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The Boy Most Likely To(ur): Two Truths & A Lie (& a Contest!)

Welcome to Day #2 of The Boy Most Likely To(ur)!

To celebrate the release of The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (8/18/15), 10 blogs across the web will be featuring exclusive content from Huntley, as well as a chance to win a YA Goodie Basket in the Grand Prize Giveaway!

Today, Huntley stops by to play Two Truths and a Lie!

Two Truths and a Lie

Some of you may be familiar with 2 Truths and a Lie (if you’ve ever gone to  summer camp or been a freshman in college).  Huntley will be giving us 3 statements each about herself, The Boy Most Likely To, Tim Mason, and Alice Garrett — two of which will be true, one of which will be a LIE. Then object of the game is to identify the lie. The answers are at the bottom!

Two truths and a lie about Huntley Fitzpatrick:

  1. I fell in love for the first time walking into kindergarten and stayed in love with that kid for the next ten years.
  2. Growing up, I wanted to work in film but the only job I ever had was spraying a hose at Rick Springfield while he lay on a beach singing for a music video
  3. I was named after my grandmother, but her name was Becca Huntley—if they hadn’t dropped the first one, there would be two Becca Fitzpatricks who write YA.

Two truths and a lie about the book:

  1. The book was originally set at Yale, Tim was the army-brat hero and Hester, not Alice, was the heroine.
  2. The book was originally written in the third person and there was a murder involved.
  3. The first scene I ever wrote was Alice and Tim kissing in the Bug.

Two truths and a lie about Alice Garrett:

  1. Alice was originally modelled on a combination of Alice in Wonderland and character I loved in a childhood book: Half Magic, by Edward Eager
  2. The bullying that happened to her when she was twelve happened to me, too. We responded different ways.
  3. I first wrote about Jase and Alice as brother and sister—with the same close relationship–when I was fifteen.

Two truths and a lie about Tim Mason:

  1. Tim and Nan’s birthday is actually on Christmas Day but that’s never mentioned.
  2. Despite the fact that he was originally supposed to have two lines in my first book—and then leave and possibly die, Tim has appeared in all three published books I’ve written—and one unpublished one.
  3. Tim was inspired by a real boy I knew in high school—who once had a fistfight on my behalf–but when my name was mentioned to that guy after I wrote My Life Next Door, he didn’t remember me at all.

Have you taken your best guess? Read on to reveal the lies!

The lies are:

  • About Huntley: Number 3
  • About the Book: Number 2
  • About Alice: Number 1
  • About Tim: Number 1 again.
 Stop by YA Interrobang tomorrow for Day #3 and download phone and desktop wallpapers featuring Huntley’s books!
about the bookboy most likely toA surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To… well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

  • One (1) first prize winner will receive a YA Goodie Basket filled with all three of Huntley’s books (The Boy Most Likely To, My Life Next Door, and What I Thought Was True), Pushing the Limits and Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, and The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Two (2) second prize winners will receive audiobooks of The Boy Most Likely To and What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick plus swag
  • Enter via the rafflecopter below
  • US/Canada Only
  • Ends 9/18 at midnight ET
  • For the blog post comment entry, answer the question: How many lies did you correctly identify?

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Blog Tour Schedule:
September 7thBookhounds YA
September 8thNovel Novice
September 9thYA Interrobang
September 10thA Backwards Story
September 11thOnce Upon a Twilight
September 14thA Life Bound By Books
September 15thAlison Can Read
September 16thBook Briefs
September 18thAngieville

Serpentine by Cindy Pon: Blog Tour Q&A + Contest

Today, we are excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Serpentine by Cindy Pon. We have an exclusive Q&A with Cindy, plus your chance to win a copy of the book. So be sure to keep reading for all the details!

SERPENTINE NEW JLGTell us about the mythology that inspired SERPENTINE. What helped you piece together the inspiration and your final story? 

