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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Julie Pennell Author Interview


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Julie Pennell grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she ate her weight in crawfish, used the word “y’all” a lot, and wrote a weekly Teen Scene column for the local paper. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Louisiana Tech University, she moved to New York City to work at Seventeen magazine and later Alloy Entertainment as a digital editor. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and is a regular online contributor to Teen Vogue, TODAY, and The Nest, among other publications. The Young Wives Club is her first novel.

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What was your first introduction to literature?

I’ve loved books my whole life. My mom says that I made her read me multiple books a night when I was little. When I got older, I used to steal my older sister’s Baby-Sitters Club books. I think that was the first series that made me want to become a writer.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you? 

I wrote The Young Wives Club while living in Oxford, England, for a year. My husband got the opportunity to do research there so I quit my full-time job and joined him. It was truly magical. I’d write in gardens full of poppies and bluebells, old pubs, and cafés that looked out onto buildings from the 1600s! Little did anyone know I was writing scenes about crawfish and pickup trucks ;)

When did you write your first book and how old were you? 

The Young Wives Club is my first novel and I started writing it when I was 29. I’ve attempted a couple of other books before – I started writing one when I was a little girl called “Paradise Pink” (title inspired by a paint chip I found at Home Depot with my mom). It was about a little girl who wanted to redecorate her bedroom, but I didn’t get too far. I guess she never got her new bedroom either.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school? 

In college, my journalism professor used to run around the room shouting, “Show me, don’t tell me,” and I recite that phrase to myself at least once a day while I’m writing.

Did you learn anything from writing THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB and what was it? 

That writer’s block is a real thing and it comes when you’re on a major deadline! Haha! (But seriously…)

For those who are unfamiliar with Laura, how would you introduce her? 

Laura is a sweet girl who I think has her head in the cloud sometimes. Her heart is pure and she wants that perfect life, but she soon learns that what she thought were the right choices might be her downfall.

What part of Madison did you enjoy writing the most? 

Madison says whatever is on her mind, and it’s usually really snarky. I had so much fun with her lines – maybe because she gets to say what I wish I could say to other people sometimes – ha! I also loved watching her grow and mature throughout the book.

If you could introduce Gabrielle to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 

Oh man, that’s a tough one. I think Gabrielle needs some guidance, especially in the beginning of the book. I’d probably put her with a motherly figure, someone who could give her good advice and steer her in the right direction. I know Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights isn’t a book character, but she’d be perfect!

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most while writing THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB

Definitely the four main characters, Laura, Madison, Claire, and Gabby. I felt like these girls could be my friends in real life. I laughed with them, cried with them… cringed with them. I know they’re just figments of my imagination, but they felt so real!

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

I’m so lucky that I’ve made a lot of writer friends throughout my career and I cherish all of their advice and support. So I like to think I have many mentors, and I’m so grateful for all of them.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be? 

There’s a story in every person. Pick up a pen and write it.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heartbreak, or having never loved at all? 

I’m a Libra and therefore a total romantic. I’d pick love with heartbreak every time. Even though breakups hurt like hell, we learn from every relationship, and each one makes us stronger.

When was the last time you cried? 

Every time I watch This Is Us. That show makes me ugly cry! It’s so good though.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager? 

I really loved being a teen in the 90s – the boy bands were top notch and the teen magazines were in their prime. My walls plastered with those Tiger Beat posters. What a time to be alive!

What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen? 

My book cover! I got tears in my eyes when my publisher showed me the final copy. Besides the fact that it’s so delicious (I mean, that cake – right?!), I’ve wanted this to happen for so long that it felt like I was looking at a tangible version of a dream.

Where can readers find you? 

I’m @juliepens on Twitter and Instagram. Say hi!



In Toulouse, Louisiana finding your one true love happens sometime around high school. If you’re lucky, he might be the man you thought he was. But as four friends are about to find out, not every girl has luck on her side in this charming debut novel perfect for fans of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Desperate Housewives.

Laura Landry’s quarterback husband was her ticket out of Toulouse. But when a devastating football injury sidelines him, they’re forced to move back to the small town she was so desperate to leave. As Brian starts drinking instead of rehabbing his knee, Laura must reevaluate what her future looks like…and if it includes her husband.

