Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Girl Next Door + Giveaway

The Girl Next DoorMake sure you have a box of tissues handy for this one! The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla is an endearing tale that follows two teenagers as they struggle to understand the effects of cancer, relationships, and themselves.

Sam is the girl next door, you know the cultural stereotype--wholesome, average, not your girly-girl type! But when 17-year old Sam is right there every step of the way for her best friend, Jesse, he begins to see her in a different light. Only thing is--he has a rare, treatment-resistant form of cancer and his odds of survival aren't good.

As Sam helps Jesse with his struggle, Sam must overcome her own fears and discover who the real Sam is along the way.

Anyone who has watched a loved one suffer through illness will relate to this story. As if there's not enough to deal with as a teenager, this poignant novel  brings home the message that "Death can never rob us of the love we give away."
  
For your chance to win an ARC of The Girl Next Door, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me

And if your e-mail address is not included in your Blogger profile, make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, September 10, 2010!
Contest open to US and Canada only.


Additional Information:
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Westside Books (June 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 193481315X
ISBN-13: 978-1934813157
Source of review copy: Publicist
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Some Buzz About the Bug

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third GradeCheck out one of the first reviews for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade over at BlogCritics by Nicole Weaver!

Weaver says, "Reading the story will surely bring a huge smile to your face, just like it did me, because it reminded me so much of similar adventures my three children and their friends experienced during their elementary years in school. Every elementary school should have a copy of this precious book in their school library."

But that's not all...

Award-winning author of The Golden Pathway, Donna McDine says, "Will Matt succeed and convince his teacher that he truly captured an unusual bug for real or will he be sent home because he caught the cold bug? Find out while you read the hilarious tale of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade told in perfect rhyme."

PLEASE Update Your Readers

So I hit a little snag with my website, (Pretty ironic that I think it caught THE BUG! Don't worry, it's not infectious!), but, fortunately, the kinks have been worked out! Hope you like the new setup and continue to visit for book reviews and recommendations, writing tips and articles, and the latest news in children's publishing in addition to my own news and events.

Unfortunately, all of my old posts here are gone, kaput, sayonora, but the GOOD NEWS...you can still find a majority of them at Examiner.com!

Please sign up for the NEW RSS FEED in the upper right hand corner and add it to your Google Reader or whatever you use to stay on top of everything. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, so as a way to say thanks, I'll be having a boatload of giveaways this week that you don't want to miss.

TODAY, I'm giving away a copy of Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue (The Adventures of Benjamin and Bumper). Click here for more details and to enter.

Be sure to visit all week, update your readers, and remember... Beware of THE BUG!

Go On An Adventure with Benjamin and Bumper + Giveaway

Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue (The Adventures of Benjamin and Bumper)Go on an adventure with Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue (The Adventures of Benjamin and Bumper) by Molly Coxe.

Bejamin Middlemouse lives with his mother, but one day when Mrs. Middlemouse goes out to run some errands and doesn't return, Benjamin's adventure begins. He finds his friend bumper, an elephant, and loads everything they might need for a search-and-rescue mission.

When they ask the Pantrymice if they've seen Benjamin's mother, they're warned that Sir Pouncelot is on the prowl and he's hunting mice and moles to put in his favorite dish. Their search leads them to Sir Pouncelot's castle where they find Benjamin's mother locked in a cage!

Can the amazing duo come to the rescue?

Benjamin and Bumper may be an unlikely team of a mouse and a elephant, but the duo make for a beautiful children's book. What really makes this book amazing are the photographs of incredibly detailed dioramas along with the adorable felted wool characters that will make their way into children's hearts.

A second book, Posie and the Pirates is scheduled for publication in early fall 2012 and features Benjamin's friend, Posie Pantrymouse.

Visit BraveMouse Books to learn more.

For your chance to win this awesome picture book, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me

And if your e-mail address is not included in your Blogger profile, make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, September 10, 2010!
Contest open to U.S. and Canada only.


Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Brave Mouse Books; 1 edition (June 25, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0981969712
ISBN-13: 978-0981969718
Source of review: Publicist
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Teaching Guides for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade



TEACHING GUIDE FOR THE BUG THAT PLAGUED THE ENTIRE THIRD GRADE--GERMS
(click on the image below to download and/ or print in Google Docs)




TEACHING GUIDE FOR THE BUG THAT PLAGUED THE ENTIRE THIRD GRADE--EXTINCTION

Activities for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade



There are many activities you can do after reading The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade. Below, please find a Word Find and Coloring Page to download and print for FREE.

-Can you find all the bug names hidden across, diagonal and backwards?

-Color the Hines Emerald Dragonfly from The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade



THE BUG THAT PLAGUED THE ENTIRE THIRD GRADE COLORING PAGE:(click on the image below to download and/or print in Google Docs)





THE BUG THAT PLAGUED THE ENTIRE THIRD GRADE WORD FIND:
(click on the image below to download and/or print in Google Docs)


Friday, August 27, 2010

Pajama Pirates

Pajama PiratesTired of all the same bedtime stories?  Pajama Pirates has set sail today and will take you on an adventure full of fun.

