Blog Tour Author Interview: Blue Birds author Caroline Starr Rose

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Today, we’re hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose, a novel in verse about the unlikely friendship between a young girl in the Roanoke tribe and an English girl, freshly arrived to settle the New World in 1587. We’re delighted to have Caroline here to chat with us about the book. Thanks for stopping by, Caroline!

blue birdsCommunication is an important part of BLUE BIRDS. In many ways, communication has changed drastically over the years — especially with today’s technology — but in a lot of ways, it has stayed the same. What are some of the common threads between communication now and in 1587?

I think face-to-face communication will always been the most effective and perhaps the most meaningful. Tone and expression are a huge part of the communication process. While tone can be read on paper and sometimes the screen (“sometimes” because email and texts are so quick  we can miss or leave out context), facial expressions are only part of face-to-face encounters.

In BLUE BIRDS, Alis and Kimi speak different languages, so body language is a very important part of their communication.

caroline starr roseBLUE BIRDS is written in verse. What made you decide to go in this direction, rather than with traditional prose? How do you think it enhances the story?

As strange as it sounds, verse has become my default. I find it a really in-the-moment way to write historical fiction. It’s immediate, spare, and lets us into a character’s inner life very quickly.

For this book in particular, verse also became a wonderful way to tell a story in two voices. Readers move quickly from Kimi to Alis and back again. And when the girls share a poem, I was able through line and stanza placement to “speak” their story visually, adding one more layer of communication. Verse is magical that way!

Despite their many differences, what are some things that Alis and Kimi have in common? What do you think strengthens their bond?

Both girls are curious and lonely. Both have lost family members and have uncles they are missing in some way. Kimi satisfies Alis’s need to understand her surroundings. Alis brings back the joy Kimi’s lost since her sister died.

In your research for BLUE BIRDS, were you surprised by anything you learned? How did that influence the final book?

So much surprised me. The things that happened those five summer weeks in 1587 and later when Governor John White returned to Roanoke in 1590, they seem impossible, like some sort of Greek tragedy. It was important the confusion, fear, heartache, and downright strangeness feel present in the story. I hope I’ve accomplished that.

As a history teacher and an author, do you have a favorite period of time to read about and study?

I love anything that feels personal, where I can learn about individual lives. I just finished WOLF HALL, a novel about Henry VIII. After watching the recent “Marco Polo” Netflix series, I’m dying to finally crack open a gorgeous copy of THE BOOK OF MARCO POLO, THE VENETIAN that once belonged to my grandmother.

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite villain? 

I don’t know. Prince Humperdinck?

Pen or pencil?

A pencil for drafting picture books. A pen for crosswords. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter.

Favorite piece of clothing?

My red coat.

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

Blondie’s “The Tide is High”

Most recent vacation?

A summer road trip to Texas and Louisiana.

5 things that are always in your purse

Chapstick, driver’s license, credit card, spare key. That’s pretty much it.

Here’s more about Blue Birds (in stores now):

 It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia in honor of the Queen. And Alis couldn’t be happier. While the streets of London were crowded and dirty, this new land, with its trees and birds and sky, calls to Alis. Here she feels free. But the land, the island Roanoke, is also inhabited by the Roanoke tribe and tensions between them and the English are running high, soon turning deadly.

Amid the strife, Alis meets and befriends Kimi, a Roanoke girl about her age. Though the two don’t even speak the same language, these girls form a special bond as close as sisters, willing to risk everything for the other. Finally, Alis must make an impossible choice when her family resolves to leave the island and bloodshed behind.

A beautiful, tender story of friendship and the meaning of family, Caroline Starr Rose delivers another historical gem.

Exclusive Q&A with My Secret Guide to Paris author Lisa Schroeder: Part 3

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Today, we conclude our exclusive three-part Q&A with My Secret Guide to Paris author Lisa Schroeder. If you missed it, catch part 1 here and part 2 here.

lisa schroeder2Favorite villain?

Wicked Witch of the East in the Wizard of Oz

Pen or pencil?

Pen

Favorite piece of clothing?

My Anthropologie cardigans that tie in the back. So cute and comfy, I wish I had 20 of them.