In my debut Silver Phoenix, a beautiful serpent demon disguised in her mortal form tries to lure away one of the characters. She was simply another monster in the novel, and I thought afterward, what if the “monster” had a story? The story of Medusa from Greek mythology has always fascinated me as well, and I wanted to explore the idea of women as “monstrous beauties”.

What will fans of SILVER PHOENIX love about SERPENTINE? 

I was inevitably still drawn to gods and demons and cute Asian boys as heroes. I hope they will enjoy that, but also the idea of finding yourself through metamorphosis, the beauty and wonder of nature, as well as the strong female friendship between my heroine Skybright (a handmaid) and her mistress Zhen Ni.

For readers who want to know more about the mythology that inspired SERPENTINE, what resources would you recommend? 

Lady White Snake is a Chinese classic that features a serpent demon. I was not aware of this story really until after I had written Serpentine. But I loved that she was written as sympathetic heroine as well, in this classic!

cindypon_highres-200x300What draws you to writing fantasy?

I was a reader before I was a writer, and I’ve always loved stories that transported me to another time or place? Somewhere fantastic and different than anything I had ever known. And fantasy always did that for me, and continues to do so. But despite the fantastic elements of these stories, they are always grounded in the human experience, something I could relate to as a reader, and I hope, something that i convey as a writer.

You’re also the co-founder of Diversity in YA and do a lot of work with We Need Diverse Books. What are some of the successes you’ve seen with these groups, and what work is still ahead? 

I think the dialogue for the need to have more inclusive stories has dramatically increased since 2011, when Malinda Lo and I started Diversity in YA. Thanks in very large part to We Need Diverse Books’ efforts and initiatives. I think that it is a long road though. I’ve seen more awareness, but I also continue to see missteps and push back, as well as people in publishing (and readers) who are unaware of the issues at hand. The problem is systemic, so there is no one step solution.

Flash Questions: 

Favorite villain?


Pen or pencil?


Favorite piece of clothing?

Lounge pants.

Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

Clean by Taylor Swift.

Most recent vacation?


5 things that are always in your purse?

Tissues, mints, lip balm, wallet, and pen.

about the book

SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

In stores September 8th.

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about the authorCindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at

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1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card. US Only.

3 winners will receive a signed paperback of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card. US Only.

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A Whole New World by Liz Braswell: Blog Tour Q&A + Contest

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Today, we are super excited to be hosting a stop on the official tour for A Whole New World by Liz Braswell, which is the first in a series that looks at fantastical “what if” scenarios featuring some of Disney’s most beloved stories.

a whole new worldFirst up, we’ve got a Q&A with Liz — then keep reading for more about the book & your chance to win a copy!

I love the idea of re-imagining not just a classic fairy tale — but the very well-known Disney versions! What was your approach to retelling Disney’s Aladdin?

On an emotional and character development level, I wanted to tell a tale there wasn’t time to in the original film.  And to  fill in their world with more details and even more interesting characters. And to age up a potential plot so that older audiences could enjoy it.   Simply put, what could Aladdin and Jasmine do that I—and others—would enjoy reading about?

What do you think fans of Aladdin will be surprised to see in A Whole New World

Jafar is a bit more psychotic than in the movie.  A secondary character is missing (it makes sense when you read it). And Jasmine winds up being queen of all Westeros.

liz braswellWhere there other “what ifs” you considered for A Whole New World, before settling on Jafar summoning the Genie first? Or was that always the twist you wanted to explore? 

It’s the one that presented the most acceptable plot divergence for such a classic movie.  Some other possibilities were: What if Abu got the lamp and made the first wish? (hint: think bananas).  What if it was suddenly discovered that Agrabah sat on top of a giant oil field?  What if Jasmine wielded a scimitar, got on a horse, and rode around ancient Persia, righting wrongs?

If not Aladdin, what Disney movie would you love to re-tell and how might you approach the story?

Um.  I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.  Let’s just say I may have been granted that opportunity already…

What was the biggest challenge of re-telling such a well-known and beloved Disney film?

