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Photography Friday-Wolves of Mercy Falls

24 Jun, 2011 by in maggie stiefvater, scholastic, this is teen Leave a comment

I just finished the third and final book in the Wolves Of Mercy Falls series called “Forever” by Maggie Stiefvater and thought I’d share some photography and jewelry inspired by Maggie’s books. To view the photos on black click here, and to purchase them head over to LittleRedReads shop on Etsy. Be sure to check out the Maggie Stiefvater inspired collection here. All photos are copyright Heahther Zahn Gardner

Teaser Tuesday- Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

21 Jun, 2011 by in maggie stiefvater, scholastic, Teaser Tuesday 3 comments

by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover, 386 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2011
by Scholastic Press

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater

In Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read and Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is our Forever teaser….In those seconds that it took for her to fight her way back up to the surface, I made up my mind.

I stripped off my jacket, stood at the edge of the sinkhole, and, before I could think of the countless horrific consequences, I went in.” -p.111, Forever.

Sidekicks ARC Giveaway

06 May, 2011 by in book giveaway, scholastic 9 comments

by Dan Santat
Paperback, 224 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2011
by Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN 0439298199

When Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his pets have different ideas.

Look up in the sky! It’s a BOLD new graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS!

Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He’s out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn’t even have time for his house full of pets. He needs – a SIDEKICK!

Captain Amazing’s four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot – and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want – a super family.

A BOLD and BRILLIANT graphic novel romp by whiz kid Dan Santat. Learn more about the author at

To enter to win your own advanced reading copy of Sidekicks from Fire and Ice, fill out this form.

Blog Tour- I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

10 Oct, 2010 by in scholastic, YA contemporary 1 comment

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2010
by Scholastic
4 stars

Seventeen-year-old Bronwen Oliver doesn’t just want a family. She has one of those, and there’s nothing terribly wrong with them apart from bickering grandparents, an image-obsessed mother and a brother she describes simply as Jesus. But there’s no natural sense of connection between Bronwen and her family, leaving her with the belief — and the hope — that she was switched at birth, that she was never supposed to be Bronwen Oliver but someone else entirely.

When she begins dating college senior Jared Sondervan, she finds herself thoroughly embraced by the loving family she has always wanted and does not hesitate to say yes when Jared proposes on her 18th birthday. Plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her junior year of college become plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her freshman year of college. And a wedding so soon isn’t exactly what Bronwen wants. But Jared is. And his family is. Or so she thinks.

Before Bronwen can determine what she truly wants, she must first determine who she truly is, and the answer, she discovers, is only partially what she thought it was. She wasn’t switched at birth, but she’s also not Bronwen Oliver and hasn’t been for a very long time.

This book was refreshing to me because it felt real. I grew up with several girl friends who married older guys after graduating from High School and could relate to much of what Bronwen was feeling. Her voice rang true to me as I think it will to many young women. She’s also quirky as a teen can be, so you’ll laugh and you’ll cry while reading.

What I liked: Bronwen wanted to wait until she gets married to be intimate. And she breaks up with her first boyfriend when he pressures her after prom. She has guts and courage. She has a back bone to find out who she is before making her biggest decisions.

What I loved: Jared! He is the perfect all-American boy and his family is amazing. I can see how easy it would be to want to be a part of all that they are. He is amazing, old-fashioned and polite.

What I felt: A wide range of emotions and even a bit sad. Thank you to Erin McCahan for keeping the plot genuine and believable. I would read I Now Pronounce You Someone Else again.

What I Wish: I wish the first scene was written differently. To me, it felt attention grabbing in a negative way, it felt out of place with the remainder of the novel. I wish that we heard more of Jared’s voice.

What I did not like: The way Bronwen describes her brother. It was distracting to me to hear the name of the Lord taken in vain.

The main themes: healing after the loss of a parent, adoption, self-worth and courage to be who you are.

Bio of the author Erin McCahan

“I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but moved to Columbus, Ohio, when I was nearly five. That’s when my mother remarried – four years after my father was killed in Vietnam – and my new step-dad, a six-foot-seven-inch, southern gentleman and surgeon, had just joined a practice here.

I worked a couple summers in his office during college, and let me tell you how much fun that was. He was a colon-rectal surgeon. On my fourth day on the job, I had such a fit of nervous laughter on the phone – having to use the word enema three times in a scripted response to new patients – that I got booted from the receptionist’s desk to the insurance office where I just typed forms for weeks on end.

Enema. Who can say enema without giggling?!

