Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Vera!

Let's start with the awesome news I cruelly withheld from you yesterday.
PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ got a killer amazing insanely awesome STARRED review in Publishers Weekly yesterday.  Here it is--the whole damn thing, just because I like sharing. And it's Vera's birthday. Sharing with her is nice.
  Please Ignore Vera Dietz
A.S. King, Knopf, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-375-86586-2
Beginning with the funeral of Charlie Kahn, high school senior Vera's neighbor and former best friend, this chilling and darkly comedic novel offers a gradual unfolding of secrets about the troubled teenagers, their families, and their town. Though Charlie's death hangs heavily over Vera, she has the road ahead mapped out: pay her way through community college with her job delivering pizza while living "cheap" in her father's house. But first she has to face her fractured relationship with her father, a recovering alcoholic who worries about her drinking; the absence of her mother, who left six years earlier; and the knowledge that she could clear Charlie's suspected guilt in a crime. Vera is the primary narrator, though her father, Charlie (posthumously), and even the town's landmark pagoda contribute interludes as King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) shows how shame and silence can have risky--sometimes deadly--consequences. The book is deeply suspenseful and profoundly human as Vera, haunted by memories of Charlie and how their friendship disintegrated, struggles to find the courage to combat destructive forces, save herself, and bring justice to light. Ages 13–up. (Oct.)
The Plan:
Throughout the day, I will be posting links to guest blogs (DUDES. Vera and I get our numbers done by Linda Gerber. And it is UNCANNY how spot on they are.) and reviews. I was hoping to get my first contest up for a free book, but if you're looking ot enter a contest for a free book, you're going to have to check out yesterday's stop on the pizza Delivery Blog Tour, Carrie Jones's blog. Contest ends on Friday!

So here's the first batch of awesome links to awesome people and places:

"PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ would be a fantastic book club pick for teens or even mother daughter book clubs. There are so many relevant issues to today's teenagers that warrant further discussion including first love, peer pressure, drinking, drugs, grief, loss, secrets, and bullying. I think this novel is ideal for opening the lines of discussion on some very serious (yet very real) issues."
I chose to quote that line from Julie's review because I would LOVE to see VERA read in mother-daughter book clubs. In hindsight, I can say that maybe, that's the reason I wrote it. To get mothers, fathers, sons and daughters talking to each other about tough subjects that face teens every day. Thank you Julie, for such a lovely review!

A groovy blog from my local independent booksellers, Sam and Todd over at Aaron's Books.

A TEASER from Beth Fish Reads includes one of my favorite quotes from the book. Deny it all you want...but it's true. Change is as easy as you make it.

Catching up...a review from Chapter Chicks from last week:
"Quick Overview: Here is me using amazing in a sentence. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an amazing, thrilling book. Here is me using favorite in a sentence. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is probably one of my favorite books that I have read this year. And here is me using stupid in a sentence. If you don't pick it up, you're stupid."
[She's joking about the stupid part, but I thought it was funny, so I stuck it in there...]
Here is part two of a great list of books that release this week at Adventures in Children's Publishing. Includes a small interview in which I reveal the truth about the best perks in publishing.

MORE as the day goes on...and don't forget to ORDER YOUR COPY! Go here for links! Your best place to find Vera is your local independent bookstore. If you don't have one, online is the next best bet (indies do online too--did you know that?) and if you only have big chains nearby then call ahead to check for availability.

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