27 8 / 2014

"Diggy has spent all thirteen years of his life with his father, having been left on Pop’s doorstep as a baby when Diggy’s mother famously left town riding a tractor. Diggy’s classmate Wayne—almost a year older—now finds himself in a similar situation when his mother’s death leads to his dad’s alcoholism spiraling out of control and dumping Wayne at Pop’s place in a drunken fit, with the bombshell that Pop is actually Wayne’s father. Diggy must learn to adjust to having a brother—especially one “from town”—at the height of an already stressful season for him: he’s being groomed by the reigning champion 4-H steer-raiser (on whom he also has a major crush) to take over her top slot with his calf, Joker. Meanwhile, Wayne gets a steer of his own in order to fit in better with his new family while still trying to get a handle on his grief and shifting relationships. Petruck expertly manifests the gruff ways that teenage guys—especially brothers—express vulnerability coated with a veneer of hobbies and practical joking, and she slowly draws her characters together over steer grooming and model rockets. The parallels between Diggy and Wayne’s feelings of abandonment are subtly but divergently developed; as Diggy throws himself into obtaining future goals to win approval, Wayne dives into the past, hoping that by finding Diggy’s mother, he can achieve closure on his own mother’s death. Pop is also a character in his own right, dispensing world-wise advice, learned from his flawed past. It’s the warm but difficult relationship between Diggy and Wayne that makes this one a purple ribbon (with a 4-H glossary and practical joke handbook for city folks in the back matter)."

Why look, it’s another STARRED review, this one for STEERING TOWARD NORMAL by Rebecca Petruck, from BCCB!

27 8 / 2014

 Kirkus gave MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME a star!!

26 8 / 2014

maureenjohnsonbooks:

themissgrace:

I propose a motion to make Story the official Stephen and Rory ship name. Shades of London people, are you with me?

This is a pretty good idea.

Seconded.

26 8 / 2014

naturallysteph:

The UK cover for My True Love Gave to Me. Look at those fantastic pink pages! I’m so proud of the stories inside this gorgeous-looking anthology.
Holly Black! Ally Carter! Matt de la Peña! Gayle Forman! Jenny Han! David Levithan! Kelly Link! Myra McEntire! Rainbow Rowell! Laini Taylor! Kiersten White! Edited by (and with an additional story by) me!
To learn more about our UK edition, please visit My Kinda Book.

So bright! So pretty! So perfect!

naturallysteph:

The UK cover for My True Love Gave to Me. Look at those fantastic pink pages! I’m so proud of the stories inside this gorgeous-looking anthology.

Holly Black! Ally Carter! Matt de la Peña! Gayle Forman! Jenny Han! David Levithan! Kelly Link! Myra McEntire! Rainbow Rowell! Laini Taylor! Kiersten White! Edited by (and with an additional story by) me!

To learn more about our UK edition, please visit My Kinda Book.

So bright! So pretty! So perfect!

26 8 / 2014

naturallysteph:

My True Love Gave to Me (release date: October 14th) has received its first professional review! And it’s FANTASTIC.
“Stunning and diverse, this holiday anthology is pure magic. Perkins’ sharp editing ensures each story flows seamlessly alone and within the collection … This is what all anthologies should aspire to be.”
—RT Book Reviews: Top Pick for October, 4 ½ stars 

Woot!

naturallysteph:

My True Love Gave to Me (release date: October 14th) has received its first professional review! And it’s FANTASTIC.

“Stunning and diverse, this holiday anthology is pure magic. Perkins’ sharp editing ensures each story flows seamlessly alone and within the collection … This is what all anthologies should aspire to be.”

RT Book Reviews: Top Pick for October, 4 ½ stars 

Woot!

23 8 / 2014

Wow.

22 8 / 2014

felicitydisco:

themidnighthouseelves:

New in Just Magical:  Maureen Johnson Patronus Bracelet…

This was posted a few days ago but I JUST WANTED TO BE SURE YOU ALL SAW. I met themidnighthouseelves at LeakyCon and they were kind enough to give me one these fabulous bracelets.

Want. Seriously, I’m her agent, how do I get one of these?!?!

felicitydisco:

themidnighthouseelves:

New in Just Magical:  Maureen Johnson Patronus Bracelet…

This was posted a few days ago but I JUST WANTED TO BE SURE YOU ALL SAW. I met themidnighthouseelves at LeakyCon and they were kind enough to give me one these fabulous bracelets.

Want. Seriously, I’m her agent, how do I get one of these?!?!

22 8 / 2014

felicitydisco:

yasminwithane:

Book Collage based on 13 Little Blue Envelopes by maureenjohnsonbooks
This design, uh….might hurt your eyes. Be warned.
You may also need a magnifying glass…
Hopefully seeing Maureen at the London signing next week. EEEK!
See the rest of my Book Collages HERE

OH MY GOSH LOOK AT THIS.

So cool!

felicitydisco:

yasminwithane:

Book Collage based on 13 Little Blue Envelopes by maureenjohnsonbooks

This design, uh….might hurt your eyes. Be warned.

You may also need a magnifying glass…

Hopefully seeing Maureen at the London signing next week. EEEK!

See the rest of my Book Collages HERE

OH MY GOSH LOOK AT THIS.

So cool!

22 8 / 2014

"In the middle of all this, as Sean slips out of his jacket, he looks over his shoulder at me and he smiles at me, just a glancing, faint thing before he turns back to Tommy. I’m quite happy for that smile, because Dad told me once you should be grateful for the gifts that are the rarest."

21 8 / 2014

"There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her."