TFIOS Movie Preparedness Guide

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The Fault in Our Stars hits theatres this Friday. We were lucky to see an early screening and created a handy guide to help you prepare for THE movie event of the summer:

1. Bring tissues. Maybe a whole box. We love these custom packages created for #BEA14:

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2. Round up your closest friends. You’re going to want someone’s hand to hold during the sad parts, not to mention a hug when the movie ends.

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3. Prep yourself by watching the trailer. A few weeks ago the official TFIOS movie trailer made history as the most liked trailer on Youtube. Take that, cats everywhere!

4.Start listening to the soundtrack. The Huffington Post said that ” ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ soundtrack might be this generation’s ‘Breakfast Club'” Those are some strong words!

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5. Pick up some TFIOS swag, like these amazing fingerless gloves. Find these and other creative projects on Etsy. In Canada, Hot Topic has some great tees and buttons available, too.

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6. Don’t forget to hydrate! You’re going to need to replenish your fluids after the sobfest…and maybe invest in some waterproof mascara. #TFIOS forever!

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Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Lesley Livingston

Today is the book birthday for NOW AND FOR NEVER and we’re celebrating all things Lesley Livingston! Here are the Top Ten Reasons we love this brilliant Canadian author:

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1. She’s smart and not afraid to show it. Lesley has a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature.  She is a fountain of all kinds of knowledge, including pop culture, literature, history, and folklore. She dropped by the Indigo Teen Blog to say a number of smart things about storytelling, history, and Star Wars.

2. She throws the best launch parties! If you’re in Toronto on Thursday, May 29th you should drop by Dominion on Queen at 7pm and find out:

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3. The girl can SING! The proof? Check out this impromptu performance at the launch of Starling. Did we mention she throws the best book launch parties?

4. Book Boyfriends. Lesley writes some of our favourite fictional crushes. Stoic Sonny, fiery Fennrys, and lovely, sweet Milo- whatever your type, Lesley’s got a (fictional) crush for you!

5. She is a great reader. Lesley often records her own audio books. Here she is reading from Every Never After at the launch party:

 

6. Lesley is the Queen of One-Liners. Like this one:

“Now that I’ve crossed ‘Paranormal Phenomenon’ off my life-experience to-do list, I might as well start working my way up to ‘Close Encounter.’ ” -from Once Every Never

Or this one:

“What did Shakepeare know? He probably would have rewritten that bit if he’d thought about it.” -from Wondrous Strange

7. Mythology Maven. Lesley has an extensive knowledge of mythology, which she incorporates into her engrossing, fully-realized worlds. You’ll find nods to Celtic, Norse, and Egyptian mythology- among others-in her books.

8. Kick-ass Heroines.

Lesley’s ladies are smart, witty, and capable heroines. You won’t find any shrinking violets or passive victims in her books. She writes the kind of characters you want to be BFFs with- especially if you’re traveling through time or trying to deal with an ancient curse.

9. She’s good on the twitter.

10. She’s witty. It’s no surprise that Lesley’s books are praised for being funny; her heroines clearly get their sense of humour from the author:

 

 

Be sure to pick up Now and For Never, in stores today!

 

 

Friday Reads: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Edition

Inspired by the #WeNeedDiverseBooks conversations happening on twitter this week, we gathered some of our favourite YA reads featuring diverse characters and experiences.

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NOT YOUR ORDINARY WOLF GIRL by Emily Pohl-Weary

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BLUES FOR ZOEY by Robert Paul Weston

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KARMA by Cathy Ostlere

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POINTE by Brandy Colbert

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UNDER MY SKIN by Charles de Lint

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A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman

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YOU SET ME ON FIRE by Mariko Tamaki

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LIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche

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THE SECRET SKY by Atia Abawi

 

 

 

Friday Reads: The Inventor’s Secret

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Title: The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer

Story in a Nutshell: The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits.

For Fans Of: Landry Park by Bethany Hagen, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Awesome Quote:

“If you’re planning on sticking around, you’ll find girls here do a lot of things they aren’t meant to do.”

What People Are Saying:

“An entertaining romp in a richly imagined setting” -Kirkus Reviews

“Steampunk Pisces sub? Oh yeah! Flying steampunk dragonfly – even better! Loved the world building and the era setting” Goodreads

 

 

Our Fave YA Road Trip Books

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Who doesn’t love a road trip? OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord, out this week, got us thinking about our favourite YA road trips. Here are just a few:

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

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Misunderstood bad-girl Reagan heads on the road with her childhood best friend, a squeaky clean Taylor Swift-esque country star on her first major tour. Even the most reluctant music lover will want to grab her BFF and blast some Taylor after reading this.

 

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

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Everybody’s favourite girl band hits the road for one last blow-out tour before heading off to college in the fall. Amazing outfits are worn, hearts are broken, good times are had.

 

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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The best way to get over a broken heart? Go on a road trip with your best friend. Road trips are frequently featured in Mr. Green’s books, but this one is the most epic.

