Friday, October 31, 2008

Lauren's Halloween Scare-A-Thon

In honor of Halloween, Lauren Myracle dared 13 authors to a Halloween Scare-A-Thon! They were to scare themselves by today, Halloween, by doing something that scares them and facing their fears.

Here's a round up of what happened (Is happening...) :

Lauren Myracle: She learned the Thriller, which because of a certain experience in 7th grade, she was terrified of. Here's her post about it and the video:


M.T. Anderson: Tobin will be doing his on the Day of the Dead and there will definitely be pictures up after when he does.

Holly Black: Holly watched a zombie movie because she's terrified of zombies. More on her blog.

Libba Bray: Even though Libba just got back from her European tour, she posted about her fears and facing them. She posted in the same post a list of possibilities, go tell her what you think her challenge should be!



Meg Cabot: Meg is scared of fairies and for her dare, she decided to dress up as a fairy for Halloween. She discusses this fear and what she's going to do here and here. Here is a picture of her outfit:



Cassandra Clare: Cassandra, being in France on tour, decided to eat brains as her dare. She completed it as edited on her blog, but is waiting to upload the photos.

Melissa De La Cruz: Melissa had been postponing going to the dentist for a surgery she needs done because it's her biggest fear. So, she called and made an appointment and will face her fear on November 17. Here's her post and a video:



John Green: John has said that he will be late, but his dare will come soon. Lauren says, "I told him he has to wear Wienie Hat until then..."



Shannon Hale: Shannon's most recent post was asking her blog readers what they think she should do and naming some of what she's afraid of. She agreed to have her husband scare her, this may not sound as much, but she was really freaked out. Watch the video and you'll see:



Maureen Johnson: Maureen hasn't yet revealed what it is she has done or is going to do, but on Wednesday she made a list of her fears and asked the readers of her blog for their suggestions and ideas.

Stephenie Meyer: Lauren "received a very nice note from one of her peeps saying she's taking a well-deserved break from media and won't be able to participate in the dare."

Kristen Miller: Kristen is scared of eggs, actually ate them, then got sick... More on her blog.

Sarah Mlynowski: Sarah left a comment on Lauren's blog, "Hello sweet Lauren! Of course I am in. My biggest fear involves riding a bike, and I am unable to conquer that at the moment...but I have others. Lots and lots of others.", but we haven't found anything regarding her completion yet.

Scott Westerfeld: Scott has completed his dare, but as of now no one knows what it was. He says here that he will be posting a video of it this weekend.



HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! And we'll have a post later next week to keep you updated on the dares.

-The YAthenaeum Team

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Impossible- REVIEW

Erika’s Review of Impossible by Nancy Werlin

I’ll begin with a short summary of the book: Impossible was inspired by the ballad “Scarborough Fair”, but it is set in the present time. Lucy finds out that the women in her family are cursed to become pregnant at the age of seventeen and once they give birth to a girl, always a girl, they become insane. There is a way to break the curse; to accomplish three impossible tasks before they become mad. The book is about Lucy trying to accomplish these things, but it’s much more than that too.

I highly recommend anyone and everyone to read it. Everyone will find something they love in this amazing tale. If you’re one who’s a sucker for romance, it’s for you. (Not saying this is negative. I for one am definitely a sucker for it.) If fantasy is your thing, there’s an evil Elfin Knight for goodness sake. And if you enjoy suspense, you won’t be disappointed. If you like them all, then you really should not be reading this right now and should go out and find it immediately. (Which I think most should do regardless of their preference because it is for everyone.) All of this is nicely round up in a deep, meaningful book that is also extremely entertaining. It’s one of those books that are near impossible (no pun intended) to put down. It may at times make you cry for joy and other times a nervous wreck waiting to see what comes next. Over all Impossible is definitely a book that it is Impossible to say many negative things about. (Pun intended.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Th1rteen R3asons Why


This has been floating around the web and we thought we should post about it as our way of passing it on:

"The last time anyone heard this voice was when Hannah Baker was alive. I wont divulge my reasons for posting these tapes and letting Hannah’s story be heard by the whole world...yet. But those of you who are on her list can probably guess why I’m doing this and thats all that matters. For those of you who haven’t had your tape posted yet...stay tuned."

