Thursday, April 29, 2010
Yesterday I got to spend the day at the New Jersey Library Association's annual meeting. It was so much fun! Have I mentioned lately that I love librarians? I gave a speech at the lunch, after sitting on the dais to eat (it was eating show, lovely for all involved, I'm sure) next to a terrific librarian name Melissa (who once won a prize as "shyest girl" but here she was, giving funny and smooth speeches -- hope for all the shy people among us!) On my other side were the two editors of the Wimpy Kid books -- the first book in the series had won a kids' choice award but Jeff Kinney, the author, was holed up in his home finishing the fifth book. So he sent his smart, funny editors to read a letter of thanks (and keep me company while show-eating, of course). Also there, on the other side of the podium, were more fabulous librarians, Brian Selznick's sister and mom who came to accept his award, and Jay Asher, who had flown in from California to accept his award and share some hilarious/heartbreaking emails from readers.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Seems like I should spend the day in a pub for Pub Day, doesn't it? I had that idea, that I should round up some good fun friends and toast to Justin in some cozy pub all afternoon... but I actually have some, well, writing to do, first. Also 117 push-ups and 117 sit-ups, of course.
It’s the beginning of 3rd grade and Justin K. is feeling worried. Worried so much in fact, that a class bully has named him Justin Case. Worried about his new teacher, worried about burglars like Bad Boy, and worried about his 2nd best friend Noah’s extremely large head, which he might be sitting behind!
This is an excellent book about conquering your worries, with funniness along the way. It captures 3rd grade as if it were reality; with bullies, odd friendships, and food that jiggles. I guarantee that after reading this book, you will never hear the words “just in case” the same again.
By Gabe, grade 5
Monday, April 26, 2010
Justin Case is an amazing book about a young third-grader’s problems and worries. He may constantly worry about things that most people wouldn’t even think about, but it’s his vivid imagination that enthralls readers inside separate, fantasy worlds in Justin’s imagination alongside the real one. The fantasy world has its own worries, but in the end, it’s what helps him survive third grade. Having to work his way past obstacles like Ms. Termini (his teacher), Xavier Schwartz and Johnny Skiski (the class bullies, whom he “no thank yous”), Montana C. (whom he also no thank yous), constant sport practicing, the dreaded “rope climb,” Qwertyuiop (his dog, Qwerty for short), and the Superstar Competition, he is faced with a life of worries. However, he never knows where he can find friends in unexpected places.
Justin Case is a book that kids slightly older than Justin will enjoy. This way, kids can feel more humor because they can think, “No, Justin! That’s a bad idea!” or “Don’t do that, Justin!” because they have more life experience than him so that they know what might result from it. Readers are faced with powerful humor because of Justin’s countless semi-phobias.
In this book, friendships shift, new ones form, and Justin begins to discover who he truly is. All in all, Justin Case is a great book.
By John David, grade 5
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The fabulous illustrator of JUSTIN CASE, Matt Cordell, pointed out that
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
JUSTIN CASE got a great review today in Publisher's Weekly!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Getting psyched... I will be reading from BRILLIANT for the first time, as part of an amazing group of authors on Wednesday evening, April 14.
For the past week, I kept thinking, hmm, I feel like I have something coming up for BRILLIANT. What was it??? And then I move on to other pressing concerns like where did I put that chocolate?
But then it hit me, just now, as I was finishing my 102 push-ups and 102 sit-ups (youch, it's starting to get hard, I tell you, and we have a long way to go...) Another benefit of all these crazy Ups in my self-inflicted Just One More workout (see earlier blog entries) is that while I am doing them, I remember vital stuff. It's weird -- I really do figure stuff out starting around 75 or so.
Anyway, phew. I am so happy I remembered tonight about Wednesday's Teen Read Event! It would have been horribly embarrassing to remember at 5 PM Wednesday, midway through a jog in Central Park... because with a lineup like this, I would fully have gone anyway, sweaty and gross though I would be. Now I will come clean and prepared.
I hope you can do the same! You don't even have to be prepared! (But clean is always nice.)
We'll be at The Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL 425 6th Avenue at 10th Street, down in the Village. The reading begins at 6:00pm - 7:30pm. And, it's FREE. How great are libraries?
David Levithan - Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus - Dedication
Sarah Mlynowski - Gimme a Call
Marie Rutkoski - The Celestial Globe
Elizabeth Scott - The Unwritten Rule
Rachel Vail - Brilliant
Adrienne Maria Vrettos - The Exile of Gigi Lane
Friday, April 9, 2010
My wonderful editor, Liz Szabla, sent me the best thing I've received all year: a hot-off-the-presses first copy of
Friday, April 2, 2010
If they haven't already, they should go tohttp://www.loc.gov/nls/find.html and find the library that services their area.
Visit Rachel's website for book news, contests, and more!
- ► 2014 (30)
- ► 2013 (20)
- ► 2012 (62)
- ► 2011 (57)
- A way to see more JUSTIN illustrations
- Librarians Rock. Readers, too.
- JUSTIN's Pub Day!
- JUSTIN hits stores!
- Justin Scared o' Praise
- Happy Earth Day!
- Another JUSTIN review, another JUSTIN sneak peek!
- Good Reviews, Rough Times
- First Ever Reading From Brilliant, and not in runn...
- And now for some Avery girls news...
- JUSTIN gets a Super Star!!!
- ▼ April (13)