Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Sarah Dessen Covers-Dreamland Reveal

I love when books get a cover redesign. I think it's so interesting seeing how a books cover can evolve and change. Sarah Dessen's books are getting a redesign and I'm bringing you the new cover of Dreamland!



What do you think? I think it's beautiful and simple and very eye catching!

You can follow the cover reveal tour to see the rest of the new covers:


May 28: That Summer (Mundie Moms) - http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/
May 29: Someone Like You (Penguin Teen Tumblr) - http://penguinteen.tumblr.com
May 30: Keeping the Moon (Frenetic Reader) - http://www.freneticreader.com/
May 31: Dreamland (Green Bean Teen Queen) - http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.com/
June 1: This Lullaby (Steph Su) - http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/

June 4: The Truth About Forever (Forever YA) - http://www.foreveryoungadult.com
June 5: Just Listen (Princess Bookie) - http://www.princessbookie.com/
June 6: Lock & Key (Presenting Lenore) - http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/
June 7: Along for the Ride (The Story Siren) - http://www.thestorysiren.com

For more about Sarah's books check out her website, tumblr, and blog. And of course the Sarah-Land Ning community is a great place to connect with other readers!

Interested in reading Dreamland? I've got a chance for three lucky winners to win a copy!

-US Address Only
-Ages 13+
-Contest ends June 8, midnight CT
-One entry per person please

Everything I Need To Know About Conferences I Learned in Kindergarten

My very first ALA Conference was in 2009. I had been a librarian for a little over two years by then and all I really knew about ALA was that I would be surrounded by librarians and book enthusiasts for the next five days. Opening day I made my way over to experience the craziness that was the exhibit hall. The next thing I knew I was being pushed, pulled and handed books. Books were on the floor and on the counter for you to take. And before I knew it, I had a full tote bag, my head was spinning in circles, and I had missed the giveaway for Catching Fire which was the one giveaway my teens were begging me to attend.

Exhibit floors can be exhausting and overwhelming. Then stick all those people into a conference session after they've been walking everywhere carrying heavy books and swag around and partying a bit too late the night before, and you're bound to get a bit cranky. Trust me, I've been there! So what exactly does conference professionalism look like? Is there a code on how to act or what to do? Sometimes it feels that way. So instead of giving the age old advice you always hear about wearing comfy shoes, dress for both heat and cool rooms, carry tote bags, I'm hoping I can share some insights on how to survive a conference and be professional (and not ending up as one of the people everyone is talking about in a bad way).



-Be Nice. This is probably the number one conference survival skill and it's sad that it has to even be mentioned. But there's something about exhibit floors, author signings, and book giveaways that make people go crazy and forget all manners. Just remember the skills you learned in Kindergarten-take turns, don't push or shove, stand in line and no cutting. If everyone would just walk the exhibit floor nicely and slowly without acting like it was a Black Friday sale, that would be wonderful! Just remember to be calm and be nice.



-Engage Conferences are a great place to meet people and network, network, network! One of my favorite things about ALA is that you can be standing in line and make a new friend! Don't be shy (and I know this can be hard) but this is a place you can talk about books, libraries, reading, and geek out. But....



-Don't Be An Annoying Time Hog. There is nothing worse than wanting to talk to someone and having the person in front of them be a time hog. You know what I'm talking about. They want to gush about everything (or maybe complain, because let's face, there are those people too) Yes, it's fun to talk to the publisher reps, authors, bloggers and librarians. But there is a time and place for extended conversations. If you want to talk longer, attend a blogger meet up, like the one Stacked Books and YA Highway are hosting at ALA Annual. This is a more casual setting and this is the place to have long discussions about why you need to watch Friday Night Lights. The exhibit floor is just too busy and too crowded for time hogs.



