Did you hear the great news? The film rights to Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle just sold! How soon can we get our tickets?
To celebrate the (approximate) 1-year anniversary of Diversity in YA’s launch on tumblr, we’re giving away all these books! Thank you for celebrating diversity in young adult books with us and continuing to engage in dialogue and increasing awareness!
(To view a document listing all the titles, click here.)
Here’s how this is going to work:
- We’ve divided these books into 4-packs of diverse awesomeness. Don’t worry, series titles will all be kept together, so you won’t end up getting a middle book or a third book in a trilogy without the others.
- We have multiple copies of some titles, so some of them will go into several prize packs.
- We’ll select 17 winners, each of whom will receive a prize pack of 4 books!
- Because of the large number of titles and the cost of international shipping, we’re only able to ship to U.S. mailing addresses. International folks may enter as long as they have a U.S. mailing address.
- Teachers and librarians get an extra entry!
- The deadline to enter is March 31, 2014.
(If you can’t see the Rafflecopter entry form on your tumblr dash, you can also enter at our website.)
Thank you so much to the following publishers for donating books to our Anniversary Giveaway:
- Reblogged from diversityinya
Welcome to today’s Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! Today’s guest of honor is Sally Green, author of the epic tale Half Bad, in which good and evil witches live alongside humans in modern day London. It’s heartfelt and gripping, and we can guarantee you won’t be able to put this story down until the very last page. So it might be advisable that you hang out and get to know Sally before you start reading Half Bad.
Name: Sally Green
Novel: Half Bad
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Ernest Hemingway most of the time, but David Mitchell, Emily Bronte and others try to push him out out of this post.
What’s your favorite thing about your book? The relationships Nathan has:- with Celia, with Arran and with Gabriel (hmmm maybe I should mention Annalise too?) And the cover.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Well, it would have to be someone pretty handy at survival as I’d not be much good. But I’d like someone fun and interesting too - I’m drawing a blank here - maybe this is an opportunity for a new character!
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Not sure I really have a favourite. I’d really like to know more about William the Conqueror as, from the little I know, he sounds totally ruthless. But, I guess Elisabeth I is up there for similar reasons; being a woman who really did show that her sex wasn’t an issue even back in the 16th century. And now I feel awful for not saying Gandhi - but you can hardly say he’s a favourite, he’s Gandhi. Maybe I should say Shakespeare, or perhaps Hemingway, but I feel I need to say a woman, and one who isn’t where she is because of her birth (or looks) so that would mean…give me a few more minutes here… No, I don’t really have a favourite.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? Ha! Yes I tweet - I’m incredibly dull, mainly just thanking people - it’s like some awful award ceremony. I retweet some funny stuff from Pliocene Bloke and Henry Tudor, they’re worth following.
What is your favorite season? Autumn. (Though I suspect Fall is bigger and better.) It’s not just the ridiculously bright colours of dying leaves but that stillness you get on some days).
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Gosh, I don’t know. Here is pretty OK. I’d teleport the rain away for the afternoon.
Oh, I’ve got a better idea - Istanbul for the afternoon - always wanted to go there. Or maybe Sydney, never been and it would be a lot easier than a long flight.
Do you have any writing rituals? I need silence. This means I usually write late in the evening and into the early morning if it’s going well; 10p.m to 2 a.m. is my best time. If I have to I can write in busy, noisy places but I have to shut everyone out. I’m very anti-social when writing.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Waking after a deep, deep sleep in a huge bed to birds tweeting in a sunny garden. And not being late for anything.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? I hardly ever go to live music as I hate paying a lot of money to be miles from the action and thinking I could see it better on TV. The best live music for me is small scale - the local wine bar with an obscure band, good friends, good wine and good food.
What are you currently working on? Half Wild - book 2 of the Half Bad trilogy.
Thanks, Sally! We can’t wait to read Half Wild!
The trick is not to mind.
Half Bad | Sally Green
Popular | Maya Van Wagenen
Haven’t we all been there?
- Reblogged from thepopularbook
Today we welcome author Seth Fishman to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! The Well’s End has been a favorite around here as we geared up for release, and how could it not be? Boarding school, tense familial relationships, a cute boy, and a mystery of epic proportions, this book (with a second one on the way) has all the makings for a story you’ll never forget. Isn’t that just what you’ve been waiting for as you survive this never ending winter? Before you pick up your copy, take a second to get to know the mastermind behind the tale!
Name: Seth Aaron Shai Fishman
Novel: The Well’s End
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? J.R.R. Tolkien
What’s your favorite thing about your book? That it exists!
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Gandalf, though perhaps Robinson Crusoe or the empress from The Neverending Story (to grant wishes).
Where do you write? A rotating range of desks, most notably my wife’s desk in the living room because my desk in the bedroom is covered with old drafts.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Emperor Augustus. Oh man, what a great emperor, all things considered. PAX ROMANA (yep, I’m a nerd, but I DID major in Roman history so, like, that’s fair right?)
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet but have been told by a wise man that the moment I self-congratulate a bit of humor, it turns to dust.
What is your favorite season? Fall, easily. A) Birthday B) Trees (none where I grew up so I’m still delighted by them) C) New Year (school time) D) great weather E) Football
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Hmm, assuming I had a spacesuit and could easily teleport back, I wouldn’t mind a nice view of a galaxy that’s not horizontal. Otherwise, Bali…
Do you have any writing rituals? Definitely, I procrastinate first for 30 minutes, and then I start reading the last 5 pages I wrote, lightly editing, and then, by the time I get to the last line, I am ready for the next one.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Love, health, and security (including Scroodge McDuck style money bins).
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Hmm, good question. Theoretically it was the Rolling Stones 1996 show that Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews and Smashing Pumpkins opened. But in reality, cheesy me will go with Simon & Garfunkle. Dad would be proud.
What are you currently working on? I’m waiting anxiously for my editor to destroy the pages of book two in this series. So, I guess I’m working on my tan.
Thanks, Seth! We can’t wait to find out what comes next after The Well’s End!
We assume so, but we’re not entirely sure! You should check out their website.
One thing is for sure: read Dayna Lorentz’s No Safety In Numbers trilogy and you will never look at a suburban mall the same way again.