I've been curious ever since I heard about "Sinner". Will Grace and Sam be in the book, or perhaps be mentioned at least? I wish to know what happened to them, especially Sam (because he's my baby)

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maggie-stiefvater:

They are mentioned. I won’t say how much. But I will remind readers gently that it is Cole & Isabel’s story, and it takes place in California, which is very, very, very, very, very far from Mercy Falls.

Recall how I said once that I would not be returning to Mercy Falls?

I have not returned.

Man, though, I am really pleased with Sinner. It is so full of sunshine and joy and also people with problems and girls who are gloriously mean.

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

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Now available with a brand new look in paperback!

Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost). 

He plays drums in the All-City Jazz Band (whose members call him the Peasant), has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn’t even know he’s alive), and is constantly annoyed by his younger brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute — which is also pretty annoying). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven’s world is turned upside down, and he is forced to deal with his brother’s illness, his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece, his homework, the band, girls, and Dangerous Pie (yes, you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is!).

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Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

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Dimple Lala doesn’t know what to think. 

She’s spent her whole life resisting her parents’ traditions. But now she’s turning seventeen and things are more complicated than ever. She’s still recovering from a year-old break-up, and her best friend isn’t around the way she used to be. Then, to make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a “suitable boy.” Of course, it doesn’t go well… until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web of words and music. Suddenly the suitable boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Complications ensue. 

This is a story about finding yourself, finding your friends, finding love, and finding your culture — sometimes where you least expect it.

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The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

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On June 21, 1964, three young men were killed by the Ku Klux Klan for trying to help black Americans vote as part of the 1964 Freedom Summer registration effort in Mississippi. The disappearance and brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant events of the civil rights movement.

The Freedom Summer Murders tells the tragic story of these brave men, the crime that resulted in their untimely death, and the relentless forty-one-year pursuit of a conviction. It is the story of idealistic and courageous young people who wanted to change their country for the better. It is the story of how their ultimate sacrifice helped bring about civil rights and social justice. It is the story of black and white. And ultimately, it is the story of our nation’s endless struggle to close the gap between what is and what should be.

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In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White, comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boardinghouse. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch. 

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boardinghouse so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with an increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it… but they can’t. 

Arthur is also new to the boardinghouse. His fate is tied to that of the others. He knows what darkness circles them, but can’t say why, and doesn’t even know if they can be saved.

Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world.

Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.

Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, In the Shadows collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear. The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.

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Hi, I am a new follower of this page and I just wanted to say thank you for creating a page that ap[appreciates books.

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Thank YOU for appreciating books! :)

WednesDIY: A roundup of lovely bookends!

We’ve been loving some of the DIY bookends we’ve seen around the internet, and the fact that so many of them are made from things found just lying around the house (or Dollar Store/flea market!) makes them even cooler. You might even have the supplies on hand to make some yourself!

Here are five of our recent favorite ideas:

1. Use toys! (via Brassy Apple)

This DIY-er took a plastic toy elephant and spray-painted it pink to make her bookshelf a little on the wild side. Here’s the how-to.

2. Use an old vinyl record! (via homesessive)

Dip a record in boiling water to bend it, making it the perfect shape for your shelf! Here’s the tutorial.

3. Use rocks! (via Design Sponge)

Collect rocks from around your house, spray paint them gold, and glue them together! Full instructions here.

4. Use phones! (via A Beautiful Mess)

Two flea-store phones + metal + screws = this gorgeous addition to your shelf! Get the step-by-step.

5. Use garden decorations! (via Sweetsuite10)

This craft-er took two lion figurines, intended to grace a garden, spray painted them white, and let them guard her shelves instead! Instructions here.

Which ones are your favorites? Do you think you might try any of these out at home? We’d love to see them, if so! Happy crafting!

In the Shadows by Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo is coming out in THREE WEEKS!! We’re so excited!

In the meantime, here’s the first of several teaser trailers created by Jim & Kiersten. Enjoy!

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

 

Nothing ever happens in Little, California.

Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. She’s planning a low-key summer of days working at her parents’ restaurant and nights spent stargazing with her best friends Alien Drake and Chloe, all while avoiding even thinking about life after senior year. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned public relations mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Suddenly, Carter’s beautiful, sleepy town has turned into a giant glittery set and, much to Carter’s annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of the stunning star. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck.

Her family really needs the money, and to her own surprise, Carter finds herself saying yes. It’ll be just like any other summer job, right? But keeping a secret this big from her friends isn’t easy, and it turns out, Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. Worse yet, she might actually be falling for him. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds — her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

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