For years, Madison Blanchette has been waiting for bad-boy musician Cash Romero to commit to her. When wealthy George Dubois asks her out, she figures she may as well wait in style. Life with George means weekend trips to New Orleans, gourmet meals, and expensive gifts. At first she loves how George’s affection sparks Cash’s jealousy, but when George proposes to Madison, she finds herself torn between two men…

All Claire Thibodeaux wants is to be the perfect wife and mother. If she can do everything right she won’t end up like her mom, a divorced, single parent trying to make ends meet. But when Claire’s husband Gavin, a well-respected local pastor, starts spending late nights at work and less time in their bed, she can’t help but fear that history is about to repeat itself…

Gabrielle Vaughn never thought she’d end up with someone like her fiancé. The son of a prominent congressman, Tony Ford is completely out of her league—which is why she lied to him about everything from having a college degree to the dark truth about her family. She knows she has to come clean, but how do you tell the love of your life that your entire relationship is a lie?

As these young wives come together to help each other through life, love, and heartbreak, they discover that there are no easy answers when it comes to matters of the heart.

Praise for THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB

“This sweet (but not too sweet) page-turning debut will appeal to fans of warm southern women’s fiction from authors like Rebecca Wells and Mary Kay Andrews. A really delightful book.”--Booklist

“Pennell's debut novel shimmers with lively banter and the glitter of these young women's dreams…A light novel in which women take charge of their own happily-ever-afters.”--Kirkus

"The Young Wives Club is as delicious as its cover! A heartwarming story about friendship, heartache, and self-discovery set in the kind of small Southern town I wish I'd grown up in. You will find yourself rooting for Claire, Laura, Madison, and Gabby as they navigate from girlhood to womanhood, learning what to keep, and what to leave behind. I loved this book!" --Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author of Spinning the Moon

"Four friends whose lives are varying degrees of perfect lean on each other in tiny Toulouse, Louisiana . . . It's uplifting to watch each woman come into her own–some via forgiveness, some via romance. This sweet (but not too sweet) page-turning debut will appeal to fans of warm southern women's fiction like Rebecca Wells and Mary Kay Andrews. A really delightful book." --Booklist

"So satisfying—lots of laughing and crying! A wonderful read!" --Amy Poeppel, author of SMALL ADMISSIONS

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Guest Post with Kevin Emerson


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Author of the EXILE series, THE ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. Musician in THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Former K-8 science teacher, currently teaching with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in Seattle, by way of Boston.
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Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: Chronicle of the Dark Star (Book 1)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press (February 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062306715
ISBN-13: 978-0062306715


Praise for LAST DAY ON MARS

“Emerson’s writing explodes off the page in this irresistible space adventure, filled with startling plot twists, diabolical aliens, and (my favorite!) courageous young heroes faced with an impossible task.” --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds series

“Last Day on Mars is thrillingly ambitious and imaginative, a rousing space opera for any age, meticulously researched and relentlessly paced. A fantastic start to an epic new series.” --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil

“This is perfect science fiction: a terrifying yet very cool vision of the future, lots of technological awesomeness, mind-bending alien mysteries, a mission to save the human race—and two funny, resourceful, very real kid heroes who I’d follow to the edges of the universe.” --Tui Sutherland, New York Times bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series

“A hugely enjoyable blend of adventure, humor, science, and kids trying to find their place when humanity itself doesn’t have one.” --Emma Trevayne, author of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

“Action-packed science-fiction adventure.” --Brightly.com




What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on LAST DAY ON MARS?

When I was a kid what I remember reading most were Choose Your Own Adventure books about Dungeons and Dragons, Indiana Jones, and James Bond. Those books have been on my mind lately for two reasons.

When I was a kid reading those books, it was pretty hard not to thumb ahead and cheat: sneaking a peek at what would happen for each choice before you chose. Of course we’d like to know our options, and yet in real life, every choice is somewhat of a gamble, and a commitment to one future and not some other one you’ll never get to experience. (In the second book of this trilogy, we get a little deeper into the idea of possible futures and the concept of a quantum superposition, but that’s a conversation for next year).