Here's the link to the first tape.

It’s based on Jay Asher's book Th1rteen R3asons Why that came out last year.

-The YAthenaeum Team

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Death's Shadow Signing- RECAP

Brought to you by Lorena. (With comments by Erika in blue)

This event was pretty hectic if you ask me. Brigitte and I were at the store sometime around 5. Erika and Julie hadn’t arrived yet so we continued the task they had started the night before of spamming the entire Young Adult book section with our bookmarks. We worked the Children’s room and when Erika and Julie arrived they went to the 2nd division of YA in the other room. I think I had to go into the back room at least 3 times for stacks of bookmarks. (The bookmarks are for this blog...)

After a good ten minutes of this, the back door opened and Emily came out loaded with Party City bags. We all met in the antiquarian room to inspect what we would be working with. Originally we had planned to wear cloaks but we ended up wearing long black hooded robes, in which we looked, to say the least, like some suicidal cult. Em then showed us the rest of the things she brought. Candles that dripped blood, bloody gauze, votive candles, and the best way to top it off, red & black M & M’s. Oh, and the most amazing CD that contained classic slasher themes (Psycho, Friday the 13th...you name it, it was on there)

We then went to decorate the event room in what we believe would help set the mood for Shan’s horror stories. I believe we did a decent job. A few candles to surround the audience chairs, 2 on the podium, bloody ones on the signing table conveniently next to the M & M’s...
(And I tried to wrap the bloody gauge around the podium, but apparently everything I do turns out too neat or nice...) After we felt it was eerie enough we proceeded to our usual crowd the bathroom stage of event preparation. Since I had originally planned to have a cloak, I had brought this weird skirt I had made a while ago. It had this dramatic flair to it, with it’s freakishly long train that managed to get stuck in every door, and stepped on by anyone who wasn’t paying attention (which was me multiple times... Sorry!). I just HAD to wear it. We paled down our faces and tried to get our best “dead” look. Though we ended up looking too much like the Volturri from Twilight.

As we left to cross to the other room, Emily got a call that the dry ice she wanted for our “fog” effect had arrived. It looked cooler outside while we played with the fog than it did as a big bucket under a podium; let me tell ya. Sometime during this, Darren arrived. Emily introduced us to him and his representative. We walked with them to the café, but there was a shortage of space so we retreated to the children’s room for emergency pinning of overly large cloaks.
(Namely Erika's overly large cloak that she tripped way too much on prior to said pinning.)

After a failed attempt
(it actually somewhat worked for me) at that we went back to the event room. Which was actually filled with people. We stayed near the entrance until Emily walked in. We turned off all the lights, and I was in charge to turn them on as soon as Darren was at the podium. And from there it started.

Emily introduced us to the audience, as well as our site, and then let Darren take over. Erika then pointed out that I had forgotten my camera. I ran to the back room, took the tripod and camera and ran back, slowing down only so I wouldn't make too much noise in the room with my heels when I came in.



Darren begun by reading from his new book Death’s Shadow. I’ll give him props. It was a good reading, longer than most, but it was good. He then gave an announcement about upcoming things of interest in the world of Cirque du Freak.



For one, it was being turned into a manga. Second being the release of a Cirque du Freak movie. He expects it released sometime next summer, but the official trailer will be released with the Twilight movie November 21st. He then went into a Q& A about his books , and his life in general. After that he did another reading of a new fantasy book he was working on. This didn’t last as long, and we soon went on post-it duty.
(I was on passing out bookmark duty.)

We got through the line pretty fast and didn’t have much to do other than play around, so we whipped out the camera and started taking pictures. After all, why miss the opportunity to take pictures in our attire.



