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Recently, we had the adorable Lindsey Leavitt out as a guest. Not only is she super nice but she's also willing to partake in totally silly videos as the request of NYMBC. So thanks, Lindsey! You're a good sport, and a great author!

Flip Usually, waking up on the wrong side of the bed just means a cruddy day. But for 14yr old Alex, it means waking up a whole different person. With a whole different life. Though he's still Alex on the inside, he now lives inside the body of a boy called Flip (short for Phillip) who's cooler, taller, better looking (even better endowed!) than Alex was previously. And while living in Flip's body does have its advantages, like making out with pretty girls who would have otherwise completely ignored him, Alex cannot let go of his previous self. Alex makes for an entirely relatable and sympathetic main character, even though his predicament is so otherworldly. Bedford elegantly combines humor, honesty and humanity with a high concept plot that keeps the pages turning, the laughs coming and the tears rolling. On sale April 5th, for ages 13+ 

Out today is the debut novel from Kirsten Hubbard, LIKE MANDARIN. Set in small town Washokey, Wyoming, Like Mandarin stars Grace, an intelligent and highly introverted high schooler who's been skipped up a year, making her first year of high school her sophomore year. As if that didn't make her enough of an outsider, she's also so quiet, almost nobody notices she's there. Except, it turns out, Mandarin Ramey. Mandarin is everything Grace wishes she could be; reckless, glamourous and sexy. But as her friendship with Mandarin escalates at an alarming pace, Grace starts to learn that Mandarin is perhaps not as care-free as she likes to come across.
Hubbard's background as a travel writer is evident, as the Wyoming landscape springs to life. We see through Grace's eyes all the loneliness and desolation of Wyoming, and the absurdity of the beauty pageants Grace's mother forced both Grace and now her younger sister, Taffeta. Mandarin's impulsive actions and Grace's desire to keep up with them keeps the pages turning in this dark, honest portrayal of a tempestuous friendship.

Good for ages 14+

 You know what the best kind of food is? FREE FOOD. So come kick it with us and with the fabulous LINDSAY LEAVITT in celebation of her new book, Sean Griswold's Head.

                                      


Our amazing Authors!

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Virals is a mysterious and fast paced science fiction novel by Kathy Reichs, author of the highly acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. This is her first young adult book. It follows Temperance's great niece, Tory Brennan as she and her friends discover secret testing facilities, strange experiments, and a deep set mystery in her new hometown. They are forced not only to rethink the world they live in, but also themselves as they become infected with a strange virus that gives them canine reflexes and senses.
 
I enjoy the main character for her dry humor and intelligence. She is given lacey gifts and signed up for classical dance lessons by her distracted and characteristically aggravating step-mother. These painfully tedious experiences make you relate to her, and make you feel like you're the one in the story. She also shows her scientifically inclined personality by adventuring on a neighboring island and befriending a wolf pup. It is introduced early on that Tory would rather categorize seashells than text, showing that she does not necessarily fit in the with the popular crowd. I felt that it added to the story and made the book extremely interesting.
 
It is a perfect book for people interested in science fiction and equally good for mystery lovers. It draws in readers of all ages, with a compelling plot and complex story.
 
My favorite books are: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody, and The Immortals Series by Tamora Pierce. I go to Nueva School and am in 6th grade.
Students are inundated with WWII stories about the Holocaust, and for good reason. But it was a pleasure to find a take on WWII we so rarely hear. Written from the perspective of a Lithuanian refugee whose family is exiled to Siberia, Between Shades of Gray is a masterpiece of teen war fiction. Sepetys's narrative is as elegant as it is unflinching, and is bound to move any reader to tears. Though it is primarily a work of fiction, Sepetys based many of the scenes from interviews with survivors, making the atrocities depicted within all the more harrowing to behold. Perhaps Sepetys's most impressive accomplishment is that, despite the disturbing subject matter, she has wrought a book that is as engaging and focused on love and empathy as it is painfully honest. Beautifully written, masterfully told, please read Between Shades of Gray with Not Your Mother's Book Club's highest recommendation.

So pictures are still to come, but in the meantime we have some links to AMAZING bloggers that attended this event. Fans were out in force, and we were pleased to keep pulling more and more chairs out for attendees.

 Three ladies from Eve's Fan Garden (in Sacramento) came out, and had baked a special cupcake for each one of the authors that reflected their respective book covers! They looked adorable (and delicious) and totally professionally made. They posted their own recap on their website. You can find reviews, recaps of other events, author interviews and more from these very prolific ladies!

We also got to meet Jessica, who runs the awesome teen blog, Chick Lit Teens. Jessica organizes contests, giveaways, writes reviews and even conducts interviews. You can follow her on Twitter too @ChickLitTeens

Not to mention Elizabeth Eulberg, who has already posted pics to her Twitter! (@ElizEulberg)

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