Second, in Last Day on Mars, I thought it would be interesting to give the main character, Liam, an alien device that allows him to cheat the way we always would in Choose Your Own Adventure books, but with a catch. The alien device lets him see one version of what might happen in the future (the most probable one), but not others. And so while it is helpful for him to know some of what might happen next (especially when what happens next is him dying!), he is still uncertain what will happen if he tries something else. He can’t use it too often, as the side-effects of the time travel leave him feeling pretty ill. But it was interesting to bestow a character with the ability to partially see the future. In a way, it’s almost more stressful to get a limited glimpse of your destiny, because it takes away the idea that there is only ONE destiny, or a destiny at all. Not only is Liam’s world ending (via moving away and the Sun swallowing Mars), and his future unknown (will they make it to their new home? Will it be safe there?), but now he sort of sees his life as this Choose Your Own Adventure book, where there are always multiple outcomes to every choice, and nothing is certain. This level of possibility and randomness is almost too much for a human to take--even though, if you think about it, those elements are always there.

Last Day on Mars is the first book in the Chronicle of the Dark Star trilogy. One of the big questions in the entireseries is: how can (or even should) humans comprehend our place in the universe? What is the cost of such knowledge for our very humanity? Liam’s alien device is just the beginning.
    
Ten facts about Last Day on Mars 

1. The very first idea that led to Last Day on Mars is a file on my computer called School Ship from February, 2006. It was meant as a prologue, where scientists are placing embryos on a ship.

2. When I first talked with the awesome people at Walden Pond Press, who published my previous middle grade novel The Fellowship for Alien Detection, I proposed that my next book would be about a boy who befriends a lonely zombie. We all liked it, but we were worried that zombies had been overdone. They wondered if I had another sci-fi idea, which got me thinking again about that old School Ship idea.

3.The working title of the original proposal and sample chapters was Starbenders. I never really knew why. The working title from 2013-14 was Pioneers.

4. In the original outline, all of the events on Mars were supposed to take place in the first act of the first book of the trilogy. It wasn’t until I began to officially write the first draft that I realized that I had enough material about just the last day on Mars to fill an entire novel.

5. The main character, Liam, was inspired by a conversation that my wife and kids and I had on a road trip. I was recounting an episode of Star Talk about the sun eventually dying out, and my daughter, anxious like her dad, got really worried. What bothered her most was that our world wouldn’t be here any longer. I started to think about what it would be like to be faced with that reality, and have it feel so out-of-your-control. Was there a scenario I could invent where the sun would be dying soon?

6. When I started writing, I realized that while Liam was freaked out by the end of the solar system, he was just as freaked out by the fact that he had to move away from the only place he’d ever called home: Mars. I remember moving just a few miles away when I was ten, and how upset I was.

7. In the first draft of Last Day on Mars, Liam had a pet cockroach named Rusty (there are cockroaches everywhere in the Mars colonies), but then my editor reminded me that this was sort of the same as in Wall-E, and Rusty was cut.

8. I tried to make the geography and atmospherics of Mars as real-feeling as possible. The giant volcano in the story, Olympus Mons, is a real landform, though in reality it is so broad that apparently when you are standing on it, you can’t even tell you’re on a mountainside. In the story, I made it seem a little more like a mountain.

9. I did a lot of research on different types of rocket designs, so that the ones in the novel would at least be plausible (i.e., humanity hasn’t discovered any kind of warp drive or light speed). Along the way, I ended up writing a song about a real-life rocket called the VASIMR, and recording a pretty crazy version with my band The Board of Education. I wanted it to sound kind of like the theme song to The Great Space Coaster. You can hear it (gulp) here it below:


10. One of the very last revisions I made to this book is in chapter 2. It’s the scene where JEFF (their android who is shaped like a smiling panda, a sort of cross between JARVIS and C-3PO) is



It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we prepare for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.

Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the very last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.

Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space, and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a desperate struggle for survival.

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“Do you see any way in?” said Phoebe. “I mean, we’re going in, right?”

Liam swallowed hard. Maybe he had it backward. Maybe they were just two tiny humans in a tiny ship and it was completely insane to even considergoing inside some sort of alien structure. Whatever was in there might capture them, or kill them. They had no way of knowing. And yet . . .

