FALLS THE SHADOW by Stefanie Gaither

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Today the Class of 2k14 celebrates another book birthday! If you want to read up on all of the books from the Class of 2k14, head on over to our official site. Lots of good stuff going on over there.

Congratulations to Stefanie Gaither on the debut of FALLS THE SHADOW!

About the book:

In a near-future world, a sixteen year old girl must decide what she believes and who to trust when her sister’s clone is accused of murder.

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister died. Two hours after the funeral, they picked up Violet’s replacement, and it was like nothing had ever happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality— by cloning them at birth. Which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same laugh. That same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

Or at least, that’s what the paparazzi and the crazy anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that, though. She’s used to defending her sister too—against mean girls, against paparazzi, and now, if necessary, against these dangerous rumors. But then Violet vanishes, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to staggering secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.

FALLS THE SHADOW is published by Simon and Schuster.

About Stefanie:

After owning and co-managing a coffee shop for several years while simultaneously earning her B.A. in English, Stefanie Gaither left the small business world behind to focus on her author career instead. Now, in addition to penning YA novels, she also works part-time as a copywriter for an advertising agency. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and an incredibly spoiled Shih Tzu.

Visit her online at www.stefaniegaither.com.

 

Where to buy the book:

IndieBound
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

10 Tips for a Happier Life

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10 Tips 4Everyone has an opinion, right? Everyone has advice? Well, I’ve been on this planet for more than a few years, now and I’ve got an idea or ten for ways to make this life a more satisfying ride. Take ‘em or leave ‘em. They work for me. Maybe they’ll work for you.

Here we go.

10 Tips for a Happier Life

  1. Believe in something greater than yourself.
  2. Speak less. Listen more.
  3. There are givers and there are takers. Be a giver.
  4. Don’t believe those who tell you you can’t.
  5. That thing that lights you up? Do that.
  6. Stop making excuses.
  7. Be too busy for people who don’t treat you well.
  8. Forgive. For your sake as well as theirs.
  9. When you feel crummy, do something nice for someone you don’t know.
  10. Every now and then, stop staring at screens and stare at the stars. The universe is vast and deep. Consider your place in it and respond accordingly.

Peace out.

FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang

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Today the Class of 2k14 celebrates another book birthday! If you want to read up on all of the books from the Class of 2k14, head on over to our official site. Lots of good stuff going on over there.

Congratulations to Amy Zhang on the debut of FALLING INTO PLACE!

About the book:

She was a little girl who wanted to be a hero, and the world turned her into a tragedy.

So far, Liz Emerson’s attempt at life has been somewhat catastrophic. She spreads rumors, she drinks, and she has a particular talent for ruining lives. And since the only way she knows how to stop is by ending her own, she crashes her car and makes it look look like an accident, certain that she’ll die and be forgotten.

Except. She can’t even do that right.

Narrated by Liz’s childhood imaginary friend as she watches over the broken and unconscious Liz, FALLING INTO PLACE tells their story in terms of countdowns, regrets, and Newton’s Laws of Motion.

FALLING INTO PLACE is published by Greenwillow Books.

About Amy:

Amy Zhang used to have lots of imaginary friends. When people told her to grow up, she turned her imaginary friends into characters and started telling their stories. When she isn’t writing, she can be found playing piano, hitting balls on the tennis court, or struggling through her weekly existential crisis. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

Visit Amy at http://amyzhangwrites.com/.

 

Where to buy the book:

Amazon

WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS by Kate Bassett

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Today the Class of 2k14 celebrates another book birthday! If you want to read up on all of the books from the Class of 2k14, head on over to our official site. Lots of good stuff going on over there.

Congratulations to Kate Bassett on the debut of WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS!

About the book:

365 days ago, Anna O’Mally stopped writing, caused a death, and stole the identity of a 1970s punk rock poet, but now, family secrets and a new friend make her question if words like life, love, art, and truth can be redefined.

Anna O’Mally doesn’t believe in the five stages of grief. Her way of dealing with death equates to daily bouts of coffin yoga and fake-tattooing Patti Smith quotes onto her arms. Once a talented writer, Anna no longer believes words matter, until shocking discoveries– in the form of origami cranes– force her to redefine family and love.

As Anna goes in search of the truth, she discovers that while every story, every human being, has a last line, it might still be possible to find the words for a new beginning.

WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS is published by Flux.

About Kate:

Kate Bassett grew up on a healthy dose of dirty brown rivers, loud music, and good poetry. She now lives in northern Michigan with her husband, three kids and one very old dog, and serves as the editor of her small town’s newspaper, where she gets to write about everything from creativity in schools to pet pig obituaries.

Visit Kate at www.katebassettbooks.com.

 

Where to buy the book:

Amazon

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES by Lauren Magaziner

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Today the Class of 2k14 celebrates another book birthday! If you want to read up on all of the books from the Class of 2k14, head on over to our official site. Lots of good stuff going on over there.

Congratulations to Lauren Magaziner on the debut of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES!

About the book:

Roald Dahl meets Eva Ibbotson in this hilarious middle grade debut perfect for reading aloud!

Rupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but Rupert’s mother forbids him from even looking at that part of town. The closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert’s classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch’s apprentice, Rupert simply can’t resist applying.

But Witchling Two isn’t exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She’s determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling’s magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting—and fast!

The Only Thing Worse than Witches is published by Dial.

About Lauren:

Lauren Magaziner is a recent graduate of Hamilton College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works in children’s publishing. Find her online at http://laurenmagaziner.com.

 

Where to buy the book:

Amazon
IndieBound
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository