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1. Review: Veronica Mars The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

9780804170703Ten years after the TV series was heartbreakingly axed Veronica Mars is making a comeback. First there was the much-anticipated, kickstarter funded, movie and now there is a series of novels that continue the Neptune universe.

A TV/Movie spin-off book is not usually on my radar and I don’t think I would have read this but when I found out Kristen Bell was reading the audio book I was in. (Plus the movie was sooo good!)

(SPOILER ALERT: you must see the film before reading the book and the rest of my review will talk about the movie’s ending)

At the end of the movie Veronica has returned to Neptune and is in the PI business again. The book takes off right from there with Veronica taking on her first big case. The storyline is like a good, solid double episode from the show. Now older and wiser things get a better darker and more dangerous for Veronica than her school/college PI days. It is spring break in Neptune and a teenage girl has gone missing. Fearing the negative press coverage Neptune’s Chamber of Commerce hires Veronica to look into the case which is being handled with the ineptitude and laziness we have come to expect from the Sheriff’s department. When a second girl goes missing Veronica must quickly re-find her PI shoes before it is too late.

All our favourite characters make an appearance with a surprise thrown in. My only grumble was that the story is told in the third person, which still works but I was really looking forward to being inside Veronica’s head more (like the TV show) especially with Bell narrating the audio book. Otherwise it was a really fun story and it is really great to see the story being kept alive, whatever the format and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

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2. Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: April 4

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. There are many links to posts on National Poetry Month, so I've given them a separate category. 

Book Lists

A Tuesday Ten: Girls will be Boys (speculative fiction where girls dress as boys) | Views From the Tesseract http://ow.ly/vmlGA #kidlit

A nice list | Books That My Children and I Treasured When They Were Tiny by @carriegelson @NerdyBookClub http://ow.ly/voN72

Stacked: Get Genrefied: Realistic Teens on the Big Screen (no, it's not all @realjohngreen ) http://ow.ly/vjBvP #yalit

A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction by @catagator @bookriot http://ow.ly/vbsnE #yalit

Read Aloud Chapter Books for 3rd Graders - @momandkiddo http://ow.ly/veMcQ #kidlit

Don't miss this week's round-up of Middle Grade Sci Fi and Fantasy from around the blogs @charlotteslib http://ow.ly/vbqkA #kidlit

At Stacked: Girls Across Borders: Reviews from the Outstanding Books for the College Bound List http://ow.ly/v8Nvv #yalit


Diversity in Publishers Weekly’s 2013 Young Adult Bestsellers | @diversityinya @malindalo http://ow.ly/vbsjg #yalit via @catagator


IbbyHappy International Children's Book Day! @rosemondcates has the scoop! http://ow.ly/vmks5

Planning to attend BEA? See: Thoughts on BookExpo America and BookCon from @SheilaRuth http://ow.ly/v8KUF

Growing Bookworms

12 (Almost) Effortless Preschool #Literacy Activities from @momandkiddo http://ow.ly/voMTo

Not in my house! Are We Rushing Kids Out of Picture Books? | asks ShelfTalker http://ow.ly/vjAQz via @PWKidsBookshelf

How to get British kids reading - Essay at http://FT.com via @librareanne http://ow.ly/vjD3j #literacy

I do look forward to these books! Sunlit Pages: Reading Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary to kids http://ow.ly/vfeaH

A parent's experience in growing an initially reluctant reader by @janetgurtler @NerdyBookClub http://ow.ly/vbqCZ

Something I'll keep an eye on | LEGO StoryStarter: Creative New Language & Literacy Tool http://ow.ly/v8NL1 via @TrevorHCairney


Forget about the NSA for a minute: The internet of things could kill the little white lie @gigaom via @cmirabile http://ow.ly/vbpGt

National Poetry Month

NationalPoetryMonthThe Book Chook: Ten Top Tips to Engage Kids with Poetry for #NationalPoetryMonth http://ow.ly/voMKp @BookChook

Tanita Davis will be blogging "Some Kind of Poem A Day" for #NationalPoetryMonth http://ow.ly/vjBJo

Liz Scanlon is doing a Haiku a day for April. Here's Haiku 1: http://ow.ly/vjBFb #NationalPoetryMonty

Sherry at @semicolonblog is launching #NationalPoetryMonth with a post about Anaphora poems http://ow.ly/vjBML

March into spring with #NationalPoetryMonth by Angela Verges at the family that reads together http://ow.ly/vjBWw

On Beyond Haiku: New Forms for #NationalPoetryMonth@fuseeight http://ow.ly/vmlem

.@KellyFineman is reviewing #poetry books for #NationalPoetryMonth | FIREFLY JULY by Paul B. Janeczko http://ow.ly/vmkBA

The first entry in her Our Wonderful World #poetry series from @MaryLeeHahn on Giza Pyramids http://ow.ly/vjBXQ #NationalPoetryMonth

Day 2 of @MaryLeeHahn #NationalPoetryMonth celebration of Our Wonderful World features Stonehenge http://ow.ly/vmkVi

The #nationalpoetrymonth Our Wonderful World celebration from @MaryLeeHahn visits The Colosseum http://ow.ly/voNhK

At The Miss Rumphius Effect, first of Science Poetry Pairings for #NationalPoetryMonth - Darwin and the Galapagos http://ow.ly/vjCI4

Today's Science #Poetry Pairings at @missrumphius = Frogs and Toads http://ow.ly/vmlsV #NationalPoetryMonth