The last one in line was a guy who had come all the way from Georgia. I don’t quite remember how many books he had on him, though I’m guessing it must have been about 12, all hardcover. While he signed Emily introduced us to Darren’s rep who apparently had studied in college with her. We talked nonsense about the signings we had worked, who we had met and whatnot.



Eventually Darren got through the stack and agreed to take a picture with us. We waved our goodbyes and went to the back room to rip off the robes. I was in the bathroom desperately trying to wipe off the black lipstick I had on… I think I still have some left. We dined on gourmet Books & Books café sandwiches and went home after that.

It was a pretty good event. After all, how often do you get to act like a cult in a bookstore?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Science Fair Signing- RECAP





Brought to you by Julie.

(with comments by Erika in blue)
(Brigitte in yellow) (Lorena in red)






Technically there are two starting points since I was there way before hand. We were already decked out in our lab coats and Emily showed up rather early so we got things moving pretty fast. She brought in a science experiment book with "cool tricks" so we could entertain little kids before the event started. Sad to say only one worked. Apparently one was suppose to use the static from rubbing a balloon on your head to turn on a light bulb, all that did was mess up Em's hair. We ended up only doing the Frankenstein hand trick, then started blowing up balloons to decorate the event room.

(2nd starting point) It all started when we arrived at Books & Books. Brigitte and Lorena were already there in lab coats and handed us our own. While putting them on , noticed the signing room was already set up with chairs and on one end was an awesome banner that read “Books & Books Middle School Science Fair.” I then began the tedious task of putting my hair into a messy yet not too messy bun, which was difficult, yet it eventually got done.

I helped tie a couple balloons and then placed the balloons near the gate. Erika and I started to put up streamers where you enter the book signing room, but then we were told they were going to put a curtain there so we only put up a few.
(That was a waste of a few minutes...) Meanwhile Brigitte and I were tying balloons to the rail above the shelves. Needless to say Brigitte is quite short, I'm not all that tall myself, and Julie had the ladder. So this seemed to be quite an impossible task. Miraculously our friend Euckee arrived with great timing. And with him being a giant and all, we dumped our balloon work on him. After that we had the task of making the podium look pretty, so we (being Erika and I) added streamers and balloons to it. The room looked pretty nice once we were done with it.

Next the task came of greeting people by the gate. We gave every child who was coming to the signing a little “gift package” consisting of: 1 Science Fair bookmark, 1 YAthenaeum bookmark, 1 test tube with an excerpt from the book in it, and 1 pirate eye patch.
I tried to wear an eye patch for a few minutes but frankly, I'm blind enough without my glasses, I think one eye just made things worse. Since the books are with Disney we had Radio Disney there. So the whole time we were greeting people we got to listen to the wonderful tunes of High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and The Jonas Brothers. (At least most of the people coming enjoyed the music.) Julie was whining in pain from said music...

We also had a “science experiment” at the entrance, in which we poured vinegar in a cup then put some baking soda in a rubber glove, then put the rubber glove over the cup and watched some sort of chemical reaction take place, and the glove inflate. When Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson finally arrived we performed
(attempted to perform) the experiment for them, but may have added a tad too much baking soda. If we weren’t holding the glove down, it would have flown off. Actually the first time around it did fly off, but when we tried it a second time we kind of, sort of, overdid it, and all the excess liquid from the gas spilled onto the table.

We stayed out there the remainder of the time, greeting more people until the event started. Finally we went out there and the room was PACKED, I wasn’t even sure there was enough room for us to stand. Emily introduced us
(almost forgetting my name) and then them, dressed like a “sith lady” because of the Star Wars tie in the book, and they were escorted in by Princess Liea. We found a place to sit on the floor. We couldn’t see much, but it was still awesome. And considering Lorena was forced to stand the entire time filming and taking pictures, the floor seemed even nicer D: There was hardly room to stand to begin with, I couldn't move an inch without bumping into cranky ladies on either side of me.

Mitchell, Dave, and Ridley were all presented with some plaques from New World School of the Arts.



