fall on the dorm at night. Might as well make some good memories before she has to go back to the disused railway car her family calls home.

Except she doesn't get "voted off the island". A series of circumstances results in her blip rank rising high enough to stay. She gets to know a few of the kids in her classes, as well as a kitchen worker, Linus Pitts. But she also discovers that at Forge, not all of what you see is what you get... and there are eyes watching everywhere.

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The conclusion doesn't quite satisfy the outlandish premise, but I did find the journey there gripping and hard to put down. I liked Rosie, thought I felt frustration rising as she tried to unravel the mystery surrounding the school: with so much at stake, why jeopardize her position? And yet, I kept rooting for her through all of her obviously bad decisions, because somehow I felt that doing the wrong thing was really the right thing to do.

This novel raises some great discussion questions:

  • How far would you go to make money and improve your prospects for success?
  • How important is privacy to you? Are there instances in which you would give up your right to privacy? How is our privacy invaded on a daily basis, and what makes it ok/not ok?
  • What are dreams? How does the novel play with the different meanings of the word?
  • When Rosie makes decisions, is she influenced by their potential effect on her blip rank? If she is, is that wrong? Or is she just playing the game as it's supposed to be played?
  • What is the purpose of reality television? Think about this from several angles: as a subject on the show, as a producer, or as an audience member.

This book caused me at least one sleepless night. The secretiveness of the school's staff, the cinematic pace of the action, and the near-plausibility of the setup will tingle many a reader's spine.

I received this book for free from Macmillan for review purposes.

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5. Knitting Reimagined by Nicky Epstein

KNITTING REIMAGINED by Nicky Epstein

Knitting Reimagined by Nicky Epstein

ISBN 10: 0385346255
ISBN 13: 978-0385346252

Publication date: 03 June 2014 by Potter Craft

Category: Adult nonfiction

Keywords: Knitting, crafts

Format: Hardcover, ebook

Source: Finished hardcover copy from Publisher

 

I usually avoid Nicky Epstein designs, as they frequently don't match the kind of clothes I want to make. I'm a very practical knitter in general; while I love to knit complicated cables and lace, I also like the pieces I create to be things I can wear comfortably all the time, whether I'm going to the office, out and about, or just sitting at home knitting more things. Epstein's designs tend to appear much more precious and frilly than I'd normally wear.

I took a chance that Knitting Reimagined would have at least a couple of projects I could envision wearing, and that's about all I got. I'll agree that the designs are imaginative, playing with construction techniques, turning oddly-shaped sections at weird angles, and utilizing just about every show-offy skill there is: entrelac, intarsia, you name it. However, considering the amount of time it takes to finish a project if your knitting schedule is hampered by things like a day job or other hands-on activity, I don't think there are many pieces I would bother starting. On this very short list are the Crisscross Weave Tank with its braided back strap (p. 92), the dainty Edging Epilogue Dress (p. 162), and maybe, just maybe, the Directional Vest (p. 78), minus the swirly I-cord closure in front. 

One thing I do like about the book is that a "re-imagine it" section appears at the beginning of each pattern. It took me up to the third or fourth pass through this book to really take them to heart, otherwise I wouldn't even have been able to come up with the handful of projects that I might want to make and wear. Even then, occasionally even these miss the mark; on the Quintessential Cable Pullover, for example, it states "You'll want to keep the unique sleeve construction and the flaps..." No, no you won't. This pullover is a busy mess of tight cables, ribs, and flaps that make it look like the upside-down parapets of a castle. Compiled with poufed shoulders, an additional band of cable over each wrist, and a collar (optional, the re-imagine section notes, you can leave it off for "a sleek V-neck"), it's a hot mess of a sweater.

One project I'm still on the fence about is the Buttons and Bows Manteau (p. 124). It's a dress-length jacket in a lightweight mint-green yarn, with tucks adding texture to the skirt of the piece. There are two pink bows adorning the front on either side of the buttoned opening, and another one in back over a pleat to shape the waist. The optional ruffled collar is in the same contrasting color. My first thought is to change the color scheme entirely. The "re-imagine it" note suggests, "Remove bows or add even more to create the look you want." Add even more? Crazy talk. I really like the undulating shape of the tucks, but I'm already considering undertaking this piece in a purple sportweight yarn and replacing the bows with puffy stars to make a sort of deconstructed Lumpy Space Princess outfit for next year's Comic-Con. In other words, I'm not seriously considering making this unless it's part of a costume.

I'll spare you and the designer my descriptions of the projects I didn't like and can't re-imagine into a marginally wearable ensemble; that would just be hurtful snark. I can't decide if some of them are just tragically old-fashioned, or trying and failing to reach into the realm of couture. My modern/pragmatic biases aside, the book itself is fine. Photographs are taken from thoughtful angles and if nothing else, jog the imagination towards "this would look almost OK if..." The instructions and charts are clear, at least the ones that I read through completely for the handful of projects I think I might someday attempt. I can tell that this book really tried to stretch past the boundaries of the typical knitting pattern; it just doesn't quite make it past the edge.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for review purposes.

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6. 5th Blogaversary Giveaway

I've been blogging on and off since 1998. It's been such a fun and fulfilling part of my life and though I slow down now and then, I never really stop, and probably never will.

Some big things happening on this, the 5th anniversary of my current blog, Read Now Sleep Later:

1) We are going to be switching over to a new blog! readnowsleeplater.com will remain where it is for now, but new posts will only appear on readnowsleeplater.org, so update your bookmarks! We have a new Twitter @rnslbooks, but Facebook and Email followers, no need to switch :) 

2) CleverBee began as a group blog experiment with posts written by myself, Alyson Beecher from Kid Lit Frenzy, and David Yenoki from davidyenoki.com. I've decided to continue on my own, and Read Now Sleep Later will still cover book reviews, events, and giveaways. However, I'll also be blogging about other things I think are cool or interesting under the CleverBee banner. Interested? Click "CleverBee" on the menu above.

3) Giveaways! Oh my gosh so many giveaways. Thanks to all of our followers, new and old, for reading and following our blogs.

Enter with the Rafflecopter widgets below, depending on where you are. Please read our contest policy if you enter any of the giveaways.

