Monthly Archives: October 2011


Posted by | October 25, 2011 | No Comments

So guess what heartwrenching, totally compelling, irresistible book goes on sale in paperback today? Surely the title of this blog post didn’t give it away… oh wait. Around here, we’ve FALLen hard for all things Lauren Oliver (who you’ll remember not only from her beyond-awesome books, but from the terrifyingly, gut-gripping, hard-hitting interview we put her through here). Because can you believe it? Since New York Times Bestseller BEFORE I FALL came out in Winter ’11, DELIRIUM published this February (PANDEMONIUM will be on-sale 3.6.12!), and the magical middle grade LIESL & PO published earlier this month! Sheesh Lauren, do you ever sleep?

If you’re lucky enough to live near Haverford, PA or Naperville, IL, you can catch Lauren in action and hear her read from Liesl & Po at these upcoming events:

Tuesday, October 25th, Haverford, PA- Children’s Book World (17 Haverford Station Road), 7:00PM

Wednesday, October 26th, Naperville, IL- Anderson’s Bookshop (123 West Jefferson), 7:00PM

Don’t miss the READING GUIDE for Before I Fall, available for download.

And because we can’t help but brag about awesome reviews and blurbs, a few for BEFORE I FALL to whet your appetite:

  • “Oliver’s debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful…readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking.”–Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
  • “Samantha’s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will raw readers into this compex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way.”–VOYA (starred review)
  • “This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion.  You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!”–Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why
  • “Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live–and die.”–Carolyn Mackler, author of Tangled and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a Printz Honor book


Posted by | October 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

Last week, we hosted a preview of our Winter and Summer 2012 lists for our terrific tri-state librarian friends, trading bagels and coffee for their undivided attention so very early in the morning. Our wonderful and very cheerful editors presented their upcoming books, and lucky for me, that meant I could eavesdrop at each table and hear booktalks of our Fall 2012 titles straight from the source—I’ve always loved  those little info gems from editors that make me itch to pick up a book and get lost.  And I got them!  A few to share with you all:

Beautiful smiles from the Greenwillow group—VP and Publisher Virginia Duncan and editor Martha Mihalick show off Kevin Henkes’ upcoming PENNY AND HER SONG (On-sale 2.28.11) and PENNY AND HER DOLL  (On-sale 8.21.12) starring Penny, the newest in town!

Assistant Editor Annie Stone gives us a peek at Jane O’Connor’s FANCY NANCY: NANCY CLANCY, SUPER SLEUTHFancy Nancy is growing up– here she is in her first chapter book!

Editor Molly O’Neill gives the Vanna White treatment to Kathryn Littlewood’s BLISS , the first in a mouth-watering middle grade trilogy full of culinary capers and family adventure.

Executive Editor Rosemary Brosnan reads aloud from Gail Carson Levine’s new collection of hilarious false apology poems, inspired by William Carlos Williams’ famous poem “This Is Just To Say,”  FORGIVE ME, I MEANT TO DO IT.

In a little less than a month, we’ll be at NCTE in Chicago– can you believe it? If you’ll be there too, come by our booth, #513, to grab these galleys and more!

Holiday Round-Up

Posted by | October 21, 2011 | No Comments

I know, it seems crazy to talk about the holiday season already.  But this is also the point where we start putting in book orders for the latest titles and replacing old books as well.  So let’s jump in and talk about some of the newest books for the holiday season:

MARY ENGELBREIT’S NUTCRACKER by Mary Engelbreit (On-sale: 11.1.11).  Download the memory game

THE HAPPY ELF by Harry Connick Jr., illustrated by Dan Andreasen (On-sale now).  Based on the song by Harry Connick Jr., this comes with a CD.  You can also watch the video.

A CHRISTMAS GOODNIGHT by Nola Buck, illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright (On-sale now).  In its starred review, Publishers Weekly said that this book “serves special status, to be kept off-season with other holiday decorations and then brought out each year at Christmas.”

THE LITTLEST EVERGREEN by Henry Cole (On-sale now).  School Library Journal calls this “a fine Christmas choice with an environmental message.”

FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (On-sale now).  Download the event guide.

Need to replace books in your collection?  Here are some possible titles that you may need to re-order:

Turning the Page with…School & Library Marketing Manager Molly Thomas!

Posted by | October 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hi, everyone!  This is Laura – the curly-haired one on the left in that picture over there – and I’m the one that you’ve been reading, for the most part, here on our blog for the past 18 months.  But today I pass the torch to the newest School & Library Integrated Marketing Manager at HarperCollins Children’s Books, MOLLY THOMAS!

Molly joins us from Disney-Hyperion Books and is an absolute superstar; I can’t wait for you to meet her at the next conference because you will adore her.  We wanted all of you to get to know Molly here first, though, so we put her on the hot seat to answer our grueling, fever-inducing, getting-to-the-heart-of-the-matter interview questions that such luminaries as Alex Flinn, Adam Rex, and Carolyn Mackler have answered before her.  This is as close as we get to hazing around these parts.  So let’s get to know Molly…

What time is your alarm clock set for?

I’m usually up before my alarm these days, but since moving a week ago, I really wish the dang thing wouldn’t go off for a few days!

What is your favorite book from childhood and why?

Obviously, I am forced to cheat on this question and mention a couple, because how could a person who works in children’s books have JUST ONE? My favorite picture book was Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola, and favorite YA was Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene.  My copy had this super-dramatic jacket copy which I can still quote from memory: “It was a summer of love, a summer of hate, a summer that would last a lifetime.”

If you didn’t work in publishing, what job would you like to have?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be these ladies? They’re Brooklyn florists who’ve also started giving classes, and it is such a cool small business.