At first they felt bad for us all who gave up seeing High School Musical 3 (which premiered that day) for their book signing. So they did a reenactment of two actual scenes from the movie. (Dave being Troy, Ridley being Gabriela, and Mitchell being the narrator.) This we caught on video.
Watch! It's hilarious! I'm deeply sorry for the shaky camera, I can't help it when I'm laughing. We've sworn to use tripods from now on.



They then told some hilarious stories and read an excerpt from the book. After that they did the “Coke and Mentos” experiment by taking a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke and dropping inside it 2 mentos. It must have shot a geyser at least 5 feet into the air. Julie's forgetting the best part right before this occurred, when they were trying to decide on the amount of Mentos to use. Dave said 2, the audience screamed 3, Mitchell said he had no clue what 3 means, and Dave decided he liked Books & Books, so he decided two.

Thanks to
amattke for the video:



Finally, the presentation came to an end and they started signing on the other side of the bookstore. We went to post-it duty, which didn’t take that long with all of us helping out. (I don't recall someone by the name of Brigitte helping out.) I protest! I was in the bathroom and when I came out I went looking for you guys. When I couldn't find anyone I called Lorena WHO DIDN'T PICK UP. Okay, okay, I'll admit, I didn't notice I had 3 missed calls till I was out of the line. When we were done we just stood around and waited for the line to die down. When I managed to ge through it I handed my cousin (did I mention he tagged along) my camera and threw myself of the floor since my feet were in pain. Once it did, we got our own books and Erika and I came to a reasonable decision of who gets what books. (If you are new to reading this blog, or just never noticed us mention it before, Julie is my sister.) I got the second and third Peter and the Starcatchers books and a poster, she got the first book, and we had Science Fair signed to both of us. (Trust me if you knew how many books she’s gotten at the past signings it is more than fair.) (No comment.)

Finally we got our own books signed and took pictures with them (Dave and Ridley, not the books. Sophie was in the picture as well with her frog).



All and all it was a very successful, fun, and hilarious event.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This Week in YA- October 25, 2008

Random things:
  • In honor of John Green's birthday, the Nerdfighters banded together in order to get John Green to New York Times bestseller status and they did! Paper Towns will be #5 on the list. Congrats John! We all agree it's completely deserved.
  • The 2008 Teens' Top Ten has been announced. Congrats to all the authors!
  • Sarah Dessen posted the cover for her new book, Along for the Ride, that comes out next year on her blog.
Movie News:
  • The movie based on the first three books in Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series that is coming out sometime in the next year will have it's trailer premiered on the big screen with the Twilight movie on November 21.
  • Paper Towns by John Green has been optioned by the same producers and studio that made Juno.

Books that came out in the past week:
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Twilight (Mass Market) by Stephenie Meyer
  • Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider’s Guide to the World of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


Books that come out in the next week:
  • October 28: The Twilight Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series by Lois H. Gresh
  • October 28: Headlong by Kathe Koja
  • October 28: Guardian by Julius Lester
  • October 28: Everything Beautiful in the World by Lisa Levchuk




-The YAthenaeum Team

Friday, October 24, 2008

Darren Shan Tomorrow!

Darren Shan will be at Books & Books at 7pm tomorrow! 

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, Florida

"With Beranabus, Grubbs, and Kernel off exploring the universe of the Demonata for clues about the Shadow behind the demon invasion, Bec is left behind in Carcery Vale for safekeeping. But with Dervish's health on the decline, Lord Loss knows she's the most vulnerable piece of the Kah-Gash. As hoards of demons, werewolves, and zombies advance, Bec needs to figure how to reach Beranabus with crucial information about the Shadow-fast. Death’s Shadow (Little Brown, $16.99), the highly anticipated seventh book in the bestselling Demonata series by Cirque du Freak author Darren Shan, is sure to make sure shudder. Don’t miss tonight’s bone-chilling event."

Come and make sure to say hello!

-The YAthenaeum Team

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Paper Towns Signing- RECAP

Sorry for the abnormally long post, but we had to fit all the awesome in. Brought to you by Erika. (With comments by Lorena in red), (Brigitte in yellow) (And Julie in green)

There’s only one word to describe last night: AWESOME!
I protest, no words can describe last night.

