The Best of Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Today marks the end of May — and the end of our May Book of the Month, featuring the Sucks to Be Me series by Kimberly Pauley. We’ve had so much fun featuring this whimsical, coming of age vampire stories — and getting to explore other vampire stories & legends, plus finding ways to incorporate Sucks to Be Me into the classroom. So as we wrap up this month’s featured book, here’s a look back at some of the highlights:

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Sucks to Be Me Contest

We asked you to write a list of 3-5 things and explain why it sucks to be you. Three winners will get a set of hardback copies of Sucks to Be Me and Still Sucks to Be Me, plus Novel Novice bookmarks and a signed bookplate from author Kimberly Pauley!

The deadline to enter is midnight (PT) tonight.

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Exclusive Interview with Kimberly Pauley

We love getting to interview our favorite authors — and Kimberly was no exception. She was patient enough to answer all our questions, so we brought her responses to you in three parts:

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Kimberly Pauley Guest Blog: Why I Love Being an Author

Besides our interview, readers can get to know Kimberly even better through the guest blog she wrote for us — talking about why she loves being an author, and why the author-reader community online is so powerful.

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Desktop Wallpapers Galore

We had tons of fun making desktop wallpapers this month — including some for Sucks to Be Me, Still Sucks to Be Me — and even several featuring a bunch of our favorite vampires from literature and pop culture!

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Vampires! Vampires! Vampires!

Yes, we went a little vampire crazy this month in honor of Sucks to Be Me. We explored various histories & legends:

And we also checked out other vamps in literature and pop culture:

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Sucks to Be Me in the Classroom

And it wouldn’t be Novel Novice if we didn’t find a way — or two or three — to tie in our favorite books into the classroom. We got some help this month from the Sucks to Be Me classroom guide provided to us by the publishers at Mirrorstone/Wizards of the Coast. Here’s some of what we put together to help you get creative in the classroom:

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For the comments: What has been your favorite part from the Sucks to Be Me May Book of the Month?

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