Making it believable and real for an older audience:  people who still love the movie as much as they did as children but want a little more out of the world.  While keeping that world within the realm of possible from the original movie.


Favorite Halloween candy?

Candy corn.  HANDS DOWN. Often shoved onto teeth to make fangs.

Starbucks beverage of choice?

When I’m not Japanese vacu-pressing my civet-extracted, fair shade trade grown organic Beans of Rarity, I check my Caffeine O’Meter readout and then order the correct-sized plain drip (with room), to keep my system from shutting down.  Unless it’s winter, in which case it’s the peppermint mochaccino, no whipped cream but do NOT forget my peppermint sprinkles.  Seriously!  Without them, what’s the point?

French fries or tater tots?

Tater trots are a TREAT, not to be overindulged.  I love ‘em at Crif Dogs on Driggs.

Skill you wish you possessed?

Besides flight? Whatever you want to call that magical ability that lets painters put things down on canvas so they’re the right colors.  On purpose.

Can’t miss TV show?

Orange is the New Black, Peaky Blinders, whatever is new and interesting on the syfy channel.

Favorite member of the Avengers?

Tricky.  I like She-Hulk; I feel that in the real world she would be very involved in some political issues we’re having in North Brooklyn right now involving parks.  Also she’s a total badass.

about the bookWhat if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin.

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

about the authorFull time author, under the name Tracy Lynn. And Celia Thomson. And J. B. Stephens. And E.J. Braswell. But mainly Tracy Lynn.

Her series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” has been adapted into a TV show by ABC Family.



5 winners will receive a finished copy of A WHOLE NEW WORLD. US Only.

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: Blog Tour Guest Post & Contest

Today, we are pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, in stores September 1st. Today, we have an exclusive guest post from Erin, plus your chance to win a copy of this gorgeous book. Keep reading for all the details & more about Vengeance Road.

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The Legend That Inspired Vengeance Road
by Erin Bowman

vengeance roadI usually despise the “What inspired you to write this book?” question because I rarely have an exciting answer, but that’s not the case this time around. Vengeance Road was inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman, a gold mine supposedly located in the Arizona’s Superstition Mountains.

Like any good legend, there are a few different takes on the tale, but it is generally agreed that a German prospector named Jacob Waltz discovered the mine in the late nineteenth century and confessed its location to his nurse while on his deathbed in 1891, going so far as to draw her a map. Even armed with all this information, the nurse was unable to locate the gold, and by 1982, she was selling copies of Waltz’s map in Phoenix for $7.

Even though gold-seekers have been searching for Waltz’s mine since his passing, no one has successfully located it. Some have even died during their search, which has lead to rumors that the mountains are cursed, or perhaps that the gold is.

My husband has family in Arizona and grew up hearing stories about the Lost Dutchman. When he first told me about the mine my muse exploded. I saw a girl out for revenge, and an outlaw gang, and saddlebags full of gold. I started researching the Lost Dutchman more thoroughly and grew obsessed with the origins of the legend. How did Waltz find the mine if it’s so well hidden? Did the gold belong to someone else originally? Why are there so many variations of the map and why are there even more variations of the legend itself?

Set in 1877, Vengeance Road takes place before Waltz’s passing, when many of the details surrounding the Lost Dutchman are muddy. But one of the best perks of being a writer is taking creative liberties, and this made weaving details from a very real legend into my fictional tale that much more fun! Waltz even makes an appearance in Vengeance Road. How will his story intersect with Kate’s? Well, I can’t quite tell you without spoiling things, and where’s the fun in that? ;)

about the bookWhen Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

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about the authorerin bowmanErin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not “Mama” or “Dada,” but “Once upon a time.” In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.

She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.

When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).

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Family Magic Blog Tour Q&A + Contest

Today, we’re excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Family Magic by Patti Larsen. Keep reading for a Q&A with Patti, more about the book, and your chance to win some cool prizes!