As the moon begins its evening show,
Pajama pirates yell,
“Oh no!"
Not ready for bed, the pajama pirates know just what to do; put on their pj’s and let the treasure hunt begin!

A stolen map charts their way, but when they run across another ship, there’s a clash of swords and a bitter fight. As more pirates come in sight, pajama pirates have to come up with a plan.

When the battle’s won, the crew surrenders tired oars and lands the ship on sandy shores. They walk the plank and are tucked in tight, with pirate dreams to fill the night.

This rhyming pirate adventure will become a bedtime ritual for anyone who dreams of stolen treasure, swords, and cannon blasts and the amazing illustrations will whisk your own pajama pirates off to bed as you say, “G’night Mateys.”

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 24, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061251941
ISBN-13: 978-0061251948
Source of review copy: Publisher

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Fish For a Free Book: August 27

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim  and
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways).

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: Tantalize and Eternal (9/15)
Your URL: http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2010/08/interview-with-cynthia-leitich-smith_18.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
(if you're reading this in a reader, please click through to the original post)
Fish For a Free Book Participants
1. Tantalize and Eternal (9/15)
2. Vampire High: Sophomore Year (8/31)
3. Lori Calabrese Writes-Benjamin & Bumper- 9/3
4. Kristi's Book Nook- Penny & Rio- 9/3

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Put your shoulder pads on for this one

The Big Time: A Football Genius Novel
Fans of the New York Times bestselling Football Genius series will be excited to read the continuation, The Big Time: A Football Genius Novel.

Things couldn’t be going better for Troy White. The Atlanta Falcons’ football genius is at the top of his game, helping the team get to the playoffs. Agents and lawyers are knocking on his door with big-money offers for the upcoming season. And his own football team has just won the Georgia State Championship! Troy’s celebrating with his friends at linebacker Seth Halloway’s mansion when another lawyer comes knocking—and he says, “I think I’m your father.” In that instant, Troy’s life is changed.

Troy’s longed-for, missing father, Drew wants to get involved in Troy’s life and agrees to represent him. But for someone who just appears out of nowhere, can he be trusted or is Drew his ticket out? As Drew learns that his father is involved with taking money from some very bad and dangerous people, will he stick by his flesh and blood, so he has the chance to know the man who calls himself Dad?

This is a quick read and a suspenseful tale of a boy who longs for a relationship with his father. As the stakes begin to grow, readers are in for a ride just as exciting as the action on a football field.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 24, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061686190
ISBN-13: 978-0061686191
Source of review copy: Publisher
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Claudette Young Interviews Lori Calabrese

A big thanks to Claudette Young for interviewing me on her blog (Claudsy's Blog) for her Monday interview.

Claudsy has an inspiring blog for writers where you can find fantastic interviews that often shed light on the world of being a writer. In fact, I love what she has to say on her 'About Being a Writer' page...

"We who write do so for a multitude of reasons. But when you get right down to it, writing is simply another way to confirm the fact that we’re living and breathing on Planet Earth and have a voice with which to say something."

So head over and check out some of the questions Claudsy had on tap for me such as why I started playing this game, what it was like to win DFP's 2009 Best Children's Book Award, and how I manage (or should I say don't) manage my time!

Hartford Writing Examiner interviews Lori Calabrese

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Hartford, CT Writing Examiner–Michael Aloisi. Michael is an author himself and has an awesome page at Examiner.com where he shares tons of writing tips.

Having taught writing for years, he found it’s very helpful for students of the craft to talk to actual writers. Hearing about how a writer makes up a particular story, and what their techniques, routines and thoughts are on the craft are invaluable learning tools. With that in mind, he thought bringing other writers into his articles, interviewing them and discussing the craft would bring a lot of insight and help to many of his readers.  And guess what? I get to be the very first one and talk about my newest book, THE BUG THAT PLAGUED THE ENTIRE THIRD GRADE–I mean, really…How cool is that??

Hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

Read Part One of my interview with the Hartford Writing Examiner
Read Part Two of my interview with the Hartford Writing Examiner

Check Out the New Indie-Debut Facebook Page

I hope everybody gets the chance to pop over to Facebook and check out our new and improved page for Indie-Debut 2010. 

It was time to switch, so we could incorporate our blog feed, post links, and take part in some really great discussions with our readers.

The Facebook group is open to EVERYONE (readers, authors, parents, teachers, librarians, etc...) who supports small presses and would like to follow some authors along on their journey of publishing with a small press.

But hey! It's not just about us. (we're not that selfish!) If you're an author published with a small press, we invite you to introduce yourself and tell us a little about your book. We want this to be a place where we can share great books from small presses (did you check out our logo??), talk about our experiences working with small presses, share tips and ideas to market our books, and just plain have fun!

Hope you likee!

Do Your Best to Find out About Their Distribution

I want to direct everyone to an interesting article at the Book Designer titled "What Does Distribution Really Mean for Self-Publishers?"

Yeah, the article is directed toward self-publishers, but I think there's a lot for a writer to learn regarding distribution, whether you're with a large press, small press, or decide to self-publish. The article provides some insight into the difference between distribution and having a listing in the Ingram catalog...