“Yeah,” said Liam. “We’re going in.” He tapped the controls with shaking fingers and circled around. “Maybe if you can make your stuffinvisible, you don’t need doors?” He raised the drone until they hovered above the structure. “Wait, there.” He pointed to a sleek instrumentsticking out of the roof, made of black polished metal. There was a hole torn in the roof beside it, as if the instrument had shifted when thestructure did.

“That kind of looks like a telescope,” said Phoebe. “It does,” said Liam. Maybe there was a benevolent, science-loving alien in there. Then again,the ability to build a telescope didn’t mean you were peaceful, or that you didn’t have meter-long claws and tentacles and a mouth with six rows of teeth like the main villains in Roid Wraiths.”


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Thank you Todd and TOR Books for making this giveaway possible.
7 Copies of Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star #1) by Kevin Emerson.



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February 14th Tuesday JeanBookNerd VLOG & GUEST POST 
February 15th Wednesday Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS 
February 15th Wednesday Books, Dreams, Life TENS LIST 
February 16th Thursday Such a Novel Idea REVIEW & INTERVIEW 
February 17th Friday Wishful Endings REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS 
February 17th Friday Mixed Book Bag REVIEW 
February 18th Saturday A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW & MUSIC PLAYLIST 
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February 19th Sunday Kara the Redhead EXCERPT 
February 19th Sunday Reading for the Stars and Moon REVIEW & DREAM CAST 
February 20th Monday Taking It One Book at a Time REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS 
February 21st Tuesday She Dreams in Fiction RANDOM THINGS 
February 21st Tuesday Brooke Blogs REVIEW & EXCERPT 
February 22nd Wednesday Mama Reads Blog REVIEW

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CARAVAL Quotes - Source: Goodreads

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.” ― Stephanie Garber

“No one is truly honest,” Nigel answered. “Even if we don't lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.” ― Stephanie Garber

“Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or performance. It's the closest you'll ever find yourself magic in this world.” ― Stephanie Garber

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.” ― Stephanie Garber

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed.” ― Stephanie Garber

“No one is truly honest. Even if we don't lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people.” ― Stephanie Garber

“She remembered thinking falling for him would be like falling in love with darkness, but now she imagined he was more like a starry night: the constellations were always there, constant, magnificent guides against the ever-present black.” ― Stephanie Garber

“He tasted like midnight and wind, and shades of rich brown and light blue. Colors that made her feel safe and guarded.” ― Stephanie Garber

“Scarlett was not fond of fate. She liked to believe if she were good, good things would happen. Fate left her feeling powerless, and hopeless, and with an overall feeling of lessness. To her, fate seemed like a larger, omnipotent version of her father, stealing her choices and controlling her life without any regard for her feelings. Fate meant that nothing she did mattered.” ― Stephanie Garber

“What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you, but don’t let any of it trick you. We will try to convince you it’s real, but all of it is a performance. A world built of make-believe. So while we want you to get swept away, be careful of being swept too far away. Dreams that come true can be beautiful, but they can also turn into nightmares when people won’t wake up.” ― Stephanie Garber



Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Guest Post with Tim Shoemaker


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The Quick Bio
Happily married for more than thirty years to Cheryl, the love of my life.
Dad to three grown sons and two daughter-in-laws
Elder Chairman in my local church and high school small group leader
Full time speaker and author since 2004
Living in the greater Chicago area
Grateful for God’s incredible grace and mercy to me in countless ways

My Passions
To be a man of integrity, who loves God and others with all my heart.
To be an extraordinary husband to Cheryl, the wife of my youth.
To love my sons, daughters-in-law, grandkids and extended family with everything in me.
To impact kids and youth in ways that cause them to become true men and women of God.
To help parents teach their kids about God and the principles He’s given us to live by.
To help couples experience the richness that comes from a marriage guided by God.
To help men see what a Christian man should be in all the various facets of life.

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Writing: Behind the Scenes

Favorite places to write …

If I’m having a good time while I write, I believe it shows on the page—and the readers will enjoy the writing that much more. How do I keep the writing process enjoyable? One way is by working in a great atmosphere—a place I really like to be.