Continuing Science #Poetry Pairings for#nationalpoetrymonth, @missrumphius looks at the Nature of Science http://ow.ly/voNu6

First of Thirty Days of Student Poetry from @JoneMac53 at Check It Out http://ow.ly/vjCGk #NationalPoetryMonth

For the launch of #NationalPoetryMonth, @KirbyLarson has @JoneMac53 talking about #poetry http://ow.ly/vjBRe

At GottaBook, @gregpincus first post for 30 Poets/Day 1 - Jack Prelutsky and Alice Schertle http://ow.ly/vjCEi #NationalPoetryMonth

On Reading, Writing, and Publishing

Thoughts on Newbery from @medinger | sparked by Patrick Ness’s point on "Crappy Books About Important Things" http://ow.ly/vbs0G

I could relate to this post by @snarkywench on Unplugging from John Green & Rob Thomas. I want the story, not process http://ow.ly/vbrSh

Schools and Libraries

Berkeley Eighth Graders Raise Over $78K on Kickstarter, Build a School Library | @sljournal http://ow.ly/vjDeH

Shanahan on #Literacy: To Play or Not to Play (in K and Pre), That is the Question http://ow.ly/vfdO1

Teacher-tested strategies for encouraging boys to read, from @ReadingWithBean http://ow.ly/veAED #literacy

Interesting ideas! Social Media and Libraries: The Case of the Overdue Library Book | @molly_wetta http://ow.ly/vbqdO

© 2014 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook.

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3. Because a TV show is kind of like a novel, only without all that description, and with a lot more ironic segues.

So I’m working on my last paper of the semester, which means after a hiatus I’m back to watching ONCE AND AGAIN. …As in, I settled in yesterday after a long day of reading journal articles and practicing calculus* to watch one episode… and six episodes later, sun rising, birds chirping, said, Fuuuuuuuuuuck.

This compressed quarter-season of viewing began with the particularly MY SO-CALLED LIFE-echoing “Outside Hearts,” written by one Alexa Junge. My first thought? To wonder if Alexa Young, author of FRENEMIES (which I haven’t read), could possibly be a pen name for Alexa Junge. Because I could totally believe that someone who wrote this episode wound up as a young adult novelist.

Today’s Googling and IMDBing seems to make this unlikely (though not impossible), but now I’m wondering: anyone know of TV writers who also write YA? I’ve already read, and enjoyed, RATS SAW GOD by Rob Thomas (the creator of VERONICA MARS, whose first season I deeply, desperately love**, and the new 90210, which I’ve yet to see). It seems like these should be overlapping skill sets. Is the money so good in TV that once people are in it, there’s no point to writing novels? (Thomas, I believe, wrote novels before breaking into TV.) Anyone got recommendations?

* Yes, the weirdest way in which my summer plans altered this week is that I signed up for two math classes. This impulsive decision resulted from a professor, after reading another paper I wrote, pointing out that “I’m really pretty certain that this is true!” is less than convincing as a rationale for complicated claims about what happens when many things change at the same time. (He politely declined to note that my authority is particularly unpersuasive on such matters.) We’re going to see if this is as big a disaster as it clearly has the potential to be.

** Bonus: my viewing marathon ended with “Sneaky Feelings,” where a very young Jason Dohring (a.k.a. VERONICA MARS’s Logan Echolls) makes an appearance. Logan is the quintessential example of a character I know I shouldn’t love — because he’s a terrible person — but I do, I do. How do they do that?

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Looking Back on CWIM: The 1997 Edition
An Interview with Rob Thomas...

Ah, the one with the lime-green dinosaur cover. It really popped on the bookstore shelves! Weighing in at just over 360 pages and in it's second (and last) hardcover edition, this CWIM included a new and short-lived section of Multimedia markets with submission information from children's software and CD-ROM producers.

What I love most about this edition is that it turned me on to what is still my favorite YA book ever, Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas. (I like the original cover illustrated by Chris Raschka much better than the updated version I linked to.) Thomas followed up his first book with several others then turned to TV, writing for shows I loved like Dawson's Creek and Veronica Mars which he produced. Every few years I pick up his debut novel and re-visit Steve York, Dub, dadaism, and the astronaut. Here's an excerpt from Thomas' First Books interview by my former assistant editor and frequent muse Anne Bowling:

"Getting published for the first time opens a lot of doors. I think the first deal is the toughest," says Rob Thomas, author of the young adult novel Rats Saw God. "Once you've got a book out there, you're in better shape--it's just a lot easier to get publishers to read your work."
With Rats Saw God, Thomas had his work more than cut out for him. Not only was he pitching a first-time novel, but his included substance abuse and explicit sexuality--not the usual territory for the more routine Sweet Valley High-style young adult fare.

"My book is edgy in terms of drug use, and language, and sexual content, and I think it really kind of pushes what can be done in young adult fiction," Thomas says. "I was really considering trying to market the novel as adult fiction."

To young adult novelists, Thomas says focus on the product and write the best book you're able to write. "The best I felt about the process was when I was writing, and not thinking about getting published, or about the audience, or about what was selling or not selling, " he says. "People who talk to me about publishing seem to be putting the publishing cart before the writing horse. So many writer who talk to me about publishing haven't written. Or they've started writing, and they already want to know who to talk to to sell the book. I think your first effort needs to be write a really good book. And selling it will take care of itself."

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