I have a book coming out in May.

 

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I have a book coming out in May. It is called WE WERE LIARS. There will be a fancy pants cover REVEAL on Entertainment Weekly's website on November 1, and advance reader copies (ARCs) will be mailed out after that --  but before then my publisher had me sign about 100 manuscripts which were sent to top secret recipients.

Okay, they're not top secret. I just don't know who they were. So if you were one of them, tweet me and let me know!  

If you want to know more about We Were Liars, I answered questions on Twitter the other night so there are some clues there. Search hashtag #wewereliars and you can read the conversation.  

 


Monday May 20th, Books of Wonder.

Come join me and a great crowd of YA writers on Monday, May 20th at:

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Books of Wonder is thrilled to welcome 5 NY Times bestselling authors of exciting teen novels.

6pm Monday May 20th!

NY Times bestselling author MARGARET STOHL delivers Icons, the first book in a heart pounding series set in a haunting new world (and the inspiration for this event's name!)
NY Times bestselling author GAYLE FOREMAN unveils Just One Day, the first book in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels
NY Times bestselling author TONYA HURLEY gives us chills with The Blessed, the start to a haunting and captivating new trilogy
National Book Award finalist E. LOCKHART shares Real Live Boyfriends, the fourth hilarious episode of Ruby Oliver's high school career;
NY Times bestselling author BARRY LYGA presents Game, the sequel to his hit thriller I Hunt Killersand National Book Award finalist ELIOT SCHERFER shares Endanged, his harrowing tale of one girl's struggle to save a group of bonobos.

The authors will present their novels, answer questions and sign copies of all their titles.There will be light refreshments served.  

In other news, there is a cover for We Were Liars and I adore it hugely. They tell me they are blinging it up, which I think means the lettering will be puffy or embossed, so I don't have the image to share yet. But Squee. I love getting a cover and I will show it to you guys as soon as I can. 

I've just been in Portland for school visits and my new book for little kids, Water in the Park, came out this week. It's a Brooklyn book. A water book. A times of the day book. An inclusive, friendly, neighborhoody book with really cute babies and dogs drawn by Stephanie Graegin.  Details of our appearances this month are here, if you're local and have a little one.

Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day


Monday May 20th, Books of Wonder.

Come join me and a great crowd of YA writers on Monday, May 20th at:

YA Icons
Books of Wonder is thrilled to welcome 5 NY Times bestselling authors of exciting teen novels.

6pm Monday May 20th!

NY Times bestselling author MARGARET STOHL delivers Icons, the first book in a heart pounding series set in a haunting new world (and the inspiration for this event's name!)
NY Times bestselling author GAYLE FOREMAN unveils Just One Day, the first book in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels
NY Times bestselling author TONYA HURLEY gives us chills with The Blessed, the start to a haunting and captivating new trilogy
National Book Award finalist E. LOCKHART shares Real Live Boyfriends, the fourth hilarious episode of Ruby Oliver's high school career;
NY Times bestselling author BARRY LYGA presents Game, the sequel to his hit thriller I Hunt Killersand National Book Award finalist ELIOT SCHERFER shares Endanged, his harrowing tale of one girl's struggle to save a group of bonobos.

The authors will present their novels, answer questions and sign copies of all their titles.There will be light refreshments served.  

In other news, there is a cover for We Were Liars and I adore it hugely. They tell me they are blinging it up, which I think means the lettering will be puffy or embossed, so I don't have the image to share yet. But Squee. I love getting a cover and I will show it to you guys as soon as I can. 

I've just been in Portland for school visits and my new book for little kids, Water in the Park, came out this week. It's a Brooklyn book. A water book. A times of the day book. An inclusive, friendly, neighborhoody book with really cute babies and dogs drawn by Stephanie Graegin.  Details of our appearances this month are here, if you're local and have a little one.

Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day


National Book Award judge, VIDA and lalalalala

Hey there. 

I haven't blogged because I have been writing a novel for you guys. Seriously. It won't be out for a year yet, but I am doing final revisions on my first YA book in quite a while. It is called (if you haven't read this blog in a while) WE WERE LIARS. 

More about that later. Internet-wise I am on Twitter a lot more than on this blog, and on Pinterest as well. So come join me there if you miss me.

News of today: I am chairing the National Book Awards committee on young people's literature, together with the awesome librarian Lisa von Drasek from the Kerlan Library, the excellent novelists Cecil Castelluci and Deb Caletti, and the legendary bookseller Peter Glassman from Books of Wonder. You can read our bios and learn the judges in the other categories here

I think this will be a grand adventure. I've talked to a number of people who have been judges, including Daniel Ehrenhaft and Scott Westerfeld, and they said it was just an incredible experience to read so much and be forced to formulate an articulate what you think makes great literature.  

I've also joined the children's lit advisory committe for Vida, which is an organization for women in the literary arts. They do a great awareness-raising work like comparing the number of male and female writers interviewed by big-shot journals like The Paris Review. (It's approximately 15% women.) So go check them out. 

In other news, I went to Disneyland last week. I rode Splash Mountain and got crazy wet. I love that thing. It reminded me of the movie it was based on, which I haven't seen since my childhood. It's Disney's  Song of the South. No one watches it nowadays because it has some racist stereotypes that just ruin it, but a lot of it is the old folk tales of tricksters Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and Brer Fox -- and those are the guys you see in the ride, the animal characters up to no good. And that put me in mind of the wonderful Barry Moser-illustrated Jump! and Jump Over! by Van Dyke Parks. Here is a link to see those amazing pictures. You won't be sorry.

Tidbit: I wrote my college thesis on Barry Moser's illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 

That's all for now. Happy spring!

xo

 


Indonesian covers

Here are the Indonesian covers for The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book. Interesting, huh? As with the American paperbacks, Ruby takes off her glasses or pushes them up on her head.  They completely redesigned the look of the books for Treasure Map of Boys though. I'll show you when I have final art. 

