Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Totally Rocks.

On one hand, I could be sad about how there are no shoes in the world for me. And how I've shrunk out of all my pants. Of course that would be silly. I'm happy that I shrunk out of all my pants and I don't care about shoes. Here's what I care about on this totally rocking Monday:

1. EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS got a starred review in Publishers Weekly today. I got the email from my editor while trying to find shoes. (This was before I realized that there are no shoes in the world for me right now. It's okay. I'm patient.) Here it is:
Reality is a flexible thing in this offbeat and thought-provoking coming-of-age story from Printz Honor–winner King (Please Ignore Vera Dietz). Lucky Linderman, 15, has been the target of bullying by a classmate, Nader, and after a particularly brutal attack by him, Lucky leaves Pennsylvania for Arizona with his mother, who is fed up with her marriage. Staying with his uncle and pill-popping aunt is anything but a peaceful vacation, but when Lucky meets 17-year-old Ginny, a reluctant model, her strong will and courage make Lucky realize that it’s time to stand up for himself. The gravity of the issues King addresses—bullying, marital difficulties, the lack of closure regarding Lucky’s grandfather, an MIA soldier who has been gone for decades—are thrown into high relief by surreal elements interwoven throughout, most notably Lucky’s dreams, which bleed into reality in intriguing ways as he attempts to rescue his grandfather and others, and a Greek chorus of ants Lucky sees, which adds welcome doses of humor and pathos. It’s a smart, funny, and passionate novel that embodies the idea that “It Gets Better”—when you take action.
2. I got to read an AWESOME ARC of an AWESOME BOOK. Get ready to buy BOY 21 by Matthew Quick in March 2012. I loved it.

3. I discovered EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS is a bestseller at my awesome independent bookstore, Aaron's Books in Lititz, PA.

4. I just had a lovely two weeks with my mother-in-law, who came from Ireland expressly to beat me in Scrabble, but I didn't let her. (Kidding. We never played Scrabble before. And I got lucky twice on a triple word score, so without that, she would have totally won.) She goes home today, which makes us all a little sad, but considering she came in on the day our basement flooded, we kinda have some stuff to do now because there are carpets on my front porch that stink.

5. I am heading to one of my favorite places tomorrow: NAIBA. You ask: WTF is NAIBA? It's the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's annual conference. It's in Atlantic City. If you're going, too, then come find me. I'll most likely be wearing an Indiebound t-shirt because that's how I roll.

6. IT'S ONLY TWO WEEKS UNTIL ANTS IS OFFICIALLY OUT!

7. I am getting STOKED for the double launch party fun! Are you coming to the east coast launch at Exeter Community Library?  If so, do NOT forget to register! Please call 610-406-9431 or email sxtchild@berks.lib.pa.us to register. Are you coming to the southwest launch party at Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe, AZ? If so, I can't wait to see you!

8. Hmm. Why else does Monday totally rock?

9. I'm almost done with ASK THE PASSENGERS.

10. Ah yes! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This brings us back to the awesome Emer Morrisey and makes us want to scream, "AAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!" Remember: There's only one eye in pirate. (Yes, you can get that on a t-shirt.)

Hope you had a great Monday too. If so, tell me why in the comment area. Don't forget, only two more days to win the last ARC of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS at Goodreads:

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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants

by A.S. King

Giveaway ends September 21, 2011.
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3 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

I'm glad I am not the only one who had an excellent Monday!

Karoline said...

I had a nice monday myself. It didnt happen much, but I bought tickets to an event at the cinema two weeks from now and I managed to buy breakfast and dinners for a week without spending very much money so thats good. And I felt very piratey ;) Aye matey!

A.S. King said...

Great to hear you both had awesome Mondays too. My Monday got even better after this blog post. :)