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

“Bright” by Echosmith

Most recent vacation?

Disney World!

5 things that are always in your purse?

Notebook, pen, chapstick, lipstick, library card

Thanks, Lisa!

Book Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

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An instantly charming story full of wit and whimsy, Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton is a delightful coming of age, with a unique twist and beloved characters leading the charge.

boys don't knitKnitting is a man’s game.

After an incident regarding a crossing guard and a bottle of Martini & Rossi (and his bonehead friends), 17-year-old worrier Ben Fletcher must develop his sense of social alignment, take up a hobby, and do some community service to avoid any further probation.

He takes a knitting class (it was that or his father’s mechanic class) under the impression that it’s taught by the hot teacher all the boys like. Turns out, it’s not. Perfect.

Regardless, he sticks with it and comes to find that he’s a natural knitter, maybe even great. It even helps ease his anxiety and worrying. The only challenge now is to keep it hidden from his friends, his crush, and his soccer-obsessed father. What a tangled web Ben has weaved . . . or knitted.

I adore this book so, so much — I’m not even sure how to describe just how much I love it, but let’s give it a shot, shall we?

I’m always a sucker for a clever, funny, and moving coming of age story — but Easton has upped the game with his charming and unique twist, which sees Ben discovering his natural talent for knitting. The writing is witty and humorous, the characters are so endearing, and the story is completely engaging.

What makes Boys Don’t Knit so utterly captivating is that it’s more than this funny little twist about Ben’s knitting. It’s about his family life, his friendships, his crush, his school work and his volunteer work, his “criminal experience.” It’s about one teen boy’s life, and the unique situation he finds himself in at a crucial turning point.

Boys Don’t Knit is the perfect package of contemporary YA lit: clever, funny, moving, and remarkable. Look for it in stores March 24th.

 

Exclusive Q&A with My Secret Guide to Paris author Lisa Schroeder: Part 2

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Today, we continue our exclusive three-part Q&A with My Secret Guide to Paris author Lisa Schroeder. If you missed it, catch part 1 here.

lisa schroederSay you were going to give someone the “Secret Guide” treatment for Portland, OR. What places would you include?

Ooh, that would be fun! Powell’s Books, VooDoo Doughnuts, the Grilled Cheese Bus, the Rose Garden, the Elk Rock Gardens of the Bishop’s Close (a tucked away little gem), Kyra’s Bake Shop, and Pittock Mansion. Don’t you like how three of the places are food-related? And that’s me being restrained!

secret guide to paris alt coverDo you have any thoughts on future adventures for Nora? Or do you feel as if her story is done?

Nora’s adventures are probably done, but I am hoping there may be other stories that involve a fun adventure around a big city. London, perhaps? Stay tuned!

What are your favorite French treats to enjoy?

I don’t know – I haven’t had many. I’ve tried macarons from a couple of different places in Portland. One batch was good, the other batch, not so much. I have a friend who went to Paris last August with her family, and she said their rental was near a bakery, and every morning they went and got fresh croissants, and they were the best they’d ever had. I think if I went to Paris, I would just spend the entire time eating my way around the city.

Tune in for part 3 of our Q&A on Friday!

EXCLUSIVE: Meet debut YA novelist Brie Spangler

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Today, I am SO thrilled to share an exclusive interview with upcoming debut YA novelist Brie Spangler. Brie has previously written & illustrated two adorable picture books, Peg Leg Peke and The Grumpy Dump Truck — but Yesterday, Publisher’s Marketplace announced the sale of her first YA novel, Beast, being published in Fall 2016 by Knopf:

A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, in which the tallest, hairiest boy in town meets and falls for his dream girl, who also happens to be transgender.

Brie is not only my best friend, but she was the maid of honor at my wedding!

Brie is not only my best friend, but she was the maid of honor at my wedding!

Brie also happens to be my best friend in the whole world, and I could not be more thrilled for her book to be making its way out into the world. I’ve read a lot of Brie’s writing — including entire books that may never see the light of day, but probably should IMHO — and a few drafts of Beast. I can’t wait to see what the final version looks like, but even the earliest versions were just so excellent. I honestly can’t wait for you guys to read it!