Patti-Larsen-200x300Why write paranormal?

I can’t seem to avoid it for some reason. I was raised on fantasy and science fiction by my avid fan father, as well as Dungeons and Dragons. And, my family is known for their interesting intuitive abilities, something I share (I read Tarot and have been told I scare people LOL). So, paranormal characters seem to be the norm for me. I’ve tried writing non-para and have succeeded a few times, but most of my work falls under the supernatural umbrella.

Tell us about an educator who made an impact on your life.

My first grade teacher, Mrs. Redmond. I was ill when they did the first year assessments at the end of kindergarten and was placed in a remedial class when I began school in September. I came home crying every day to my mother because they wouldn’t let me read. When she finally convinced the principal to let me switch classes, Mrs. Redmond handed me books and books and books. I loved her for it and will always be grateful to her for understanding.

Family-Magic-200x300Where do you write?

I can write pretty much anywhere, but typically I’m in my basement office, surrounded by books, or in my kitchen at the breakfast nook with cats curled up on the bench beside me.

What was it like seeing your book cover for the first time?

The blue of Family Magic is now iconic to me and makes me happy every time I see it. I even look for clothes, nail polish, jewelry, anything that matches because I love it so much. The bright yet paranormal feel of the book, paired with the soft feel of the swirly vines and the powerful font is 100% Sydlynn Hayle, the lead character. So, naturally, I adore it. And stare at it, I admit, for long periods of time with a grin on my face.

What book most impacted your life?

It was a Nancy Drew mystery when I was twelve years old, but don’t ask me the title. The book itself isn’t the important part, though I remember enjoying it immensely. Instead, it was the trigger that told me I could be a writer. When I finished reading it, the little voice in my head whispered, “I can do that.” And I’ve been writing ever since.

What is your favorite writing spot?

On the soft, fuzzy bench of my kitchen nook with a couple of my cats curled up beside me, a fresh cup of hot coffee and my pug, Jelly Bean, at my feet. Heaven.

What are your “must-haves” when writing?

Coffee, my computer, post-it notes, my favorite pen, dayplanner to log my wordcount, headphones so I can listen to rain or bioneural beats while I write. And the voices. J

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about the bookHer mom’s a witch, her dad’s a demon and she just wants to be ordinary. But, when an insidious evil comes after her family, Sydlynn Hayle has to choose to be the normal girl she craves or step up, embrace her magic and save her coven from disaster.

about the authorPatti is an award-winning author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives in Canada with her patient husband and six demanding cats.


The publisher will be giving away 5 paperback copies of Family Magic (US/CA) and a $25 Amazon gift card (INT) to the winners of the Rafflecopter found HERE. The giveaway ends September 6th.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour for more goodies & chances to win!

Book Review: All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder

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I am so thrilled today to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Lisa Schroeder. Be sure to keep reading after our review for your chance to win a copy of the book, or a Powell’s gift card!

An ultimately uplifting story about second chances and making the most of what you’ve got, All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder is the end-of-the-world story you didn’t know you needed.

all we have is nowWhat do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.

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So what would YOU do if you had only 24 hours left to live? It’s a terrifying thought — and Schroeder tackles this terror head-on through her characters in All We Have is Now. The range of emotions they experience — so honest and raw — and relatable to anyone who has ever thought about the eventual end of their lives. (And don’t we all think about our mortality at some time?)

Schroeder’s approach to the end of the world is refreshingly optimistic, and her story is an ultimately hopeful and uplifting one. Even as the world devolves into chaos — and the end does NOT bring out the best in everyone — Schroeder shows ways to make the most of what you are given. Her characters seize the opportunity to make their final hours count, and try and improve the lives of those around them as best they can.

Connecting Schroeder’s story, written in traditional prose, are several beautiful passages in verse. These passages serve almost as landmarks in the story, and add an unexpected grace and beauty to the book. Some of my favorite parts of All We Have is Now are from the verse chapters. They are just so lovely.

