Wednesday, September 22, 2010

This Saturday: Cecil Castellucci and Natalie Standiford!!!

Real live authors, TWO of them, right here in your Teen Lounge.

Come over, come over this Saturday, September 25th at 2:00 and hear the much-lauded (and all around neat-o) Cecil Castellucci and Natalie Standiford read from their spanking new books. There will be a Q&A session and booksigning following the reading, and if the planets align and I can unpack and dig out my baking pans there will even be tasty treats! (They will be tasty, by gum!)

Want to know more about these guys? Of course you do!

Cecil Castellucci is the highly acclaimed author of the novels Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, and Beige, as well as the graphic novels The PLAIN Janes and Janes in Love. She is also a filmmaker, musician, composer, and artist. To get a better glimpse of her world, visit her at

And here is her book:
"For two years Rose has been black inside -- no hope, no happiness, no friendships. For two years Yrena has lived next door to Rose's townhouse, never leaving her "Soviet apartment compound," trapped in her regimented life -- school, dance class, and home. Yrena never seeing what New York has to offer, Rose lonely and angry -- until Yrena climbs through Rose's window, setting in motion a night in New York City that neither one of them will ever forget. Rose's life is about to change in ways she never could have seen in the darkness..."

Natalie Standiford was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the setting of her two Scholastic Press novels. Her first novel, How to Say Goodbye in Robot, was named a best young adult book of the year by Kirkus Reviews. She now lives in New York City, and can be found online at

And here is her book:
"The Sullivan sisters have a big problem. On Christmas Day their rich and imperious grandmother, aka "Almighty," gathers the family and announces that she will soon die...and has cut the entire family out of her will. Since she is the source of almost all their income, this means they will soon be penniless.
Someone in the family has offended her deeply. If that person comes forward with a confession of her (or his) crime, submitted in writing to her lawyer by New Year's Day, she will reinstate the family in her will. Or at least consider it.
And so the confessions begin."

I read both of these books y'all, and enjoyed them mightily -- if you hustle on over here you may just be able to lay hands on a copy for yourself before Saturday. Hustle, hustle!



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