Children’s Book Pack Giveaway!

Courtesy of Little, Brown Books, I have giveaway copies of the 3 children’s picture books South by Patrick McDonnell, Willow Buds: When Toady Met Ratty by Mary Jane Begin, and America: The Making of a Nation by Charlie Samuels for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 21. I’ll draw names on November 22, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Movie Review: City of Ember

City of Ember

When the underground city of Ember was founded, it was to last 200 years. And a box with instructions for returning to the surface was left with the mayor, to be passed to each following mayor, which would open at the end of the 200 years. But over time, the box was misplaced. Now the city is dying. And it’s up to two children to discover the way out of Ember.

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Kirk and Spock Are CoverBoys

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine

This week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly features Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine , as Spock and Kirk, from the new Star Trek movie. The issue hits newsstands tomorrow, October 17 and also contains photos from the upcoming film! I know I’ll be grabbing a copy tomorrow!
Quinto looks fantastic as Spock. And Pine definitely fits the pretty-boy Kirk persona. I’m more excited than ever to see how this fleshes out!

Here’s the link to the cover story:,,20233502,00.html

From the article:
While Nimoy will be putting on his ears to play a wizened Spock in the new Star Trek, don’t expect a cameo by William Shatner as Captain Kirk. Last month, the 77-year-old actor posted a video on YouTube, complaining about being left behind, and chastising Abrams, even though Shatner’s Kirk died in Star Trek Generations (1994). “I brought him back to life in one of my books, very easily,” Shatner tells Abrams in the video. “I’m just sorry that I’m not in your wonderful movie.”

Abrams has seen the video, of course. “I don’t know how my life has become a thing where William Shatner talks to me through YouTube,” Abrams tells EW. “I was such a huge fan of his, but we wrote a scene for him in the movie and it didn’t feel right. And he said to us—he said publicly—that doing a cameo didn’t interest him. Which I totally appreciate. But we did try.” EW tried to reach Shatner, but he declined to be interviewed. Through a spokesperson he said, “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be involved in the Star Trek universe at this point.”

And here is a link to some more stills from the upcoming Trek movie:

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