Joel Friedlander says, "A self-publisher these days, having read one too many websites, thinks that having their book printed at Lightning Source grants them “distribution.” You can go to different author-services companies and buy “distribution packages” which amount to about the same thing: a listing in the Ingram catalog.

According to this, distribution is equal to a catalog listing. It is simply made available for purchase.

But this is really closer to the definition of a wholesaler, not a true distributor. Even small-press distributors attempt to sell the books of their publishers. A large, traditional publisher doesn’t just have a listing in a catalog. They have a dedicated sales force."

If you're looking into publishing with a small press, do your best to find out about their distribution. Do they make your book available for purchase with a listing in Ingram or do they have a distributor and a dedicated sales force?

Should You Enter a Writing Contest?

Have you ever entered a writing contest? If not, it's something you really should consider.

I like to think of myself as sort of a poster child for contests! In 2009, I was fortunate to win the one page summary contest at Buried in the Slush pile (I got the opportunity to submit my middle-grade manuscript to Blooming Tree Press at a time when they're not accepting submissions) , I took second place in The Children's Writer's nonfiction sports contest (that came with a monetary prize and mention in The Children's Writer), and I won first place in the 2009 Dragonfly Publishing Inc. picture book contest (that came along with a publishing contract and I'm happy to say my picture book, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, is being released this spring.)

If you want to know why you should consider contests, check out this great article by Laura Aldir-Hernandez for In The Beginning at KidMagWriters.com to learn what some contest winners, including the poster child herself, have to say about them.

Distributor vs. Wholesaler

If you're considering submitting to a smaller publisher, you need to be on top of things such as distributors and wholesalers. What's the distinction between the two? How does distribution work? And how does it affect you? It's important to know because if a small publisher doesn't have a proper distribution deal in place, that book you're having published just won't sell. And what good is it to have a book published that doesn't sell?

The Writer Beware blog has an amazing guest blog post by bestselling author Cathy Clamp.
Distributor vs. Wholesaler --Getting Your Book on the Shelf

Tease: "The distinction between a wholesaler and a distributor is an important one, especially for writers who want to get their books onto physical bookstore shelves. Too often, however, writers and startup publishers aren't aware of the difference, and don't realize that a wholesaler like Ingram is only half the distribution picture. Below, Cathy describes what distributors and wholesalers do, and the implications of each for writers (and publishers).

What is POD Publishing?

With rising costs skyrocketing in publishing, many small presses have focused their business around a technology known as POD. POD, also known as Print-on-Demand, is the commonly-used term for the digital printing technology that allows a complete book to be printed and bound in a matter of minutes. POD technology makes it easy and cost-effective to produce books one or two at a time or in small lots, rather than in larger print runs of several hundred or several thousand like major publishing houses do.

POD does describe the technology used, but many companies are basing their business around this technology exclusively, so they refer to themselves as POD publishers.

Unfortunately, many authors don't give small presses a chance because some of the small presses use POD instead of type-set publishing. But POD has advanced and people are beginning to notice that digital printing can be as clear as any 'traditional' print.

Some of the benefits of POD are you don't need to keep large inventories of a book, and the set-up is quicker and less expensive than offset printing.

For more information on POD technology and POD publishers visit Writer Beware.

Indie-Debut 2010 Interview Feature at The Write Game

The Write Game http://writegame.blogspot.com/ hosted by C. Lee McKenzie is your one stop place to learn about up and coming debut writers in various genres. McKenzie is quite the accomplished author with several middle grade and young adult books to her credit, coupled with her experience teaching inter-cultural English and studies in American Language at San Jose State University. This makes for the perfect visit for the authors of Indie-Debut 2010 http://indiedebut2010.blogspot.com/.

Come along for this intriguing interview on Thursday, August 19 at http://writegame.blogspot.com/ and meet:

Lori Calabrese, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade

Danika Dinsmore, Brigitta of the White Forest

Donna McDine, The Golden Pathway

Jo Ramsey, Connection

Beth Reinke, In My Bath

Be sure to leave a comment and or question, each author will check in throughout the day to field your comments and questions. Visitors participating in the contest point system please see further details within the Indie-debut 2010 interview. Don’t miss out on the chance to win a special giveaway tote bag with special treats.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Join Lori at Harry Bennett Library in Stamford

3 Indie-Debut Authors bring children’s book and YA writers much-needed, seldom-offered advice on what it’s like to publish with a small press.

Indie-Debut authors are aware that not all small presses are created equal, which is why they caution authors to do their homework and sift through publishers to find the one right for them.

The panel on September 25 will offer attendees a unique opportunity to hear first-hand the three authors’ experiences publishing their books through a small press. At the same time, the three authors will share their perspectives on small presses in general during their discussions and help writers decide if this is the right step in their goal to publication.

Where: Harry Bennett Library, Stamford CT

When: Saturday, September 25th 11am- 1pm

BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND BOOK SIGNING AFTER EVENT

Sponsored by the Friends of the Harry Bennett Library and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of Lower Fairfield (a subgroup of NE-SCBWI).