Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
by Emily Horner

From Emily Horner's website:

For months, Cass Meyer has heard her best friend Julia, a wannabe Broadway composer, whispering about a top-secret project. Then Julia is killed in a sudden car accident, and while Cass is still reeling from her death, Julia’s boyfriend and her other drama friends make it their mission to bring to fruition the nearly-completed secret project: a musical about an orphaned ninja princess entitled Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.

Cass isn’t one of the drama people. She doesn’t feel at home with Julia’s drama friends, and she doesn’t see a place for her in the play. Things only get worse when she finds out that Heather Galloway, the girl who made her miserable all through middle school, has been cast as the ninja princess.

Cass can’t take a summer of swallowing her pride and painting sets, so she decides to follow her original plan for a cross-country road trip with Julia. Even if she has a touring bicycle instead of a driver’s license, and even if Julia’s ashes are coming along in Tupperware.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend is a story about friendship. About love. About traveling a thousand miles just to find yourself. About making peace with the past, and making sense of it. And it’s a story about the bloodiest high school musical one quiet suburb has ever seen.

Oh man, I have coveted this book for months! Now that I finally have a copy my stupid resolution of not reading anything until I finish my homework is slowing down my reading rate massively!
I'm in college darn it! This is not high school anymore! Don't mind me, I'm just mad at myself.

But, but, but. When I do finish reading this book you WILL hear about it!

Until next time,

Friday, January 22, 2010

ALA Youth Media Awards (continued)

The Michael L. Printz Award

(From the ALA website)
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Mike was active in YALSA and served on the Best Books for Young Adults Committee and the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee. He had a passion for books and reading. Finding the right book for the right student at the right time was not just a slogan to Mike-he lived it. He also appreciated the authors who wrote books for young adults and demonstrated this by initiating an author-in-residence program at his high school. One of those authors was Chris Crutcher, who became a close friend. Chris recalls the quiet times he spent with Mike talking with him about his vision of young adult literature and its place in kid's lives and says, "The ache I feel [upon hearing of Mike's death] is my wish that he could have accepted for himself what he so readily gave to us, readers and writers alike; a place to stand in the circle of the joy and heartache that is storytelling."

YALSA has created a place, a circle if you will, for Mike to stand and be recognized- that place is the Michael L.Printz Award.

YALSA published A Printz of a Man, a volume of articles written by Mike's friends and colleagues in 1997. Copies were given to the participants at the YALSA preconference, Popular Reading, which was dedicated to Mike, in San Francisco. It is now available on this web site for the reader's information and enjoyment.

2010 Honor books
Winner imageCharles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heiligman, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Winner imageThe Monstrumologist
by Rick Yancey, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Winner imagePunkzilla
by Adam Rapp and published by Candlewick Press
Winner imageTales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973
by John Barnes and published by Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Reader’s Group

2010 Printz Award Winner

Winner imageGoing Bovine
by Libba Bray
Sixteen year old slacker, Cameron, sets off on a madcap road trip along with a punk angel, a dwarf sidekick, a yard gnome and a mad scientist, to save the world and perhaps his own life.

This wildly imaginative modern day take on Don Quixote is complex, hilarious and stunning. The hero’s journey will never be the same after “Going Bovine.”

Watch the winners be announced here!

Congratulations to Libba Bray on a most deserved win!

(If I can find it I will try to upload a video of Libba reading from Going Bovine at the Jefferson Market Public Library!)

Until next time,

Thursday, January 21, 2010

ALA Youth Media Awards

Waking up early in the morning is a chore, ask anyone. But waking up early to go attend the Youth Media Awards to hear the best of the best books of 2009 be announced among a crowd of people who picked these books after carefully scrutinizing them based on various criterion, and people who published them, and librarians who put them on their library bookshelves, and readers, like me who loved them, was an absolutle pleasure!

Thankfully , I'd found my camera before going to Boston and charged it in anticipation of this event, to be able to caputre it on video and put it out there for you all to see!

The William C. Morris Award: (From the ALA website)
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award celebrates the achievement of a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers. The work cited will illuminate the teen experience and enrich the lives of its readers through its excellence, demonstrated by:
Compelling, high quality writing and/or illustration
The integrity of the work as a whole
Its proven or potential appeal to a wide range of teen readers

2010 Finalists:

  1. Ash by Malinda Lo, by published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

  2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

  3. The Everafter by Amy Huntley, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

  4. Hold still by Nina LaCour, published by Dutton Children’s Books, a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group

And the winner is .....

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan, published by Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Blake’s life is way too complicated. He’s a sophomore with a girlfriend and a friend who is a girl. One loves him. One needs him. Can he please them both? The voices of the characters are accurate, evocative and humorous capturing the everyday adolescent stresses and misunderstandings that are so hard to live through.

Congratulations to L.K. Madigan on a well deserved win!!!

Tomorrow some more videos from the YMA!

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday: Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Synopsis: (From GoodReads)

It’s tough, living in the shadow of a dead girl…

In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.

Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.

In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.

Praise for Tell Me A Secret-

"A powerful story of self-discovery, and a brilliant debut novel." - Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of CRANK

"Tell Me a Secret is a gripping, emotional story about a young girl with a tragic past and an uncertain future. I dare you to set it down during its last hundred pages. I dare you." - Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist author of HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART

Friday, January 15, 2010

Contest: The Secret Year!

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

Synopsis: (From GoodReads):

Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend.When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal she left behind. But he is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.

Watch out for my review!

Contest ends 1/29/2010!
Enter for a chance to win an ARC of The Secret Year! Winner will receive a personalized ARC signed by Jenn herself!
All you have to do is tell me about your worst break up and how you got over it!

  • You dont have to be a follower.
  • Just leave your email in the comments with your entry.
  • 1 entry per entrant!
Until next time,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Guest post over at Persnickety Snark

A while ago Adele from Persnickety Snark asked me to write a guest post for her Bloggoversary and I said yes to her mainly because:

  1. Adele's Awesome.
  2. Her blog is one of the few I read diligently.
  3. She's one of the good ones.
She gave me a free reign to write about whatever I wanted so I set my mind to writing an Ode to Adele of sorts. however I failed miserably!

Go over to her blog to see my post and read all about it!

Link here.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

From Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe must journey to the uncharted isle of Altus to continue her search for the missing pages of the Book of Chaos - the pages that could tell her how to end the prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. But the journey will test more than just her courage, it will also test her loyalty to her beloved boyfriend, James. Meanwhile, twin sister Alice will stop at nothing to reclaime Lia's role as the Gate. And that's not the only thing she wants from her sister: there's also Lia's true love. The outcome of their battle could have consequences of Biblical proportions and, in the end, only one sister will be left standing

No cover is available for the book yet!

Guardian of the Gate is the much awaited second book in the Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy! I have been waiting for this book since the minute I finished PotS.
And I know the minute I finish GotG I'm going to be waiting for the 3rd one with baited breath!

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

The Unwritten Rule by
Elizabeth Scott


Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like you best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...

I absolutely adore Elizabeth Scott! I <3 au naturalement I am waiting for this one too! Can not wait to read it!

Until next time,