Meeting John Green was just about everything we hoped it to be.
(and more)

I’ll fast-forward the day to when we arrived at Books & Books. Lorena and Brigitte were already there and so were some Nerdfighters! (This was about 5:30; the event started at 7.) People kept pointing us in the direction of the event room and we kept pretty much yelling that we were working there. Then, we ran into Jeanne (the lady in the Children's room) and she mentioned that she had been on the site a couple of times (yaaaaay!). Yup and some of the Nerdfighters have been on this site -happy dance-. We all changed into our t-shirts and jeans in our typical hog the bathroom fashion. Yeah except there was someone in the bathroom so we had to wait a little unlike it usually is.

Then, we signed the card I made John (in a gold pen), after my failed attempt to draw evil baby Hitler, picked a charity for our swear jar (so totally my idea) (not just if you swore, just to donate money to decrease world suck). We ended up picking The Children’s Home Society. During this we were running back and forth between the children's room and the register because apparently we just had to buy more and more copies of Paper Towns. We just couldn't stop buying. Oh, and we played "In my Pants" with the children's books. Which I can proudly say I started AND won.

Time went on and we attempted to figure out what to say for our introduction… Lorena then realized that she hadn’t taught Julie and I the time warp yet. So, we went to the children’s section next to the table and began learning. Once we did it once, the door to the staff room opened and who stood there in the middle of putting our hands on our hips… Emily… and John Green! I'm being completly honest here is was like one of those time stopped moments, it may have been the awkward stance we were in (I mean it literally looked like we were waiting out there for him (which we weren't)) but everyone was just dead silent in an unannounced staring contest.

Lorena casually tried turning the hands on hips motion into a wave and said hello. You have to admit that was completely and utterly the most slick thing I've ever pulled. Because Lorena is never slick. He was wearing the same color green shirt as us with jeans! It was an awesome coincidence! Although, it may have looked like we were really stalking him. (I’ll take this opportunity to describe the shirts… Each of us on the back had a letter spelling DFTBA, Emily, me, Julie, Lorena, and Brigitte respectively. Though the B was backwards because of my horrible ironing skills and there also was need for sharpie to make the F black again since I turned it brown... The fronts were all different Nerdfighter/John Green references.) It was insaaaane! -swoon-

Emily introduced us, and then they went to go figure out the Internet in the event room (we followed). We walked into the event room and everyone stared cheering but John was saying things like "Not part of the show, this never happened." But Nerdfighters took pictures anyway. Afterwards, we all, John included, went to the café, sat down, and began randomly talking. Well, they did. I could barely string two words together the entire conversation. Yes, John Green is just that awesome. Amazing no? Usually I can never get her to shut up.

I can’t even remember all that we talked about… But it was very entertaining and we (well, I) were definitely nervous. For the most part we started discussing the authors that we had helped at their events before, John pointed out we've met pretty much most of his author friends. Then it went into self publication, when it seems like a nice thing, and when it's just unnecessary. Mitchell came in a few minutes later and joined in our conversation; John just kept complimenting the store. Apparently we were the reason he came to Florida. YAY INDIES! No, YAY BOOKS & BOOKS!

Soon it was 7, so we went out to begin the show. We were in a single file line in letter order and John following at the end into a packed room. (It probably did look like we planned the matching shirts.) (Or stalked him)

The four of us gave a horrible introduction, thank goodness for Lorena or it would have been a thousand times worse… Okay more like, the four of us minus Lorena stayed quiet while Lorena had to try and make up an awesome speech that revolved around the words "awesome" and "jokes" which she failed miserably at doing. Well, I laughed so it wasn't that bad. And I did help; I got John Green to laugh along with several knowledgeable Nerdfighters. We turned around to reveal our DFTBA, which made it slightly better, and then John then took the podium and turned it into awesome.