I really like the little pengie on the back jacket of The Boy Book.

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So much going on!

So much is going on.

First, FOUR of my dear friends have new books out. Two of them came out TODAY. 

1. Lauren Myracle's Oopsy Daisy, book three in the Flower Power series that started with Luv Ya Bunches. The 9 year-olds I know (and I know many) devour this series, and Lauren is in top notch hysterical form.

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2. Jenn Lynn Barnes's Every Other Day. (How amazing is that cover?) It's about a girl who is a demon hunter -- but only every other day. Which causes some problems, yeah?  Jennifer is a master of supernatural suspense thriller type stuff, and you have to go read it.

3. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. I am a bit scared to read it because I know it will involve DEATH as well as lots of humor and I will cry huge unmanly tears. But he is one of my favorite writers ever so I will face the cancer and sob.

4. Melissa Kantor's The Darlings in Love. I read The Darlings and it is just so New York and so smart and sweet and full of insights about friendship and humanity. I've started the second and it's more of that, only with extra boys! I don't know what else you could want, honestly. 

In other news, I am blogging while eating spearming jelly candies, just like Roo does. Also, the paperback of REAL LIVE BOYFRIENDS is in stores now, as of two weeks ago. Now you can get a complete set of matcng Ruby books, if you like matching things. All the paperbacks go together (unlike the hardcovers). 

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Also, how wonderful is this photo of Doctor Seuss, Judy Blume and Maurice Sendak? You don't need to tell me. I know!  Via Blume on twitter via Maria T. Lambert.

Also, Toys Come Home (written as Emily Jenkins) was a Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the year. So I am quite pleased about that. And if you need more convincing to buy this book for the 4-10 year-old in your life, here is the School Library Journal blog post that made my head explode

Also, are you following me on Twitter? Because I am a much worse blogger than I used to be, but really not bad at the tweeting business, if I do say so myself. 

Happy reading.

xo


Holiday Personalized Books Reminder

Happy Holidays.

Reminder: If you want to give a book to your teenager with a note from me in it, plus an autograph, a free bookmark and free gift wrap, you can order such a thing online here and support a great indie bookshop, WORD BROOKLYN. Guaranteed holiday shipping. Order by Dec 14.

Here are all the details.

I will write whatever crazy thing you want me to write!  

Another reminder: The paperback of Real Live Boyfriends (book four, Ruby Oliver quartet) releases December 28th. Just in time for Christmas and Hannukah to be OVER. But whatever. I don't control these things.

Last, I want to share this picture, drawn by Caldecott medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, who illustrated Toys Come Home (fresh on shelves now) and Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party. 

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It's a never-before and never-again illustrated picture of the scene from Toys Come Home where Lumphy and StingRay discuss vomit. (Lumphy is nauseated.) Paul drew it while were on tour, and I love it so much.

 


Cheapy cheap eBook! How to Be Bad.

How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle: NOOK Book Cover

Cheapy cheap eBook!

Now for a SHORT time, my novel How to Be Bad is only $1.99 in eBook format from BN.  
Edited to add: Also on ITunes, same great price.  And Books-a-Million, same dealie

Edited again to add: Finally, on Kindle, too!  Plus, don't forget you can buy it through an independent bookshop, too. I love Tattered Cover and you can buy it from their online shop. Likewise, Keplers. And Mrs. Nelson's. All same super great price.

About How to Be Bad:
If you like Frankie, you'll like Vicks. Promise. She's a kick-butt younger sister of like, six older brothers (could be five, I can't remember) -- who takes off with her two best friends on a Florida road trip to hunt down a guy who's doing her wrong.  

I co-wrote this book with Sarah Mlynowski & Lauren Myracle. How to Be Bad is three times the fun, cause it's all three of us together!  Yippee!  

Cheesy to say, I know. But true!

Sarah's new book is Ten Things We Did, and Lauren's new one is Shine.

Ten Things is hilarious and RACY and all about what happens when two girls are living alone without parents for junior year of high school. Shine is southern gothic -- a stunning, disturbing mystery about a horrific hate crime and the way it affects the victim's oldest friend. And lookie! Here is a video we made together about the book! It has ridiculous footage of our tour hijinks, also.

Anyway, here's that linkie to the eBook again. $1.99.


A Post of Many Things

A couple to catch you all up on. I will make a list!

1. My book Invisible Inkling (published as Emily Jenkins) got gushed over in Booklist and The Horn Book, so this bit is from The Department of Self-Aggrandizement.  

"With a mix of wild humor, fantasy, and sadness, this series starter offers a moving story about defeating bullies...what will pull readers most is the everyday realism." -- Booklist

"...hilarious and heartwarming. This would be a perfect choice for an early school year read-aloud: straightforward, zippy plot, likable characters, and believable family."  -- The Horn Book

2. Did you know Invisible Inkling is out on Audio? Narrated by the very funny Michael Goldstrom (who also did Gutman's The Genius Files). He gives Inkling a vaguely Indian accent! (I was surprised.) It's a really lovely production. 

3. My pal Andrew Cotto, who is super smart and an excellent writer, has a new book for teens: The Domino Effect. It's about a kid who's had it tough in Queens and his coming of age at Hamden Academy.

4. If you're not following me on Twitter you are missing  pygmy hedghogs, the great #YASAVES arguments, cat pee and more!  

5. Oh dear. My battery is at 12%. My editor is supposed to call me five minutes ago (Hi Donna), and the dude behind the coffee-shop counter is giving me the evil eye cause I have been here so long. I probably have a gazillion more things I should blog about but for now I will sign off. 

Happy Weekend!

E.