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42176. New Spots: Hermès by Julien Vallée and Honda by Smith & Foulkes

The following two spots attracted my attention for the inventive ways in which they mixed live-action with animation: "Metamorphosis" for Hermès, directed by Julien Vallée of Vallée Duhamel, and "Inner Beauty" for Honda, directed by the venerable production team of Smith & Foulkes through Nexus Productions.

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42177. Some New Product Sightings


Summer Infant

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42178. Day 27 of the March SOLSC! #sol14

We're almost at the end of our month-long writing challenge. Do you have the stamina to finish or do you need help to keep going?

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42179. Phyllis Harris Designs - Illustrating The HeART of Childhood

Do any of you perhaps know any new or expectant mothers of sweet little ones who may be searching for artwork for their nurseries or children's rooms? If so please feel free to share Phyllis Harris Designs or a link to my shop.

I would be forever grateful!


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42180. #522 – Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome by Bill Harley

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Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome

by Bill Harley & Adam Gustavson, illustrator

Peachtree Publishers     3/01/2014


Age 7 to 10   167 pages


“Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He’s even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work.

“To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family and Charlie’s job is walking Ginger – the diggiest, sniffiest, and poopiest dog in the universe. Can Charlie deal with these challenges without causing havoc all around him?”


“Are you ready, thespians?” Mrs. Burke asked. “Are your desks cleared?”

The Story

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome is the second book in this early reader series. The first was Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year, who happened to be Mrs. Burke. This time around Mrs. Burke’s Empire—her term—will be acting out a play for parents and others . . . at night! Since Mrs. aaa use2Burke read The Sorcerer’s Castle t the class, Charlie has been set on playing Kragon, the evil sorcerer. Kragon has the best line in the whole play.

“You horrible people! My plans are ruined! My dreams are ruined! I am ruined!”

Mrs. Burke handed out the scripts. At the top was your role. Charlie couldn’t believe his eyes. Mrs. Burke gave him the role of The Nice Gnome. Charlie would rather be on the stage crew and move sets around than be The Nice Gnome. The problem, as Charlie saw it, The Nice Gnome was ridiculously nice and Charlie does not want to be a nice guy. He did not want anyone laughing at him. He had to get out of this role.


Charlie has a dilemma. Playing The Nice Gnome in Mrs. Burke’s fourth grade class play would be horrible. He tries to ask for a new part. Charlie even tries rewriting his role. Just as in book one, Charlie must somehow make it through Mrs. Burke. Last time he was afraid she would remember the shoe that almost hit her. Now, he must face her about a terrible part. Mrs. Burke is the perfect character to deal with Charlie’s angst. She is stern, maybe a little too s21tern, but tempers this with kindness that the kids rarely see. Mrs. Burke is a good teacher and a good role model. She also reminds me of most every elementary teacher I ever had. Except for maybe her exploding fingers that get everyone’s immediate attention.

Charlie also has some aggravation at home. Charlie thinks it is unfair that his job means walking Ginger first thing after school, while older brother Matt can read a video game magazine. Little sister Mabel—AKA Squid—wants to walk Ginger but is too young and unable to control the dog. Matt refuses to help or switch jobs with Charlie, but he does make a point of reminding him to walk the dog. The three siblings are realistic in their attitudes toward one another. They pick on and at each other, but run to the rescue if someone else picks on them.

The actual play is the best part of the story, as it should be. At times silly and then hilarious, Charlie comaaa use doges to an understanding about The Nice Gnome and Mrs. Burke. Charlie’s part has him on stage as Samantha Grunsky’s helper. Samantha is bossy and a know-it-all, and she sits in the chair behind Charlie. Charlie’s best friend, Tommy, has the other fourth grade teacher.

