Showing posts from August, 2019

Dead Voices Blog Tour

One question to the author: Why spooky for middle grade readers?  Kids really like scary books. Why? Who knows. I think it’s because scary stuff goes straight for the lizard brain, grabs it, and gives it a shake. People of all ages like having a shortcut to their most fundamental emotions. For a kid, a good scare is a safe way to get that. Emphasis on  safe.  Safe fear is fun. You get the thrill, you get your heart racing, your fight-or-flight instincts going. But when the story is over, you put it away, and snuggle up in the covers and all is well. Why did  I  decide to write kids’ horror? Well, I had an idea for a book (what eventually became  Small Spaces ), and I didn’t think it would work as an adult book. So I tried writing the story for kids, and it worked quite well. Writing middle grade horror was a fun exercise for me because of course, in middle grade horror, you don’t have as big of a “scary stuff toolkit” as you have when writing for adults. A middle grade

The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election Blog Tour

Welcome to our blog! I'm excited to review The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a copy! SYNOPSIS Brit Kitridge’s plan was just to get her high school diploma and head to college and med school, but nobody can escape from fate, or is it history? The Beginner’s Guide To Winning an Election reveals our main character’s love for history, and after a summer reading books that fuel her passion for politics, Brit decides to join TM (Team Mathew), a fourteen-member group that has helped Mathew Boltanski win every election he’s ever entered. Now he’s going for the big one—student body president. By orchestrating brilliant campaigns one after the other, TM has made Matthew a national young star and promising politician who could even run for higher office in Washington. When Brit is accused of sabotaging the team, she realizes that Hawthorn High has its secrets, and someone needs to shed some light o

Upcoming Releases

I'm not typically one to pre-order books. Not since Harry Potter have I pre-ordered books this consistently, but I've had the chance to read a ton of phenomenal books this summer.  Some-like Count Me In -deserve a place in your read aloud list. Others are written by my students' favorite authors (looking at you Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander).  Has anyone else already ordered any of these? ? Summaries from Amazon

Author Interview: Lindsay Currie

Author Interview Q: Tell us about your book, specifically the story behind the title? A: Hello! Thanks for hosting me, Andrea! My upcoming release WHISPERS FROM THE DARK (Fall 2020)  follows the story of Claire Koster, a 7th grader in Chicago who adores science, but does not adore her father’s obsession with ghost stories. Thomas Koster is a historian and novelist with a budding ghost-tour bus profession on the side, which Claire wants nothing to do with. After all, scientists don’t believe in ghosts, right? Unfortunately, when her father’s regular driver becomes ill and there’s no one else to help out on the bus one evening, Claire is asked to ride along and assist the passengers. *cue creepy happenings* Unfortunately for Claire, surviving the tour bus is more complicated than pulling a baseball cap over her face and hoping no one from school recognizes her. The stories her father weaves at each location are darker. . .