Giveaway #1

For our US followers, we have $100 worth of books from the oldest children’s bookstore in America, Once Upon a Time Bookstore (winner’s choice)! Make sure you follow them on Twitter and Facebook

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Giveaway #2

For our non-US followers, we have $50 worth of books from Book Depository (winner’s choice)!

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Giveaway #3

Open to all Etsy shop followers anywhere in the world, 36 Book Geek buttons (a random selection) from my Etsy shop!

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Giveaway #4

Open to all school- or library-affiliated US blog followers, a 10-pack of Live to Read posters (16" x 24")! Keep one for yourself and give the rest of them away to your students, friends, colleagues. (Or keep them all for yourself; we won’t tell!)

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Good luck, and thanks again for your loyalty! We love you!

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7. Trailer Tuesday: Mortal Heart, Rumble, Mockingjay and more

Hello and happy Tuesday, everyone. It's been a while since we had a Trailer Tuesday. Did anyone see The Giver yet? I haven't had a chance to go out and see it but I am hoping to get to it soon. I hope you enjoy this week's trailers!

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers doesn't come out until November but I am soooo excited for it! I was lucky enough to grab an ARC at ALA this summer and am saving it to be read closer to the release date. I like this trailer. It's not too cheesy and I think the actor fits the part pretty well. Her sword skills look a little off but I am assuming she's not a real weapons expert in real life so I'll let it slide.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins - I have actually  never read an Ellen Hopkins book (sorry, I know, I know). I have no idea what this book is about but the trailer is intriguing. I like the music used in it, too. 

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant - I like how dark and creepy this story looks. However, the blond has terrible hair. I am pretty sure it's a wig.

Mockingjay teaser trailer - This trailer looks pretty awesome. I have to hand it to Jennifer Lawrence, too. She's turned a really whiny (to me) character into someone I actually want to root for. Natalie Dormer's hair is badass, too.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - I love the LoTR and Hobbit movies so I am inclined to like this trailer. I know a lot of people find these movies to be rambly and long, but I love them and love being in that world. Looks like there is going to be an epic fight in the last film. I am really sad that this doesn't come out until December. :(

Horns stars Danielle Radcliffe in the movie adaptation of the novel by Joe Hill. This looks really strange and trippy. I am interested to see how Radcliffe performs outside of the Harry Potter world. I watched The Woman in Black a couple of years ago and liked it. It's good t see him more projects. He has a rom-com called What If coming out later this year as well.

What do you guys think of these trailers? Which book or movie are you most excited about?

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8. Evil Fairies Love Hair

EVIL FAIRIES LOVE HAIR Written by Mary G. Thompson Illustrations by Blake Henry ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544308909 ISBN-10: 0544308905 Published August 8, 2014 by Clarion Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

EVIL FAIRIES LOVE HAIR

Written by Mary G. Thompson
Illustrations by Blake Henry

ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544308909
ISBN-10: 0544308905

Published August 8, 2014 by Clarion Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Check out Mary G. Thompson's new middle grade novel, Evil Fairies Love Hair! We have a quick Q&A with the author, links to other stops on the blog tour, and of course, a chance to win a copy of the book. Read on!

About the book

Eighth-grader Ali is growing one hundred fairies so she can get her wish. All she has to do is feed their ravenous appetite for . . . hair? She mustn't let them near her own hair, or break any of the other rules. They are called evil fairies for a reason! A realistic setting plus fairies plus plenty of humor add up to an accessible fantasy that will enchant tween readers.

Where to find it

IndieBound

Once Upon a Time

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Your local library

+ Add it to your Goodreads shelf 


Q&A with Mary G. Thompson

RNSL: I read a lot of fairy books, but this is the first I've heard of evil fairies eating hair! Where did you get the idea for such an outlandish bit of world-building?

MGT: I wish I had a good, rational story to give you. The idea really just popped into my head. If you want to be logical about it, hair is generally a very silly thing. Wigs are hilarious in almost any context. People care way too much about their hair, and people consider it gross once it’s fallen off somebody’s head, even though it’s not gross at all when flopping around people’s shoulders. In that way, hair is mysterious. There’s mythology about hair having magical power, like in the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. I wasn’t consciously thinking about all this when I came up with the idea that the fairies ate hair, but it might be somewhere in the background.

RNSL: If you were in 7th grade and were presented with the amazing (though perilous) opportunity to make a wish (in exchange for helping evil to spread); would you do it? and if yes, what would you wish for?

MGT: When I was in seventh grade, I’m not sure if I would have done it. I was kind of a mature, thoughtful seventh grader. I probably would have reported the fairies to the appropriate authority. Now, I would absolutely do it. I’ve previously said that I’d wish to be smarter, like Ali does in the book, but maybe I’d wish for the “improvement in health” choice. It would be nice to never get sick or tired and all that.

RNSL: While writing this book, how were you influenced (or not) by previously written fairy lore?

MGT: I tried to be influenced as little as possible. I called them “fairies” just because they were little magical creatures, and I thought people would immediately get the idea, but beyond the name, I was trying to be original.

RNSL: What is your preferred hairstyle? On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being the least likelihood), how likely are you to be eaten by evil fairies due to this grooming choice?

MGT: I try to do as little as possible with my hair. Wash, dry, brush—that’s it. I do put my hair up a couple days a week if I’m too lazy to wash it, so on those days I’d be pretty safe, maybe 2. Otherwise, I’m afraid I’m normally about a 9!

RNSL: Have you always been a writer? When and how did the inspiration to start writing reach you?

MGT: I started writing when I was a little kid. I remember that my first “book” was written in a little purple blank notebook, and it was all about a planet full of like Amazon-ish warrior women. They came to earth somewhere near my house, and after that, I’m pretty sure I lost my train of thought and stopped writing. I had tons of partially written-in blank books! But I didn’t get serious about it until about eight years ago. All of a sudden I just couldn’t go on with my life without actually finishing something and trying to publish it. I guess it was building for all that time.

RNSL: What book are you in the middle of reading right now? If you're not currently reading a book, what book did you just finish?

MGT: I’m in the middle of One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Loving it so far!

RNSL: What book have you read (again, written by someone else) do you wish you had written? (I'll tell you mine--it's The Time Traveler's Wife, written by Audrey Niffenegger.)