I enjoyed Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome. The story is a fast read, due mainly to my refusing to stop turning pages. Getting to the play was worth the wait. Kids will enjoy Charlie and will be able to identify with him. Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome has several scenes kids will find hilarious such as Charlie dealing with a neighbor woman whose lawn Ginger prefers to use for “his business.” The illustrations wonderfully capture Charlie’s fourth grade frustrations. Included are the first six pages to the next book in the series: Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull.

.Learn more about Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome HERE.

Buy Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome orCharlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year at AmazonB&NPeachtreeyour local bookstore.


Meet the author, Bill Harley at his website:  http://www.billharley.com/

Meet the illustrator, Adam Gustavson at his website:   http://www.adamgustavson.com/

Find other early readers at the Peachtree Publisher website:   http://peachtree-online.com/

CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE REALLY NICE GNOME. Text copyright © 2014 by Bill Harley. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Adam Gustavson. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA.


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42181. More than one book

Question: I can be working on coming up with ideas for a book but then come up with an idea for a totally different book and then I keep coming up with

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42182. Sensory-Friendly Films: Family Programming for Autism Awareness Month

The Gruffalo, released by N Circle Entertainment (2011)

Our Children’s Department is trying something new this April for Autism Awareness Month.  As a way to continue our outreach efforts to children with special needs into the library, we will be hosting our first ever inclusive family film program entitled Sensory-Friendly Family Film.

Our idea of a family film program designed especially for children with special needs is modeled after AMC Theatre’s own series of  Sensory-Friendly Films.  In partnership with the Autism Society, AMC’s Sensory-Friendly Films were first developed in 2007 as recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.  These special movie showings welcome people of all abilities to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The theaters themselves offer a different kind of moviegoing experience, with lights that are turned on and sound that is turned down.  Audience members are even invited to move about the room as they please.  As explained by the Autism Society, “Being able to relax and enjoy quality family time without worrying if someone will complain or be disturbed by noise of movement is a wonderful experience. It’s a great opportunity for families to meet, siblings of children with autism to get to know other kids, and anyone to enjoy a movie in a climate of acceptance and understanding.”  Children with autism spectrum disorder often need a different adaption or a slightly altered environment to feel comfortable.  Sensory-Friendly Films offer that supportive environment.

There were many reasons why we decided to host a Sensory-Friendly Film program at the library.  Our Children’s Department has an ongoing series of Sensory Storytime programs for children with special needs, so we already have a core group of families who visit the library to attend these programs.  So, we wanted to build on our first program’s success.  We wanted to provide more opportunities for those families to feel comfortable visiting the library in a program that is still as welcoming and inclusive as Sensory Storytime.  Another goal of ours was to develop more programs that are family-oriented and welcoming for parents, caregivers, and siblings.  That way, families are able to make visits to the library together, with everyone able to enjoy the movie experience regardless of their age or ability.  We also wanted to bring attention to our selection of movies that are based on picture books.  There are many production companies, such as Weston Woods, Dreamscape, and Scholastic Storybook Treasures, that create quality audiovisual adaptations of picture book texts.  By showing one of these movies, we hope to bring more awareness to this mini collection of DVDs, while introducing kids with new characters and connecting them with new stories.

Here is a run down of our program details:

  • Title: Sensory Friendly Family Film–The Gruffalo
  • Date and Time: Saturday, April 5 at 11 am
  • Target Audience: Children of all ages and abilities with parent or caregiver
  • Program Description: Join us for our first sensory-friendly movie showing of “The Gruffalo.” The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members will be welcome to move around, talk, and sing.  The intended audience is children with special needs accompanied by siblings and caregivers, although everyone is welcome.  Noise cancelling headphones and fidgets will be available to use.  No registration required–just drop in!
  • Room setup: TV monitor at the front of the room with chairs arranged in auditorium style seating; large aisles and walkways in between rows of chairs and along the edge of the room for accessibility; table arranged at the back of the room displaying copies of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and collection of fidgets and other manipulatives for children to use during the program
  • Fidgets and manipulatives made available: 4 pairs of noise cancelling headphones; 6 tangle toys4 giant sensory tubes; sensory balls; stress balls; puzzles

Here’s another quick tip.  If your library wants to host a family movie program, be sure to first acquire the rights to show the movie in your library.  Check out Movie Licensing USA or the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation for more information.

