“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer spice

Need some new reads to spice up your summer?  Looking to meet some new authors and possibly win free books?  This week's KidsBuzz introduces you to some new authors and one you might know from The Picnic Basket:

Mitali Perkins (@mitaliperkins) says this about her just-released novel BAMBOO PEOPLE, for kids 11-14: "I hope this novel opens a window into modern-day Burma while mirroring the power of courage and compassion. That's why I was thrilled when Publishers Weekly starred it as "a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship." 

"He spends a lot of time looking out the window," read one of my seventh grade report cards," says author Robert L.Forbes.  " I still do.  And I have a feeling I'm not alone. (I wonder if my favorites Silverstein, Gorey, Nash, and Lear didn't spend time daydreaming by the window a bit?)."  Find out more and get a chance to win a signed copy of this collection of poetry for kids of all ages, illustrated by New Yorker artist Ronald Searle.

Author Sarah Albee (@sarahalbee) asks readers, "Ever wonder how a knight in armor went to the bathroom? What about a lady wearing a hoop dress as wide as your teacher's desk? How does an astronaut "go"?"  She knows that kids are curious and includes all sorts of disgusting facts and more in POOP HAPPENED!  A HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM THE BOTTOM UP, for children ages 8 and up.

Sandra Alonzo (@sandyalonzo) tells us that her "unique YA novel is written in journal format in the voice of Yancy Aparicio, a 15 year old boy who runs away on his horse to escape his mentally disturbed brother. The story is partly told through illustrations and comic panels, drawn by Nathan Huang, a fabulous illustrator. Kids are connecting to Riding Invisible because it's a fast read and pretty much 'speaks' to them through the contemporary format, language, subject matter, and very cool art."  

So drop by KidsBuzzThere's still time to enter to win free books and arrange for the authors to speak with your classes, book groups, and more.

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