MGT: Feed by M.T. Anderson.

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About the author

Mary G. Thompson was born and raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the U.S. Navy, before she moved to New York City to write full time. This is her third novel. Visit her website at marygthompson.com.

Blog Tour Schedule

Mon, Aug 11 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Tues, Aug 12 The Book Monsters

Wed, Aug 13 The Children's Book Review

Thurs, Aug 14 Cracking the Cover

Fri, Aug 15 Read Now, Sleep Later

Sat, Aug 16 Beauty and the Bookshelf

Mon Aug 18 Word Spelunking

Tues, Aug 19 Flashlight Reader

Wed, Aug 20 The Compulsive Reader

Thurs, Aug 21 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Fri, Aug 22 Small Review

Mon, Aug 25 The Hiding Spot

Giveaway 

US addresses only, ends 8/22/2014. Please use the Rafflecopter widget, and remember, if you're 13 years old or under, get a parent or guardian's permission first. Full contest rules here. Good luck!

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9. The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison’s life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.

—Adele Griffin

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Who was Addison Stone? I'll never really know; we never met. I followed her from afar, a bright light in the dark. I studied her moves, her looks, read every magazine article and online tabloid tidbit. I envied her artwork and the apparent ease with which she produced it. I've tried to paint like her, but it's no use; we're worlds apart in every way.

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I had a Google Alert set to inform me of her latest shenanigans. But I wasn't prepared for the deluge come July 29th; I clicked the link where the message was clipped, and it kept going. Tons of speculation, but no clear picture. Did she jump? Was she pushed? Or was it just a tragic accident borne of carelessness, a gust of wind in the wrong direction? I'll never really know, though I still get alerts every day. Even now the so-called news outlets and online gossips can't say. 

The girl is gone, but her memory lives; I can close my eyes and see her clearly.

—Alethea Allarey

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I'm Not Here, Alethea Allarey (2014).

Acrylic on canvas. 11" x 14".


About the book

Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin offers an ingenious fictional take on celebrity biography, as told in first person interviews through the eyes of Addison Stone's parents, friends, boyfriends, mentors, critics, and more-punctuated in full color with Addison's artwork, photographs, and emails. When it comes to Addison's untimely and mysterious death, nobody escapes unscathed.

Read more about the book here.

Read an excerpt here.

About the author

Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for young adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Witch Twins and Vampire Island series. Adele lives with her husband, Erich; their two young children; and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Website

Twitter

Book Website

Publisher Website

Buy the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound

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10. Getting the Words Out - Move It, Move It

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Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be moving the blog to Squarespace very soon. It's going to be our 5th anniversary on August 19, 2014, so we're going to have some pretty amazing giveaways going on in addition to new content--finally, right?

On that note, please start moving your bookmarks to readnowsleeplater.org, or click the link above to follow our new Bloglovin' feed. 

You can find us here:

Twitter: @rnslbooks (New!)

Facebook: facebook.com/readnowsleeplater (Same as before...)

Tumblr: readnowsleeplater.tumblr.com (Alert: many photos of cats, food, and Chris Evans. Don't say I didn't warn you.)

Etsy: readnowsleeplater.etsy.com (Bookgeek buttons! You know you want them.)

#readnowsleeplater on Instagram (Not always us, but hopefully always book-related.)

You can find individual links for Alethea, Thuy, and Kimberly here.

I'd also like to point you to CleverBee where we will be posting about non-book related things, like kittens, beauty products, food and whatever clever things we come across in our wanderings.

What other sites or social media do you follow to get your book fix? Is there anything you want to see on the new RNSL?

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11. August 2014 Events


Hi, everyone. Sorry this month's events page is a bit late. I've been in and out of town for the past couple of weeks and have only just found the time to write up the calendar today. If I am missing any local SoCal events, please let me know in the comments below and I'll add them ASAP. I hope you guys are able to come out to some of these events. Happy reading! 

Friday August 8, 2014 7pm
Gayle Forman
If I Stay

Barnes & Noble Americana
The Americana at Brand
210 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210, 818-545-9146
event page

Special Instructions
A BN receipt of purchase must be presented in order for any titles to be signed. Seating space is extremely limited, so please arrive early. Attendance for the discussion is only available for those seated in the event space, and is not guaranteed

Monday August 11, 2014 7pm
YA Summer Road Trip
Amy Tintera, Debra Driza, Kasie West and Shannon Messenger

Barnes & Noble Americana
The Americana at Brand
210 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210, 818-545-9146
event page

Friday, August 15, 2014 7pm
Suzanne Lazear
Fragile Destiny
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Saturday, August 16, 2014 3:30pm
LAPL Teen Author Reading Series
Livia Blackburne, Chris Terry and Rachel Shukert and your host Cecil Castellucci

Chinatown Branch of LAPL
639 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
event page

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12. Getting the Words Out (7)


A weekly post about writing and life in general

You may have noticed the lack of anything going on over here. Don't worry! It's a good thing. 

First, Thuy and I (and a few hundred thousand other people) went to Comic-Con in San Diego. It remains to be seen whether I will actually blog about all that. Stranger things have happened.

Second, we're moving! Yes, after 5 years on Blogger we will be moving to Squarespace. No need to update all your feeds etc. just yet. Soon, though! Everything at readnowsleeplater.com will actually remain the same; our new site will still be under the same name but look and feel very different.

Third, I have a bunch of web projects that I'm working on and will, hopefully, have up and running soon so I can tell you about them. But they are taking up all my time and energy at the moment so... I'd better hop to it!

If you really want to know what I've been reading and working on lately, head on over to my Instagram feed.

In the meantime, we have a couple of blog tour posts coming soon before we head over to the new blog. Stay tuned for those...

Anyone waiting for raffle prizes, hang in there. I am aiming to get to the post office on Saturday.


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13. Schneider Family Book Award 10th Anniversary Blog Tour & Giveaway


The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. We are happy to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this award with some great blog posts and a giveaway!

For our post, we're featuring an activity for this year's winning picture book, A Splash of Red.