-Just Because It's Free Doesn't Mean You Need It. I know, it's hard to resist. Swag everywhere! ARCs everywhere! Author signings everywhere! It's book lover heaven! But you know what happens? You find yourself in 2012, still giving away books you picked up (or even got signed) at that first ALA you went to in 2009. Three years later and you still haven't read that book, the teens are over it and guess what-if you really want to read it, you can check it out from the library. Just Monday I took a box of books to my mom to donate to local group homes and juvenile courts because the books had sat on my shelf for three years without being touched. I didn't need them.

It seems like a few years ago no one but those in the book world knew about BEA or ALA or what an ARC was. And now it seems like everyone knows. We live in a society that likes instant gratification. So very often events like BEA and ALA turn into grabbing, shoving, pushing horribleness because I want this book now and I can't wait to have it and I must have five copies so I can do a giveaway and oh, look over there at that stack of free books and I must have them all!!! It's what ends up giving bloggers a bad name. Just look at the blogs and Twitter feeds after a conference and you'll see how there is a group that will ruin it for everyone else.

So what can you do? Remember some simple things:

-You are not owed anything. Sure you might be a librarian, blogger, teacher, avid reader. But the publishers do not owe you anything because of that.
-Don't take everything. Trust me-you don't need it.
-Don't take more than one.
-Don't shove, push, grab. You'll get a copy eventually and if you don't? Oh well, life will go on.
-Don't approach a publisher with a laundry list of books you want. I personally think it's tacky. It makes it appear as though I am of such importance that they must bestow these items upon me. Instead, I like taking the approach of explaining to the publisher reps that I work as a youth services manager with ages birth-18 and could they tell me about some of their upcoming titles I should know about. What would they suggest for tweens who like mysteries? What about storytimes? If they offer me a copy to take, I'll take it only if I really want it. If they don't-no worries, I can check it out from the library or buy a copy later. I don't need everything.

-You Will Be Remembered. Okay, the exhibit floor and conference center is big yes, but after five days you end up seeing the same people over and over again. If you rush a booth and push people over to grab a book, you're going to walk by that booth numerous times over the next several days and guess what? The same reps will be working that booth-and they will remember you. If someone's rude to you in a session, chances are you'll run into them later during the conference. It's a small world and you can't avoid everyone. So remember that as you are making your way through the conference-you are noticed and people will remember you. Your bad behavior may end up costing you the things you want later in the conference.

So relax, have fun and enjoy yourself. Don't stress about conferences. And just remember those Kindergarten rules!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tween Tuesday: One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens! Join the fun, share your links below and discover a new tween read!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 5/10/2012

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About the Book: After her stepfather hurts Carley and her mother in a fight, tweleve-year-old Carley has just been told that she is being placed in a foster home until her mother gets better. Carley doesn't belong in the Murphy's foster home-it's too good,  too nice, and too affectionate-not for Carley at all. But the Murphy's, especially the kind and caring Mrs. Murphy, slowly are able to break down Carley's walls and Carley is able to help the Murphy family more than she thought.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: If you're looking for a touching and heartwarming read, add this to your summer reading pile now!! I was captivated from the first page and absolutely fell in love with Carley and the Murphy family. The Murphy's are now one of my fictional families that I would love to live with-they're funny, they're caring, and you can't help but want to be part of them.

One for the Murphys is a tender story about foster care and the brief times that foster children have in a foster parents life. There's no easy path for Carley as she still has a mom to go back to-her time in foster care is not indefinite.. I think readers will especially relate to Carley as she keeps questioning if the life she had before was bad because it's different than the one she comes to know with the Murphys and if her mom really loves her.

Instead of coming off as sappy and cheesy and Hallmark perfect, the Murphys come across as real and down to earth. They show Carley another kind of family-not better or worse, but different. I liked that the book never puts one home life above the other-Carley has good and bad in both situations she's known and I think this makes the story even more powerful.

Give this one to readers looking for a great family story that will stick with them. This is one family you won't forget!

