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Random Buzzers

Beginning Monday I'll answer ANY QUESTION YOU HAVE over at Random Buzzers. Actually, you can post questions now. The answering will just begin Monday.

Not only that, "Ruby Oliver" will answer your questions too.  I am dying to see what you all ask her.

To participate, just go to "join" at Random Buzzers, give them your email addy, 
and then click on the link to go to my message board -- also accessible from the home page.  
I'll be there until 7/10!
Stop by.


Michael Jackson

Could Michael Jackson have moved like that if it weren't for Bob Fosse before him? I don't think so.  
He's lipsynching, I'm pretty sure. But it's still made of awesome.
He may or may not have been a monster, but I am sad he won't perform anymore. The music meant a lot to me.
Thanks fo Lisa McCltachy for the link. She books all my school visits!


Apologies for the technical malfunctioning of the blog. Fixing it involves me dealing with HTML and my brain is exploding from it. Hopefully will be up and running in a more normal fashion soon.


P.S. Have you all read Jellicoe Road?  read it read it!

Attn: Lit bloggers

Are you a YA book blogger? 
If you are, and you'd like to have an ARC of The Treasure Map of Boys (in stores July 25th) my publisher wants to send you one!

You're under no obligation to blog about it.
You're under no obligation to say you like it. 
They just want the extra ARCs in the hands of people who care about YA books and talk about them on the internet.

Alas: this is only an offer to AMERICAN bloggers, because my publisher is unable to ship internationally.

The Treasure Map of Boys is the third in my series of Ruby Oliver books. The first two are The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, both out in paperback. The Treasure Map will be a lot more enjoyable if you've read the first two. 

What to do:  
Between now and June 20th, send an email to me at elockhart @  Give your name, snail mail address, and the URL of your blog. 
I'll forward everything to Random House PR, and they'll send you an ARC. 



Just came back from my college reunion. I went to Vassar.

Back in 2006, I wrote this post. It details all the YA writers I knew about then who went there for school. Eight people, including me. 
Which is quite a lot! 

Then today, on twitter, I promised a  ARC of the upcoming THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS to the first person who could name four YA writers who'd gone there.
I got a ton of responses!  

Here is the list I have compiled. 
By the way:  I haven't vetted it!! In other words, this is the kind of thing that will get you in trouble if you cite it because all kinds of random misinformation is posted on the internet and this is probably just exactly that!!

But this is what people said, and I did check Jane Smiley and Curtis Sittenfeld, because I was curious.
Some of them are not precisely YA writers but their work appeals to young readers.  (Smiley has a YA book coming out next year, in case you think she's a mistake).  

The first eight are my original list.

1. me
2. Scott Westerfeld  
3  Cassandra Clare  
4. Lisa Papademetriou 
5. Dana Reinhardt  
6. Carolyn Mackler
7. Mariah Fredericks 
8. Aimee Friedman 

9. Melissa Walker

10. Megan Crane

11. Curtis Sittenfeld

12. Nancy Means Wright

13. Amy Kwei

14. Janet McDonald

15. Indira Genesan

16. Jeff Carney

17. Ester Friesner

18. Victoria Strauss

19. Elizabeth Williams Champney 

20. Jean Webster

21. Meghan Daum

22. Katherine Center

23. Jane Smiley

And if we're counting Meghan Daum and Curtis Sittenfeld, I think we might add

24. Thomas Beller

Strange, eh? 
If you know of others -- put it in the comments!  

Edited to add: 25. E.R. Frank



(warning: spoilers if you haven't read The Boy Book)

"Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, lovable, and painfully believable heroine of two previous volumes (The Boyfriend List, 2005, and The Boy Book, 2006), returns. The relative stability gained in The Boy Book is fleeting: Ruby’s crushing on Noel but can’t admit it as Nora likes him, and her now-single ex, Jackson, is leaving her notes. What’s a girl to do? Run the best bake sale ever (while defying expectations and tradition), experience some panic attacks and slowly but surely come closer to figuring it all out, with some mistakes and lots of help from awesome friends. Replete with wordplay, footnotes and excerpts from The Girl Book (Ruby’s latest endeavor) as well as lists (“Movies in which a makeover facilitates love”) and lots of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a worthy follow-up for fans. Newcomers will be better served by starting with the equally fantastic earlier entries. Ruby is smart, confused and often foolish when it comes to love; few characters ring this true. As Ruby would say: complete and utter deliciousness. (Fiction. 13 & up)  -- Kirkus Reviews

The Department of Self-Aggrandizement thanks you for your attention to the above review, and hopes you will remember that the book will be in stores July 25th. 


BEA pic

Snagged off Sarah Dessen's blog, a pic of Ally Carter, Sarah Dessen, me and Sara Zarr at the Children's Book Auction party at BEA.  We were a symphony of black, white and teal. 

Our new books (coming out between July and October):
Ally:  Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover
Sarah:  Along for the Ride
me: The Treasure Map of Boys
Sara: Once Was Lost