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Top 10 YA picks of 2013

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I thought it would be fun to share my top YA picks for 2013.

There's a little of everything in my list: historical, contemporaries (one that is a road trip in Europe), a vampire dystopia, a scary Stephen King worthy thriller, a what-if twist on Anne Frank's life, an amazing futuristic diverse story, and a memoir just to name a few! So many great reads this year! Right now reading SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins which I know will also be included in this year!

So here's my picks!!


10. MARGOT by Jillian Cantor



A teaser: Emotionally beautiful retelling of the Anne Frank story seen through the eyes of what might have been if the older sister had lived to tell her story.

YABC review: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/15924-margot

9. THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer



A teaser: Think Gilmore Girls meets Postcards on the Edge with a sprinkling of Gossip Girl laced with humor and a fab voice. At the end, I had a huge smile and wanted to hug not only the book but all th…

Friday Five

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1. Had a great Christmas.

Mom sent me this:



It's a huge Audrey Hepburn blanket throw. Love it!

Had tons of this:



Son got:



Also got to help put together his new computer!



Went and saw this:



Husband and I LOVED it!

2. Read:



I'm a huge fan of THE CHRISTMAS CAROL so I thought I'd read this twist on the tale told through the eyes of Marley. There were some good parts, where we see how Marley and Scrooge's lives entwine in more ways then previously thought. What didn't work had to be all the telling, head-hopping(when the spirits visit Scrooge, they also speak to Marley. Very confusing). Plus, it was a tad bit too preachy for me. Still for those who love Christmas tales, this might be the one for them.

3. Penguin books sent me this one:



This one intrigued me. It's about Mia, a girl that fell down in a well as a child and survived. Now she's attending a very elite private school and a reporter comes to interview her but he's not all he seems. He un…

Friday Five

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1. Yesterday was a looong day. Son had his play performance at 4:30PM and since I have to commute to get to his charter school, I ended up hanging around Santa Ana for the day. Did get some revising in(I really need to FINISH this book).

2. Been stressed with all the holidays, family, and other stuff. Need to mediate later today!

3. Finished reading this:




This one surprised me. I usually don't read these types of novels but this one has a great voice. The writing is gripping and fast-paced. I devoured the first book in an afternoon.

4. Also finally got the Demon Trapper's Daughter novella:



Love this series by Jana Oliver so much! So many others have 'tried' to create similar premises in their YA novels but Jana's books are the best!

**Also love how she also was with my former pub, Virtual Tales, and was able to break out into a more traditional publisher. **This gives me hope that if she can do it? So can I!

5. Great deals with Scholastic book clubs!

Fina…

Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie Review & Giveaway

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I'm very excited to be a part of Month9bks tour of DEAD JED: ADVENTURES OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL ZOMBIE




My YA Books Central review: http://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfiction/16227-dead-jed-adventures-of-a-middle-school-zombie

Teaser:

Jed is a zombie or rather cardiovascularly-challenged teen, who's rapier humor helps him challenge the horrors of middle school. There is so much to love about this book: the humor, the very real situations such as fitting in to asking a girl out on a date. Jed's upbeat 'tude to dealing with such things, including Mean boy Robbie and his goons, give us a hero worth cheering for!



Title: DEAD JED: ADVENTURES OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL ZOMBIE

Publication date: December 1, 2013

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9883409-0-9

ISBN eBook: 978-0-939765-56-7




Author: Scott Craven


Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed's not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. A…

Friday Five

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1. First off, I did it! I finished my Nanowrimo project at a little over 50K!




So book two of the goddesses series is done! Well, the first draft is. I'm putting aside for a few and then will go back and polish it up before sending off to Liz, my publisher.

2. Also been reading through Cybils nominated YA Nonfiction books. Thought I'd share:




One thing that amazed me was how Jane Eyre, had critics when it first was published. Some thought it wasn't appropriate for young ladies to read at that time. Pg. 116 of THE BRONTE SISTERS THE BRIEF LIVES OF CHARLOTTE, EMILY, AND ANNE by Catherine Reef ...Jane Eyre was "an anti-Christian composition" So Jane Eyre was becoming a dangerous book, one that decent mothers forbade their daughters to read.

Fascinating read into the lives of the Bronte sisters who all died too young but left us amazing classic tales.

3. One book that deals with the holocaust:




I loved this retelling of a young boy who survived the Holocaust by bei…

Fun Sneak Peek of FAT BOY VS. THE CHEERLEADERS

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Today I'm excited to share a fun sneak peek of an upcoming Sourcebooks's YA novel!



In FAT BOY VS. THE CHEERLEADERS, Gabe Johnson is waging war against the in-crowd to prove that he is not just some fat boy, but the leader of a revolution. Geoff Herbach is the author of the hilarious novels STUPID FAST and I’M WITH STUPID, which YALSA calls “One of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while.”

And here's the first chapter!




Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders
by Geoff Herbach
Sourcebooks Fire
MEMORANDUM
From: Henry P. Rodriguez, Attorney at Law
Submitted To: Seventh District Court, Otter County
Re: Case No. 1745321—Gardener et al v. MLA Independent School District
SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 15, GABRIEL JOHNSON, A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD FROM MINNEKOTA, MN, WAS APPREHENDED OUTSIDE CUB FOODS BY OFFICER REX McCOY. JOHNSON POSSESSED $17.75 IN SMALL BILLS AND CHANGE, WHICH HE CONFIRMED HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM THE VENDING MACHINE AT MINNEKOTA LAKE AREA HIGH S…

Guest blog with Anna Staniszewski, author of The Dirt Diary

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I'm excited to host author Anna Staniszewski and her very fun MG book, THE DIRT DIARY.






My YABC review:http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/16195-the-dirt-diary

Book trailer:



Hi, Anna!


My father was a janitor for a community college when I was in middle school and high school. I love how you give your protagonist's tale an unique twist on how she handles her mother cleaning job.

What was the inspiration behind your story?

A few years ago, I was listening to a story on NPR about teen mortification that mentioned a girl working for her mom’s cleaning business and having to clean her classmates’ houses. When I heard that, a bell started clanging in my head. As I sat down to play with the idea, Rachel’s voice jumped off the page. She told me about the other problems going on in her life (her parents getting divorced, the guy she liked dating her nemesis, etc.) There were a lot of plot threads that were woven in as I continued to work on the story, but the overall idea has st…