Book Pairings: Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff, Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton, Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

Monday, May 28, 2012

So You're Looking for Books to Read This Summer


It's summer! Which means a lot of my friends on Facebook have been asking for summer reading suggestions. After answering this question multiple times over the past few days, I decided to share my ideas on my blog. I think summer is a great time to find something new or catch up on those books you've been meaning to read. But the key thing to summer (or really anytime reading)-read what you enjoy. This list is mostly MG and YA (because hey, that's what I read!) with a few adult suggestions thrown in. This is pretty much made up off the top of my head from books I've read and enjoyed (or had teens read and enjoy) and based on suggestions for genres I've received from friends. Some are old, some are new, but they are books that are in my librarian suggestion arsenal. And if you want to check out audiobooks this summer, (which I highly recommend!) check out my post on getting started with audiobooks.

Please add your own suggestions below!

You Liked The Hunger Games (or like Science Fiction)
-Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
-Eve by Anna Carey
-Matched by Ally Condie
-Wither by Lauren DeStefano
-Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
-The Giver by Lois Lowry
-Legend by Marie Lu
-Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
-Across the Universe by Beth Revis
-Divergent by Veronica Roth
-Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
-Unwind by Neal Shusterman
-Blood Red Road by Moira Young

You Like Fantasy
-Graceling by Kristen Cashore
-Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers
-Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marcheta
-The Beyonders by Brandon Mull
-Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
-The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
-Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

From Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan:
Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan
-The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
-The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
-The Amulet of Samarkand by Johnathan Stroud

You Like Fairy Tales (because they are just so popular right now!)
-Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
-Entwined by Heather Dixon
-A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
-Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
-Cinder by Marissa Meyer
-Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler

You Like Historical Fiction
-A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
-The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen
-With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo
-Gilt by Katherine Longshore
-May B by Caroline Starr Rose
-Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
-Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (also read The Wednesday Wars-both are fantastic!)

You Like Mysteries
-Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
-White Cat by Holly Black
-The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
-A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
-I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

You Like Contemporary
-Hate List by Jennifer Brown
-Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
-If I Stay by Gayle Forman
-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
-Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
-Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
-Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
-Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
-Boy21 by Matthew Quick
-The Cardturner by Lois Sachar
-The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
-Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
-The Final Four by Paul Volponi
-Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
-All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (dystopian future but more contemp than dystopian)

Adult Lit
-P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
-Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
-Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
-Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
-The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
-Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
-What Happened in London by Julia Quinn

From Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan
-Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth Series) by Terry Goodkind
-Game of Thrones (Song of Fire and Ice Series) by George R.R. Martin
-The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson









Friday, May 25, 2012

Gatsby Trailer

Have you guys seen the new trailer for Baz Luhrmann's newest film Gatsby? I love the book and I adore Baz Luhrmann's films, so I can't wait to see this film! Who else is excited?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cover I Love: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

I'm not sure when it was I first heard about Lindsey Leavitt's new novel, Going Vintage, but I was sold on the premise: A girl is brokenhearted after her boyfriend cheats on her with an online girlfriend. So she decides to give up modern technology and live by a list of goals written by her grandmother in 1962.

If I could, I would totally be a mod 60s girl (too bad being fashionably vintage is also terribly expensive!) So the next best thing is to read about it, right? And when I saw the cover release for Going Vintage I knew I had to share! Who else shares my affinity for 60s culture? And isn't this the greatest cover ever??

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tween Tuesday: Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great middle grade reads for tweens! Join the fun, add your post below and discover a new read!

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: 8/1/2012

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About the Book: While out biking and hunting for a geocache, Chase comes across a cache with a message inside: WE NE. He's not sure what it means or if it's a joke. So he returns the next day and the message has more: WE NEED FOOD. Chase wants to help and he begins to worry that maybe someone is lost in the desert. When Chase finds two boys that need his help, he's not sure if he should believe all their stories or not. Something about what they're telling him just seems off. Can Chase help the boys? And what exactly is the truth?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked up Hide and Seek because it's on our state book award list for next year. And if your award reading lists are anything like ours, there are always lots of mysteries or sad, depressing books. Yes, the kids like those, but where are the exciting adventure books? I was so glad to see that Hide and Seek fills the need for an exciting adventure story that's a bit mystery, lots of survival and suspense and a great read. I also really liked that the book uses geocaching. My librarian self got excited because this could tie in together with a really nice geocaching program for all ages.

