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Laurie Stolarz takes the Fly Survey

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Happy Halloween!
I have the PERFECT Halloween guest today: Laurie Stolarz, who wrote the Blue is for Nightmares series -- now available in a boxed set.

Laurie grew up in Salem, and I don't know if that influenced her supernatural imagination or what, but the series is about a girl whose persistent nightmares predict real-life horrors. Together the books have sold over 250,000 copies.

BLEED is equally eerie: it's ten interlocked short stories. Like these: Over the course of a single day, the lives of ten teenagers intersect.Among them are Nicole, whose decision to betray her best friend will shock everyone, most of all herself; Kelly, who meets the convicted felon she’s been writing to for years; and Maria, whose definition of a true friend is someone who will cut her. Derik discovers his usual good looks and charm won’t help him get the girl he really wants, while Joy, a fifteen year old waitress, hoping for true intimacy, narrowly escapes a very dark fate.

Here is Laurie's boyfriend list from last time. And her blog. And here's her Fly survey! (If you don't know already -- Fly on the Wall is about a girl who's obsessed with Spiderman. And then she kind of becomes a superhero. But only only kind of.)
Laurie's Fly Survey even includes CANDY and CATS. Very Halloween-esque.

Be safe tonight!

-E

The Fly on the Wall Survey
questions by me, answers by Laurie Stolarz

1) If you could be a fly on the wall somewhere, anywhere – where? I’d love to be a fly on the wall in TomKat’s mansion. Honestly, what’s the deal? Is Tom really that weird? Is Katie really that brainwashed? Or, are they just fabulously happy? Enquiring minds want to know.

2) If you could have one superpower, what? The ability to be invisible. It’d be very convenient to be able to shop in my pj’s or go out in a mud mask and not worry about getting weird stares. I’d also be able to eavesdrop on whomever I wanted.

3) What is your superhero name? Why? Yoga Girl, able to down dog, Chataranga, and drop crane in a single sun salutation.

4) Who is your favorite superhero? Wonderwoman. When I was little I wanted to be her - who else can use their accessories in defense?

5) Favorite non-super hero? My mom.

6) Recommend us a superhero movie. Superman. Who doesn’t love Clark Kent?

7) If you could turn in to any animal, what? Why? A cat – my cat. She’s a princess and treated that way.

8) Comic books? As a kid, I used to love collecting and reading Bazooka Joe bubble gum wrappers.


November 1, Reading NYPL

A reminder: I'll be reading at NYPL Jefferson Market branch in Manhattan on November 1, along with a great crew of other teen authors. All details below.
Please come!! It's free!


November 1, 2006
Teen Author Reading Night, David Levithan hosts

WHO:
E. Lockhart (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book)
Jordan Sonnenblick (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, etc.)
Natasha Friend (Lush, Perfect)
Micol Ostow (30 Guys in 30 Days, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa)
Blake Nelson (Prom Anonymous, Girl etc.)
and Natalie Standiford (The Dating Game, Elle Woods)
WHERE: New York Public Library, Jefferson Market branch (that's on 6th around 12th, the thing that looks like a church)
WHEN: 6 pm


Popular Paperback Nominees -- Humor

The ALA popular paperback nominations list is up (click here for all the full lists). Here are some (not all), in the category of HUMOR, that I haven't much mentioned on this blog and which I think might interest my readers -- so go buy yourself some cheap good reads!

It's bold if I've read it and recommend it.

Douglas, Lola. True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet. 2006. Razorbill, $6.99 (1-59514-093-X).

Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair. 2003. Penguin, $14.00 (0-14-200180-5).


Gaiman, Neil and Terry Pratchett. Good Omens: the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. 2006. HarperTorch, $7.99 (0-06-085398-0).

Jones, Diana Wynne. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. 2006. Puffin, $9.99 (0-14-240722-4).

Juby, Susan. Alice, I Think. 2004. HarperTempest, $7.99 (0-06-051545-7).

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs. 2000. Hyperion, $5.99 (0-7868-1601-5).

Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle. 2004. Hyperion, $5.99 (0-7868-0919-1).

Limb, Sue. Girl, 15, Charming but Insane. 2005. Delacorte, $8.95 (0-385-73215-5).


Mlynowski, Sarah. Bras & Broomsticks. 2005. Delacorte, $8.96 (0-385-73184-1).

Nissel, Angela. Mixed: My Life in Black and White. 2006. Villard, $12.95. (0-345-48114-3).

Rees, Douglas. Vampire High. 2005. Laurel Leaf, $5.00 (0-440-23834-X).

Riley, Andy. The Book of Bunny Suicides. 2003. Penguin, $10.00. (0-452-28518-6).

Sedaris, David. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. 2005. Back Bay Books, $14.95. (0-3160-1079-0). (this is an ADULT title)

Shusterman, Neil. The Schwa Was Here. 2006. Puffin, $5.99.

Spradlin, Michael P. Spy Goddess, Book One: Live and Let Shop. 2006. Avon, $5.99. (0-06-059409-8).

Townsend, Sue. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4. 1982. Harper Tempest, $6.99. (0-06-053399-4).

Vizzini, Ned. Be More Chill. 2005. Miramax, $7.99. (0-7868-0996-5).

Yoo, David. Girls for Breakfast. 2006. Laurel Leaf, $5.99. (0-440-23883-8).


Cybils

The Cybils awards are new -- the children's and YA book weblog community banded together to create a group of awards for best books of the year. They invite nominations from the public IN THE COMMENTS of this website. Anyone can nominate ONE title in each category. And duplications carry no weight, so if a title you love has been nominated, don't bother re-nominating it -- nominate another you love!

My YA book nomination: The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriraty. That other book that was also my favorite this year was already nominated. And Bindy rocks extremely hard.


Reading, NYPL November 1

So. As I've told you before. THere's this thing called TEEN AUTHOR DRINKS NIGHT. It involves authors who write for teens drinking, NOT teens who are authors drinking.

We imbibe some liquids in a responsible fashion, and talk shop. It's super fun. And so many of us have Fall books, David Levithan (his fall book is Wide Awake) thought we should have a night where we read our stuff to the public.

There were so many of us, we had to have TWO! The first one was in early October, but the second is on November 1. It is a way way cool crew of people and the I'm pleased to be part of it, reading from The Boy Book.

Please come!! It's free!


November 1, 2006
Teen Author Reading Night, David Levithan hosts

WHO:
E. Lockhart (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book)
Jordan Sonnenblick (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, etc.)
Natasha Friend (Lush, Perfect)
Micol Ostow (30 Guys in 30 Days, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa)
Blake Nelson (Prom Anonymous, Girl etc.)
and Natalie Standiford (The Dating Game, Elle Woods)
WHERE: New York Public Library, Jefferson Market branch (that's on 6th around 12th, the thing that looks like a church)
WHEN: 6 pm