To find out more about the history of Sensory Friendly Films and to learn about the one family who made it all happen, click here.  For a list of participating theaters in your area, check out AMC Theatre’s website.  And to learn about more autism-friendly library programming strategies that work, check out the Libraries and Autism website.  Does your library offer Sensory-Friendly Film programming? If so, share your tips and ideas below!

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42183. Bear and Bird

Here's the cover and two interior images from my latest book, BEAR AND BIRD, which released this month. (Thanks for the "Bear theme" reminder, June!)

BEAR AND BIRD, written by James Skofield
Sleeping Bear Press, March 2014


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42184. Children's Book Review - Slime and All by Janet Ann Collins

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616332212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616332211

Overcoming obstacles and accepting others for who they are is a double play for success in life. Janet Ann Collins’ children’s book, Slime & All tells the story of a misplaced and misunderstood worm on the local farm. Determined not to let judgment by others squash his quest for happiness, Lump embarks on an adventure of finding one’s place in the world. Does he find acceptance or his he doomed to live out his days alone and sad? Find out Lump’s destiny in Collins’ masterfully crafted children’s story. The whimsical illustrations created by Alexander Morris will certainly make Lump’s story one to share over and over again.

Visit Janet Ann Collins at http://www.janetanncollins.com to learn more about her intriguing writing career. 


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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42185. The Ocean

It’s hard for us to understand
Or really ascertain
The vastness of the ocean,
For it’s taxing to the brain.

However, though our comprehension
May those gray cells strain,
There is a sad example
To help realization reign.

For an ocean, like a monster,
Who is guarding its domain,
Has just opened up its giant maw
And swallowed up a plane.

It’s barely left a crumb or two
For searchers to obtain;
And such enormity might make
Awareness more mundane.

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42186. Emerald Comic Con - Table L16

Getting ready to fly to Seattle early morning.  First time attending ECCC, nervous and excited at the same time!!  My table is L-16, please find me there!  ^______^

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42187. Torment Saint (staff pick)

With the exception of Benjamin Nugent's 2004 biography Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing and Autumn de Wilde's photo/interview book Elliott Smith, not much has been published in the decade following the singer-songwriter's too-early passing. William Todd Schultz's Torment Saint, however, not only remedies that notable lack but serves as what may well come to [...]

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42188. Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 27 of 31

It's Day 27 Classroom Slicers! Write. Share. Give.

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42189. Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2014: February & March part 2

This is part 2 of 3.

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from Netgalley, the author or publisher for this honest review. 

About the Book

A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. In A January Bride by Deborah Raney, what will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser’s “pen pal” friendship with a lonely widower takes an unexpected turn? Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie's never met the innkeeper - but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie's alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn's owner - a man who's likely many years her senior - and who she's never even met.

Buy the Book

Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

***I received this book from Netgalley without compensation for an honest review.***

This is the second novella in the A Year of Weddings series and I have to say that I really enjoyed this classy and sweet romance.

I found the main character, Maddie, to be very likeable and relateable (perhaps because she is an author). Art, the main male lead, was also well-written a character that you could easily understand. Watching the two of them and their relationship grow was fun and, at times, heart-tugging.

The secondary character of Ginny was enjoyable as well as she did her part to help the two lonely and scared couple find their footing.

This story does contain Christian and religious moments so, if you're not a fan of this style of writing, you might want to steer clear.

I would recommend this novel to others and I will continue to read the other novels in this series.

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42190. The university of the public library


See the public library from a whole different vantage point–through a librarian’s perspective. I’m an author
and clearly a library advocate, but even I haven’t considered everything a library does for a community in any socioeconomic circumstance.