An inspiring story about cherishing the intangible, important things in life, All We Have is Now is in stores now.

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“Thoughtful, endearing, and surprisingly fun — a reminder of what’s really important in life.”

–Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program

“All We Have Is Now is one of those books my teenage self needed — a thoughtfully crafted reminder that every moment is a gift and that we should be kind, especially to ourselves.”

–Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary

“Heartwarming and hopeful. I’d take this book with me to the apocalypse!”

–Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series


How did the idea for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW come about?

lisa schroederWhen I was in high school, I had a leadership class where we did lots of different activities and exercises. One of the most memorable ones was when we all sat in a circle and our teacher, Mrs. Smith, said something like: “Imagine the world is going to end in 24 hours. I’d like you to share with us how you would spend those last 24 hours.” What made it so memorable was how emotional people got as they spoke of the ones they love the most, or relatives they hadn’t seen in a while and wouldn’t be able to see again. It wasn’t long before almost everyone was crying. It was strange and kind of eerie, but also wonderful, because it was such a great reminder of what matters most. Of course, the class clown, a kid named Eric, gave us all a break from our tears when it was his turn and he said something like, “I’d find a girl and we would have a fun 24 hours, and that’s all I’m gonna say.”

I’ve always been fascinated with meteors and asteroids. The one that happened over Russia in 2013 was slightly terrifying, seeming to come out of nowhere and creating a huge blast in the sky, injuring over 130 people. As I thought about writing a book that dealt with that question of – how would you spend the last 24 hours – this seemed like a unique premise to play with.


Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.

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The author will be giving away $40 Powells e-gift card (US) OR a signed copy of All We Have Is Now (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends August 5th.

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Book Review: The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

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We are so excited today to be hosting one of the stops on the tour celebrating the release of Dr. Seuss’s new book!

what pet should i getThe manuscript & illustrations for What Pet Should I Get? were discovered in the home of the late author back in Fall of 2013. With today’s publication, it becomes the first original new Dr. Seuss book to be published since 1990’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go.

Featuring the brother & sister from Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, What Pet Should I Get? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment, choosing a pet.

To celebrate its release, we’re joining up with 43 other bloggers to review Dr. Seuss’s first 44 books.

butter battle bookThis was such a treat for me, given what a huge role these books played in my childhood. When asked which book I wanted to review, my first pick was The Butter Battle Book. I have so many fond memories of this book, and the animated adaptation I used to watch on TV — with the catchy “Butter Side Up/Butter Side Down” song.

Reading the book years later as an adult, I was MUCH more aware of the political aspect of the book. I remembered enough of the story that I expected as much — but what I did not remember was the book being so grim! As the conflict between the Zooks and the Yooks escalates, each sides takes more dramatic — and more violent — means to win their bread buttering dispute.

It’s interesting to me that the GoodReads description for this book emphasizes that The Butter Battle Book is about teaching tolerance and acceptance, when it’s actually well-known that Dr. Seuss wrote this book as a very loosely-veiled anti-war manifesto. (It was published during the peak of the Cold War.)

Given the historical context, and reading the book as an adult, I had a VERY different experience than when I enjoyed The Butter Battle Book as a child. That said, this grim, anti-war satire is a good way to broach the difficult subject matter of war with children.

Dr. Seuss 44 Classic Book Celebratory Tour
  1. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young
  2. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
  3. The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
  4. The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
  5. Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
  6. McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
  7. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
  8. Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
  9. If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
  10. Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
  11. Horton Hears a Who! 1954 – Bookiemoji
  12. On Beyond Zebra! 1955 – Jessabella Reads
  13. If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
  14. The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
  16. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
  17. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
  18. Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
  19. Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
  20. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
  21. The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
  22. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
  23. Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
  24. Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
  25. Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
  26. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
  27. The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
  28. The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
  29. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
  30. I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
  31. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
  32. The Lorax, 1971 – Elizziebooks
  33. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
  34. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
  35. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
  36. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
  37. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
  38. The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
  39. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
  40. Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
  41. Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
  42. The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
  43. You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
  44. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990  – Jesse the Reader


