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Exclusive Q&A with Noggin author John Corey Whaley: Part 3

Exclusive Q&A with NOGGIN author @Corey_Whaley: Part 3 - in which we discuss snack foods, Disney movies & bed head

Today, we conclude our three-part interview with Noggin author John Corey Whaley with a round of flash questions! (See part 1 and part 2 here, in case you missed them.)

john corey whaley2Favorite decade?

1980s. In the 1980s you could sit on your mom’s lap while she drove and smoked cigarettes.

Favorite writing snack?

Mike and Ike’s.

Favorite Disney movie?

The Lion King.

The beach or the mountains?

Mountains. I…

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#RockTheDrop 2014: Some Thoughts

#RockTheDrop 2014: Some Thoughts & a suggestion for @readergirlz next year -

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So today was #RockTheDrop – an annual effort organized by readergirlz and partners to promote Teen Reads Day, by encouraging people to leave YA books out in the wild for teen readers to discover them.

tbd2014I’ve participated for several years now, and I discovered something this year: teachers and librarians have no idea what this is.

It was raining something wicked today here in Portland, OR, so I…

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Book Review: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Book Review: THE TREATMENT by @Suzanne_Young “gripping & emotionally satisfying […] rich with depth & passion” -

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The horrifying imagined world in which teen suicide has become an epidemic, and the only cure is erasing memories, comes to a thrilling conclusion in Suzanne Young’s The Treatment.

treatment, theCan Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do…

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Coming Soon: Novel Novice Junior (For Younger Readers)

Coming Soon: Novel Novice Junior (For Younger Readers) - Here are some of our favorite picture books! -

Young Adult lit may be our bread and butter (so to speak) here at Novel Novice – but we’ve never been afraid to branch out before. We love featuring some of our favorite middle grade books, and have been known to spotlight adult or New Adult titles, as well.

junior-sidebarSo it only seemed natural that we’d extend the same liberties to our younger readers, with the upcoming launch of a new monthly feature, No…

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Book Review: The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky

Book Review: THE DYERVILLE TALES by @MPKozlowsky - “a beautiful story about hope, magic & love” @WaldenPondPress -

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M.P. Kozlowsky’s new middle grade adventure, The Dyerville Tales, is a beautiful story about hope, magic, and love.

dyerville talesVince Elgin is an orphan, having lost his mother and his father in a fire when he was young, but beyond that, his life hasn’t been much of a fairy tale. With only a senile grandfather he barely knows to call family, Vince was remanded to a group home, where he spun fantastical…

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Exclusive Q&A with Noggin author John Corey Whaley: Part 2

Exclusive Q&A with NOGGIN author @Corey_Whaley: Part 2 - in which we discuss movie rights, what’s next & more -


Today, I am pleased to bring you part 2 of our exclusive Q&A with Noggin author John Corey Whaley. If you missed it, here’s part 1!

john corey whaleyYou have an amazing book trailer for NOGGIN. Were you involved in making this trailer? Tell us about it!

I am super lucky to have met and befriended Ben Jenkins a few years back. He and I actually grew up a few miles down the road from one another, but were…

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Blog Tour: Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley Official Playlist

Blog Tour: ASK ME by @KimberlyRPauley - Official Playlist @soho_teen -

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Today, I am thrilled to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley - easily one of my favorite new books of the year!

As part of our stop on the blog tour, we bring you the Official Ask Me Playlist (which you can listen to on Spotify, except for one song which you can find here.) Plus, Kimberly shares some commentary on the playlist, as well!

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New YA Releases: April 15, 2014

Happy Book Bday @erin_bowman @nataliewhipple @JLArmentrout @JenESmith @HuntleyFitz @bridieclark & more -

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Here’s a look at some of today’s new YA releases:

frozenFrozen by Erin Bowman

The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a…

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We are (as if you couldn’t tell by our posts!) huge science fiction/dystopian fans here at PPL: we are tremendously excited for tomorrow’s visit with Mindy McGinnis, who’ll be talking about her dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink

So of course we’re also thrilled that this year’s summer reading theme is Science! Here is a (very, very) brief guide to science fiction topics in some of our favorite YA reads. And to see these awesome book covers in full, click through the image to find our dedicated Pinterest board! 

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A Diverse Dozen

Looking for some YA books that just happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters? Here’s a diverse dozen titles with something for every reader — contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery too. (Descriptions are from WorldCat.)

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books) — In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Putnam) — Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Arthur A. Levine Books) — Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.

Fake ID by Lamar Giles (Amistad) — “An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster) — Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

Lots to look forward to.

Pantomime by Laura Lam (Strange Chemistry) — Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona’s circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books) — In an adventure reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, fifteen-year-old Odilia and her four younger sisters embark on a journey to return a dead man to his family in Mexico, aided by La Llorona, but impeded by a witch, a warlock, chupacabras, and more.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) — One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Nancy Paulsen Books) — An eighth-grade girl with Asperger’s syndrome tries to befriend her new neighbor, facing many challenges along the way.

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Candlewick) — A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (HarperTeen) —A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Hyperion) — After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina’s death.

Exclusive Q&A with Noggin author John Corey Whaley: Part 1

Exclusive Q&A with NOGGIN author @Corey_Whaley: Part 1 - in which we discuss decapitating action figures -

Today, I am pleased to present the first of our three-part exclusive Q&A with Noggin author John Corey Whaley.

john corey whaley2So tell the truth: did you decapitate a lot of action figures as a child? Okay, I’m kidding. But please tell us about the inspiration for such an outrageous premise!

I always wanted to write something with an absurd premise–a la Vonnegut–and just a few days after chunking the second…

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