But since we have over a YEAR to wait, I thought I’d at least give you all a chance to get to know Brie and her debut YA novel Beast a little bit better:

Tell us a little about the premise for BEAST, and how the idea originated.

It’s a new take on Beauty and the Beast that I originally starting tapping out in 2010. The more I wrote, the more enamored I got with this weird kid for whom everything —his ugly face, his enormous body, his epic amount of body hair— is terrible. Except his brain. That’s pretty much the only thing he’s proud of. Then along comes this girl who’s as smart and funny as they come and he falls for her and falls hard. The fact that Jamie is trans is a part of her but not everything that makes her who she is. I don’t really know how the idea originated other than these two characters were great fun to write.

peg leg pekeYou’ve written and illustrated some super cute and charming children’s picture books before. What prompted the move to YA? What have been some of the new challenges you faced writing YA versus picture books? What are some of the perks?

First of all, thank you! I’m very proud of my picture books and I look forward to making more someday. It’s comforting to take an idea and create the words and pictures, something I enjoy. I went to school for art and never in a million years did I think I had the capacity to write an actual novel, until I tried. And then I fell in love. My first YA novel (which is buried in a drawer and will be forever, haha) was almost 200K words because I couldn’t stop writing. It was like I found this inner rage to WRITE I never knew I had. What I love about YA is the excitement. I had a crazy first love that made no sense and knocked me on my butt. Those years are some of my favorites from growing up, even though it ended terribly and I cried forever. But that’s the heart of being a teenager. And I realize I used the word love multiple times because that’s it in a nutshell. I love it. I love reading and writing YA, guilty as charged.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know BEAST went through some big changes after you started working with your agent, Mackenzie Brady. What was the revision process like working with Mackenzie?

AWESOME. That’s my one word sum up right there, working with Mackenzie is seriously great. My initial submission was different from the one set to be published, but she saw the bones and sensed where the heart of the real story lay. (Or is it lied? I’m playing the art school card when it comes to grammar.) I love to work hard and she’s fantastic to work with, great listener, wonderful idea smith, and supportive partner in crime.

I love that BEAST is inspired by such a classic fairy tale. What is it about fairy tales, do you think, that makes them still so relevant today?

They’re timeless and just as we people-humans seem to fall in love one generation after another, these tales light endless fires for centuries on end and just so I don’t end this sentence with a prepositional phrase: I like cats. Fluffy ones.

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite villain?

Gah! So many. I wouldn’t mind being locked up in an Asgard prison with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki though. Wink face.

Must-have writing snack?

COFFEE.

Favorite Disney movie?

Emperor’s New Groove, j’adore Kronk and Yzma.

Song that can always get you dancing?

Lovely Day by Bill Withers

Favorite member of the Avengers?

I have to choose? You’re so mean! Hmmm… Based on my character Dylan’s physique I should say The HULK, but I’ll say Spiderman.

HOWBAD5 things currently on your desk or in your writing space.

My scale model of a 1968 El Camino, postcards from all my amazing illustrator friends, a rock my mom gave me with the word IMAGINE carved into it, loads of scattered notes and scraps of thoughts, and the message I wrote to myself on post-its when my kid was a baby and writing was the hardest thing in the world after a long day of crying and hot poop. And yes, my computer sits on a box covered in Care Bear stickers because without it, I get hunchy.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Brie! And guys … be sure to put Beast on your “want to read” lists right away. You do NOT want to miss this fantastic story!!!

Connect with Brie now on Twitter and Facebook, plus check out her website here.

New YA Releases: March 17, 2015

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Here’s a look at today’s new YA releases:

hold me closerHold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

It’s Tiny Cooper’s turn in the spotlight in this companion novel to New York Times bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Jazz hands at the ready! Tiny Cooper (“the world’s largest person who is also really, really gay”) stole readers’ hearts when he was introduced to the world in the New York Times bestselling book Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored by John Green and David Levithan. Now Tiny finally gets to tell his story—from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends—the way he always intended: as a musical! Filled with honesty, humor, and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, the novel is told through the full script of the musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

under a painted skyUnder a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

duplicityDuplicity by N.K.Traver

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he’s gone.

everything that makes youEverything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

pretty wantedPretty Wanted by Elisa Ludwig

Willa’s string of good-hearted but ill-conceived thefts at her former high school catapulted her into a life she hardly knows. She became a cult hero, but soon afterward, her mom disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message. When Willa hit the California highway to find her, she discovered a dark family secret: Joanne Fox is not who she says she is-and neither is Willa. Now, Willa and fellow trouble-maker Aidan must race to St. Louis, Missouri, Willa’s birthplace. There, they hope to find answers about Willa’s past. But uncovering the truth requires solving a decades-old murder case.