Sure, some of Chase's actions might be goofy. I wanted to tell him to talk to an adult. (He learns at least!) But kids will love the adventure to it all and overlook anything that seems a bit too convenient. I will be recommending this one to tweens looking for a book that has survival themes and I think they'll easily get caught up in Chase's story.

Book Pairings: Kidnapped Series by Gordon Korman, Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from finished copy I checked out from my local library

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Letter Q Giveaway


If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would it say? What do you wish you had known back then that you know now? What encouragement and advice would you tell teen you? Those are the questions posed to sixty-four award winning authors and illustrators writing to their younger selves. It's touching, emotional and beautiful. I mean just the book trailer brings warm fuzzies to you, doesn't it? Doesn't it make you want to go back and hug your younger self?



Would you like to win a copy? Thanks to Scholastic, I have two copies of The Letter Q: Queer Writers's Notes to Their Younger Selves to giveaway!

About the book: In this anthology, sixty-four award-winning authors and illustrators such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline, Woodson, Terrence McNally, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin, make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love, messages of understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.

To Enter:
-Fill out form below
-Contest ends at midnight central time May 27, 2012
-One entry per person
-US Shipping Address Only
-2 winners will be drawn via random drawing
-13+ to enter

Thanks to Scholastic and Big Honcho Media for the giveaway!



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Flash Reviews: Audiobooks

In committee news, committee reading is kicking my butt! And I can't share what I've read, which makes it hard to post. I'm going to be posting a lot more audiobook reviews though! :)

Flash reviews are short reviews of lots of titles. I have an audiobook addiction which means I have a lot of audiobooks to review! I don't read a lot of adult titles, but I sneak some in sometimes, so here's what I've listened to recently:
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Rating: 3/5 Stars

The Waverley family has always been eccentric. Their garden has rumored prophetic fruit that will show you the greatest moment of your life. Claire avoids the fruit trees, but uses her family's mystical garden and her talent in the kitchen to create a catering company. When Claire's estranged sister Sydney returns home after escaping their small town years ago, Claire's carefully constructed life comes crashing down. And a new neighbor who has shown an interest in Claire and won't take no for an answer, and Claire finds herself having to deal with the pain of the past so she can enjoy her future.

I was recommended this book because I enjoy Cecelia Ahern's novels and I like a bit of magical realism in my fiction. Garden Spells is a good story and I really enjoyed the characters of Sydney and Claire. There's also a nice touch of romance which I liked. I really loved the character of cousin Evanelle-she's such a fun, eccentric old lady and she was a wonderful supporting character. The story is a bit predictable but it was fun and a nice fluffy read-or listen. I liked this audiobook enough to give Sarah Addison Allen's other books a try.


Rating: 2/5 Stars

Victoria has been in and out of the foster care system. Now she's 18, she's aged out, and she's on her own. Victoria tries to make it on her own and makes a few friends along the way, including a flower shop owner who gives Victoria a job. Victoria discovers a skill for flowers, but life gets in the way and she's afraid her past will be repeated.

I don't want to say more without spoilers because there's a bit of a twist halfway throughout the book. Unfortunately, that's also where the book lost me. I had a hard time feeling bad for Victoria. She had people around trying to help, but she keeps pushing them away. Victoria also had a foster mother, Elizabeth, who wanted to adopt her. But Elizabeth becomes selfish and lets her own selfishness and problems with her sister get in the way of taking care of Victoria. There were just so many characters that I ended up really disliking, which made me end up disliking the book as a whole.


Rating: 5/5 Stars

Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan and I were carpooling to work and I missed my audiobook time, so I decided to track down one we would both enjoy. Since we're fans of 30 Rock, I thought we would both like this audiobook. Plus, it's narrated by Tina Fey which made it even better.