For more information about the Schneider Family Book Award: webpage | list of winners

Check out all of the links of the Schneider Family Book Award 10th Anniversary Blog Tour & Giveaway:

July 6, 2014 Nerdy Book Club

July 6, 2014 Kid Lit Frenzy

July 7, 2014 Nonfiction Detectives

July 9, 2014 Teach Mentor Texts

July 10, 2014 There’s a Book For That

July 11, 2014 Kathie Comments

July 12, 2014 Disability in Kidlit

July 14, 2014 Librarian in Cute Shoes

July 15, 2014 The Late Bloomer’s Book Blog

July 16, 2014 Read, Write, and Reflect

July 17, 2014 Read Now Sleep Later

July 18, 2014 Unleashing Readers

July 19, 2014 Great Kid Books

July 20, 2014 Maria’s Mélange



A Splash of Red: The Life & Art of Horace Pippin
Written by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

About the book

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. 

Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint! Soon, people—including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth—started noticing Horace's art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries & museums across the country.

About the activity

I love to paint, and I love Horace Pippin's art. People will give you all kinds of excuses for how they are "bad" at art. Not Horace Pippin. If you read the book, you'll learn that not only did he make beautiful artwork despite injury to his dominant arm, he also made art without being able to afford fancy materials and supplies. I based this activity on both of those things. 

Materials:
  • Some paint and a palette (or other mark-making media)
  • A brush or brushes
  • A container of water
  • Paper or cardboard (or other surface that will accept your media)
  • A subject -- something you want to paint

For my project, I just picked supplies that I already have at home. I do actually have real watercolors and watercolor paper, but you can use any paints and painting surfaces you want. You don't even have to use paint, if you have pencils, pens, crayons, or other mark-making media. You also don't need special equipment--Horace Pippin didn't! As you can see, my palette was a paper plate. My container used to hold spaghetti sauce, but it's now filled with clean water. My brush is no big deal -- it's a well-worn watercolor brush*. You can use your fingers, or paper towels, or bits of sponges. Just make sure to clean up after yourself!

*If you are using a brush, make sure you take it out of the water right after you rinse it. Soaking it and leaving it standing in a jar of water will only damage the bristles! Rest your brush on the palette/paper plate/paper towel so the bristles don't get bent or pulled out.


Choose a subject:

For my subject, I picked some leaves and flowers from the garden. Make sure it's ok with your parent or whoever owns the subject matter you are taking! I also had this little wooden frog, though I ended up not adding it to the final composition. Oh, and my cats are in all of these photos, because they added an extra layer of difficulty to the project. I haven't painted them (yet). You might have some fruit, or a pair of shoes, or something else that interests you. Horace Pippin painted everyday things and sometimes things he imagined, too. So if you can't find any physical objects you want to paint, that's ok! Just dream something up.


Choose sides:

This is how I would normally set everything up, because I am left-handed. But for the purposes of this exercise, we are going to paint with our off-hands. Yes! Horace used his good hand to support his other hand, but especially if you have two good arms, it's actually quite difficult to stop your dominant hand from functioning normally. In this exercise, you switch hands, and you can use your dominant hand to stabilize your off-hand.


Practice:

Here I am, trying to draw the stem and leaves of this jasmine sprig with my right hand. There is also a zinnia blossom, and of course, my assistant, John Carter. As you can see, I didn't have a lot of control over the shapes I was making, but I made them anyway. Watercolor is pretty forgiving like that. I was very tempted to switch to my dominant hand, but I managed to remember not to hand over the brush whenever I reached for it with my left hand.


Here is my finished practice painting. As you can see, using my right hand I couldn't really control my movements. That frog, for example, looks nothing like the real thing! It looks more like a rock. The point of the practice is to experiment. I tried different ways of holding and moving the brush, different ways of mixing the paint, all without using my dominant hand. The other point of this practice is to help you let go of your expectations that your artwork will be perfect.

Focus:

For this exercise, you want to

  • use your non-dominant hand
  • express yourself
  • have fun

Don't worry about making your painting perfect or for how much you will sell your masterpiece--Horace Pippin's first paintings were priced at $5 and no one really wanted to buy them.

Go for it!


Here, I tried to make the zinnia petals by bouncing the rush rapidly off the paper.


It's ok if your paint spatters.


It's also ok if your cat tries to grab your paintbrush and makes you paint a big swoosh where you were trying to just paint a leaf or stem.


I tried to give my off-hand more control by stabilizing it with my other hand. It didn't really help.


Here is my finished painting. I showed a lot more than what I actually had in front of me. And there were quite a few abstract shapes as a result of the cats "helping" me paint.


Switch back:

I also tried painting with my dominant hand afterwards. What do you think? I like the off-hand one better, don't you?

I hope this off-hand painting exercise will give you more ideas about what disability means, and what it doesn't mean. What if you could only paint with your foot, or with the paintbrush in your mouth? Could you still express yourself creatively? Can you create something meaningful or beautiful? What other means could you use instead of painting?

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To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Schneider Family Book Award, we are providing readers with an opportunity to win a set of all three 2014 Schneider Family Book Award Winners. Participants must be 13 years or older and have a US or Canadian mailing address.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

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14. The Mortal Instruments T-Shirt Giveaway (US - Ends 7/31)


Hi, everyone. I am back with another random giveaway. It's part of my quest to give away all of the great prizes I've been hoarding for you guys. I think I just have one more t-shirt giveaway and then it's on to books. Today I am giving away a new Mortal Instruments t-shirt. I got this at Comic-Con last year and it's a promo tie-in for the film. It's a women's size XL.  It's kind of in that baby doll style so it's sized pretty small. But it's an XL and I think it should fit a good range of sizes. This giveaway is for US residents only and ends on July 31, 2014. Good luck!

Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open to US residents only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 
  3. One set of entries per household please. 
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. 
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. 
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. 
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks!

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15. July Events


Hello, summer! It's hard to believe that half the year is already behind us but summer is here and it's going strong. Lots of really cool events this July, including signings by Maggie Stiefvater and the Fierce Reads Tour. Alethea and I (Thuy) will be at Comic-Con in San Diego as well. If you see us, say hi, cause we'd love to meet you.