Unfortunately, the perps are still out there . . . and willing to do whatever it takes to keep the case cold. With Willa’s face on the nightly news and the police hot on her trail, it might not matter that Aidan and her friend Tre are there to help. Willa’s only hope is to find the truth before it finds her first.

wrong side of rightThe Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin.

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

For the comments: Which of today’s new releases are you most excited about?

Exclusive Q&A with My Secret Guide to Paris author Lisa Schroeder: Part 1

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Today, we kick off our exclusive three-part Q&A with My Secret Guide to Paris author Lisa Schroeder. We know Lisa is super busy these days, so we’re happy she took the time to chat with us. Thanks, Lisa!

secret guide to paris alt coverWhat was the first idea that inspired SECRET GUIDE?

Stephanie Perkins did really well with her book set in France, and I thought, why not do something for the younger crowd? Paris is one of those places that a lot of people dream of visiting, and I know it’s something lots of girls are enamored with. As I thought about what to do, I kept coming back to the idea of some kind of treasure hunt around the city – a girl looking for something based on clues. It took a while to figure out how it would all work, but eventually, after quite a few revisions, it all came together.

lisa schroeder2What sort of research did you do while writing SECRET GUIDE? Any “business trips” to Paris?

I wish I could say I’ve been to Paris, but I actually haven’t been. Hopefully someday!! Google Earth is an author’s best friend, and I used it a lot while writing this book. I also read books set in Paris and read lots of “interesting places” type of articles on the web.

Mother-daughter relationships are a big part of SECRET GUIDE. How does your family influence your writing?

I’m not sure I really think about my family much when I’m writing, but I’m sure my experiences growing up do seep into my books sometimes. The middle-grade years are often when kids are realizing they can and do have opinions and ideas different from their parents, and it can be difficult sometimes trying to figure out how to navigate all of that. Some kids keep their opinions to themselves while others are more vocal about it. And similarly, some parents are better than others about letting their kids know it’s all right to think or feel differently from them on an issue. I’ve now written eight books for the middle-grade crowd, and I hope with each one there are different family dynamics represented.

Tune in for part 2 of our Q&A on Wednesday!

What’s your “Winner’s Curse”? Blog Tour & Contest

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I absolutely adore Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse and the new sequel The Winner’s Crime. These books are so seductive and entertaining (see our review of The Winner’s Crime, now in stores, here), and I am among those of you eagerly awaiting the third installment (hopefully due out next year).

So today, I am very pleased to be participating in the official blog tour for The Winner’s Crime. After today’s post, be sure to keep reading for your chance to win a copy of the book.

For this blog tour, we were asked to address the following question:

The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means
you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.
What would you pay too much for?

I’m a firm believer in the ideology that you get what you pay for, so I’m usually okay paying a little more to get something that’s a better quality product. But I’m also on a budget, so I’m always looking for a good sale, winner's crimea coupon, or some kind of deal to stretch my dollar. And I’m also wary of over-priced goods … like I said, I don’t mind paying a little more for better quality, but I also don’t believe in paying too much for something if I can get it for less without sacrificing quality.

So what WOULD I pay too much for? Well, to be honest, it’s the intangible idea of longevity and health. Not just for me, but for my loved ones. Allow me to get a little personal with you: I was 11 when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He’s okay — 20+ years later, he’s still around, and I am eternally grateful for it. But there’s also a good chance he’ll be diagnosed with another form of cancer someday, and the type of cancer he was diagnosed with all those years ago isn’t really gone. The doctors say he probably won’t die from it … but he’ll probably die with it.