What else? I transferred undergrad so many times I lost count, but spent my best collegiate years at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and Capital University here in Columbus, where I still live. I graduated from Cap with a degree in something. Professional Writing, I think it was called. And I ended up with a religion minor because of one completely fascinating professor. I just kept taking his classes. He literally was one of those bearded, old-Volvo-driving, hang-out-for-hours-with-students kind of profs who really did change lives.

He changed mine.

I ended up going to seminary because of him, mostly studied Hebrew and Greek and loved it, but never felt terribly rooted there — or anywhere until I met this great guy named Tim — so I left and wrote freelance articles for a while. Somehow, accidentally, actually, I ended up as a youth minister. Mostly, I didn’t have the heart to say no to the minister when she offered me the job on a Thursday, saying, “I need someone who can start Sunday.” Only after I accepted did she tell me I was in charge of 12- to 18-year-olds.

Turns out I loved it. Did that for ten years, all the while writing in semi-secret, and like most writers I know, my path to publication was long, crooked and filled with the standard miseries of rejection and discouragement. But it’s all part of the process, one thing leading to another if you don’t quit – and I didn’t – and I found an agent, who sold my manuscript, and here I am an author, something I knew I wanted to be as far back as third grade.

Oh, and that great guy named Tim? I married him. He’s one of the reasons I never quit writing, telling me once to “write until you run out of pens.” I believe I was sitting on the kitchen floor crying at the time, holding my latest rejection letter and muttering something about just getting a job at J. Crew. (It would be nice to have the discount.) His enduring support and belief in my ability everlastingly overwhelm me. That’s why all my books will always be For Timothy.” –Taken from her site

Author Interview- Angie Frazier

18 Aug, 2010 by in scholastic 9 comments

This week’s interview is with the amazing Angie Frazier author of Everlasting, copyright 2010 by Scholastic books.

How did the idea for Everlasting come to you?

It came to me in pieces, but originated with the vintage travel posters that were on the ceiling of the caretaker’s cottage I was renting one winter. My fiancé (now husband!) and I were pretty much snowbound a lot that winter and I spent a lot of time inspecting those posters for lack of entertainment! There were a bunch for places in Australia, and I knew I wanted to set the store there. I was looking to write something fiction and adventurous, and it all came to me from there.

What songs do you imagine playing through the book?

I am a huge movie soundtrack and classical kind of gal so most of the
time the music that inspired me was that. The score from The Patriot,
Cider House Rules, Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans to name a few.

Are Oscar and Camille reminiscent of any other literary or real life characters?

No, not really. When I wrote their characters I paid close attention to not modeling them after real life people. I did give Oscar my husband’s awesome, muscular shoulders (waggles eyebrows) but other than that, they are their own creations!

What has been the most rewarding part about being a published author so

There is so much! But I’d have to say the most rewarding part is receiving emails from people who have read the book, loved it, and been inspired
to write their own story. One of these emails came from a girl in Australia,
actually, and to know that someone all the way around the world has been
inspired by my book and characters totally blows me away.

When you are not writing what do you enjoy doing?

I am so restless when I’m not writing. But it’s healthy to take breaks, so I
sometimes take reading breaks where all I do is read. Or I attempt to be a
domestic goddess (for all of one day), or I just sit around and play with my
two little girls. Then I get back to writing!

What research did you do for the book if any?

I did a ton of research. It feels like a literal ton, too. Just about everything on every page had to be researched, and I very much enjoyed it. Especially the ship and ship life aspects. Those were the most challenging!

Favorite scene to write or read?

So many! The best scene to write is one that happens near the end that I can’t talk about since it’s a lot spoilery. But let’s just say I was crying as
I wrote it. The best chapter to read is when Camille, Oscar, and Ira are
traveling through the mountains and stop at a pool of waterfall runoff.
I love when Camille sees Oscar’s scars on his back for the first time.

Is Umandu based on a real legend or any other folklore?

It isn’t based on any specific legend, though I know there are plenty of
stories and mythologies surrounding the restoration of life. We see it everywhere: in books, in movies, in fairytales. I think I chose to weave a new legend because I’ve always been fascinated by life and death, what waits for us beyond, and the loss of control people have over when and how they die.

Where did the sailing influence come from?
I honestly don’t know! I am so not a sailor and knew nothing about it. I think one of the vintage travel posters had a tall ship on it and that’s where I got the idea to make it a high seas adventure. Talk about a challenge…

In your mind’s eye who does Oscar resemble?