I'm not a big fan of memoirs, but Bossypants I liked. (So did Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan). We laughed throughout the audiobook and it was a very fun listen. I think I liked it so much because it's not just a straight "this is the story of my life" memoir, but it's more vignettes and random thoughts from Tina Fey's life. Listening to her narrated it made it seem like a friend was telling you a bunch of funny stories and I liked her narration a lot.

Full Disclosure: I am an Audible Affiliate. Purchasing audiobooks from links will earn me a commission to  use for prizing and giveaways for the blog.

Reviewed from audiobooks I purchased from Audible (Garden Spells and Language of Flowers) or checked out from the library (Bossypants)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Current TV Obsessions

When I need to take a break from all my committee reading, I turn to my trusty TV! I have to share my current obsessions-anyone else hooked on these shows?



I have to thank Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan for getting me hooked on Game of Thrones. He'd read the books and couldn't wait until the show aired. I'm trying to read book one in the series, but it's slow going (have you seen how huge those books are?) It's fantasy, but not so much fantasy that non-fantasy fans won't enjoy it. The TV series is amazing-wonderful writing and storytelling, a fantastic cast, everything is done so well! My favorite characters are Jon, Arya and Tyrion. Jon because he's a bit sensitive and he's smart (and OK, Jon Snow is pretty cute!), Arya because she kicks butt, and Tyrion because I love his wit and every scene Peter Dinklage is in, he just rocks. I also have hopes that the actress who plays Arya grows up and plays Katsa in a Graceling movie-it would be so perfect! There's a lot to follow, so I'm glad I have Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan to help me. If you do watch it and have questions, he'd be happy to help guide you through the series-you can follow him on Twitter at @crazywriterblog

And really, if you're not watching Game of Thrones, you should be!


My other Sunday night treat-Sherlock. At least for three weeks anyway. I love this updated version of Sherlock Holmes-so much snark and wit and humor-what's not to love?? I also have a bit of a crush on Benedict Cumberbatch!


If you've read my blog before, you know about my obsession with Downton Abbey. Soapy goodness in a historical drama? Yes please!! Season three seems so far away, so I'll re-watch Seasons one and two until I can get more gossip on the abbey!


After everyone telling us about Big Bang Theory forever, Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan and I decided to finally watch it. And I'm not surprised at all to find that we like it! We're always looking for new shows to watch together and hopefully fill the Scrubs-sized hole in our hearts. While it's not my favorite, it's pretty funny and we're working our way through the DVDs to catch up!

So what's your current TV Obsession? Any shows I need to catch up on and start watching? Old favorites I need to check out?


Friday, May 4, 2012

YA Movie News

Don't forget! Sherlock season 2 airs on Sunday! Who else is excited? Now I have two Sunday night shows to look forward to-Game of Thrones and Sherlock!! Sunday is going to be an amazing night of TV! :)

-First up, the news that I'm most excited about! Charlie Kaufman is going to adapt The Knife of Never Letting Go for the big screen. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite movies ever and I really think this is a beautiful partnership. It makes so much sense to me and I'm very excited for this movie!!

-The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck is also heading to the big screen. MTV announced that Julie Pec, the series writer and executive producer behind The Vampire Diaries, will be writing the screenplay. I think this is another great match since Ms. Pec has a background in writing supernatural and paranormal.

-Cynopsis reports that Neil Gaiman's Newbery winner, The Graveyard Book, has been acquired for the big screen by Disney. I'll admit this makes me nervous. I want to this book on the big screen, but I don't know that Disney is the right studio. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news!

-Harry Potter scriptwriter Steve Kloves is in talks to write the script for a live action version of The Jungle Book for Warner Brothers. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news!

-Author Kristina Springer shared some exciting news this week! Her novel, The Espressologist, has been optioned by film company Vuguru. They specialize in web television series, so maybe someday soon we'll be watching The Espressologist online! Congrats Kristina!!

-More casting news for the Beautiful Creatures movie. Variety reports that Kyle Gallner has been cast as Larkin.