So if I could guarantee that my dad wouldn’t get sick again; that he and my mom and my husband and I could stay healthy and live, if not forever, for a good long time, then I’d take that chance. I’d pay too much to make that happen. I am sometimes kept up late at night, paralyzed with an overwhelming fear about what will happen when I have to say goodbye to my parents or my husband. It leaves me a sobbing mess — and I hate it. To not have to face that again? Priceless.

Visit the other stops on The Winner’s Crime blog tour here.

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Want to win a copy of The Winner’s Crime? Just comment below & tell us what YOU’D pay too much for, then fill out the Rafflecopter form here.

U.S. only. Contest runs through midnight (PT) on Saturday, March 21st.

about the bookBook two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Book Review + Giveaway: The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond

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Keep reading after our review for your chance to win one of two finished copies of this book, courtesy of Candlewick Press!

A beautiful story about growing up and coming of age, The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond follows narrator Dominic Hall from childhood to adulthood in taut prose brimming with lush descriptions and richly imagined characters.

tight rope walkersInternational award winner David Almond draws on memories of his early years in Tyneside, England, for a moving coming-of-age novel, masterfully told.

A gentle visionary coming of age in the shadow of the shipyards of northern England, Dominic Hall is torn between extremes. On the one hand, he craves the freedom he feels when he steals away with the eccentric girl artist next door, Holly Stroud—his first and abiding love—to balance above the earth on a makeshift tightrope. With Holly, Dom dreams of a life different in every way from his shipbuilder dad’s, a life fashioned of words and images and story. On the other hand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the brutal charms of Vincent McAlinden, a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom. In a raw and beautifully crafted bildungsroman, David Almond reveals the rich inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood, a boy so curious and open to impulse that we fear for him and question his balance—and ultimately exult in his triumphs.

Almond’s writing is just lovely, transporting readers to the tiny town of Tyneside, England where we see Dom walking a fine line (as delicate as the tight ropes he balances) between light and dark. On the one hand, he is drawn – always – to his creative side: to writing and tightrope walking and the artistic girl across the street. On the other hand, he is tempted by the neighborhood bully and Vincent’s ability to satisfy Dom’s darker side. Much as Dom loves walking the tightrope with Holly, he finds himself more precariously balanced between his two selves.

I love that Almond’s story is more than just a story of adolescent coming of age; rather, we see Dom grow up — from childhood to adulthood — and face all the challenges that entails. The result is an achingly beautiful story that shows how the events of our lives, both big and small, shape who we become in this world; and how we will address each new challenge life throws our way.

With mass appeal for both teen and adult readers, The Tightrope Walkers is a gripping story, beautifully written, that will linger in your thoughts long after finishing the last page. Look for itin stores March 24th.

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We’re giving away two finished copies of The Tightrope Walkers, courtesy of Candlewick Press. To enter, tell us in the comments why you want to read it & then fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE.

Contest open to the U.S. only. Runs through midnight (PT) on Friday, March 20th.

My Secret Guide to Paris: 5 Drool-Worthy French Treats

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Aside from its landmarks & iconic museums, its fashion and culture, something Paris is incredibly well-known for is its food. And I love food. Who doesn’t love food? So today’s post, in honor of My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder, is dedicated to five of the most drool-worthy French treats we could find.

Baguettes

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There is something so deliciously enticing about the smell of a freshly-baked baguette. I love the crunch of the crust, and the soft fluffiness of the inside. Honestly, I could devour an entire baguette all by myself. They’re so delicious!

Croissants

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These buttery, flaky pastries are one of my favorites. A French bakery here in Portland, Saint Honore, makes my favorites. They are perfectly crispy on the outside and so light and fluffy inside.

Macarons

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These colorful meringue-based sandwich cookies come in all manner of flavors, and are filled with ganache, jam, or buttercream.

Profiteroles

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For a decadent dessert, try profiteroles – light puff pastries filled with custard, whipped cream, or ice cream. They often come dusted in powdered sugar, and/or drizzled in chocolate or caramel sauce.

Éclair

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This is another puff pastry, which is filled with whipped cream, or a flavored custard, and then covered in icing.

For the comments: What are your favorite French treats?