Dr SeussTheodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit


In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

Blog Tour Guest Post & Contest: You & Me & Him by Kris Dinnison

Today, we are excited to share an exclusive guest post from You & Me & Him author Kris Dinnison as part of the official blog tour. AND we’ve got a chance for you to win a copy of the book, too – so be sure to keep reading all the way through today’s post for details!

guest postThe Book that Most Impacted Your Life
by Kris Dinnison


KrisThis has got to be one of the toughest questions for a book lover to answer. How do you pick just one? When someone asked him what his favorite book was, Charlie, the main character in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” said, “The last one I read.” And I really do feel that way sometimes.

But there are some books that I go back to again and again for various reasons. Jane Austen is a favorite of mine for her wry wit and social criticism. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger is one of my favorite stories of family disfunction and growing up. And I am in love with the novels of E.M. Forster, which I discovered when I was a senior in high school and have re-read ever since. But when I think about impact on my life, I have to say Chris Crutcher’s novels stand out as being immensely important to the path I have taken.

You and Me and Him Cover_hres            I was first introduced to Chris’ novels as a teacher at an alternative high school in 1995. He was already more than a decade into his career writing for young adults, basically inventing the young adult novel as he wrote each book. The only other thing I remember reading at the time that even came close was Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat. Anyway, the school I was working at was using Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes in the curriculum.

I read the story, which broke my heart, in one night. Watching this friendship between Sarah, disfigured by burns when she was three, and Moby, who was overweight and outcast growing up, was a revelation. Chris never shies away from violence and controversy, choosing instead to portray humanity at it’s best and worst through the wrenching, complex interactions of his characters. And seeing the way he allows his characters and their relationships to grow and evolve as they navigate high school and the world’s cruelty brought into stark relief for me the idea that these stories about teenagers had magnitude and sharp edges and deep heart.

The power of Chris’s writing became even more evident as I worked with students around the novel. The alternative school kids I taught saw themselves in the characters. For many of them it was the first time they had ever recognized their own lives in a story. It helped them see that there might be strength and hope in places they hadn’t considered before. And it made them want to read other stories about people like them. That was so powerful, and it made me see not only the impact but the importance of stories for young adults.

By the time I started writing my book, a decade and a half after first reading Chris Crutcher’s work, young adult literature had already taken root as a powerhouse in publishing. Chris’s books forged a trail through the publishing industry, acting as a beacon for writers like myself who wanted to find those stories that would feel true and important to teen readers and anyone else who found them. And he’s still writing and speaking truth to power in a voice that resonates with readers of all ages. I am immensely grateful for his books, and for his work as a pioneer in the world of young adult stories. Without first having read his books, I might never have written mine.

about the book“Do not ignore a call from me when you know I am feeling neurotic about a boy. That is Best Friend 101.” —Nash

Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel—with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references—sings a song of love and forgiveness.

In stores July 7th.

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about the authorKris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching High School English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she’s not writing, she helps run her family’s retail and café businesses. She lives and writes in Spokane, Washington.

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The Vanishing Island Blog Tour: Flash Questions with Barry Wolverton

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Today, we are so pleased to be hosting a stop — the FINAL stop — on the official blog tour for The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton.

For today’s stop, Barry stopped by with his responses to some of our favorite FLASH QUESTIONS! Check out his answers below, then keep reading to learn more about The Vanishing Island, in stores September 1st.

Barry Wolverton Author PhotoFavorite villain?

Montgomery Burns, The Simpsons

Pen or pencil?


Favorite piece of clothing?

A vintage-thrift-store-find Schott NYC leather jacket

Song you can’t get out of your head right now? Autumn Leaves (the Miles Davis recording)

Most recent vacation?