Saturday July 4, 2014 5pm
Ed Brubaker
reads and signs Velvet

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
event page

Friday July 11, 2014 7pm
Mary E Pearson 
Kiss of Deception launch party
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Ste 302
San Diego, California 92111-1040
Wednesday July 9, 2014 7pm
Bernie Su
Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
3rd Street Promenade
1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-9110
event page

Saturday July 19, 2014 7pm
LA Sizzles
Cecil Castellucci, Catherina Linka, Livia Blackbourne, Amy Talkington
Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, California 91020

Saturday July 19, 2014 2pm
Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270
event page

Wednesday July 23, 2014 7pm
Fierce Reads Summer Tour
Ann Aguirre, Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer 
We are honored to welcome the Fierce Reads Summer Blockbuster Tour featuring Ann Aguirre (Horde), Anna Banks (Of Neptune), Leigh Bardugo (Ruin and Rising) and Marissa Meyer (Cress). Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth) will be moderating this discussion!
Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:00 PM

The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270
event page

Thursday July 24, 2014 7pm
Deborah Harkness
The Book of Life 
Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-0270
event page

Special Instructions
This event is wristbanded. Please check back soon for complete event guidelines.

July 24 - 27, 2014
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center
event page

Monday July 28, 2014 7pm
Maggie Stiefvater
Sinner

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270
event page

Special Instructions
This is a wristbanded signing. Please check back soon for complete event details.

Monday July 28, 2014 7pm
Deborah Harkness
The Book of Life 

Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101

Tuesday July 29, 2014
Maggie Stiefvater 
Sinner
Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, California 91020





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16. Minion Blog Tour - Guest Post by John David Anderson - Giveaway (US ends 7/11)


Welcome to the Minion Blog Tour! [Insert your best evil laugh here.]

Today we have a guest post by author John David Anderson on his top 10 favorite minions. Read about the new book, which is the sequel to last year's Sidekicked, as well as enter to win a signed copy of the book. (US only, ends 7/11). You can also check out the cool trailer! Finally, make sure you visit all the other blog tour stops as they open up for more cool content and chances to win!



About the book:

John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel—perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known across the country as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people, after all: those who turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes—special devices with mysterious abilities—which they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they'd never betray each other.

But then a Super comes to town, and Michael's world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they've made for themselves. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.



Take it away, Dave!




The Top Ten Minions

Guest Post by John David Anderson

Hey there, Read Now, Sleep Later fans. Alethea was kind enough to let me come crash her blog and share with you my personal list of top ten minions in celebration of the launch of my new novel COMPLETELY INCOINCIDENTLY titled Minion. Of course, our culture is swarming with bodacious villains, and it would be so simple to conjure up a list of ten baddies that I think have influenced my own writing, but coming up with ten minions whose work I admire is much more challenging. If you don’t see your favorite on the list (like those little banana-loving guys, or Henchmen 21 and 24), it’s not because they aren’t cool…it’s just because these lists always only go up to ten. So here goes.



10. Grover Dill: Technically a crummy little toady, Grover Dill exemplifies the need we have to attach ourselves to people we think are stronger than us. As Scott Farkus’s minion, Grover looks like some kind of strong arm thug for the little people mafia.


9. Oddjob: He wears a hat that can cut through steel and he can crush a golf ball in his hand. Plus he makes an excellent chauffeur and golf caddy. Did I mention the hat cuts through steel?



8. Lock, Shock, and Barrel: Minions can be delightfully mischievous, and these three have a playful exuberance that sugarcoats their ax-wielding, Mr. Bogeyman-feeding quest to pretty much kill Christmas.

7. Bellatrix Lestrange: The only female on the list (minions are a male-dominated group, it seems), she’s also, arguably, the most insane. If Voldemort is the pure evil ice-cream, Bellatrix is the crazy cookie crumble topping.

6. Kronk: He speaks squirrel. And, to be honest, he is the only thing I even remember about this movie. Small brain. Big heart. Excellent cook.

5. Waylan Smithers: Perhaps no minion is as loyal to his master as Smithers is to Mr. Burns. Though his conscience may occasionally get in the way, his devotion to the old man certainly borders on the obsessive.

4. Minion: A good evil sidekick is loyal, but he’s also willing to speak his mind (unlike nameless thugs who don’t even get speaking parts). Minion provides the extra heart and soul to Megamind’s often erratic, over-exuberant, Mick Jagger-esque villainy.

3. Count Rugen: The Princess Bride may ostensibly be about the power of twu wuv to conquer death, but for me it’s Inigo Montoya’s quest for the six-fingered man that ultimately gives the story its emotional climax. While Prince Humperdink is a schemer and a sleaze bucket, Rugen represents pure sadism at work. After all, “No one withstands... The Machine.”

2. The Witch King: he rides a dragon-type-thing. He has a cool spiked ball and chain swingy dealy. He grimaces menacingly without even having a face. And he can be killed by no man. When your main supervillain is basically just a big eyeball at the top of a tower, you need a hardcore right hand Nazgul to do your dirty work. Probably the coolest looking minion on my list.

1. Darth Vader: Probably at the top of several villain lists (and a hero in his own right), there is no question that, as the Emperor’s apprentice, Vader represents the most notorious and most iconic minion on the list. (Though he does kill his master in the end, which kind of negates his minion privileges.) Yes I liked him better before I met him as a teenager, but I would never say that to his face. My number one right-hand Sith Lord.

So there you have it. Of course the best minions, like many of the best villains they serve, are morally complex. Some even straddle the line between wannabe villain and antihero, causing us to root for them, even when they break the rules. Perhaps that just makes them antiheroes. Maybe that’s a top ten list for another day.

And if you didn’t see your name on the list, you might look into finding a new criminal mastermind to serve.

About the author:

John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. Besides Minion, he is the author of Sidekicked and Standard Hero Behavior. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate. 

Those aren't his real teeth.

Find Dave on Twitter, Facebook and his website, www.johndavidanderson.org.



Giveaway Rules:

  1. Open to the US only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!



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Blog Tour Schedule

June 23 Maria’s Melange
June 24 The Library Fanatic
June 25 The Next Best Book
June 26 Jean Book Nerd
June 27 Book Egg
June 28 Word Spelunking Book Blog

June 30 Ms. Yingling Reads
July 1 The Book Monsters
July 2 The Book Monsters
July 3 Read Now, Sleep Later

July 6 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
July 7 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
July 8 Candace’s Book Blog
July 9 Middle Grade Mafioso
July10 Librarian’s Quest
July 11 Unleashing Readers
July 12 Mindjacked

July 14 This Kid Reviews Books
July 16 Charlotte’s Library
July 17 Literacy Toolbox
July 18 Small Review

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17. Minion Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Minion Blog Tour! [Insert your best evil laugh here.]