He went on at first just talking (which included the first public announcement that he's a New York Times bestseller! We're honored that it was at our event! Congrats John!), then read the famous page 23 (you can watch these ten minutes on Alan’s recorded BlogTV show), then it went into a Q&A question Tuesday style.


This included his happy dance! [Thanks to: Teresa (ImperfectlyPerfect2)]


When there was no more time for questions, Emily went up and then said, we had one more question for him. Lorena asked him if he would do the time warp with us. (When we sent him a short Q&A posted here, he had said he could), but he said he didn’t know how. Disappointment ya know? Kind of like being promised presents on Christmas and then ending up with a bag of coal sort of disappointment.

Here’s how that played out (Thanks to : Epiphany131)


We then did the time warp ourselves and Lorena and Brigitte argued over which way to turn… See basically everyone went left, and I went right on instinct. That caused quite an eruption of laughter from the audience (though I think the arguing just made it worse) (If someone recorded that, please send it to us, though Lorena and Brigitte may not be too happy. It was hilarious.) Yeah, yeah I'm sure it was. I would be happy, it just supports me being right. I didn't even get to see the collision due to the fact I was on the end and turned the right way.

John then began to sign books. We went on post–it duty. Once that was done we just basically stood in the center of the room watching the long line slowly shrink.

Since our poor swear jar was getting no attention, Brigitte took it upon herself to go down the line and beg. I do not beg. I ask prettily. Basically all the money in it so far was hers since well lets face it, she puts sailors to shame. I'm so lucky I'm here to defend my honor. And since Nerdfighters are awesome, they donated! (We collected a grand total of $29.62) GO NERDFIGHTERS!!!

After a while, we went and brought all out stuff to the center of the room, sat on the floor and post-ited our own books. (Most of them said "Erika")

Eventually there was only one group of people left. We waited and then once they left, we got our own books signed. I myself had 6 books… Paper Towns ARC, Let it Snow, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns (Happy Margo), and 21 Proms [Which John thinks I may have the copy with the most authors signatures (5) and that he likes me better than the others do lol :) ] Stupid Melissa De La Cruz signature -grumble-.


We then made him take multiple pictures with us…


He thanked us repeatedly for making the shirts and he offered all those in the room the candy left over from the bag he was given of the towards-the-end-of-Paper Towns-gas-station-shopping-spree. I got the Nerds! (Which may possibly be the same ones John is holding in this video.) I got Snickers! I got Grandma's cookies! You can never go wrong with Grandma's cookies. I got to share Erika's Nerds!

Michael (the manager of the Books & Books in Bal Harbor) asked John to sign his manual typewriter. John was spazzing out from the authors that had previously signed it, repeatedly stated he couldn’t ruin it (he wouldn't ruin it but simply add to its majesty), but then gave in when Michael continued to insist.

We then all had to leave. Though we didn’t want to leave John we had to (I had a ton of homework to finish… ended up going to bed at 1:30am, but it was worth it).

Thanks so much John for making the night possible! And to all those who came that made it even more awesome! If anyone has any pictures or videos they’d like us to share, feel free to e-mail us the link and we’ll add them in! Well Erika's nice, but I'm not, so I'm demanding you send them. Just kidding :), but please do send them. Brigitte demands pictures! Pictures would be awesome!

DFTBA!

Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson Tomorrow!


Laser-eyed stuffed owls, terrorist plotting, and levitating frogs?

That’s right! Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson are at it again with their new book
Science Fair!

They’ll be signing tomorrow, October 24th at 7pm at Books & Books.

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida

“Grdankl the Strong, president of Kprshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government. His plan is to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School, located in a Maryland suburb just outside Washington. The rich kids at Hubble cheat by buying their projects every year, and Grdankl's cronies should have no problem selling them his government-corrupting software. But this year, Toby Harbinger, a regular kid with Discount Warehouse shoes, is determined to win the $5,000 prize-even if he has to go up against terrorists to do it. With the help of his best friends, Tamara and Micah, Toby takes on Assistant Principal Paul Parmit, aka "The Armpit", a laser-eyed stuffed owl, and two eBay buyers named Darth and the Wookiee who seem to think that the Harrison-Ford-signed BlasTech DL-44 blaster Toby sold them is a counterfeit. The bestselling
Peter and the Starcatchers duo is back with Science Fair (Disney/Hyperion, $18.99, ages 9+)! Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson now set their sights on a rogue nation, a terrorist plot and of course, levitating frogs and the Wienermobile.”

