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YA Scavenger Hunt
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
fake book mad libs: eileen cook’s HIDE DOG

I will never look at lawn chairs the same way thanks to this week’s Fake Book Mad Lib:


Author: Eileen Cook

Real Book: The just-released Year of Mistaken Discoveries, and many more! 

Fake Book: HIDE DOG

The Walking Dead meets American Hustle, Cook’s latest, HIDE DOG, chronicles a quickly glittery girl named Cookie on her quest to find a yarn mine. But when she’s awkwardly united with a lawn chair, she ends up learning the true value of the phrase: “High as a kite.”

rawr! i’m a lion!


I’m honored to return this year to the King County Library System Literary Lions Gala, happening IN TWO DAYS at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. There are still tickets available, so if you want to come rub elbows with me and amazing authors like Amy Tan, Laini Taylor, Deb Caletti, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Schmid, and many more, dust off your fancy duds and join us.

The photo above is from the 2012 event: The hilarious and talented Kevin O’Brien is looking dapper while Peter Mountford expertly laughs his face off. (I’m lurking in the background.) Fingers crossed our signing tables will be alphabetized again! Read more…

fake book mad libs: jessica brody’s FART WHISKER



So…um…I think I’ll let this edition of Fake Book Mad Libs speak for itself. Hahahaha!


Author: Jessica Brody

Real Book: The JUST RELEASED Unforgotten, the second book in the Unremembered Trilogy

Fake Book: Fart Whisker

Shameless meets American Hustle, Jessica Brody’s FART WHISKER is about a disturbingly sparkly boy and his quest to procure a One Direction autographed poster. Things are fine until, while spelunking, he converges with a giraffe’s pencil shavings supplied by an intoxicated delivery truck driver. In the end, he finds out what they really meant when they said, “Elvis has left the building.”



kindergartners reading ya: PAPER TOWNS and STEELHEART

A Snow Day sans snow set me back this week, so I’ll get right to the awesomeness that is Kindergartners Reading YA. This week, we’ve got John Green and Brandon Sanderson in the mix. Here’s what the five-year-old reviewers had to say:





Book: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Reviewer: Butterfly Flower


Mom, what is this? What is this thing? What is that?

It’s a thumbtack. *Explains wonder of thumbtacks*

Okay. I think the book is about some people going on a…okay let me think. Some people…um…it’s about…um…a pin pinning a map to the wall. And then some kids take it down and use it for some other reasons…for pinning pictures to the wall and also for making stuff. I think it’s a map of buried treasure and along their way they find a pirate captain who wants their treasure, too.

How’s that?





Book: Steelheart

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Reviewer: Corby

I think it’s a boy who finds a land that’s made of ice! And he discovers the secret door! And then he finds a way home and lives happily ever after.

Anything else?

No. I’m done with that.


Alrighty then. Until next time!

kindergartners reading ya: OCD LOVE STORY and BLACK HEART

I feel like I need a theme song for Wednesday, aka Kindergartners Reading YA Day! The tiny people are quite pleased that “mommy’s friends” enjoy their book reviews. Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be happy to share it with them. They will be happy to give you an opinionated response.

Here are the books the kiddos are judging by their covers this week:



Book: OCD Love Story

Author: Corey Ann Haydu

Reviewer: Butterfly Flower


About the author photo: 



About the book: 

I think it’s about some people falling in love with each other. And also they marry.

This is about teenagers. You think they get married? 

Yeah? I also think they also find out how the hearts are made.


Note: In case you haven’t read OCD Love Story, I’ll share that her review is both accidentally deep and true, all except for the marriage part.






Book: Black Heart (Curse Workers #3)

Author: Holly Black

Reviewer: Corby


I downloaded this myself.

Let me make sure the parental controls are on. Okay, here you go.

That’s the cover I chose. It looks like two twins and I think they’re a girl and a boy. And it looks like they really love each other. They have bead hair.

Butterfly Flower: I want to see the bead hair! Cool!

It looks like it’s a really old book. One eye is opened on the girl and none eyes are opened on the boy. And I think this book has cars in it because I sounded out “car” on one page and that’s why I think it has cars in it.

I’m going to show you the other books I have. Want me to download another book? I can do that.

fake book mad libs: bill konigsberg’s PERSNICKETY BIMBO

I love this one.


Author: Bill Konigsberg

Real Books: The Porcupine of Truth (2015), Openly Straight (out now!)

Fake Book: Persnickety Bimbo


Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret meets Glee, PERSNICKETY BIMBO tracks a teen trucker with a fabulous butt on a quest to undulate her victim’s liver. But when she unites with a purplish chigger who constantly tells her, “That’s the way the cookie crumbles,” her truck steers in a direction she never intended.


In related news, I’m making Bill a T-shirt featuring idiom-spouting Purplish Chigger for his birthday.

kindergartners reading ya: Thirteen Reasons Why and Prophecy of the Sisters


They may not want to eat anything other than carbs and cheese, but those kindergartners still like to judge teen books by their covers. Beginning this week, I’ll share one from each girl. Here’s the latest edition of KRYA:

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fake book mad libs: martha brockenbrough’s TWISTY PANTS

What’s that time? That’s right! It’s time for Fake Book Mad Libs! In the hot seat this week is my dear friend Martha.

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Author: Martha Brockenbrough

Real Book: The Game of Love and Death (2015), Devine Intervention (Out Now!)

Fake Book: Twisty Pants

Sherlock Holmes meets The Bible, Martha Brockenbrough’s TWISTY PANTS tracks a boy and his nutty fruit basket on a quest to crack the recipe for Grandpa’s chowder. But trouble ensues when he unites with a miserly teacup: He learns that not everything is “as good as gold.”



Also? “A Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast is stuck in my head. Who knows why?


kindergartners reading YA: the living

It’s Wednesday, otherwise known as Kindergartners Reading YA Day! KRYA is the series in which my five-year-olds judge teen books by their covers. Butterfly Flower reviewed Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl last week. Her sister’s selection is a little darker. Here’s what my future ninja had to say:



Book: The Living

Author: Matt de la Pena

Reviewer: Corby





About the cover:

I think people die.


Anything else? 

There’s a big wave. It looks like people are gonna dive.



Dive! I wonder if the arcade’s open.


About the author photo:

He’s a boy. That’s all.