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Some Stuff I've been up to

Some stuff I've been up to lately that I thought I'd share: 

1. Candyfreak. A great book by Steven Almond that will make you need a five star chocolate bar immediately. 

2.  The Cake Mix Doctor. She is a very helpful doctor, this doctor. I made peppermint chocolate cake. 

3.  The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company. We got invisibility potion. Also bitchin' glasses.

4. Parties and Potions by my friend Sarah Mlynowski -- just came out like two days ago.  My favorite of the series.

5. Watching Eartha Kitt videos. This one, which I got from YA novelist Cecil Castelluci, is unbelievably great. Amazingness!

6. Power Thirst.  I am the last person on the planet to watch this video, I think. But just in case I'm not, here it is.

Is that enough for you? 

7. More Cookie Monster and and Martha Stewart (I posted a different one before). She ties him up!  He says "please lady, don't make me beg."  It is made of excellence. 

Have a great day!  And thank you for all your nice comments about the Treasure Map cover! 

The Treasure Map of Boys

I'm in a coffee shop writing:  I have officially begun writing the fourth Ruby Oliver book, entitled (maybe) Real Live Boyfriends. It's frigid outside. I have tea and a bran muffin. A bunch of writerly types are looking at their laptops nearby, sittin gon old printed couches. The espresso machine is whirring in the background. 

I have a good job.

And since it's snowing, it seems like a really great time to show you the cover for the THIRD Roo book, The Treasure Map of Boys:
book cover

In stores, July 28, 2009. 

I LOVE THIS COVER.  There are marshmallow snow men in the book. And metaporical snow men,too.

Here's the official flap copy:

Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what’s more: 
Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already-sucky reputation is heading downhill. 
Not only that, she’s also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love—if such a thing exists.

Later on, I'll post excerpts and maybe have an ARC giveaway. 

Oh, yes, and the dress!

Oh, I found another photo on the NBA site that will show you my dress! Which was gold.

(If you go to the site, you will see all the photos of the amazing people who were there, none of w whom I met. Like Steven Pinker. Gail Godwin. John Irving. Erica Jong. Eric Bogosian. Anna Wintour. Joan Didion. Candace Bushnell. Stephen Daldry. )
Still. I breathed the air with them, yeah?


Auditie! van Lockhart, E. bestel je bij Knowington 
Dramarama is out in Dutch!  Here's the gorgeous cover. It's called Auditie.  
Here, also is the Babelfish translation of the jacket copy, edited for clairty -- but not much: 

Sarah  lives in a village where little happens. With its new friend Demi she does audition for a theatre course on the Wildewood academy. If them Demi met (a boy who sings and dances) becomes friends -- immediately deep with him. At last a related soul! 
Together they do audition for a summer theatre course on the Wildewood academy; both are invited! It becomes a summer full adventure: song, dancing, competition, friendships, first loves and jealousy vary themselves in a rapid speed. The smoothly written tale with much feeling, humour and eye for details are told. ...The author has several titles of teenager books on its name stands, such as ' The miraculous day that I could and see hear everything in jongenskleedkamer' *.

For  teenagers who love a book which cannot be missed! Idols and Popstars As from approx. 12 years.

What to buy your boyfriend; what to buy your teenagers: holiday gifts!

As I promised, holiday shopping ideas for your teen and also for your BOYFRIEND, since this blog tends to get a tremendous number of hits for searches on gifts for boyfriends, thanks to the passage in The Boyfriend List all about the horrible presents Jackson gives Roo when they're dating

And now:


For the ardent reader:
The Spellbook of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Eleanor Updale

For the reader who wants a funny escape:
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

For the too-cool guy: 
The Spectacular Now, by Tim Tharp

For younger readers who like action and girly stuff combined:
I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
The Squad by Jennifer Barnes

BOOKS AND OTHER STUFF FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND, assuming he is a young type of boyfriend, and the budget is not enormous -- I recommend:

An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green -- now in paperback.

Midnighters, The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld. 

More later. If I'm in a shoppy mood. Maybe picture books? 


PS From the Department of Self-Aggrandizement (but also helpful in your holiday shopping!)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is on two more best-of-year lists:

School LIbrary Journal  (I'm on there a second time as well if you can spot me)