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Today we have a guest post by author John David Anderson on his top 10 favorite minions. Read about the new book, which is the sequel to last year's Sidekicked, as well as enter to win a signed copy of the book. (US only, ends 7/11). You can also check out the cool trailer! Finally, make sure you visit all the other blog tour stops as they open up for more cool content and chances to win!

About the book:

John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel—perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known across the country as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people, after all: those who turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes—special devices with mysterious abilities—which they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they'd never betray each other.

But then a Super comes to town, and Michael's world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they've made for themselves. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.

 

Take it away, Dave!

 

The Top Ten Minions

Guest Post by John David Anderson

Hey there, Read Now, Sleep Later fans. Alethea was kind enough to let me come crash her blog and share with you my personal list of top ten minions in celebration of the launch of my new novel COMPLETELY INCOINCIDENTLY titled Minion. Of course, our culture is swarming with bodacious villains, and it would be so simple to conjure up a list of ten baddies that I think have influenced my own writing, but coming up with ten minions whose work I admire is much more challenging. If you don’t see your favorite on the list (like those little banana-loving guys, or Henchmen 21 and 24), it’s not because they aren’t cool…it’s just because these lists always only go up to ten. So here goes.

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10. Grover Dill: Technically a crummy little toady, Grover Dill exemplifies the need we have to attach ourselves to people we think are stronger than us. As Scott Farkus’s minion, Grover looks like some kind of strong arm thug for the little people mafia.

oddjob.jpg

9. Oddjob: He wears a hat that can cut through steel and he can crush a golf ball in his hand. Plus he makes an excellent chauffeur and golf caddy. Did I mention the hat cuts through steel?

lockshockbarrel.jpg

8. Lock, Shock, and Barrel: Minions can be delightfully mischievous, and these three have a playful exuberance that sugarcoats their ax-wielding, Mr. Bogeyman-feeding quest to pretty much kill Christmas.

bellatrix.jpg

7. Bellatrix Lestrange: The only female on the list (minions are a male-dominated group, it seems), she’s also, arguably, the most insane. If Voldemort is the pure evil ice-cream, Bellatrix is the crazy cookie crumble topping.

kronk.jpg

6. Kronk: He speaks squirrel. And, to be honest, he is the only thing I even remember about this movie. Small brain. Big heart. Excellent cook.

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5. Waylan Smithers: Perhaps no minion is as loyal to his master as Smithers is to Mr. Burns. Though his conscience may occasionally get in the way, his devotion to the old man certainly borders on the obsessive.

minion.jpg

4. Minion: A good evil sidekick is loyal, but he’s also willing to speak his mind (unlike nameless thugs who don’t even get speaking parts). Minion provides the extra heart and soul to Megamind’s often erratic, over-exuberant, Mick Jagger-esque villainy.

countrugen.jpg

3. Count RugenThe Princess Bride may ostensibly be about the power of twu wuv to conquer death, but for me it’s Inigo Montoya’s quest for the six-fingered man that ultimately gives the story its emotional climax. While Prince Humperdink is a schemer and a sleaze bucket, Rugen represents pure sadism at work. After all, “No one withstands... The Machine.”

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2. The Witch King: He rides a dragon-type-thing. He has a cool spiked ball and chain swingy dealy. He grimaces menacingly without even having a face. And he can be killed by no man. When your main supervillain is basically just a big eyeball at the top of a tower, you need a hardcore right hand Nazgul to do your dirty work. Probably the coolest looking minion on my list.

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1. Darth Vader: Probably at the top of several villain lists (and a hero in his own right), there is no question that, as the Emperor’s apprentice, Vader represents the most notorious and most iconic minion on the list. (Though he does kill his master in the end, which kind of negates his minion privileges.) Yes I liked him better before I met him as a teenager, but I would never say that to his face. My number one right-hand Sith Lord.

So there you have it. Of course the best minions, like many of the best villains they serve, are morally complex. Some even straddle the line between wannabe villain and antihero, causing us to root for them, even when they break the rules. Perhaps that just makes them antiheroes. Maybe that’s a top ten list for another day.

And if you didn’t see your name on the list, you might look into finding a new criminal mastermind to serve.

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About the author:

John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. Besides Minionhe is the author of Sidekicked and Standard Hero BehaviorHe lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate. 

Those aren't his real teeth.

Find Dave on TwitterFacebook and his website, www.johndavidanderson.org.

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Open to the US only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!
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18. Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop - Intl ends 07/09


Welcome to the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop
July 2 - July 9, 2014

Hi everyone! Welcome to this week's giveaway hop. I'm happy to spotlight Sarah Zettel's American Fairy Trilogy. Please note that this will be posting a little bit early, so if you don't see giveaway hop posts yet on the other blogs (linky list at the end of this post), don't worry! Everyone's posts will go live sometime on July 2.

The publisher, Random House Children's Books, will send a winner a copy of Bad Luck Girl, the third book in the trilogy (US/Canada only), while I will provide a copy of one of the books, winner's choice (International). Please make sure you choose the correct Rafflecopter widget to enter!


About Bad Luck Girl:

Historical fiction fans will be drawn into a rich blend of historical fiction and fantasy in Sarah Zettel’s BAD LUCK GIRL (Random House Books for Young Readers/ Ages 12 up). The exciting conclusion to the American Fairy Trilogy, fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners will love the blend of fantasy and twentieth-century history in this stylish series.

After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren't the only magical creatures in the world. There's also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half . . . other--half paper, half steel girder, half electric spark. As the war heats up, Callie's world falls apart. And even though she's the child of prophecy, she doubts she can save the Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. Bad Luck Girl, they call Callie, and she's starting to believe them.

Extraordinary detailed research about 1930s America and Chicago's crime-ridden cityscape shines through in BAD LUCK GIRL. Die-hard historical fiction fans will be drawn into the fantasy realm and fantasy readers will find themselves caught up in the vivid history of this story.
Click on any of the book covers to open the Goodreads page for that book.


