Monthly Archives: November 2011

Give Thanks for Books

Posted by | November 21, 2011 | No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving-week, everyone!

In honor of the upcoming holiday, we want to share with you the books for which we’re most thankful.

Molly’s book is The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Here’s why: “As adults, the holiday season can be filled with stress, travel, planning, and too much time spent feeling crazed in shopping malls. This beautiful book is a reminder to me of what I really treasure about this time of year: the magic of childhood, and the beauty of believing in each other. ‘Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.’”

Robin’s book is Benny and the Binky, by Barbro Lindgren, illustrated by Olof Landstrom. Why? “This book never fails to make me laugh. The illustrations are subtly hilarious and the text is quirky in the best way. My favorite part is when Benny runs into the ‘tough pigs with soccer shoes.’ It makes me happy every time I look at it.”

Steph’s book is Tell Me a Mitzi, by Lore Segal, illustrated by Harriet Pincus. The reason: “This book taught me the invaluable lesson that it’s probably not the best idea to take your baby brother out of his crib for an impromptu trip to Grandma’s house. But if you do it’s imperative to know Grandma’s address!”

Patty is unable to pinpoint her most appreciated book of all time, but her pick from the last year is Just My Type: A Book about Fonts, by Simon Garfield.

We’d love to know what book you’re most thankful for. Tell us, please!

Introducing: New Voices!

Posted by | November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Right now, we’re gearing up to start our New Voices program, and we wanted to give you a little preview.

New Voices will feature eight fantastic novels by debut authors that we think you’re going to love. We’ll be introducing these great new talents here on the pageturn, starting in December and continuing throughout the winter, so be sure to check in regularly for author interviews, letters from the editors, sneak peek chapter excerpts, and more!

Here are the stellar debuts we have in store for you:

Stay tuned! And, if you’re attending NCTE, stop by booth #513 to pick up galleys of these titles (and many, many more)!


Posted by | November 15, 2011 | No Comments

Look who we have here, why, it’s Veronica Roth, author of mega-loved dystopian YA novel DIVERGENT

And what’s that she’s holding? Why it’s an award from the National Council of Teachers of English for “outstanding performance in writing,” awarded to her in 2005 while she was still a wee high school student.  And now it’s all come full circle– Veronica will be at NCTE’s Annual Convention this year (the 100th anniversary!), signing DIVERGENT in the HarperCollins Children’s Booth (#513) and speaking on an ALAN Workshop (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) panel about future worlds.  Those NCTE folks sure know what they’re talking about!


Posted by | November 14, 2011 | No Comments

In just a few days, we’re packing up and heading to the city of big shoulders, Chicago, Illinois, for NCTE/ALAN 2011— the 100th Annual Convention!  Our lineup of authors signing in the HarperCollins Children’s Booth (#513) is pretty knock-your-socks-off, so come by and meet them:


12:30-1:00PM           Stephanie Hemphill

1:00-1:30PM              Eric Luper

1:30-2:00PM              Megan Kelley Hall & Carrie Jones

2:30-3:00PM              Seymour Simon

3:30-4:00PM              S.J. Kincaid

4:00-4:30PM              Gordon Korman

4:30-5:00PM              Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld


9:30-10:30AM            Walter Dean Myers

10:30-11:30AM          Veronica Roth

11:30AM-12:00PM        Eloise Greenfield & Jan Spivey Gilchrist

1:00-2:00PM                David Macinnis Gill

2:00-3:00PM                Rita Williams-Garcia

3:00-4:00PM                Jon Scieszka

4:30-5:00PM                Neal Shusterman


9:00-10:00AM               Chris Crutcher

10:30-11:00AM             Carolyn Mackler

11:00-11:30AM             Megan McCafferty

We’ll be having fun in Booth #513 handing out lots of goodies– galleys, posters, guides, bookmarks, and more.  And we want to see you!  Follow us on Twitter (@thepageturn) where we’ll be tweeting under the NCTE hashtag #ncte11.

How many slices of deep dish pizza do you think we can eat over a 5 day conference? Because we have some lofty goals!


Posted by | November 10, 2011 | No Comments

It’s almost Friday, yahoo! That means we’re feeling a little tired, and we want to be entertained. By our books.  Without reading.  Which is where some really fantastic book trailers for a few terrific upcoming books come in.

First up, we’re trying to think positively about heading into chilly, icy winter, and this sweet story by Daniel RoodeLITTLE BEA AND THE SNOWY DAY, is helping us remember all the FUN things about the cold– like ice skating, snow balls, and cozy sweaters.

And then, to wildly and completely switch gears, Tahereh Mafi’s SHATTER ME. Imagine that not only do you have the power to kill with your very touch, but you also have the power to save your world, and a choice to make: be a weapon, or be a warrior.

And finally, Brodi Ashton’s EVERNEATH. Last spring, Nikki was sucked into the Underworld, and now she’s returned, but with only six months to say her goodbyes– to her family, to her boyfriend, to her very life– before she’s sucked back by Cole, the smoldering immortal who wants her as his queen… permanently.

We love book trailers around here, and I’m curious– how do you use them?  As part of storytime?  To booktalk?  We’d love to know!


Posted by | November 2, 2011 | No Comments






When Will Besting approaches Fort Eden for the first time, he knows something isn’t right. With more terrifying secrets at every turn he discovers a hidden fear deep inside himself, a dark mystery a thousand years in the making, and the unexpected girl of his dreams. But can he save everyone from the dangers of Fort Eden before it’s too late?

Bestselling author Patrick Carman’s DARK EDEN is not only a psychological thrill ride of a book, but also an app— a 14 episode experience (the first of which is free) with maps, videos, audio diaries, and journal entries that tell the story.  The book and the app truly go hand-in-hand, and if even that’s not enough for you… there’s more!

Take THE FEAR TEST, which will show you your darkest fears… and may (warning!) scare you a little in the process, check out the Facebook DARK EDEN fan site for updates.  Join us in Dark Eden… where fear is the cure.

Dark Eden is available in bookstores now (what a great publication date– 11.1.11!).


Posted by | November 1, 2011 | No Comments

We bookmaking folk take our Halloweening pretty seriously. How many HarperCollins Children’s characters can you spot in the photos above (taken in our photo studio/elevator bank)?

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