17 April, 2014

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop - Intl ends 4/24



4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

April 17th to 24th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Read Now Sleep Later

Thanks to Kathy for letting me co-host this one again! I hope you enter all of the great giveaways on the linky. Here's ours!

1 lucky winner (any country) will win a copy of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M. G. Buehrlen! I recently read and loved this book, though I haven't written a review yet. I will post it soon! In the meantime, use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win. None of the entries are mandatory, but you must do at least one of them to enter!


Publisher's description:
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

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15 April, 2014

Salina Yoon at Unwind Yarn Recap

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Hi, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. I am still recovering from a bit of a cold and from the LA Times Festival of Books. Today I am coming to you with a recap of a fun event that I was a part of a couple of weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago on April 5, 2014 Bridge to Books was lucky enough to host picture book author an illustrator Salina Yoon at Unwind Yarn in Burbank, CA. The event fell on the weekend of the LA Yarn Crawl  which made for a doubly fun event. There were cake pops, yarn, exclusive Penguin knitting patterns and lots of laugh. (All photos courtesy of our friend Katie Ferguson. Thanks, Katie!)

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As part of the festivities we had amazing cake pops made by Alethea's cousion Adri, owner of Maskipops. They were delicious and so cute to boot. Obviously my favorite was Penguin but there were also hearts and yarn balls.

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This is an awesome DIY cookie jar that Salina made. She bought the jar but added her own Bear sticker. Adorable!

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There was a nice crowd there of both adults and children. After everyone settled in, Salina read from her book Penguin in Love. Penguin is an adorable penguin who knits and has many adventures. In his newest book, he finds a new friend. After reading Penguin in Love, Salina read from her newest book Found (pic above).

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After reading time, it was drawing time. Here, Salina is showing the audience how Penguin and Bear are based on really similar shapes.

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Then Salina signed lots and lots of books. All in all a very fun day. Big thanks to Unwind Yarn for hosting and to Salina for being a wonderful speaker as always. Also thank you to volunteers Katie, Kimberly, Laura, Cris, Dornel and to Once Upon a Time for being on hand to sell books. If you'd like to see more photos from the event, check out the Flickr set here.

Hope you enjoyed this brief recap. Happy Tuesday!
 



08 April, 2014

LA Times Festival of Books YA Schedule


Hi, everyone! It's that time of year again. It's The LA Times Festival of Books! The festival is this coming Saturday and Sunday and the schedule is pretty amazing. To help you out, we've collected the YA events (and a couple of children's events) into one handy dandy page below. Panels inside lecture halls may sell out so it is best to get tix if you can. They only cost $1 so well worth it. Veronica Roth and John Green are already sold out but there should still be plenty of good tickets available. Please go to this link to buy tix before the festival. For the full show schedule, please check out this link. I (Thuy) will be there both days so come by and say hi if you see me. 

SATURDAY

Children's Stage

12:35 p.m. Oliver Jeffers, Author of THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT

YA Stage

10:30 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: Haunted
Jonathan Auxier
Francesca Lia Block
Ransom Riggs
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

12:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Putting the Story in HiSTORY
Katie Alender
Andrea Cremer
Rachel Shukert
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci

1:30 p.m. Young Adult Fantasy: Worlds Beyond Imagination
Kelley Armstrong
Tony DiTerlizzi
Rachel Hawkins
Neal Shusterman
Moderator: Denise Hamilton

3:00 p.m. Young Adult Nonfiction: Where the Truth Lies
Aaron Hartzler
Georgia Bragg
James L. Swanson
Maya Van Wagenen
Moderator: Paula Yoo

4:30 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Adrenaline Rush
Stephanie Kuehn
Abby McDonald
Lauren Oliver
Sarah Skilton Mo

Seeley G Mud 

12:00 p.m. Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel
(Conversation 1072)
Vanessa Davis
Ben Katchor
Anders Nilsen
Mimi Pond
Moderator: Deborah Vankin

Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 101)

10:30 a.m. Picture This: Young Adult Graphic Novels
(Conversation 1041)
Gris Grimly
Jen Wang
Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Hope Larson

1:30 p.m. Children's Books: Drawing the Imagination
(Conversation 1043)
Joe Cepeda
Gianna Marino
Jon J. Muth
Salina Yoon 
Moderator: Lee Wind

3:00 p.m. Children's Books: Inspiring Young Minds
(Conversation 1044)
Mac Barnett
Doreen Cronin
Jennifer Fosberry
John Rocco 
Moderator: Kelly Sonnack

12:00 p.m. Middle Grade Fiction: Stories in Series
(Conversation 1042)
D.J. MacHale
Ridley Pearson
Jonathan Stroud Moderator: Jonathan Hunt

1:30 p.m. Children's Books: Drawing the Imagination
(Conversation 1043)
Joe Cepeda
Gianna Marino
Jon J. Muth
Salina Yoon
Moderator: Lee Wind

3:00 p.m. Children's Books: Inspiring Young Minds
(Conversation 1044)
Mac Barnett
Doreen Cronin
Jennifer Fosberry
John Rocco
Moderator: Kelly Sonnack

4:30 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: It's the End of the World As We Know It
(Conversation 1045)
T. Cooper
Allison Glock-Cooper
Tahereh Mafi
Lydia Millet
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci

Norris Theater

10:30 a.m. Middle Grade Fiction: In BeTWEEN Tales
(Conversation 1091)
Lisa Greenwald
John Rocco
Joyce Sidman
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Moderator: Rollie Welch

12:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Testing the Boundaries
(Conversation 1092)
E. Lockhart
Rainbow Rowell
Andrew Smith
John Corey Whaley
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

1:30 p.m. Middle Grade Fiction: Growing Pains
(Conversation 1093)
James Howe
Jenny Lee
Megan McCafferty
Moderator: Holly Goldberg Sloan

3:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Writing Culture & Identity
(Conversation 1094)
Maurene Goo
Cynthia Kadohata
Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Lynn Rutan

4:30 p.m. Young Adult Fantasy: The Real & the Unreal
(Conversation 1095)
Soman Chainani
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Margaret Stohl
Laini Taylor
Moderator: John Corey Whaley

Bovard Auditorium

12:30 p.m. John Green, Author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, in Conversation with David L. Ulin
(Conversation 1052)
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Interviewer: David L. Ulin


SUNDAY

Children’s Stage

10:20 a.m. Jon Klassen, Author of THIS IS NOT MY HAT
We <3 Jon Klassen!