Giveaway Rules:

  1. For Bad Luck Girl: Open to US and Canada. For any 1 book in the American Fairy Trilogy by Sarah Zettel: Open internationally.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!

US/Canada:
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Everyone not in US/Canada:

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19. Trailer Tuesday (on a Wednesday)

Hi, everyone. I am a little late on Trailer Tuesday so you're getting trailers on Wednesday instead. There have been some fun trailers released in the last few weeks, so we hope you enjoy and let us know what you think of these in the comments below.



Delirium (Hulu) starring Emma Roberts will premiere this week on June 20. Who is going to tune in? I think I am one of the few people who has still not read Delirium, but this looks like it might be good. I like Emma Roberts enough and think she's make a good heroine. This trailer is pretty dramatic though so I may wait until I am in a drama mood (yes, I have a drama mood).




Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo was just released this week and this is the newest trailer for it. Again, very dramatic. Love this series though and can't wait to read the final book in the Grisha trilogy.




This is a new-ish trailer for Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie is such an amazing artist and I love all of her trailers. She usually does the art and music for all of them and I am  just amazed. I really like the artwork in this one and the animation. I wish the book cover had her original art instead of what it actually is (sorry, not a fan). Excited to read Cole's story.




The Merciless by Danielle Vega - Well this just looks creepy.

Those are all of the trailers I have for you guys today. Do any of these excite you? What books or movies are you looking forward to this summer?




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20. Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop - US ends 6/30

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop
June 21st to 30th

Hello again, book fans! Thanks to I am a Reader for another great giveaway hop. Make sure you hit the links at the end of the post (most bloggers will post their giveaway on Saturday, I'm just a little early) to enter to win more great books and prizes.

Today I'm giving away what is so far my favorite middle grade book of the year -- The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer! I haven't posted a review yet, since I chose it for my YABC (book club) pick and the first rule of book club is that you don't talk about the book before the meeting :) I will probably post a review on Amazon and link it since my clubmates don't really read my reviews there. But suffice to say for now that it's a phenomenal book, and I hope it wins many awards in the year to come! The giveaway is open to US only (ends 6/30) because I have to mail something breakable to the winner, but more on that later.


About the book


Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.


About the author

Tracy Holczer lives in Southern California with her husband, three daughters, and two rather fluffy dogs named Buster and Molly. She has a deep love for the mountains where she grew up so she writes them into her stories.

A 2014 ABA Indies Introduce New Voices pick, her debut middle grade, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, was written in praise of both nature and family, and all that can be found if you're willing to hunt for treasure. It will be also be published by Konigskinder/Carlsen in Germany, fall 2015.
Find out more:
Follow @tracyholczer on Twitter
Blogging on the 30th of each month at http://smack-dab-in-the-middle.blogspot.com
Buy the book:
Autographed copies (note request on the order or they won't know it needs to be autographed!) available at Once Upon a Time in Montrose, CA

The Giveaway (US only, ends 6/30)

1 signed hardcover copy of The Secret Hum of a Daisy

1 answer jar (here is the one Tracy made for me! Answers not provided, haha :) You can read a little more about the answer jar here.


Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open to US residents only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!


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21. Drift Blog Tour and Giveaway - INTL ends 7/3

Hey everyone! Today I'm featuring a book from Lee & Low's Tu Books imprint, a debut novel by M.K. Hutchins. I actually only got the book in the mail a few days ago, so I haven't finished reading enough to write a review yet. But that doesn't mean I can't share some info about it with you!

I like what I've read so far, so I've also decided to offer a giveaway of the hardcover (open internationally, ends 7/3/2014). Make sure you get all the way down to the end of the post and use the Rafflecopter widget to enter the giveaway.

On to the book!


Drift by M.K. Hutchins
Publication date: 15 June 2014 by Lee & Low/Tu Books
ISBN 10/13: 1620141450 | 9781620141458
Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound

About the book:

Tenjat lives on the shores of Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous naga monsters. His island, a massive Turtle, is slowed by the people living on its back. Only those poor enough to need children to support themselves in old age condescend to the shame of marriage. Tenjat is poor as poor gets, but he has a plan.

In the center of the island rises a giant Tree, where the Handlers—those who defend and rule the island—live. Against his sister’s wishes, Tenjat joins the Handlers. He couldn’t have picked a more dangerous time. The Turtle is nearing a coral reef where it desperately needs to feed, but the naga will swarm just before they reach it. Even novices like Tenjat are needed for the battle.

Can Tenjat discover his sister’s secrets in time? Will the possibility of love derail all his plans for a richer, marriage-free life? Long-held secrets will at last be revealed in this breathtaking debut from M. K. Hutchins.

About the author:

M.K. Hutchins's short fiction appears in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show and Daily Science Fiction.  She studied archaeology at BYU, which gave her the opportunity to compile histories from Maya glyphs, excavate in Belize, and work as a faunal analyst. Drift is her debut novel.





Are you intrigued?




Blog Tour Schedule


June 19: John Scalzi’s Whatever BlogM.K. Hutchins on worldbuilding and cultural ecology here
June 20: Supernatural Snark – M.K. Hutchins on being inspired by Maya mythology here.
June 23: It’s All About Books – M.K. Hutchins’ top 5 most influential books here.
June 25: Read Now Sleep Later
June 26: The Brain Lair - Check back for the link!

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Open internationally.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!

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22. Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop 

July 2 - July 9, 2014

Hosted by Bookhounds & I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

Hi everyone! Welcome to this week's giveaway hop. I'm happy to spotlight Sarah Zettel's American Fairy Trilogy. The publisher, Random House Children's Books, will send a winner a copy of Bad Luck Girl, the third book in the trilogy (US/Canada only), while I will provide a copy of one of the books, winner's choice (International). Please make sure you choose the correct Rafflecopter widget to enter!

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About Bad Luck Girl:

Historical fiction fans will be drawn into a rich blend of historical fiction and fantasy in Sarah Zettel’s BAD LUCK GIRL (Random House Books for Young Readers/Ages 12 up). The exciting conclusion to the American Fairy Trilogy, fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners will love the blend of fantasy and twentieth-century history in this stylish series.

