• 17th October
    2014
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  • 12th October
    2014
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hccfrenzy:

Meet Jessica Martinez, author of Kiss Kill Vanish, one of our most-anticipated reads this fall!

City of Birth: Calgary

City of Residence: Orlando

Favourite Book Of All Time: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Your Favourite Place To Read: The bath

Favourite Snack: Dark chocolate

Signature Dish: Chocolate torte

Favourite Subject In School: Math

Favourite Movie: Singin’ in the Rain

Favourite Show To Binge Watch: Gilmore Girls

Favourite Album From Your Childhood: Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill

Words To Live By: Be kind to yourself.

Song that makes you want to burst out into a solo dance party: Currently? All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

If you could pull a Freaky Friday with anyone who would it be?: Tina Fey. I need to understand how her brain works.

Thanks, Jessica!

Kiss Kill Vanish is available in stores now. You can get a head start reading it here!

  • 12th October
    2014
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The cover for my debut novel, THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, coming June 16, 2015 from HarperTeen! 
Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.
And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.
In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

The cover for my debut novel, THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, coming June 16, 2015 from HarperTeen! 

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

  • 11th October
    2014
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  • 11th October
    2014
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intrepidheroine:

bookriot:

But the fact is that children’s books are flying off the shelves and onto the silver screen, so the question is: what’s next? Well, if we are truly untethered to our source material, then there are all kinds of possibilities (blasphemous though they may be) out there.  With that in mind, here are 5 classic picture books ready to inspire a film to which it bares virtually no resemblance.
— from Picture Book Adaptations (Sort Of) That Need to Happen by Minh Le

This graphic is wonderful.

intrepidheroine:

bookriot:

But the fact is that children’s books are flying off the shelves and onto the silver screen, so the question is: what’s next? Well, if we are truly untethered to our source material, then there are all kinds of possibilities (blasphemous though they may be) out there.  With that in mind, here are 5 classic picture books ready to inspire a film to which it bares virtually no resemblance.

— from Picture Book Adaptations (Sort Of) That Need to Happen by Minh Le

This graphic is wonderful.

(via nighbrarian)

  • 11th October
    2014
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funkylittleboatrace:

ok I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this but I keep thinking about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and how the best character in the whole story is only briefly mentioned. We’re given such limited amount of information about the guy that sells Jack the beans. essentially:

  • This guy has access to MAGIC BEANS
  • He either has NO USE for MAGIC BEANS or so many of them that he can just dispose of them
  • He really badly wants a cow

Why is the whole story not about this guy

Watch/listen to the musical INTO THE WOODS!

(via raven-puffle)

  • 11th October
    2014
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We Need Diverse Books: Novels that Get Representation Right

lettersandlight:

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Throughout October, we’ll be partnering with We Need Diverse Books to bring you a series of blog posts full of helpful advice, tips, and suggestions for writing diversity convincingly and respectfully in your fiction—from people who know what they’re talking about. Today, Aisha Saeed spotlights great diverse books, and what you can learn from them:

With all the important conversations about diversity happening among readers, writers, and the publishing industry, the number one question most authors have is: how can I write diversity—and do it right—without falling back on tired tropes and stereotypes?

While there are many ways to prepare before diving into writing diverse characters, one of the best methods is to read the works of authors who have written such books successfully. Below are five books that feature diverse characters. Some are written by diverse authors, some are by people writing from outside their experiences, but all are done fairly and respectfully:

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  • 9th October
    2014
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  • 29th September
    2014
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amypop:

"Sometimes, someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart." — Angela Chase, My So-Called Life

This is one of my favorite lines, and I think of it when I am blessed with a moment in which someone, quite unexpectedly and unbidden, says something so little to me that I didn’t know I needed to hear (which usually causes me to break into tears.)

  • 27th September
    2014
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