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Class of 2k12 in the Spot Light-LOVE & LEFTOVERS by Sarah Tregay

Filed under: Apocalypsies, Book Reviews, The Class of 2k12, Touching the Surface, YA Books

I know that it seems like all I’m doing is posting about the fantastic new books I’m getting the opportunity to read, but I can’t help it.  I am surrounded by talent.  I believe that 2012 is going to be an amazing year for MG/YA books.  I’ve pulled some info from Sarah Tregay’s website and Goodreads so that I can tell you a little bit about LOVE & LEFTOVERS.

My wish
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this “vacation” has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up.
But understanding love, especially when you’ve watched your parents’ affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? can you even know it until you’ve lost it?
Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.
Kimberly Sabatini’s review of LOVE & LEFTOVERS…

I’m not sure how Tregay can use so few words and still tell a story that is so rich and deep and beautiful–but she does. She puts words in unique combinations that paint pictures like an artist, while all the while, never letting you forget that you MUST turn that page. This is a fantastic book, but what I love about most is the “leftovers.” Tregay perfectly captures what it means to be lost, even when you’re surrounded by people. I give this book a well deserved *heart squish.*

(Photo by John Rogers)

About Sarah Tregay

Raised without television, I started writing my own middle grade novels after I had read all of the ones in the library. I later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When I’m not jotting down poems at stoplights, I can be found hanging out with my “little sister” from Big Brothers Big Sisters or stressing over performance classes at a model horse show.
I have both a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Art in graphic design, and my obsession with typography and layout naturally translates into formatting poetry on the page.
I live in Eagle, Idaho with my husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.

My debut novel, LOVE AND LEFTOVERS, will be available in stores on January 1, 2012. It is published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint o fHarperCollins.

I am represented by Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary. To learn a little more about Danielle, please visit Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Editor’s Blog, on Mother. Write. (Repeat.) or in theOctober 2010 issue of Writer’s Digest in “The Hot List.”

You can preorder LOVE & LEFTOVERS  HERE!
And if you would like to find out more about Sarah Tregay and LOVE & LEFTOVERS…

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Class of 2k12 In the Spotlight–May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Filed under: Contests, The Class of 2k12

Today I wanted to share something special with you.  It’s the first book that I’ve read from the Class of 2k12.  I loved Caroline Starr Rose’s MG novel in verse and want to give you a sneak peek into the life of May B.  Here is a little bit about the book taken right off of Caroline’s web site.
Coming January 2012!

Schwartz and Wade (Random House Children’s Books), January 2012
I watch the wagon
until I see nothing on the open plain.
For the first time ever,
I am alone. 
May is helping out on a neighbor’s homestead—just until Christmas, her pa promises. But when a terrible turn of events leaves her all alone, she must try to find food and fuel—and courage—to make it through the approaching winter. 
This gorgeous  novel in verse by Caroline Starr Rose will transport you to the Kansas prairie—to the endless grassland, and to the suffocating closeness of the sod house where May is stranded. 
May’s eloquent yet straightforward voice, and her bravery, determination, and willingness to risk it all will capture your heart. 
May B. has also received wonderful reviews.  There is more on Caroline’s website, but here is my favorite and of course mine…
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2011
As unforgiving as the western Kansas prairies, this extraordinary verse novel—Rose’s debut—paints a gritty picture of late-19th-century frontier life from the perspective of a 12-year-old dyslexic girl named Mavis Elizabeth Betterly… May B. for short.
If May is a brave, stubborn fighter, the short, free-verse lines are one-two punches in this Laura Ingalls Wilder–inspired ode to the human spirit. (Historical fiction. 9-14)

Reviewed by Kimberly Sabatini, October 21, 2011

May B is the perfect mix of Laurie Halse Anderson’s historical fiction, Ellen Hopkins’ seamless and moving poetry and the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I instantly connected with the character of May, but I fell in love with the book when I realized that May was dyslexic.  As a mom of a child with dyslexia, I have to say that Caroline Starr Rose got it right.  This book, in conjunction with Rose’s additional information available for teachers, should easily make this book a fixture on teacher’s lesson plans and on classroom book shelves.  May B is a quiet book that is an exciting read–an amazing combination.  Don’t miss this one.

Above I mention that Caroline has created additional materials for teachers to use in the classroom.  You can find these on the For Teachers section of her web site.  Additionally, you still have time to sign up for this amazing May B. contest…

* May B. Book Club Kit Giveaway *

Enter to win a May B. Book Club Kit. One classroom, library, or reading circle will win the following: 
10 copies of May B.
discussion questions
background on the storyline and setting
10 copies of Where in the World Are We Reading (see For Teachers section)
ideas for social studies and poetry tie-ins (if applicable)
May B. book trailer on CD
interactive Skype visit
All groups to enter will receive bookmarks for their readers. 
Please contact me at Tell me about your readers and why you’d like to win. That’s it! This contest is open to readers internationally and will close November 1, 2011.

You can find additional information about Caroline Starr Rose and May B. on…

Caroline’s Web Site
The Class of 2k12
The Apocalypsies
Caroline’s Blog

Caroline Starr Rose is a children’s author represented by the fabulous Michelle Humphrey (International Creative Management). Her debut middle-grade novel, MAY B., will be released January 2012 by Schwartz and Wade, an imprint of Random House.

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