YA Stage

10:30 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: Square Peg, Round Hole
Elizabeth Eulberg
Ken Baker
Bill Konigsberg
Amy Spalding
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

12:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: A Little Help from My Friends
Robin Benway
Heather Cocks
Jessica Morgan
Lauren Myracle
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

1:30 p.m. Young Adult Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales
Leigh Bardugo
Cecil Castellucci
Sarah J. Maas
Marissa Meyer
Moderator: Andrew Smith

3:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Told From the Heart
Stephanie Perkins
Emery Lord
Joanna Philbin
Moderator: Amy Spalding

Norris Theater

10:30 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: Somewhere in Time
(Conversation 2091)
Ann Brashares
Eoin Colfer
Melissa de la Cruz
Tamara Ireland Stone
Moderator: Sonya Sones

12:00 p.m. Ava Dellaira, Author of LOVE LETTER TO THE DEAD, in Conversation with Stephen Chbosky
(Conversation 2092)
Ava Dellaira
Moderator: Stephen Chbosky

1:30 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Outside Looking In
(Conversation 2093)
Carrie Arcos
Deb Caletti
Anna Shinoda
Ann Redisch Stampler
Moderator: Stephanie Kuehn

3:00 p.m. Laurie Halse Anderson, Author of THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY, in Conversation with Susan Carpenter
(Conversation 2094)
Laurie Halse Anderson
Interviewer: Susan Carpenter

Bovard Auditorium

11:00 a.m. Veronica Roth, Author of THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY, in Conversation with Leigh Bardugo
(Conversation 2051)
Veronica Roth
Interviewer: Leigh Bardugo

1:00 p.m. Daniel Handler, Author of FILE UNDER: 13 SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS, in Conversation with
Ransom Riggs
(Conversation 2052)
Daniel Handler
Interviewer: Ransom Riggs

3:00 p.m. Sandra Cisneros, Author of HAVE YOU SEEN MARIE? in Conversation with Michael Silverblatt
(Conversation 2053)
Sandra Cisneros
Interviewer: Michael Silverblatt

Hope to see you there!




07 April, 2014

Love Letters to the Dead - Review


Publication date: 1 April 2014 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux BFYR
ISBN 10/13: 0374346674 | 9780374346676


Category: Young Adult Fiction
Keywords: Contemporary, Realistic, Abuse, Grief, Epistolary
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Source: ARC from Publisher


Synopsis:

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

Alethea's Review:

Part school assignment, part confessional, Love Letters to the Dead introduces the reader to Laurel, a pensive girl whose older sister May, her de facto role model and idol, is dead; her family life has shattered in the wake of tragedy. For much of the book, the reader can only guess at how May died; we get the impression that Laurel witnessed the incident. But was it murder, suicide, or an accident?

Dellaria's writing style hovers on the edges of magical realism as Laurel struggles with memories she can't or won't recall. On the surface, it's the voice of a young girl with major emotional issues trying to cope with the already baffling struggles of puberty and the social lives of high schoolers. She lives part time with her aunt so that she doesn't have to attend the school that May did. She tries on parts of May's wardrobe and personality, but cannot move forward without examining her own guilt over her sister's death. She writes to the celebrities that May held in high esteem and tells them what she cannot bring herself to tell the the parents and teachers who have tried to reach out to her (some of these people even seem to have given up). The writing exercise forces her to get to the dark heart of her sadness, and the secrets she reveals are painful both to herself and the reader.

I found this novel deeply moving and well-written. At one point I felt the story begin to unravel with so many different sub-plots tugging at the seams: Laurel's crush and his connection to the world she was trying to leave behind, her two best girl friends exploring their sexuality--sometimes with each other, and her adult family members too busy dealing with their own baggage to take much care of Laurel. Ultimately Dellaria pulls it all together, threading the stories back through each other in a pensive tale of grief and hope. This lyrical coming-of-age novel melds family drama with historical and pop culture references to create a story that is touching, melancholy, and bittersweet.

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Find out more about the author at www.avadellaria.com and follow her on Twitter @avadellaria.

06 April, 2014

Fierce Reads Tour - Spring 2014


Is the Fierce Reads tour coming near you?

Check out the May and June cities and dates at


You can also read excerpts and watch trailers on the website. 

Now normally, I'd only be really excited if they were coming to my area, and you may have noticed that Los Angeles is NOT on either list! However, I'm fairly certain that if you beg (i.e. Tweet and comment on Facebook) while the Spring Tours are going on, Macmillan might consider sending their Fierce authors to your neck of the woods in the Fall. 

At least, I'm totally hoping it works that way, so I turned on notifications for both Twitter and Facebook, haha :) Make sure you @Fiercereads #Fiercereads and *ahem* #LosAngeles! (or, you know, wherever you are, but hopefully L.A. :P)

Stay tuned tomorrow for a review of Ava Dellaria's Love Letters to the Dead




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