Originally posted on N.V. Binder:

I am a librarian at a small public library in rural Florida. While there is a lot to love about my community, many of my patrons face the ills of rural poverty: outdated infrastructure, inadequate schools, a lack of access to computers and high-speed Internet, and insufficient transportation. Under these circumstances, the public library isn’t just a “nice thing to have”–it’s a lifeline to community and social services, as well as the many benefits of access to technology.

While the library’s core mission is still to provide access to books and a place for free expression, providing access to high-speed Internet has become increasingly important. Far from reducing the need for libraries, the Internet has made libraries more valuable in communities like mine. People now use public computers and Internet to access job training, social services, and even healthcare, often with the assistance of library staff.

The library building…

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42191. Inspiring students to write

This winter, and now thank goodness spring, I've been working by videoconference with two classrooms in Missoula, Montana, helping them with their writing projects, through iNK Think Tank's Authors on Call program, posted publicly at http://district1missoula-dorothyhinshawpatent.wikispaces.com/.  At Franklin School I'm working with fourth graders, and this month they are sidelined by testing.  But the third graders at Lewis and Clark School have finished their project.  My book, "When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone," is their guide to writing well, and they have been working very hard at it.

In our first videoconference, I talked to them about the importance of beginning a story with something mysterious or exciting, with a beginning, middle, and end, just like a little story in itself.   Each student is writing about a member of the deer family.  Here is Oliver's first paragraph:

"Imagine walking through the woods.  You see something with fangs.  A lion? A wolf? A sabertooth tiger?  No.  It is a musk deer, the only deer with fangs."

Another student wrote:

"On an early foggy morning you can hear distant clanking in the air. As the fog clears you can see two kudu. You come closer and can that their horns are interlocking. They are pulling and tugging but can't get separated."

Wouldn't you want to read more?

In our second videoconference, students were able to read their beginning paragraphs to me, and I gave them specific advice on how to improve the writing.  When an author makes suggestions, the students accept them very easily, while sometimes if it's a parent or teacher making suggestions they aren't as willing to make the changes.

The students are carefully studying my writing and noting down the "powerful" words I use and looking them up if they are unfamiliar with them.  Then they compare them with "ordinary" words I could have used:

I'm very proud of these young writers who are working so hard to do their best, and I think having a "live" author work directly with them to help them with their  difficulties can lead not only to rapid improvement in their work but also in increased enthusiasm about writing and reading.

If you want to know more about our work with students in the classroom, go to www.inkthinktank.com/authors-on-call .

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42192. Divergent Giveaway Winner

The giveaway for the tickets to the premiere of Divergent is now closed
Thank you, everyone who entered and shared!

 The lucky winner is

7, Hannah Mariska! Emailing you now. If I don't have a reply by 3.30pm, I'll assume you don't want it and draw another winner.

Sorry everyone who didn't win
 I hope we all enjoy Divergent when we see it!

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42193. Still life

Still life by dibujandoarte
Still life, a photo by dibujandoarte on Flickr.

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42194. April Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

April 1, Jacqueline Davies, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00

Thurs., April 3, Janet Lawler, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Literacy Coalition Book Fair, Barnes & Noble, West Hartford  3:30 to 5:00

Thurs., April 3, Annabel Monaghan, Westport Public Library, Westport  7:30-9:00

Sat., April 5, Janet Lawler, Granby Public Library, Granby 10:30

Sat., April 5, Katie L. Carroll, Bank Square Books, Mystic 2:00 to 4:00

Thurs. , April 10, Joan Verniero, Westport Public Library, Westport 10:00 to 11:00 (This sounds like a program for adults by a children's author)

Thurs., April 10, Jody Casella, Jennifer Castle, Kim Purcell, Phoebe North, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 6:00 PM

Sat., April 12, Gordon McClellan, Bank Square Books, Mystic 11:00 to 1:00

Sun., April 27, John Rocco, Bank Square Books, Mystic 2:00

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42195. Politics and Fairytales - Lily Hyde

 At the moment I’m in Crimea: occupied Ukrainian territory/annexed state/proud and permanent part of Russia (delete as your politics deem appropriate).