How many stamps are in your passport?

Zero, sigh.  But since I’m a really terrible flier—apologies, seatmates, for my white knuckles clutching the armrests!—maybe for now, it’s for the best.

Favorite word?

Bizarre, which I completely stole from a college painting professor who always threw it out there as compliment.  I love how she turned that word upside-down for me.

What are you reading right now?

I’ve been reading Emma for a book club, and I’m horrified at how much of the humor I missed when I read it for high school English.  Makes me wonder what other classics I should give another go… although I fear that my bedside table could not handle any more additions to the “to read” pile.

Finish this sentence: I always smile when…

… I spot a French bulldog!  I want one soooo desperately, but my current apartment has a NO PET POLICY.

Funniest (or most interesting) thing you’ve heard in an author signing line at a conference?

My favorite was the woman who asked me, “Are you THE Mo Willems?” My answer: “I wish!”

Thanks so much, Molly, and welcome to HarperCollins!  Readers, I hope you show Molly some love and help her feel welcome, and make sure to introduce yourself when you see her at the next conference!

Romance Round-Up

Posted by | October 11, 2011 | No Comments

It’s been warm in NYC lately – in the 80s the past couple days! – so we’re thinking forward to cooler autumn nights and cozying up with some atmospheric, moody, sweeping stories.  In particular, this is when I love reading romantic stories and we’ve got some gorgeous ones for you:

HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson: A ghost story with an otherworldly romance (check out the lovely review from Girls in the Stacks).

BEAUTIFUL DAYS: A BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS NOVEL by Anna Godbersen: The sequel to BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, this story features 1920s-style romance, betrayal, and friendship in New York  (Check out the awesome website to find out which BYT things gal you are – I’m a Cordelia!)

FATEFUL by Claudia Gray: Known for her Evernight series, Claudia Gray strikes new ground with this sweeping paranormal romance that takes place on the RMS Titanic’s maiden – and only – voyage (check out the deliciously creepy book trailer).

COLD KISS by Amy Garvey: When Wren’s boyfriend dies unexpectedly, she realizes she can bring him back from the dead…but just because she can doesn’t mean she should (Kirkus called it “a provocative romance” and Publishers Weekly said COLD KISS was “a delicate portrayal of love and loss”).

Here’s hoping for cooler days soon in NYC and, for those of you enjoying cooler climates, curl up with one of these today!

~ Laura

The Three Musketeers

Posted by | October 7, 2011 | No Comments

The story of The Three Musketeers has captured the imagination of youngsters and adults alike for ages.  I don’t remember being into it as a kid…but I was certainly into as a teen when the film version came out.  Granted, I think my fascination had more to do with Chris O’Donnell and Kiefer Sutherland than anything, but still…  (And wasn’t Tim Curry a delightfully wicked Cardinal Richelieu?)

With a new film version of The Three Musketeers coming out on October 21st, interest in the story is sure to go up.  And we’ve got some help for you.

This is a gently adapted version of Alexandre Dumas’ original THE THREE MUSKETEERS story with illustrations by Brett Helquist.  We also have a downloadable “One for All, All for One” poster, as well as a printable poster of the book’s cover.

Stuart Gibbs’ THE LAST MUSKETEER gives a reader an alternate interpretation of the story, as a young boy goes back in time to rescue his parents and finds himself in the company of Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan.

And, just for fun, here’s the trailer for the new movie:

What do you think?  Airships is certainly a different interpretation, a little nod to the steampunk trend.  I’m being open-minded until I see the movie – it could be awesome.  And you?  Are you heading to the theater to see it?

Dark Days Author Tour Kickoff!

Posted by | October 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

Today is the kickoff of the Dark Days author tour!  There is a Livestream event TODAY from 4:00 – 5:35 pm EST, featuring Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, Anna Carey, and Jocelyn Davies!  Check it out here:

The tour officially begins on October 12th at the Barnes and Noble store in Lynnwood, Washington.  Check the tour dates to find out if the Dark Days tour will be stopping by your city:

Wednesday, October 12th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Lynnwood, WA
with Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

Thursday, October 13th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Huntington Beach, CA
with Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

Friday, October 14th
Time TK
Tattered Cover
Highland Ranch, CO
with Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

Saturday, October 15th
1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Boulder, CO
with Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

Sunday, October 16th
2:00 PM
Naperville, IL
with Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)
*This event will be Livestreamed.

Liesl & Po

Posted by | October 5, 2011 | No Comments

A gorgeous book illustrated throughout by Kei Acedera, we are so excited to share LIESL & PO with you!  Lauren Oliver proves she can right it all: young adult, dystopian, and now middle-grade.

We have materials to help you read LIESL & PO with the kids in your classrooms and libraries.  Check out the website: download the discussion guide, ask Lauren a question, and hear Lauren talk about creating the story.

The reviews are lovely:

“With her third book, Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall; Delirium) creates another highly original world, this one for middle-grade readers. Oliver introduces orphans Liesl and Will, a touch of magic, some delectable coincidences, and friendship that stretches from the Living Side to the Other Side.” ~ Shelf Awareness

“Classic fairy tale elements weave throughout this spirited, old-fashioned adventure. Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression.” ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An irresistible read: This book sings.” ~ Kirkus (starred review)

“A nice addition to libraries looking to add to their middle grade fantasy collections.  It could also be a good read aloud, since I think it would have appeal to both genders – it doesn’t lean too ‘girl read’ or ‘guy read’.” ~ GreenBeanTeanQueen

Lastly, check out the gorgeous book trailer (and even download the lyrics to the accompanying song):

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