My Office—I’ve got a great home office—full of quirky fun things. A huge alligator skull. A full-size replica skeleton. Scuba gear and “treasures” I’ve found diving. Books that I loved reading when I was growing up. I even have a gigantic moose head over my desk. I keep Christmas lights strung on the antlers all year around. When I’m working on a novel—the lights go on!

Fast Food Restaurants—I love working at fast food places. There is energy there! I buy a soft drink and keep filling it up as I work. Caffeine. Sugar. Yeah, that’s fun.

Outdoors—A good chunk of the year I can write outdoors. I love that! I have an old ’53 Ford pickup truck that I drive when I’m going out to write. When I’m driving the pickup, I’m already having fun—which sets me up perfectly for a great time writing.

Research process …

If I want the story to feel real, I need to go to the location where the story is set. So when I worked on the Code of Silence series I was all over the town of Rolling Meadows. And up in the town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, too. I wanted to find a place in town where Cooper, Gordy, and Hiro could get shakes—so I sampled the shakes of every place in town that sold them. Tough job, right?

Sometimes going to a location IS tough. I’m working on a novel now that’s set in the Florida Everglades. So I took a trip there … and can tell you it’s a really creepy place. It was a place of predator and prey—and I was the prey! I wanted to see the alligators—up close. I also wanted to go in at night to see how their eyes glowed. I wanted to feel a bit of that fear so that my writing would be more real. I got way more than I bargained for … which is really going to make the story powerful! Thankfully I came back with both hands—which will make it a whole lot easier to type the story.

Inspiration …

I can’t tell you how many times I look for inspiration when I’m writing. I want the story to be bigger, more powerful, and more creative than my ability. So I pray. Yeah, I ask the Creator (who is pretty creative, I’ve noticed) to give me the creativity to write well. He always does. Even though I don’t write about the supernatural, I get supernatural help on my stories!


Why I write …

I love writing … but that isn’t the only reason I work so hard on stories. I love people—especially kids. I want to be there for that kid who doesn’t have friends—and introduce him to some friends that he can enjoy every time he opens my book. I want to give kids a healthy escape from the rough situation they’re in. I want to encourage kids to take the high road … to become young men and women of character. I want to warn them of traps that can hurt them or cripple them for life. I’ve worked with youth as a volunteer for well over twenty years … and I’ve seen so many who are scarred or hurting or broken. In my own small way, I believe I can help by giving them great stories that inspire.



Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed. Remaining Silent Could Be Worse.When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals---who may also be cops---Cooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall and a friend never receives justice. Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous? The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.
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Praise for the CODE OF SILENCE Series

Some will find Shoemaker’s covering of every angle too exhaustive, but it is just this meticulousness that makes this novel stand apart. Rarely are kids in thrillers portrayed this realistically: sick with worry, horrified by injury, and smart but not preternaturally so. Mentions of multiple characters’ Christianity feel shoehorned in, but that doesn’t take away from this deliberate, plausible, and gritty whodunit.' --Daniel Kraus, Booklist Review 

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Spurt by Chris Miles



Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481479725
ISBN-13: 978-1481479721


Praise for SPURT

“Hilarious, addictive, brilliantly-warped... like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen crossed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid” -- Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series

“Funny, heartfelt, and likely to appeal to reluctant readers, especially boys on the cusp of puberty” --School Library Journal

“A refreshing take on body image, acceptance and the need to fit in. The novel’s moments of profundity are subtle yet powerful, and masterfully balanced with humour. Spurt is appealingly naughty.” --Books+Publishing



Balls and all!

Jack Sprigley isn’t just a late-bloomer. He’s a no bloomer: an eighth grader, and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn’t heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they’ve finally dumped him and his child-like body—until he finds out it’s much worse than that. His friends are now so far ahead of him that they’ve started dating. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back. And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.


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Chris Miles has written several books for young readers in Australia. His short fiction and other writings have appeared in publications throughout Australia. He works as a website designer and developer, and in his spare time he indulges his love of Doctor Who, LEGO®, Dungeons & Dragons, and anchovies. He is a dog person (though not literally).
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