I’m witnessing Crimea become more and more polarised, closer to breakdown, as everything – food, money, language, family, friends, conscience – is informed by politics. Even children’s stories – perhaps stories first of all. Even fairytales.

Russian fairytales, someone told me today, are characterised by heroes who never do anything to help themselves. It’s all done for them. The stove they lie on gets up and carries them off to fame and fortune, and they win by virtue of being lazy.  

I’ve heard this before, and to a certain extent, in some tales, it’s true. As someone who’s quite lazy herself, maybe it’s one reason I’m very fond of Russian fairytales

And that’s the Russian character, this person went on to say. Always expecting something for nothing, unable to act or think for themselves, just thinking they’re entitled. Like all the Russians in Crimea who voted to become part of Russia last week, because they think they’ll get something for nothing, they think they’re entitled to higher pensions and better salaries without putting in any effort, they think they’re entitled to Crimea. Just like in 1944. Just like in 1783…

There is so much propaganda on all sides of this conflict now, no one can begin to see clearly anymore. Even fairytales are press-ganged into the service of politics. So in Crimea now we have the stupid Ukrainians of fairytales, the cunning dishonest Tatars, the lazy entitled Russians… all beginning to hate each other. 

I’m fascinated by the universality of fairytales, the way the same paradigms crop up in stories from Central America to the Middle East to Siberia. Desite the cultural differences they represent, I think they grew out of parallel imagination, from common human experience. Fairytales can cross borders and languages and bring people together.

Or they can be used to drive people further and further apart.

Dream Land by Lily Hyde - a novel about the Crimean Tatars




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42196. Book Review: Vintage by Susan Gloss

From Goodreads:
At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell...and so do the women who are drawn there.

Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s...
Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. Though she knows the personal history behind each precious item she sells, Violet refuses to acknowledge her own past. When she is faced with the possibility of losing the store, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.

Taffeta tea length wedding gown with scooped neckline and cap sleeves, 1952...
Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won't let her give up on her dreams.

Orange sari made from silk dupioni with gold paisley design, 1968...
Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women's friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.
Solidly middle of the road.  It's her first book, and I think that shows.  It's also chick lit/women's lit, and in some ways it lives up to the cliches.  The characters can be shallow and they're ultimately not dynamic.  But the plot is fun, but lacked urgency.  I wasn't compelled to keep reading and find out what would happen to the characters.  I was also totally unsurprised by any of the outcomes or resolutions - it's pretty easy to guess from the beginning where things are headed.  That said, it's readable and all of the characters are likable.

Entertainment Value
Again, and for many reasons listed above, it's middle of the road.  I wasn't sucked in and unable to look away, but I did enjoy myself while reading.  It was lighthearted and easy and the reading went by quickly.  It's something you can easily finish in one to two sittings.

I really hate to say it, but my overall opinion is that this is going to fall into the category of "forgotten" books by the end of the year.  It's something that I read and enjoyed reading, but not something I'm going to be recommending left and right to all my friends.  I didn't hate it, I didn't love it, I have no strong feelings either way.  It's a decent beach read, but I think there's better out there.  If you're determined to try it, you won't be disappointed?  I feel like I'm damning it with faint praise, but there you have it.

Thank you to TLC for providing me with a copy to review.  Click here to see the full list of tour stops.

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42197. Agents Wishlist

Brooks Sherman at The Bent Agency


Brooks Sherman represents picture books, fiction for young adult and middle-grade-readers, select literary and commercial adult fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of humor, pop culture, and narrative nonfiction.

Prior to joining The Bent Agency, he worked as a literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management and in the managing editorial department of Henry Holt and Company. He is a hands-on, editorial agent who delights in developing projects with his clients before bringing them to the attention of publishers.

