Today, we are thrilled to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Tracked by Jenny Martin. We have an exclusive guest post from Jenny, plus your chance to win an awesome prize & learn more about the book — so be sure to keep reading for all the goodies.
Growing up, I was pretty lucky. I learned from a lot of great teachers and librarians. There was Ms. Kragh, who seemed to have endless patience and compassion. In second grade, I was having a rough time at home–acting out in class and telling whoppers–but she responded with a lot more hugs than scolding. Then, in intermediate school, there was Mrs. Harrison, who turned me onto Greek Mythology and Flowers for Algernon and To Kill a Mockingbird. And let’s not forget Ms. Kay Bell, who welcomed me at the public library and didn’t bat an eye when I wanted to check out the same books, again and again.
But mostly, I remember Mrs. Dick.
Kathy Dick was our sophomore English teacher. But she was also a pioneer, turning her class into a hub of self-directed projects, field trips and open-ended discussions, at a time when most teachers were handing out worksheets and keeping us quiet. But Mrs. Dick’s class was different. It was a haven. A collaborative space. A place where everyone was welcome.
What’s more, our classroom extended beyond four walls. Mrs. Dick taught us that school was everywhere. I’d never experienced anything like it.
When we learned about architecture, we piled into the bus and drove around, looking for cantilevers and Doric columns. When we studied art, we visited elementary schools and taught second graders about Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. When we learned about oral tradition, we interviewed a professional storyteller and put on a festival for community kids. And when we tackled a unit on death, we debated John Donne’s poetry and analyzed the work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. We didn’t just learn things…we internalized the lessons. We lived them.
I can honestly say, thanks to those lessons, I was truly prepared for college. I was ready to open my mind up to a whole new world of experiences. I was ready to use my imagination as an everyday lens. Yes, ecause of Ms. Dick, I was ready to become a writer.
Thanks so much for hosting me on the blog!
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The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!
On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?
In stores May 5th
Jenny Martin is an author and librarian. Her first novel, Tracked, will be released on May 5th, 2015 by Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random-House. Jenny is also an experienced speaker, panelist and presenter who’s appeared at many state and regional conferences, events and festivals. She lives in Dallas, with her husband and son, where she hoards books and writes fiction. And yes, she’s still on a quest for the perfect pancake.
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5 winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED and an awesome swag pack! US Only.
5 winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED! US Only.
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
- 4/27/2015- Icey Books– Review
- 4/27/2015- Girls In The Stacks– Guest Post
- 4/28/2015- Novel Novice– Guest Post
- 4/28/2015- I Read Banned Books– Interview
- 4/29/2015- Alice Marvels– Review
- 4/30/2015- Mundie Moms– Interview
- 4/30/2015- Nerdophiles– Review
- 5/1/2015- Bookhounds YA– Guest Post
- 5/4/2015- Reading Teen– Review
- 5/4/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post
- 5/5/2015- Fiktshun– Interview
- 5/6/2015- Stuck In Books– Review
- 5/6/2015- Parajunkee– Interview
- 5/7/2015- Me My Shelf And I– Interview
- 5/8/2015- Fangirlish– Guest Post
- 5/8/2015- Page Turners– Review