As always, we’ll be there so don’t forget to stop by and say hi!

P.S. We’re working on an epic-ly long recap of John Green’s event last night. It’ll be up shortly since we’re having such a hard time cramming so much awesome into one post.

-The YAthenaeum Team

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

John Green Tomorrow!


It's finally here! John Green is coming to Books & Books tomorrow, October 22 at 7pm!

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida

"When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night-dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. With Paper Towns (Penguin, $17.99), Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers"

Read our Post Made of Awesome which has a short Q&A with John and Erika's review of Paper Towns!

Come and enjoy the awesomeness! We look forward to seeing whoever can come! And if you can't, don't worry, we'll recap it all and have plenty of pictures and video to share! Plus it will most likely (as long as there are no technical problems) be broadcast live on Alan's BlogTV channel!

We're so excited!

-The YAthenaeum Team

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What’s a friend?


As part of YAthenaeum’s commitment to the teens of the world, a few members of our team are involved with an arts and culture program at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center. The program is called UP: Unlocked Potential, and has been bringing workshops, discussions and lectures to the boys in Juvie, ages 13-18, for the past 9 months.

Many of the kids we have met are aspiring poets, artists, chefs, botanists and musicians. One of the boys we’ve come to know, Jonathan, shared one of his poems with us, and we thought it was so good we wanted you to read it.

So here it is:
(P.S.... it’s best if you read it out loud)

What’s a friend?

What’s a friend?
To this day I don’t understand.
Act one way, but change in sight of another man?
Yo trick I may fall, but I’ll rise again.
So what’s a friend?
Someone who’ll ride to the end?
Someone who understands?
Someone who you can tell ya plans?
So what’s a friend?
A backbone? Yo spleen?
Who straight you when you lean?
Who’s a plant from yo seed?
Who provide when you in need?
So what’s a friend?
Who puts up a front then talk behind yo back?
When police threat he don’t know how to act?
Who’s like “g’wan ‘head” instead of “don’t do that”?
So what’s a friend?
To this day I don’t understand
So keeping to myself seems like a good plan.


-The YAthenaeum Team

Saturday, October 18, 2008

This Week in YA- October 18, 2008

Blogs and random other things:
  • The National Book Award finalists were announced Wednesday. More information on our post on the subject.
  • In honor of Melissa De La Cruz's third book in the Blue Bloods series, Revelations, she's posting a quote a day from it on her blog.
  • Alan Gratz's publisher, Dial Books, is letting you read Something Rotten for free here.
  • On Lauren Myracle's blog she posted multiple ways to win a Bliss Shirt.
  • You can get a Paper Towns' collab album by doing three things: Watch this video to see how.


Books that came out in the past week:
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
  • Two to the Fifth by Piers Anthony
  • The Twilight Saga Box Set by Stephenie Meyer
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Doomwyte: A Novel of Redwall by Brian Jacques



Books that come out in the next 10 days:
  • October 21: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • October 28: Twilight (Mass Market) by Stephenie Meyer
  • October 28: The Twilight Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series by Lois H. Gresh
  • October 28: Headlong by Kathe Koja
  • October 28: Guardian by Julius Lester
  • October 28: Everything Beautiful in the World by Lisa Levchuk

This Week in Books & Books Teen Event News:

We'll be at all of them! Come and say hi! (There will be future posts about all three)
  • Wednesday, October 22, 7pm: John Green for Paper Towns.
  • Friday, October 24, 7pm: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson for Science Fair
  • Saturday, October 25, 7pm: Darren Shan for Death's Shadow
-The YAthenaeum Team