Before starting his career in publishing, he spent several years working in the entertainment industry (in both New York and Hollywood), and two years with the Peace Corps in West Africa. Having bounced around all over the world, he is delighted to be back in Brooklyn—although he looks forward to his next Transylvanian backpacking expedition with great anticipation!

He is seeking projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot lines. Stories that make me laugh earn extra points! My interest in adult fiction runs the gamut from literary to speculative (particularly contemporary fantasy rooted in realistic settings, horror, and magical realism), as well as historical and crime fiction. On the children’s side, He’s looking for middle grade fiction of all genres (but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), humorous projects from author-illustrators, and young adult fiction of all types except paranormal romance. He would love to get his hands on a creepy and/or funny contemporary young adult project. 

Here are a few more detailed things that Brooks says he is looking to read.

On the MG side, I’m still looking for someone to send me this generation’s THE WITCHES. Are you my Dahl?

On the YA side, I’d love to find some projects with realistic settings and a speculative twist. (See: NOGGIN; GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE)

Still looking for a historical project set in or around the WWI era to sink my fangs into. Speculative elements encouraged!

I would love to work on some alternate history projects — MG, YA, or adult. A fantasy element (a la BARTIMAEUS) would be just dandy.

“I desperately want to find the next JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL—eerily beautiful crossover fantasy”

And of course, I’d love to get my hands on a dark adult psychological thriller, or historical or speculative thriller (a la THE ROOK).

I’m also keeping an eye out for MG stories that are either funny/contemporary or fantasy/sci-fi adventure!

I’m looking for contemporary YA fiction, in the vein of ELEANOR & PARK or ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE.

MG with sweetness and wit (not necessarily snarky).”

I’d love to see a twisted adult thriller like Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL or William Landay’s DEFENDING JACOB.


I will be talking about Query Letters this week, so you might want to read that to make sure you are doing that to the best of your ability. Brook will still be there, so their is no need to rush something out.

To query Brooks, please review The Bent Agency’s submissions guidelines
Then email brooks@thebentagency.com

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42198. pretend bologna

So no, I've not been at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, but that didn't stop Canadian writer-director Jeff Norton and me today from PRETENDING. (After all, pretending things is our job.)

Now for the most exciting news to come from Bologna... I know the book won't come out for AGES, but I'm still geeking out about it:

(Original source: The Bookseller - @TheBookseller)

Other cool thing from today, I got to go to my first-ever Rehearsed Reading of a play, directed by Francesca Simon's son, Josh Stamp-Simon. (I met Josh a few weeks ago in Dubai at the Emirates lit fest.) A rehearsed reading is what people put on before they get a theatre to host a run of the play; no sets or costumes, just reading out the script. But it was fantastic. Josh had discovered a nearly unknown turn-of-the-century play and it was incredibly funny. And the acting made it come so alive that the lack of sets seemed irrelevant. I didn't take many photos at the Jermyn Street Theatre (I wasn't sure about Rehearsal Reading etiquette), but here's Josh introducing the piece, in front of actors Imogen Stubbs and Julia St John. (You've probably seen Imogen in lots of films, including her role as Lucy Steele in the BBC's Sense in Sensibility.)

And here's the whole group. Spot children's book writer Steven Butler in the crowd. (Hint: maroon jumper, specs.) Best wishes for finding a theatre and getting the play on stage, Josh! This play's a cracker, I think he'll have several people vying for it at once.

Today was a day of discovering lots of people's talent I didn't know about! Until lunchtime, I had no idea that Jeff Norton is a film director, for example. Here's the zombie video that inspired his upcoming book, Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie. I don't generally like zombie films, but this one is quite sweet.

The First Zombie from Jeff Norton on Vimeo.

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42199. 50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

writing prompt shout-out

50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

If you’re new to the STACKS, you might not know about shout-outs. Basically, once you are logged in to your STACKS account, you can go to anyone’s STACKS Profile and send him or her a kind message. That person is usually so happy to get your message that he or she then sends YOU a shout-out, and a beautiful chain of love is started! We add new ones every month so the chain can continue forever.

