OUT TUESDAY: Zombie Tag, by Hannah Moskowitz

Hannah is one of my biffers, and I’m thrilled to help spread the word about her newest book, Zombie Tag. It hits shelves tomorrow, Tuesday December 20, and it is a pretty awesome piece of MG fiction. (MG is just a label—you bet your boots I’m planning to read it.)

You may recall, last year, I presented the rules for the game of zombie tag (click to refresh your memory). That game plays a major role in the book, aside from just giving it a title, but the book is so much more. Here’s the blurb:

Wil is desperate for his older brother to come back from the dead. But the thing about zombies is . . they don’t exactly make the best siblings.

Thirteen-year-old Wil Lowenstein copes with his brother’s death by focusing on Zombie Tag, a mafia/capture the flag hybrid game where he and his friends fight off brain-eating zombies with their mothers’ spatulas. What Wil doesn’t tell anybody is that if he could bring his dead brother back as a zombie, he would in a heartbeat. But when Wil finds a way to summon all the dead within five miles, he’s surprised to discover that his back-from-the-dead brother is emotionless and distant.

In her first novel for younger readers, Moskowitz offers a funny and heartfelt look at how one boy deals with change, loss, and the complicated relationship between brothers.

Doesn’t that sound awesome? Yes, yes it does.

Check out Hannah’s blog here. This link goes to Zombie Tag on Amazon, but I obviously encourage you to buy it at your local bookstore.

lit drift: 21st-century storytelling

Because they asked nicely and because their site is legit awesome, I’d like to point you all over to a new blog/community for young writers, Lit Drift. They give away free books every Friday! So I approve. And when they’re not doing that, “Lit Drift is a blog, resource, and community dedicated to the art & craft of storytelling in the 21st century.” Check it out!

edit: also, when I went to the site the first words I saw were “zombie romeo,” which started everything off on the right foot. :)

and the winner is…..

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KODY!!

As you can see, my method was to write everyone’s name on a slip of paper and put it in my awesome straw hat, and with help from Vanna Monkey I pulled out a name.

So Kody, email me your address at grace.gracetopia at gmail dot com and I’ll mail you your SUPERAWESOME prize!

Thanks for playing, everybody! I was impressed by the turnout. :)

the super-duper YA book giveaway

I’m going to be occupied with family adventures and responsibilities this week, but I thought I’d give you all something to do while I’m gone: WIN BOOKS!

But not just any books. No. This week you get a chance to win 3 books written by 3 of my very good friends, all debut authors within the past year. (The first from last December, the latest from… today, with Cindy snuggled in the middle.)

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That’s Break by Hannah Moskowitz, Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, and Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin. They’re all very different YA books, but they’re all very good, and YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM. (Click the titles for descriptions/reviews in case you aren’t sure why you want them.)

Since there are three books this time I’m going to make winning them sliiiiightly more difficult than previous giveaways, but only slightly:

TO WIN:

What is the last book you read, and do you give it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down?

Please post your answer in the comments section below.

The contest will be open for one week; in other words I will choose a winner on… Tuesday September 1st! What a great way to start the month.

In case you still aren’t sure if you want these books, look how pretty they will be on your shelf:

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Monkey and hockey puck not included. Have at!

(psst–I’m paying postage! you no longer have any excuses.)

(pssst 2–these aren’t my copies that I’m giving away, obv.)

drumroll please…

I would like to hereby announce the upcoming publication of Break by the absolutely amazing debut author Hannah Awesomesauce Moskowitz.

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Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before, and Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah’s only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders. This is the story of his self-destructive spiral, his rock-bottom moment, and how he finally learns to accept help and find true strength through recovery.

The book doesn’t “officially” come out until Tuesday, but it’s available now at Barnes and Noble, amazon, and other fine booksellers near you. And if it’s not, you should request they order it, and then you should buy it. It’s so good. I mean, let’s just start at the beginning, shall we:

The first feeling is exhilaration.

My arms hit the ground. The sound is like a mallet against a crab.

Pure fucking exhilaration.

How can you not want to read a book that starts like that?

Don’t just take my word for it. Hannah’s getting awesome reviews left and right. So get thyself to a bookstore.