Friday, March 28, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience

I'm so excited to be a panelist at Salt Lake Comic Con Fanxperience! It's coming up on April 17-19 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. There are going to be a lot of amazing authors, artists, actors and everything else you can imagine. Hope you can come! Find out more at

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

I've been on a lovely diet of Middle Grade Newbery Honor books and just finished reading Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. I've always wanted to read this novel, and I finally got my chance. Of course it was amazing, that's why I love Newbery Honor books. You can pick up any novel with the metallic stamp on the front and know you're getting a fantastic read. 
Hoot, set in sunny Florida, has a heartwarming story line with plenty of color descriptions and characters. In addition to reading about pancakes, porta-potty alligator pranks, and adorable tiny owls, you end with a feeling that no matter how small you are, you can make a difference in the world. 
You can find out more about Hoot below or see Carl Hiaasen's other's novels here
Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around.
But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the universe. Because if it wasn't for Dana Matherson...
In his first novel for a younger audience, Carl Hiaasen (Basket Case, etc.) plunges readers right into the middle of an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-up adult system. Hiaasen's tongue is firmly in cheek as he successfully cuts his slapstick sense of humor down to kid-size. Sure to be a hoot, er, hit with middle school mystery fans. (from Carl Hiaasen's site).  
Other books from Carl Hiaasen

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Announcement

I was going through my blog and realized that I never posted this! I thought I'd share the happy news that we're having a baby girl this June! Summer can't come soon enough.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

This book actually turned out to be different than I thought, but I found it refreshing. In a crowded genre, this young adult dystopian makes a name for itself, and Dashner writes in a strong, clear, voice that grabs your attention. 

Obviously I'm not the only one who enjoyed Dashner's original characters and intense writing. The bestselling series will hit the big screen this September in the film adaption starring Dylan O'Brien.

Have you read The Maze Runner Series? Will you see the film this Fall?