-Fox Animation has acquired The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, a recently released middle grade novel that I can't wait to read! Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-OK and this one isn't YA movie related, but I can't help but notice that Hollywood seems to have Downton Abbey fever as well. ABC has a period drama in the works titled Gilded Lilys, a series set in an 1895 luxury hotel that of course is full of scandals. Then this week's Cynopsis news report included a blurb from E! who apparently is getting in on the scripted drama game by adding a show called The 400, which is about the rise of the Vanderbilt dynasty in the 1890s. What do think? Can Hollywood recreate the soapy goodness that is Downton Abbey?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wentworth Hall Giveaway

I have an obsession with Downton Abbey. And since this season ended, I've been wanting anything I can find that has a similar feel of drama and family secrets. I don't know what it is about historical period dramas with secrets and scandal that make me love them, but they make for perfect reads on a rainy afternoon, don't you think?

If you're a Downton Abbey fan like myself, be sure to check out the new YA novel, Wentworth Hall. There's plenty of family drama, secrets, scandal and lots of upstairs/downstairs happenings. You'll want to get caught up in the happenings of Wentworth Hall, the household and the staff- it's a good book to have on hand while we all wait for Downton Abbey Season Three!

Sound like your kind of read? It's your lucky day because I have a copy of Wentworth Hall and your very own gilded journal (to keep track of your own scandals and secrets, of course!) to give away! (Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the prizes!)

About the Book: And you thought there were secrets in the Abbey . . .

The Darlington family of Wentworth Hall, an elite British family, fills their time by caring for their extensive estate, and looking over their shoulders as they struggle to keep up an elaborate charade to hide their scandalous secrets of illicit romances, and bitter betrayals.

Wentworth Hall is a lush historical novel by debut author Abby Grahame, which is spot-on perfect for fans of Downton Abbey!

Check out an excerpt of the novel!

Want to win?
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-Contest ends on May 9 at midnight, CT
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tween Tuesday: Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens. Add your link below and discover a new read!
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Mystery/Humor

Release Date: 2/14/2012

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About the Book: Poor Madeline. All she wants is some new white shoes to attend her school graduation ceremony and accept an award from Prince Charles. It's a very big deal, except her hippie parents don't seem to agree. They're too busy celebrating Luminara. When some foxes need the help of Madeline's code-decoder relative Uncle Runyon, they kidnap Madeline's parents instead, hoping they can lead them to Uncle Runyon's address. Good thing Mrs. and Mrs. have just taken up detective work-all for the fedora, of course. The bunnies are on the case!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It's rare that I find a book that appeals to my inner 9-year-old self and my adult self all in one. But that's just what Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-Dectectives Extraordinaire has done.

The satire is hilarious-from mystery novels, to hippie parents, to the long-married Mr. and Mrs. Bunny who have a wonderful banter, there is so much here that will leave adults laughing. But it's not just the adults who will get a kick out of this book. There are plenty of hijinks, silly animals, and twists and turns to delight younger readers. This is a book that made me wish I had a classroom of 4th or 5th graders to read this book aloud to-it's a book that begs to be read by adult and child together.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny cracked me up. Mrs. Bunny is always changing her hobbies and she decides that Mr. and Mrs. Bunny should become detectives, because detectives get to wear fedoras-perfectly reasonable, right? I loved the banter back and forth between Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-it reminded me a lot of myself and Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan, if we were bunnies, of course. And Madeline is smart (she's read Pride and Prejudice!) and she's the one who ends up telling the adults-human and bunny-what to do. Not in a bossy way, but she just ends up being the logical one. With Madeline leading the quest to find her parents, tween readers will be cheering her on and laughing about the silliness the bunnies find themselves in. Then there's the foxes who are trying to learn English, Madeline's hippie parents, and a marmot who loves garlic bread and really, why aren't you reading this book already??

This one has a nice mix of classic storytelling and satire and it's great for readers of all ages. Add in Sophie Blackall's beautiful illustrations, and you've got a book that you'll want to put on your library shelf right now. Be sure to booktalk this one to your tween readers-and your adult readers!

Book Pairings: The Willoughby's by Lois Lowry, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from copy I checked out from my local library

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