He doesn’t really have a face. Isn’t that terrible? I know what his body looks like, I know how he moves, his expressions and how
he holds himself, even his voice. But I can’t clearly picture his face.

Favorite all time-reads?

I could re-read Pride & Prejudice once a year, along with Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I also loved M.M. Kaye’s Trade Wind. More recent books I love include The Season by Sarah MacLean and The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.

Thank you so much to Scholastic books and Angie Fraizer for the interview. Comment on this post to enter to win an 8×12 of our Ship’s sail photo (see above) from the LittleredReads Everlasting inspired collection on Etsy. Original photography by Heather Zahn Gardner.

Contest ends September 17, 2010 and is open internationally.

Book Review- Everlasting

17 Aug, 2010 by in book review, scholastic 28 comments

by Angie Frazier
published June 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
details Hardcover, 336 pages
isbn 054511473

Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.

The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure.

This is one of those timeless books that sets itself apart as a classic. Angie Frazier has a way of slowing time down to match the era and place it is set while the mystery and adventure will keep you captivated. It reminds me a bit of Crocodile Dundee with a dash of Somewhere in Time meets the movie Hook. Angie is a masterful story teller who weaves fantasy and romance.

Camille, the main heroine is a woman of the sea. raised on the decks of her fathers’ ships, taking in the salty air and building a strong friendship with her father’s right hand man, Oscar. She is engaged to be married to another man and about to give it all up to live in society. Camille should be happy, but can’t help questioning where are the sparks? As she embarks on her last voyage a twist of fate unravels family secrets, a letter and a curse. Her history is not what is seems and her heart will be challenged between loyalty or love. Will she respect her father’s wishes or make a way of her own?

Readers will fall for Oscar and become entranced with the tale of a treasure map and stone with the ability to save a life. I absolutely can not wait for the sequel! Four and a half stars to an awesome debut novel! Follow @angie_frazier on twitter and visit her website at Be sure to shcek out our Everlasting swag store on Etsy at LittleRedReads.

To enter to win an author signed bookmark donated by Angie, please leave your name and email address below. Contest ends September 16, 2010 and is open internationally.

Summer Fun Prize Pack

29 Jul, 2010 by in book giveaway, scholastic 7 comments

I don’t know about the rest of you, but my kiddos are starting to get bored of summer. So, I thought maybe some books might help fight the “I’m bored” syndrome we have goin on! I picked up these four to giveaway our readers.
The Other Side of Magic books 1 and 2 by Dadey& Jones
Brothers Below Zero by Tor Seidler and

To Enter To win:
Simply leave your name and email below
Contest ends August 12, 2010 and is open to US residents only

Book Reivew- Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

13 Jul, 2010 by in maggie stiefvater, scholastic Leave a comment

published July 13th 2010 by Scholastic Press
details Hardcover, 362 pages
characters Grace Brisbane, Sam Roth
isbn 0545123283
5 stars

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past…and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves…and is nonetheless drawn to Cole. At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love–the light and the dark, the warm and the cold–in a way you will never forget.

After I finished reading Shiver last year I was forever hooked on Maggie Stiefvater’s writing and just could not get enough. A book buddy of mine suggested reading Lament and Ballad to fill the gap between Shiver and Linger, which resulted in two more five star ratings. really, Maggie is just a genius. I watched in pain as other bloggers around me got advanced reader copies of Linger and started reading, then by a twist of fate I got a hold of the Twilight MOMS ARC tour copy. Once I had it in my hot little hands it all came back to me just WHY I love Maggie so much. her stories have a way of finding their way deep under your skin. You feel you know the characters and have entered the woods to be a part of the story. They are each in the process of finding out who they are and what they will fight for.
All I have to say about Linger is Hell-o Cole! When we meet him along with Isabel there will be spark aflying! I genuinely enjoyed their relationship in this book and the way they both have strong personalities that work. I still cheer for Sam and Grace like I did in Shiver but Linger is multi-layered. There is so much more going on in the sequel. I can guarantee you will enjoy the journey to the very last page. 5 stars and thanks to Maggie for writing truly intelligent and enjoyable young adult fiction.

Mom’s Monday Book Giveaway

24 May, 2010 by in scholastic, simon schuster, spiderwick chronicles 31 comments

For Mom’s Monday we are giving away a prize pack of four fabulous books:

Troll Trouble Spiderwick Chronicles Special Edition by Holly Black
The SpiderWick Chronicles Number 2 The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman
The 39 Clues #3 The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

Simply leave your name and email address in a comment below to enter
Contest ends June 24, 2010