Author of the day: Mike Mullin

mike.picOur last, but certainly not least, author of the day is Mike Mullin with his book Ashfall.  Ashfall like the other books for the Festival is one that had me not wanting to put the book down and reading into the night!

Earth science has always fascinated me, so after reading Ashfall…I was curious to learn more.  This is when I learned that Mike has done his research and has talked about it the elements behind the book, click on this link to find out more.  Check out this CNN article as well.  Or his post on how to survive a volcano!

 

Click here to visit Mike’s blog and learn more about him.  Also below are his 3 4  fun facts that he gave us.
The broken arm I got in fourth grade was caused by an unfortunate run-in with a grizzly bear.I earned a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo in April, 2011.

I shelve my books in binary. You can find The Story of Edgar Sawtelle under 010110100101010.

I’m not entirely sure what the word “fact” means, but I’ve got fun down to an art.

See you tomorrow, you won’t want to miss any of these awesome authors plus word on the street is that there may be a volcano coming to APL!

Author of the day: S.A. Bodeen

sabodeenI am sure you have all read a book that you could not put down and has stayed with you.  Compound by today’s author, S.A. Bodeen, was once such book for me.  I became invested in Eli and his family’s plight, my hope is that once you all started reading Compound that you felt the same way!  Plus, I have loved this book for awhile and am so excited that we have S.A. Bodeen participating in our Festival!  Compound was nominated for the ALA’s 2009 Best Books for Young Adults was a 2009 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.  Also, last year it was Young Hoosier Award winner!  And I can’t wait to read the sequel this fall!

S.A. also has other books out, including The Raft from last year and The Gardener, both are great reads and available at APL.  

I can’t wait to hear S.A. Bodeen this Saturday and she kicks off the Festival at 11, so be there on time!  See you then and until then, here’s a chance to learn more about our fabulous author! Click here to visit her website!

You can also follow her on Facebook and here are her three fun facts:

When I was growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, I named all of our cows after characters in children’s books.

When I lived near Portland, OR, I was an extra in the Hallmark movie “The Valley of Light.”

When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Teen Read ‘n’ Feed Schedule

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Author of the Day: Steve Sheinkin

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Today, let’s focus on Steve Sheinkin and his award winning book, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.  If you have heard me booktalk this book in your English class then you know how much I LOVED this book!  The best part is that I am not alone in my love for Bomb, it has gotten lots of well deserved praise and awards!  It was a Newbery Honor and a National Book Award finalist, Bomb also won the Sibert and YALSA’s Excellence in Non-fiction award!

As a lover of history, I think it’s great that Steve is writing books that are not only informative but interesting, as well.  Non-fiction can be a hard sell but the fact that you all are loving Bomb and checking it out tells me that you feel the same way.

sheinkin bomb 243x300 Five questions for Steve Sheinkin

I am sure you all are as excited as me to meet and hear Steve speak on Saturday but before then here are links that you may enjoy.

This one  is an interview that he did with Horn Book.

And here’s his website.

Plus, if you want to see what his three facts were that he sent to me, here you go!

For many years I was a textbook writer, and now I’m trying to make amends by writing books that are actually fun to read.

I was obsessed with Benedict Arnold for a really long time.

When I’m not reading and writing history books, I love to draw comics.

 

 

Author of the day: Brenda Maxfield

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I thought in the days leading up to the Teen Read ‘n’ Feed Festival that we would highlight each author and their books!

Our first author is Brenda Maxfield and her book is The Lance Temptation. I am excited to report that her book is

now available in print!

Take a look at her website and learn a little more about this fantastic author. (On a sidenote, she’s also an amazing English teacher.  I have had the privilege of working with her and her students many times over the last few years!)

Here were the three fun facts that Brenda provided for us:

Guess who threw up in the middle of her wedding?

I caught, cooked, and ate flying ants in Africa. (yuck!)

I found out that mud pies taste like…well, mud.

I don’t know about you all but can’t wait to hear from her on Saturday!

A few fun facts!

I asked each of our authors to send me a few fun facts about themselves and they were happy to share!  So take a look and learn a little more about our authors before they visit in April!

S.A. Bodeen
sabodeenWhen I was growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, I named all of our cows after characters in children’s books.

When I lived near Portland, OR, I was an extra in the Hallmark movie “The Valley of Light.”

When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

 

Christine Johnson

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I study Wing Chun kung fu and I love it with a fiery passion.

I’m a wuss when it comes to horror movies, but I’m obsessed with The Walking Dead.

I adore food and will eat almost anything, but I can’t stand fresh bananas. Yuck.

 

Brenda Maxfield

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Guess who threw up in the middle of her wedding?

I caught, cooked, and ate flying ants in Africa. (yuck!)

I found out that mud pies taste like…well, mud.

 

Mike Mullin

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I earned a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo in April, 2011.

The broken arm I got in fourth grade was caused by an unfortunate run-in with a grizzly bear.

I shelve my books in binary. You can find The Story of Edgar Sawtelle under 010110100101010.

I’m not entirely sure what the word “fact” means, but I’ve got fun down to an art.

Steve Sheinkin

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For many years I was a textbook writer, and now I’m trying to make amends by writing books that are actually fun to read.

I was obsessed with Benedict Arnold for a really long time.

When I’m not reading and writing history books, I love to draw comics.