Ages 14 and up / Young Adult Fiction (short stories) / Big Mouth Press
Win a set of autographed copies of The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black for your book club
Enter to win by emailing Holly (write "KidsBookclubbing" in the
past ten years of my career, I have worked on The Modern Faerie Tale books, The
Spiderwick Chronicles, and The Good Neighbors, three series dealing with
faeries and folklore. But the dozen stories that make up my first
collection, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories gave me a chance to write
about lots of the other things I'm interested in.
within The Poison Eaters are stories of a vampire girl named Matilda who stops
herself from drinking blood by drinking booze; of Elienad, a werewolf boy who
is kept like a dog by his father; of Nikki, a girl living in a trailer park,
who challenges the devil to a competitive eating contest; as well as one story
set in the Modern Faerie Tale world, where Roiben walks into a coffee shop and
is drawn into a past he thought he'd long left behind. They were so
much fun to write and I hope they are equally fun to read.
about me or my books, please visit www.blackholly.com.
Praise for New York Times bestselling author Holly Black:
"Gritty, grim and fabulous, Holly Black is the master of dark magic and
- Author Tamora Pierce
"Holly Black is the Real Thing:
a gifted writer with a solid grounding in what matters. Her stories are dark and splendid
blooms rising from roots sunk deep in myth and tradition."
- Author Ellen Kusher
Discussion Questions for The Poison Eaters and Other Stories:
1. Why are teenage girls in fiction often attracted to immortal and dangerous fellows?
2. If you read on Craigslist that denizens of the netherworld were hanging out at a cafe in your town, would you go see?
3. Have you ever been to a competitive eating contest? Do you think the Black Widow is human or ... a denizen of the netherworld?
4. Eating and drinking are often dangerous in these stories (A Reversal of Fortune, The Night Market, In Vodka Veritas): do you think consuming these stories will change readers?
5. What about these stories do you think makes them YA?
Holly Black is happy to
call your book club. Email Holly Black to submit your request (write "Book Club
visit" in the subject line).
Ages 8 and up / Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction / HarperCollinsWin a set of RuneWarriors by James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker for your book club.
to win by emailing the authors
(write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
One day we
came across a book called The Poetic Edda, a collection of heroic Viking sagas. This, and the
many stories in The Prose Edda, completely captured our imaginations and we became
fascinated with the world of the Vikings, especially, their belief system, what is now known as Norse mythology. Thus, RuneWarriors was born. A series that follows the
epic adventures of 13-year-old Dane the Defiant and his many rowdy but lovable
friends. Encountering fantastic creatures, otherworldly beings, trolls, frost
giants and other perils, Dane's journey of adventure and self-discovery is told
with equal parts heart and irreverent humor.
with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we hope you enjoy the books!
Jennewein and Tom S. Parkerwww.runewarriors.nettwitter.com/runewarriors
Reviews for RuneWarriors:
perils and hilarious misadventures. A rollicking page-turner..."
rite-of-passage storytelling... will send shivers of anticipation down even the
most jaded middle-school spine..."
Suggestions for RuneWarriors:
For Sword of Doom:
uses the runes to tell fortunes. Would you like to know your exact
future, or would you rather be surprised?
you risk your life to save the life of your best friend? Would you do it to
save your worst enemy?
does the death of Dane's father do to Dane's character?
See the RuneWarriors website to listen
to the characters speak,
read a fun interview
with the authors and watch free
James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker are happy to
call your book club. Email the authors
to submit your request (write "Book Club
visit" in the subject line).
|Discussion Questions for Steel Trapp: The Academy Dear Reader,
Ages 10 -
12 / Middle-grade / Young Adult / Disney/Hyperion Win a set of Steel Trapp: The Academy by Ridley Pearson for your book club.
Enter to win by emailing Ridley Pearson
(write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
Hey, have you ever wondered what it
would be like have a photographic memory? To never, ever forget a single thing
you've said, or done, or others have said or done to you? It's a blessing
and curse, as it turns out for Steven "Steel" Trapp who finds himself
offered a place at a boarding school, only to realize it's no normal school.