 

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

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Proof that you only thing you really need for a road trip is your best friend, and maybe a cowboy hat. Warning: tissues needed, many feelz!

 

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

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Will and Zoe have it rough- except when they’re together. This dark, sad romance will have you thinking about Bonnie and Clyde.

 

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

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Two misfits make good by ditching the popular crowd and heading out on the road. This YA novel recently translated into English is a bestseller in Germany. The European scenery makes for some serious travel-envy.

What are your favourite road trip books?

Behind the Bill: Rachel Hawkins

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Today we’re thrilled to introduce Rachel Hawkins, author of Rebel Belle and creator of sassy Southern heroine, Harper Price.

1. What was your favourite book growing up?
Roald Dahl’s Matilda was the first book that had me locking myself in my room until I’d finished it. Dark and twisty, hilarious and moving, plus a bookish heroine with SUPERPOWERS? Yes, please!
2. Tell us about the first piece of writing you ever finished.
I wrote my first “book”, Skytwister, when I was in Kindergarten, and it was a truly epic piece of fiction about a unicorn and a princess. It was also about 6 pages long. I actually still have it, though, complete with a note from my teacher inside about how she hoped I’d keep making up stories for people to enjoy, which was really neat to see.

3. If you could have lunch with one author, alive or dead, who would it be & why?
Agatha Christie, mostly because I want her to tell me where the heck she was back when she “disappeared” for awhile in the 30s, and also because I wouldn’t mind learning her secret to churning out that many books that fast!

4. If you could hang out with one of the characters from your book, who would you choose & why?
I would definitely choose Harper from Rebel Belle. She’s a smart, resourceful lady who loves shopping and the color pink. We’d get along famously.

5. Describe your book in five words.
Deadly Heels, Killer Queens, Shenanigans. 🙂

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Rebe Belle is on sale today! Happy Book Birthday, Rachel!

Cover Reveal: The Art of Getting Stared At

We’re at sales conference this week learning all about the fantastic Penguin Canada titles for fall 2014, including this contemporary YA novel from Canadian author Laura Langston:

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How much do you love this cover? Look for THE ART OF GETTING STARTED AT in September 2014. Here’s what to expect:

After a school video she produced goes viral, sixteen-year-old Sloane is given the biggest opportunity of her life – a chance for a film school scholarship. She has less than two weeks to produce a second video, something with depth, and she’s determined to do it. The trouble is she has to work with Isaac Alexander, an irresponsible charmer with whom she shares an uneasy history.

On the heels of this good news/bad news opportunity, Sloane finds a bald spot on her head. The pink patch, no bigger than a quarter, shouldn’t be there. Neither should the bald spots that follow. Horror gives way to devastation when Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata. The autoimmune disease has no cause, no cure and no definitive outcome. The spots might grow over tomorrow or they might be there for life. She could become completely bald. No one knows.

Determined to produce her video and keep her condition secret, Sloane finds herself turning into the kind of person she has always mocked: someone obsessed with their looks.  She’s also forced to confront a painful truth: she is as judgmental as anyone else…but she saves the harshest judgments for herself.

Dear Reader: A Letter From Emery Lord

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Dear Reader,

When you have a book coming out, one of the questions you get most often is: “So, what’s it about?”

I have a lot of answers: OPEN ROAD SUMMER is about best friends, about summer and travel and music. It’s about setting who are against who you want to be and trying to close that gap. It’s about all kinds of love–family and friends and yourself and the flirtation that might just become something more one day.

But, if we’re going behind-the-scenes here…the truth is, for me, this book is mostly about forgiveness.

It’s strange to me that forgiveness rarely gets talked about. No one ever says, “I like that girl. She’s really good at forgiving people.” But how and when and why to forgive? That’s one of the hardest, best things I’ve had to learn in my 20-something years.

So, OPEN ROAD SUMMER is about forgiving your family for not being perfect. Of course they’re not perfect. It doesn’t matter. They’re yours.

It’s about forgiving your best friend because, in some ways, she has what you want. It’s okay to wish that you could trade lives sometimes. She feels the same way about you. I promise.

It’s about forgiving the people in your life who bailed on or betrayed you. They hurt you. It wasn’t your choice, and that sucks. But the choice you do have? Who you’re going to be from here on out.

It’s about forgiving the girls who were bitches to you in junior high. Holding on to that bitterness doesn’t change what happened. And becoming a bitch yourself? That makes you the same as them.

Most of all, it’s about forgiving yourself. So you made a bad choice or six. Maybe you were reckless, with your choices or with others’ feelings or even with yourself. Being a teen and human is not about whether or not you’ll mess up. You will. It’s about you DO with that mess.

So, reader, thanks for taking a summer road trip with Dee, Reagan and me. I hope you see the concerts and the American landscape and the fireworks, and I hope you see yourself in one or two of the characters. But mostly, I hope it reminds you that, as our girl Taylor Swift would say, today is never too late to brand new.

Emery Lord 

Excited about OPEN ROAD SUMMER? Find out more when Emery drops by to fill out the Behind the Bill questionnaire next week! In the meantime, check out this awesome video: