Via Last Night’s Reading
Our NYCTAF Lineup: David Levithan, Eliot Schrefer, Patrick Flanery, Jennifer E. Smith, and Rainbow Rowell -
Saturday, March 22, 7pm.
Our latest children’s window display at McNally Jackson, by design genius Frank Viva:
Our favorite part:
And the wide shot, with a bonus glimpse of our Philosophy manager, Kevin:
Grasshopper Jungle is an outrageous coming-of-age story set during the end of humanity about two boys who are determined to record its destruction while also trying to save it. Austin Szerba is the narrator and guide to the end of the world. He writes everything down to insure there is a comprehensive history of life in Ealing, Iowa. He’s done this for years. Now that there is an army of hungry and horny six-foot tall praying mantises taking over, Austin records it all. Andrew Smith is known for writing compelling and completely unique teen perspectives and this one is his most outlandish yet. His no holds barred stream of consciousness narration is probably not for everyone, but when it comes to Andrew Smith, I will tear through it like no other. - Jeffrey W., YA Specialist
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
Pb 01-2014, Egmont USA
Len Vlahos’ The Scar Boys is the best college admissions essay I’ve ever read. The novel’s first page is an essay prompt, and following it, readers see main character Harbinger (Harry) Jones’ life entirely through his college essay. Harry has 250 words with which to explain who he is and why the university should accept his application. Harry’s rant about the word count (“It can’t be done. Whoops, just wasted another four words.”) made me laugh; the humor made Harry endearing to me almost immediately, although I doubt it would’ve had the same effect on the “Faceless Admissions Professional” Harry addresses.
Read the rest of this teen review here…
From Publishers Weekly:
At McNally Jackson on January 5, authors (l. to r.) Jason Reynolds (When I Was the Greatest), Matt de la Peña (The Living), Todd Strasser, (No Place), Brendan Kiely (standing, The Gospel of Winter), and Chris Lynch (Little Blue Lies), gathered for a panel discussion on writing literary YA fiction geared toward boys. The occasion was also a kick-off for The Gentleman’s Tour, which teams Simon & Schuster authors Kiely, Reynolds, and Lynch, whose new novels are issue-driven and feature central male characters. John Corey Whaley (Noggin) will join the tour in April. During this week’s event, the authors indulged in the perfect complement to a literary affair – a soupçon of Scotch.
PS: Todd Strasser and Tim Gunn- separated at birth?