Steel remembers the good stuff,
absolutely. But he also remembers the bad stuff, and worse, he remembers
things he would rather forget -- like other people's secrets. Torn between
misunderstood friendships and teachers he's not sure he can trust, he sneaks
around in the school's utility tunnels, popping up where he's least expected.
I attended a similar school (a long
time ago) and I discovered tunnels just like the ones Steel ends up in.
Come join me for the crawl of a lifetime. And bring a flashlight.
Thanks for reading!
Book Reviews for Steel Trapp: The Challenge
"Ridley Pearson has a list of
published books a mile long, so he obviously knows what he's doing with his
clever imagination. Steel Trapp: The Challenge has every ingredient needed to
serve up an exciting adventure. The pages turn with fast-paced action,
revealing the interlocking mysteries piece by piece. His characters offer a variety
of personalities -- from secretive FBI agents to ultra-intelligent teens, all
battling with right and wrong, and making choices. Pearson wraps up all the
ingredients with his sense-awakening descriptions that really bring the
surrounding scenery to life. Another winner from this bestselling,
- Kidsreads.com; reviewed by author Chris Shanley-Dillman
"This book is a definite winner!
Ridley Pearson is just incredible! I started off reading his wonderful
mysteries, then got hooked on the Peter Pan series -- the very best of his
stories in my opinion!!!! Because I love his writing, I purchased this book
too. I am so glad that I did... the story grabs you and keeps the action
coming! I couldn't put it down! Although geared to teens, the book is a great
read, no matter what your age. Enjoy! It really is worth reading! (Then try his
Peter Pan books -- WOW!)"
1. Did you know there really are
the farthest back you can remember? Are you sure it's a memory and not an
image from a photo you've seen or a story you've been told?
some memory games...
could forget one thing -- pretend it never happened, what would that be?
Read an excerpt or keep up with Ridley through his blog or Twitter.
Ridley Pearson is happy to
call your book club. Email Ridley to
submit your request.
Ages 8 to 12 / Middle Grade Fiction
/ Bloomsbury Children's Books
Win 7 copies of A Whole Nother
Story for your book
Enter to win by emailing Dr. Cuthbert Soup (write
"KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
A Whole Nother Story is my first book. First book I have written, that
is. Not to boast, but I have read
several books. So how did I go from
avid reader to published author?
The inspiration to write a book came one day as I was strolling through
my friendly neighborhood bookstore and noticed an empty slot on one of the
It occurred to me rather immediately
that someone needed to write something in order to fill that awful black hole
of booklessness between War and Peace and Wig Making for Dummies. The result was A Whole Nother Story and a very nice wig.
You can check out my wig, as well as
learn more about me and my novel at www.awholenotherbook.com. And if I may provide an unsolicited
opinion, I think you'll quite enjoy this book.
Dr. Cuthbert Soup
President, National Center of
Reviews for A Whole Nother
"A grand escapade centered around a
close family of smart, helpful, likable characters who run into all sorts of
oddball wanderers on the road and show plenty of inner stuff when push comes to
shove. . . . Great fun."
"Offbeat humor and wordplay by
narrator Dr. Cuthbert Soup propel this very kid-friendly novel. . . . The storytelling, which merges
deadpan narration with an absurdist sense of humor, is the real star of this
- Publishers Weekly
"This book is an exciting
and wonderful book. It's quite adventurous, hilarious and DEFINITELY
a page-turner. My favorite part? The WHOLE BOOK! This book is
- Kent, grade 6, Seattle, WA
Discussion questions for A
Whole Nother Story:
1. If you were on the run from evil villains, what would you
change your name to and where would you go?
2. What's the best (and worst) unsolicited advice you've given,
3. If you could time travel, where would you go and why would
you go there?
4. Who is your favorite character and
5. A Whole Nother Whole Nother Story is coming out in January 2011. What
do you hope will happen in the next installment of the Cheeseman's story?
Read an excerpt and Q&A at the A Whole Nother Book website.
Dr. Cuthbert Soup is happy to call or Skype with your club. Email Dr. Soup to submit your request (write "Book Club visit" in the subject line).
A maximum of 10 books is available for each book club giveaway.