Posts Tagged: Molly O’Neill

Divergent Day!

Posted by | May 3, 2011 | 16 Comments

So you might have heard about a little book called DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth*.  I joke, of course, when I say “little”.  It’s anything but.  It’s the epic story of a teenage girl who must make a decision on her 16th birthday that will determine the outcome of her life, as all 16-year-olds must do in this dystopian society.

Will she choose to join the Abnegation faction (the selfless)?  Or Dauntless (the brave)?  Perhaps Erudite (the intelligent) or Candor (the honest)?  Or will she choose Amity (the peaceful)?

Well, we all chose our factions** in the office today to celebrate the release of the book!

There’s Patty (Candor), Molly (editor of DIVERGENT and factionless, as this celebration was a surprise for her!), Stephanie (Dauntless), Robin (Erudite), and Laura (Amity).

To keep the celebration going, we’re hosting a giveaway!  We’ll be giving away five (5) copies of DIVERGENT, along with faction tattoos, to five lucky readers!

Tell us which faction you’d choose in the comments (and/or take the quiz) and we’ll randomly pick five names.  Enter by 11:59 p.m.  on Thursday, May 5th and we’ll announce the winners on Friday, May 6th.  U.S. and Canada only, please.

* Check out this interview with Veronica Roth at Brodart’s blog!

** Abnegation (the selfless – all grey, no jewelry); Amity (the peaceful – yellow, hippy, farmer-style); Candor (the honest – only black and white, no grey); Dauntless (the brave – all black, edgy, tattoos and piercings encouraged); Erudite (the intelligent – bright blue, glasses encouraged)

A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron

Posted by | March 3, 2011 | No Comments

Happy Publication Week to librarian and author Bobbie Pyron and A DOG’S WAY HOME!  It’s now available for your libraries!

Editor extraordinaire Molly O’Neill shared her thoughts on dogs and this lovely story – we thought you’d love to read this:

I like dogs. But I’ve never quite been what you’d call a dog person. We had a dog growing up, but he was more my brothers’ dog than mine. Working on A DOG’S WAY HOME changed something for me, though. Somewhere in the midst of the rounds of editing it, I realized I was starting to pay attention to dogs differently. I was noticing them in a way I never had, seeing them sitting outside of coffee shops and restaurants, and on street corners, as they often do in a walkable neighborhood like mine. And I was doing more than noticing them: I was pausing to say hello; I was wondering what inner dialogue was going through their minds as they waited patiently (or not) for their owners. Most of all, I was stopping to observe their interactions with their owners on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan. That’s the power of A DOG’S WAY HOME—it makes you understand, so vividly, the bond that exists between dogs and their people. And really, that’s the power of a good book, right? It changes something inside of you, so that you’re not quite the same person you were before, once you’ve read it.  I think everyone should have the chance to fall in love with this book and its tribute to loyalty, to perseverence, and to having profound faith in those we love.

To find out about A DOG’S WAY HOME‘s road to publication, check out the full post at Molly’s blog, Ten Block Walk.

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