If you need more motivation, ForeverElephant

put together this amazing list of reasons to send a shout-out.
  • Someone sent YOU a shout-out and you want to respond.
  • You’re bored.
  • You read an amazing post and want to show your appreciation.
  • Admit it. You’re procrastinating.
  • Someone posted a sad post
and you want to cheer him or her up.
  • A user hasn’t been on the message boards
  • in a while and you want to let him or her know s/he hasn’t been forgotten.
  • You want to welcome someone to the STACKS!
  • Someone joined your club or participated in your siggy shop
  • or RP and you want to show your appreciation.
  • You read someone’s amazing fanfic
  • and you don’t know what to say except for, “You’re the coolest!”
  • You want to spread holiday/seasonal cheer.
  • Someone changed his or her avatar and you want to compliment it.
  • You asked for a friend request and want to accompany it with a warm note.
  • Someone asked YOU for a friend request and you are glad to accept it with appreciation.
  • A user feels unappreciated and you want to brighten his or her day.
  • Someone posted a goodbye post and you want to send him or her off with a tribute of ten pages of shout-outs.
  • You want to thank a moderator for doing her or his job so wonderfully.
  • You want to welcome and recruit new users to join the message boards. (Go to Stacks_Admin’s
  • most recent friends!)
  • You are feeling extra friendly and cheerful.
  • You want to be a really nice STACKer.
  • You want to get a billion shout-outs back.
  • You’re feeling upset and you want to know you have friends out there.
  • Someone’s post made you laugh out loud.
  • Someone just cheered you up and you want to say thank you.
  • You joined just joined a user’s epic club!
  • Someone was hit by a tragic incident
  • and you want to virtually hug him or her.
  • You need a distraction.
  • Someone complimented you in the boards and you want to compliment him or her back.
  • You and another STACKer debated about a topic, and you want to make sure he or she knows it wasn’t personal.
  • A user becomes member of the week.
  • A user is mentioned in the Ink Splot 26 blog.
  • You really like someone’s comment on an Ink Splot 26 blog post.
  • You really like an Ink Splot 26 blog post and want to say hi to the author!
  • You’re worried the power might go out, so you make sure you say goodbye to your STACKS buddies for a while.
  • You decide to join a new message board and you want to make some new friends!
  • You realize that a specific STACKer is really, really nice.
  • You just want to say, “Hi!”
  • You have something in common with another person’s My SELECTS.
  • It’s someone’s STACKS birthday!
  • A user passes a message board milestone (such as 1000 posts).
  • You feel bad about accidentally hurting someone’s feelings.
  • You absolutely love the books someone recommends!
  • Someone just taught you an HTML or message board-related trick.
  • You want to celebrate something such as National Harry Potter Day
  • !
  • Some new shout-outs were added and you want to try them out!
  • You want to reach out to someone who might not get the amount of shout-outs he or she deserves.
  • You’re waiting for something else to load, so you open a new tab and have no idea what to do while you’re waiting.
  • You haven’t been on the STACKS in a while, and you want to announce your return.
  • It’s your birthday, and since you can’t actually post about it, you want to send everyone a celebratory shout-out! (Of course, they’ll never know it was your birthday.)
  • You’re having a rough time with your friends from real life, and you need the support of your STACKS friends.
  • You read this post and were inspired to send more shout-outs.
  • What’s better than a sweet message to someone who needs it? Well . . . maybe chocolate, but this is the next best thing! I am totally inspired to send more shout-outs now

    . How about you?
    image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer Add a Comment
    42200. Illustration Friday: RED

    This week's Illustration Friday topic is: RED. Who doesn't love a red hat? Or a dinosaur? Or, more importantly, CAKE???

    And did I mention you can follow me on Facebook?

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