Friday, October 28, 2011

Praise after praise heaped on IF JACK'S IN LOVE

IF JACK'S IN LOVE, just released this October from debut author Stephen Wetta, is an Indie Next Pick for the month, and excellent reviews for it just keep coming in!  Here's a sampling:

"[A] wonderfully written marvel of a book: a work both gripping and hilarious, joyous and heartbreakingly bittersweet." --The Wall Street Journal

"Deftly, Wetta illuminates the gulf between the innocence of age 12 and the realizations that arise at 13...At turns unsparing, tender, and disturbing when it comes to rivalry and the nuances of love versus obligation, this is no typical bildungsroman.  That Jack emerges from a crucible determined never to look back is unsurprising; it is the path leading him to this conclusion that is intelligently, wonderfully conceived." --Publishers Weely, starred review

"[An] auspicious debut...IF JACK'S IN LOVE is a moving portrait of a specific time, family, and town, but also a universal story of growing up and coming to terms with the people--and places--that raise us, told with all the humor, truth, and urgency of its teenage hero." --BookPage

"You will fall in love with Jack's endearing voice as he recounts the summer he fell in love and ultimately grew up." --Chatelaine (Canada)

"Wetta has a deft touch at balancing the laugh-out-loud moments with some of the darker plot twists. All the characters feel authentic in their motives, words, and actions throughout, and Jack's relationship with his family members, Gladstein, and Myra are written with compassion and heart...Wetta is an author to watch."

Be sure to pick up a copy of the book!  And find out more about this incredible author at his website,

 Penguin/Amy Einhorn Books, October 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Margolin father-daughter team interviewed for VANISHING ACTS

In a follow-up to the other week's post, we have a fantastic video of Phillip Margolin and Ami Margolin Rome being interviewed on the morning show AM Northwest for the release of their middle-grade novel VANISHING ACTS!

Friday, October 21, 2011

GHOSTS IN THE FOG reviews, videos, and WWII revelations

Just released this month, GHOSTS IN THE FOG by Samantha Seiple is a gripping narrative nonfiction account of the little-known Japanese invasion into Alaska during World War II.  Seiple's website has a wealth of intriguing photos and videos about this facet of history, which you can view at this link!  Be sure to also check out Seiple's editor at Scholastic talking about the book at the video below.  GHOSTS IN THE FOG is in great company!

"Grabs the reader...Ms. Seiple has brought us a treasure." --Library Media Connection

"Just when you thought everything that could be written about the major battles of World War II had been, along comes GHOSTS IN THE FOG...Riveting descriptions and insights." --North County Times

"An enlightening account full of compelling stories of survival and perseverance." --Kirkus

"Well-researched and incredibly detailed." --VOYA 

Scholastic, October 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bookstores prepping for the release of VANISHING ACTS

VANISHING ACTS, an exciting new middle grade mystery from New York Times bestselling thriller author Phillip Margolin (SUPREME JUSTICE, FUGITIVE) and his daughter Ami Margolin Rome, is coming out next week. Bookstores across the US are already preparing for the release, with Powell's Books in Oregon highlighting the authors and their upcoming local talk and signing on the bookstore marquee! 

Check out this great early review for the book:

"[VANISHING ACTS] pulls a few Nancy Drew parallels into a wholly contemporary story.  Like titian-haired Nancy, 12-year-old Madison Kincaid lost her mother in early childhood and lives with her well-known, highly successful attorney dad.  And, like Nancy, Madison is a well-rounded high-achiever...The authors work in realistic emotional tensions as they thread their way through the two central plot strands...A budding romance and vivid court scenes give readers more reasons to hope for future installments of Madison's adventures." --Booklist

 HarperCollins, October 2011