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Hello, my name is Amy, and I am a shmoopy book blubberer

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While at the Tucson Festival of Books, I participated in “A Book I Love”, a segment of Mark McLemore’s Arizona Spotlight. Basically, you choose a book you love and talk about it for a couple of minutes. Pretty cool, right?

I chose The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, one of my all time favorite books EVER.

The only thing is, I’m a weepy goober who can’t actually talk about The Book Thief without crying.

I should have known better. I mean, I could have talked about any number of books. There are so many incredible books out there. But whenever someone asks me, “What’s the best book you’ve read lately?” I always return to The Book Thief. So during my two minutes, I talked about The Book Thief…and I cried like a shmoopy blubberer.

Sigh.

Those who know me well are nodding their heads. They’re used to me getting verklempt.

There is an upside. When I played the segment for my daughter, she buried her face in her hands and said, “You are so embarrassing.” There are few things in life as satisfying as embarrassing your tween daughter.

Maybe there’s another upside as well. Perhaps my genuine, emotional reaction to this wonderful book will cause others out there to read it. I just hope they have their tissues ready. Especially if they’re weepy book goobers, too.

Click here to listen to A Book I Love (and me, blubbering). I’m the last speaker on the audio segment, located below the first video.

ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas

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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 Liz Czukas on the debut of ASK AGAIN LATER !

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About the book:

Sliding Doors meets Sixteen Candles in this irresistibly romantic debut.

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all.

Ask Again Later is published by HarperCollins.

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About Liz:

Visit Liz at http://lizczukas.com.Liz Czukas is a freelance writer living outside Milwaukee, WI.  Ask Again Later is her first novel.  In high school, Liz did go to two proms but not at the same time.

Where to buy the book:

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ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD by Varsha Bajaj

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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 Varsha Bajaj on the debut of ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD !

About the book:

bollywoodAbby Spencer wants a life of excitement!

Well, sort of. Actually, that’s a lie. All Abby really wants is to meet her father. It’s not that she’s ungrateful for what she has – nice mom, adorable grandparents, great friends – but she feels like something’s missing. She’d never tell anyone that.

Abby knows her dad lives in India, but she’s never met him and doesn’t know much else about him. But Abby’s mom realizes it’s time to have the big talk and for Abby to finally meet her father.

Does he want to meet her? Abby’s about to find out that her dad lives a very different life in a different country and she’s going to experience it all, for better or worse. This is what happens when all your wishes come true…

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood is published by Whitman, Albert & Company.

About Varsha:

varshabajajBorn in India, Varsha Bajaj came to America, as a graduate student in 1986. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Southern Illinois University and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in St. Louis, Mo.

Varsha’s upcoming titles include Abby Spencer goes to Bollywood (Whitman, 2014), a funny touching middle grade and Our Baby (Nancy Paulsen Books), a lyrical picture book to be illustrated by Eliza Wheeler.

You can visit Varsha at www.varshabajaj.com.

Where to buy the book:

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SCHOOL OF CHARM by Lisa Ann Scott

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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 Lisa Ann Scott on the debut of SCHOOL OF CHARM!

AlienatedAbout the book:

Who’s got time for hair curlers and high heels when you’re busy keeping baby turtles alive?

Chip has always been a tree-climbin’, fish-catchin’ daddy’s girl. When Daddy dies, Mama moves her and her sisters south to Grandma’s house and Chip struggles to find her place in a family full of beauty queens.

Just when she’s wishing for a sign from Daddy that her new life’s going to work, Chip discovers Miss Vernie’s School of Charm. Could unusual pageant lessons and secrets be the key to making Chip’s wishes a reality?

Full of spirit, hope, and a hint of magic, this enchanting debut novel tells the tale of one girl’s struggle with a universal question: How do you stay true to yourself and find a way to belong at the same time?

School of Charm is published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

About Lisa:

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I fell in love with fiction after my first creative writing assignment in second grade.  Before pursuing my writing career, I was a TV news anchor and reporter in Bangor, ME, Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY.  These days, when I’m not writing, I work as a voice actor in upstate New York with my husband, two kids, two cats, dog and pond full of koi fish.

Visit Lisa at http://www.lisaannscott.com.

Where to buy the book:

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WHAT THE MOON SAID by Gayle Rosengren

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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 Gayle Rosengren on the debut of WHAT THE MOON SAID!

AlienatedAbout the book:

Esther wants to earn a hug or a kiss from her reserved and ultra-superstitious mother.  The gesture will prove that Ma loves her.  Or will it?

It’s the beginning of the Great Depression and ten-year-old Esther’s father has lost his job. A move from an apartment in Chicago to a farm in Wisconsin seems like a good idea, and in many ways it’s the beginning of the happiest time in Esther’s life, even if the farmhouse is rickety and has no indoor plumbing. But it’s also a challenging time, and the challenges are made all the harder by Ma’s superstitions, which have such a powerful impact on the family’s daily life.

Esther has always admired Ma’s ability to read signs and navigate the treacherous waters of superstitions. But when Ma’s beliefs threaten Esther’s relationship with her new best friend, Esther begins to question just how valid superstitions really are and how much of a part–if any–she wants them to play in her own life.

What the Moon Said is published by G.P. Putnam Sons.

About Gayle:

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Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago, and later moved to Wisconsin.  She always loved books, so a position in youth services at a public library in Illinois was a perfect fit.  The move to Wisconsin meant leaving that library behind, but it led to a job in the reference library of a publishing house and eventually to a job as a copy editor. Her long-held  dream was to be a children’s writer because books had brought so much joy and understanding to her own childhood.  She writes full time now from her home in Madison

You can visit Gayle at http://www.gaylerosengren.com.

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