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Sunday, May 22, 2011

What a wonderful way to start my vacation :)

This might be the only post I manage to write this week, I'm on vacation and attending BEA (see 'sticky note' above :)


Today I was lucky enough to have the chance to meet with 6 members of the Class of 2K11 and I just need to share.

Thank you so much, Gae Polisner, Amy Fellner Dominy, Christina Mandelski, Geoff Herbach, Bettina Restrepo, and Alissa Grosso for a wonderful event!

I especially loved hearing each author read a few pages from their debut books. Their characters now have a voice in my head which is awesome!

The Huntington Public Library, where the event was held, was a beautiful place and the authors filled the room to the brim.

I was too busy going fangirl gaga to take any pictures so I'll leave you with all their pretty books :)

The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
May 10, 2011 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.
Characters you’ll want to become friends with and a narrative voice that sparkles with wit make this a truly original coming-of-age story. (from Goodreads)

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
May 10, 2011 from Walker & Company
Jewish girl. Christian camp. Holy moly.
Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument. So when she gets accepted to the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, she's sure that if she wins the final tournament, it'll be her ticket to a scholarship to the best speech school in the country. Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot-literally. His name is Devon and, whether she likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle. Luckily she's confident enough to take on the challenge-until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship's benefactor has negative feelings toward Jews. Will hiding her true identity and heritage be worth a shot at her dream?
Debut author Amy Fellner Dominy mixes sweet romance, surprising secrets, and even some matzo ball soup to cook up a funny yet heartfelt story about an outspoken girl who must learn to speak out for herself. (from Goodreads)

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
May 10, 2011 from EgmontUSA
In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she's decorating a cake. Unfortunately everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable.
But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems - only her dad's about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed.
Using just the right amount of romance, family drama, and cute boys, The Sweetest Thing will entice fans with its perfect mixture of girl-friendly ingredients. (from Goodreads)

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
June 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks
Fifteen-year-old Felton Reinstein has always been on the smallish side, but in his sophomore year he starts growing...and growing.
During gym one day he smokes the football jocks in a 600-yard race. Felton has never been interested in sports, but there's no doubt-he is "stupid fast." As he juggles his newfound athletic prowess, his mom's sudden depression, an annoying little brother, and his first love, he discovers a shocking secret about his past which explains why he's turning out the way he is. (from Goodreads)

Illegal by Bettina Restrepo
March 8, 2011 from Katherine Tegan Books
A promise.
A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . .
Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waiting for her father's return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceañera.
Bettina Restrepo's gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl's unique yet universal immigrant experience. (from Goodreads)

Popular by Alissa Grosso
May 8, 2011 from Llewellyn
Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by über-popular Hamilton Best. You know you're "in" when you make the guest list for one of Hamilton's parties. And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by Hamilton.
But Hamilton's elite entourage is coming apart at the seams. Olivia fantasizes about finally having a boyfriend, Zelda dreams of ditching high school, Nordica wants to be alone with her photography, and Shelly's plotting to dethrone Hamilton. Lies and secrets are ripping away the careful ties that have kept them together for years. But Hamilton has the biggest secret of all, one that only her boyfriend Alex knows. If the truth got out, it would shock everyone and destroy Hamilton's fragile world—and she'll do anything to protect her secret and keep her clique together. (from Goodreads)


  1. I didn't know you were going to be at the BEA. I also in NYC for that. Are you going to the BBC on Friday as well? I am and I hope to see you there or at the BEA!

    I arrived in NYC on Thursday and have been having a great time. It is my first time here.

  2. Sorry, the above comment was from Teddy. I was some how signed in Blogger as my husband, LOL! See you at the BEA!

  3. It was really awesome to have you there, Emily! Hope to see you again during the week.


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