After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren't the only magical creatures in the world. There's also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half... other--half paper, half steel girder, half electric spark. As the war heats up, Callie's world falls apart. And even though she's the child of prophecy, she doubts she can save the Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. Bad Luck Girl, they call Callie, and she's starting to believe them.

Extraordinary detailed research about 1930s America and Chicago's crime-ridden cityscape shines through in BAD LUCK GIRL. Die-hard historical fiction fans will be drawn into the fantasy realm and fantasy readers will find themselves caught up in the vivid history of this story.

Click on any of the book covers to open the Goodreads page for that book.

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Giveaway Rules:

  1. For Bad Luck Girl: Open to US and Canada. For any 1 book in the American Fairy Trilogy by Sarah Zettel: Open internationally.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!

US/Canada:

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Everyone not in US/Canada:

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23. Drift Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Hey everyone! Today I'm featuring a book from Lee & Low's Tu Books imprint, a debut novel by M.K. Hutchins. I actually only got the book in the mail a few days ago, so I haven't finished reading enough to write a review yet. But that doesn't mean I can't share some info about it with you!

I like what I've read so far, so I've also decided to offer a giveaway of the hardcover (open internationally, ends 7/3/2014). Make sure you get all the way down to the end of the post and use the Rafflecopter widget to enter the giveaway.

On to the book!


 

Drift by M.K. Hutchins

Publication date: 15 June 2014 by Lee & Low/Tu Books

ISBN 10/13: 1620141450 | 9781620141458

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound

About the book:

Tenjat lives on the shores of Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous naga monsters. His island, a massive Turtle, is slowed by the people living on its back. Only those poor enough to need children to support themselves in old age condescend to the shame of marriage. Tenjat is poor as poor gets, but he has a plan.

In the center of the island rises a giant Tree, where the Handlers—those who defend and rule the island—live. Against his sister’s wishes, Tenjat joins the Handlers. He couldn’t have picked a more dangerous time. The Turtle is nearing a coral reef where it desperately needs to feed, but the naga will swarm just before they reach it. Even novices like Tenjat are needed for the battle.

Can Tenjat discover his sister’s secrets in time? Will the possibility of love derail all his plans for a richer, marriage-free life? Long-held secrets will at last be revealed in this breathtaking debut from M. K. Hutchins.

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About the author:

M.K. Hutchins's short fiction appears in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show and Daily Science Fiction. She studied archaeology at BYU, which gave her the opportunity to compile histories from Maya glyphs, excavate in Belize, and work as a faunal analyst. Drift is her debut novel.

Author website Twitter

 

Are you intrigued?

Click here to read a sample from the book.

Blog Tour Schedule

June 19: John Scalzi’s Whatever Blog – M.K. Hutchins on worldbuilding and cultural ecology here

June 20: Supernatural Snark – M.K. Hutchins on being inspired by Maya mythology here

June 23: It’s All About Books – M.K. Hutchins’ top 5 most influential books here

June 25: Read Now Sleep Later – Spotlight and

June 26: The Brain Lair – M.K. Hutchins on tools of the trade here

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Open internationally.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!
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24. Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop June 21st to 30th - Click here to see the other blogs participating

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop June 21st to 30th - Click here to see the other blogs participating

Hello again, book fans! Thanks to I am a Reader for another great giveaway hop. Make sure you check out the other giveaways here (most bloggers will post their giveaway on Saturday, I'm just a little early) to enter to win more great books and prizes.

Today I'm giving away what is so far my favorite middle grade book of the year -- The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer! I haven't posted a review yet, since I chose it for my YABC (book club) pick and the first rule of book club is that you don't talk about the book before the meeting :) I will probably post a review on Amazon and link it since my clubmates don't really read my reviews there. But suffice to say for now that it's a phenomenal book, and I hope it wins many awards in the year to come! The giveaway is open to US only (ends 6/30) because I have to mail something breakable to the winner, but more on that later.

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About the book

Twelve-year-old Grace and  her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to  place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their  own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to  move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really  feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a  grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her  to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious  treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe  it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

About the author

Tracy Holczer lives in Southern California with her husband,  three daughters, and two rather fluffy dogs named Buster and Molly. She  has a deep love for the mountains where she grew up so she writes them  into her stories.

A 2014 ABA Indies Introduce New Voices pick, her debut middle grade, The Secret Hum of a Daisy,  was written in praise of both nature and family, and all that can be  found if you're willing to hunt for treasure. It will be also be  published by Konigskinder/Carlsen in Germany, fall 2015.

Find out more:Author website | Follow @tracyholczer on Twitter

Blogging on the 30th of each month at http://smack-dab-in-the-middle.blogspot.com

Buy the book:

Autographed copies (note request on the order or they won't know it needs to be autographed!) available at Once Upon a Time in Montrose, CA

IndieBound | Amazon

The Giveaway (US only, ends 6/30)

1 signed hardcover copy of The Secret Hum of a Daisy

1 answer jar (here is the one Tracy made for me! Answers not provided, haha :) You can read a little more about the answer jar here.

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Open to US residents only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!
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25. Trailer Tuesday (on a Wednesday)

Hi, everyone. I am a little late on Trailer Tuesday so you're getting trailers on Wednesday instead. There have been some fun trailers released in the last few weeks, so we hope you enjoy and let us know what you think of these in the comments below.

Delirium (Hulu) starring Emma Roberts will premiere this week on June 20. Who is going to tune in? I think I am one of the few people who has still not read Delirium, but this looks like it might be good. I like Emma Roberts enough and think she's make a good heroine. This trailer is pretty dramatic though so I may wait until I am in a drama mood (yes, I have a drama mood).

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo was just released this week and this is the newest trailer for it. Again, very dramatic. Love this series though and can't wait to read the final book in the Grisha trilogy.

This is a new-ish trailer for Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie is such an amazing artist and I love all of her trailers. She usually does the art and music for all of them and I am  just amazed. I really like the artwork in this one and the animation. I wish the book cover had her original art instead of what it actually is (sorry, not a fan). Excited to read Cole's story.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega - Well this just looks creepy.

Those are all of the trailers I have for you guys today. Do any of these excite you? What books or movies are you looking forward to this summer?

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