Here's my guest post today from School Library Journal. It took me a long time to write, but I bet you can skim it in mere minutes. I love libraries and hate that people talk about cutting their budgets. Every school and community should have a wonderful library! And smart kind librarians!
Woohoo!! Speed of Life has some pre-pub buzz going! Insert bumble bee emojis here! It received starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and yes, I'm absolutely thrilled.
If you live near the Corner Bookstore at 93rd and Madison in NYC, please join me on April 3 at 6 pm for a reading and Q&A. All welcome.
If you live elsewhere and are a teacher in an elementary or middle school, invite me to Skype your class. I just might say, "Sure!" And please preorder the book from Amazon or your favorite indie. Thank you!
Ava just won the Young Reader Award in Nevada, and I'm proud too that the New York Times called AVA AND PIP "a love letter to language," and said "Weston perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood."
Subjects I cover, as you may know, include: Shyness, Sibling Rivalry, Cats, Best Friends, First Crush, Body Awareness... but always with a light touch. (Books should be fun!)
If you're a teacher or librarian, 1) I love you. 2) I like visiting schools in person or by Skype.
Please look for SPEED OF LIFE on April 4, 2017.
Book Riot did a round-up of 50 literary heroines for middle grade readers and I'm mighty honored that Miss Ava Wren made the cut! Here's the list. Woohoo! Happy Reading! And here's to author Karina Glaser, a grown-up who loves kids' books!
Hi All! Ava and Taco Cat is about to come out in paperback, and I've had fun visiting and Skyping with schools -- as well as working on a new book that is still under wraps. Today KidLitTV just put up a youtube interview with me. Fun, right? Enjoy these longer days...
I hope you have a wonderful day! Did you watch SNL last night? Very fun that Ava and Pip was the book that a girl on set was reading! (2.45 into "The Day Beyoncé Turned White.") And in today's New York Times, I have a Letter. It's been fun doing so many signings for the new book too. Busy times. I just wish it weren't so darn cold outside. Brrrrrrrr!
XOX (get it?)
I'm getting ready for this big week. If you are in NYC, come to Barnes & Noble this Wednesday at seven. I'd love to meet you! Tomorrow, I'll look over my power point, practice reading a few pages aloud, and I might get my nails done. Today I figured out which dress to wear. All part of Being a Writer. Oh. Wait. Is this TMI? And do male writers think like this? And is anyone reading these words?
Okay, so clearly I'm no good at regular blogging. Please know that I wish you a wonderful holiday and hope you find time to read for pleasure. Remember too that sharing presence (note spelling!) is the best gift of all. This week, I enjoyed speaking at a school in Harlem, and last month, I went to the Twin Cities to meet teachers at the National Council of Teachers of English. (I'm still pinching myself that AVA AND PIP is a Notable of the Children's Literature Assembly.) Oh, and guess what Book Riot's Karina Glaser said yesterday about AVA AND PIP? "This book will make you say W-O-W!" and "This delightful series is filled with wordplay." (Y-A-Y!)
Tomorrow I'm taking a train to Merrick and I'm looking forward to speaking to lots of kids, grades three to six. Supposed to be another beautiful day! Today I worked hard on the very very last tweaks of AVA XOX. It comes out on Feb 2, so it's my lasssst chance to do revisions. Psssst, here's a secret: I can keep revising until the cows come home!
Writers spend a lot of time all by their lonesomes, so I'm really looking forward to going to Baltimore this weekend to meet people who blog about children's and young adult literature. I love hanging out with readers, writers, and book people. I'll be getting on the train Friday morning, a manuscript of SPEED OF LIFE in hand… and on Friday afternoon, from three to five, please come say hi at the lobby of the Hyatt Place Hotel. Lots of other authors too!!
Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 3 from ten until four, I'll be at the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival. There will be 85 authors! How fun will that be? I tend to sign piles of books -- and buy piles of books. It all kind of works out.
On Sunday, Oct 4, I'm giving a talk first thing in the morning about my new novel AVA XOX which comes out in February. I'll be talking to New Atlantic Independent Booksellers in Somerset, New Jersey. Which is cool because I love book people! I just hope there's lots of coffee...
If you're at either venue, by all means, come say hi!
I'd love to meet you! If you live in Westchester or even New York City, come to the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival. It's from 10 until 4 on Saturday October 3 and it's free and fun. There will be piles of authors, from Peter Sis to Gail Carson Levine, Ed Young, Mark Teague, Vicki Cobb, Sally Cook, Peter Lerangis -- and li'l ol' me. Signed books make great gifts. (Did I tell you that I collect signed books? I have personally signed books from Dr. Spock, Shel Silverstein, Raffi, E.L. Doctorow, Kate Atkinson, Sue Grafton, and so many others…)
My biggest news is that I have this brand new website. Back in 2000, I was way way ahead of the curve back but whoa, suddenly it was high time to overhaul my old site. Now, thanks to Suits & Sandals, I'm ready for prime time. We keep tweaking and adding and we're almost ready….
The third AVA book is coming out on February 1, 2016. Preorder here. On page one, Ava finds out that a new girl has asked out Chuck, her best guy friend. And he said "Okay." What??? This is so NOT okay! How will Ava fix things? And can she help Tanya who has been getting bullied because of her weight?
Stay tuned to see what stores and schools I'll be visiting for the book tour. Sometimes I visit a school or city simply because a family invites me and gets the ball rolling. I'm always looking for an excuse to see family in Denver, Columbus, Atlanta, Sarasota...