New York, in February, for my girlfriend’s birthday

5 things that are always on your desk or in your backpack?

On my desk: Paper & Clay handmade ceramics; Macbook; Peterson Field Guide to Birds of the Eastern U.S. + binoculars (my office looks out into my wooded backyard); books; Charlie, aka Mr. Grey, my cat who helpfully keeps papers and whatnot from flying off my desk by sprawling all over them.

about the bookvanishing islandDoes  the Vanishing Island really exist? And if so, what treasure—or terrible secret—was hidden by its disappearance?

It’s 1599, the Age of Discovery in Europe. But for Bren Owen, growing up in the small town of Map on the coast of Britannia has meant anything but adventure. Enticed by the tales sailors have brought through Map’s port, and inspired by the arcane maps his father creates as a cartographer for the cruel and charismatic map mogul named Rand McNally, Bren is convinced that fame and fortune await him elsewhere. That is, until his repeated attempts to run away land him a punishment worse than death—cleaning up the town vomitorium.

It is there that Bren meets a dying sailor, who gives him a strange gift that hides a hidden message. Cracking the code could lead Bren to a fabled lost treasure that could change his life forever, and that of his widowed father. But to get there he will have to tie his fate to a mysterious Dutch admiral obsessed with a Chinese legend about an island that long ago disappeared from any map.

Before long, Bren is in greater danger than he ever imagined, and will need the help of an unusual friend named Mouse to survive. Barry Wolverton’s thrilling adventure spans oceans and cultures, brings together the folklore of East and West, and proves that fortune is always a double-edged sword.

about the authorbarry wolvertonBarry Wolverton is the author of Neversink. He has more than fifteen years’ experience creating books, documentary television scripts, and website content for international networks and publishers, including National Geographic,, the Library of Congress, and the Discovery Networks. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee. You can visit him online at

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Be sure to visit the rest of the blog tour stops for more great content & chances to win a signed advanced copy of The Vanishing Island:

6/15/2015 Blue Stocking Thinking        
6/16/2015 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
6/17/2015 Small Review                     
6/18/2015 Maria’s Melange               
6/19/2015 Unleashing Readers          
6/19/2015 The Hiding Spot                             ​
6/22/2015 This Kid Reviews Books    
6/23/2015 Mundie Kids                      
6/24/2015 Page in Training              
6/25/2015 Novel Novice                    

Blog Tour Ten Random Things + Contest: Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast

Today, we’re thrilled to be participating in the official blog tour for Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should: Kristin is one-half of the mother-daughter author team behind the best-selling House of Night series (along with Kristin’s mom, P.C. Cast).

For today’s post, we have ten random things about Kristin, from Kristin herself:

  1. I have 4 tattoos.
  2. I’m vegan.
  3. I twirl my hair when I’m tired or daydreaming.
  4. In middle school, I thought it would be super cool to have a retainer, so I begged my mom to take me to the dentist to get one. She did not.
  5. I can’t parallel park.
  6. I love pickles, but hate cucumbers.
  7. I have a hard time falling asleep if the TV isn’t on.
  8. Matt Smith is my favorite Doctor. (It may have something to do with my love for River, Amy, and Rory.)
  9. I jump on a mini trampoline for at least 10 minutes everyday.
  10. I’m always surprised by how beautiful the sky is.

Amber smoke_approved_hi resAmber Smoke is the first book in Kristin’s new solo series, The Escaped, which was released in stores this week. Here’s more about it:

There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back.  He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets.  First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life.  Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.  Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.

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Amber Smoke is thrilling and funny with just the right amount of magic. Brilliant job, Kristin Cast!” —Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I love Kristin Cast! In Amber Smoke, Cast’s wit, creativity and talent shine!  I turned the pages at lightning speed, ready for more! What a tasty treat!” —Gena Showalter, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


Kristin Cast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves relaxing with her significant other and their dogs, and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on swimming, yoga, and adding to her Doctor Who collection.

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