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February 6, 2011

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by Lauren Oliver


February 1, 2011



Check out this amazing hook!

“It’s been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scienctists perfected a cure. Everyone else in the family have had the procedure already. My older sister, Rachel, has been disease free for nine years. She’s been safe from love for so long, she says she can’t even remember the symptoms. I’m scheduled to have my procedure in exactly ninety-five days, on September 3. My birthday.

Advanced Review Copy Cover


I like the released cover better. It’s much more intriguing!

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them.
Until now.
Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.


Check out the interview on PageTurner’s blog



At 25 years-old, Lauren Oliver signed her first book contract for Before I Fall. It soon became a favorite of young adult audiences, bloggers, librarians, and booksellers. Lauren will visit Granville High School and Cover to Cover on February 7th to discuss her second book Delirium, set in a future world where love is considered a disease and one must take the “cure” at 18 years of age. Both frightening and thought-provoking, Delirium is the first in a trilogy by this talented young author.


Amazon listed Delirium as one of its Best Book of February 2011

You can also find the soundtracks that Lauren listed to go with her book.



Chris Soentpiet Interview courtesy of Maggie, fourth grade May 20, 2009

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1. How long does it take you to make all the pictures for one book?

1 year

2. What was your favorite book that you illustrated?
Jin Woo

3. What was your favorite book that you read when you were little?
Where the Sidewalks End

4. Who was your favorite teacher you had in school?

4th Grade-Mrs. Miles-I didn’t speak English because I had just been adopted. Everyday she would go to the art supply cupboard and get me a nice piece of art paper to draw on.

5. What was your first book you illustrated?

Around Town

By 5th grade he knew he wanted to be an artist

He has taught kindergarten in NYC-

He thought he wanted to be a teacher in the arts.


My Brother Martin

Christine King Farris was introducing him to a conference of 800 teachers in San Diego

She came up and said, “I have an idea for a book.”

“Okay, what is it?”

“I want to write a book about my brother.”

“Who is your brother?”

“Martin Luther King”

“You mean like the one the holiday is named after?”

6 years later her agent contacted him!


His wife has written 3 books with him. She wants it to be a hobby, not a career for her. She serves as his agent

My mom first saw him at OSU Children’s Literature Conference

He has a new poetry book coming out next year.

He has a little boy-CJ-Christopher Junior-17 month old

His room is decorated with Something Beautiful drawings

He lives in NYC in a Studio-warehouse. It has 3 floors: 2 floors office/studi0, 1 floor home


Chris Soentpiet May 14, 2009

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IMG_2069My daughter asked Chris Soentpiet some great questions and he was very generous in sharing his answers and other personal stories with the group that had dinner with him this evening. I know we are both really looking forward to seeing his presentation tomorrow. 

My daughter’s favorite book:
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Chrisine King Farris

My favorite:
Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant 

More to share later! Back to the last of crazy May to-do list!


Going to have dinner with Pete Hautman- February 19, 2009

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awardGMS is hosting Pete Hautman for an author visit and they were nice enough to invite me along to have dinner with the author and the host committee. Pete has won the National Book Award for Godless. I would describe him as a YA author, but who knows after dinner how I’ll describe him. More later!


Redwall author to visit Columbus! October 13, 2008

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Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall saga books, will be in Columbus, Oct. 21 from 6:00-8:00. This is a pretty unique opportunity and I admit I signed up within 15 minutes of getting the information. He makes his home in Liverpool and also narrates the audio versions of his novels complete with voices!  They are pretty amazing. There is also a cartoon version done by one of the PBS stations of at least the first two books in the series.
Jacques will do a presentation about his newest book (Doomwyte) and an autographing. You might have students that might like to know about this opportunity. The phone number to register is 614-263-1624 in case you live in the Central Ohio area.
Redwall Is the official website for the author.

Madeline news! September 12, 2008

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Yesterday I was so pleased when I went to my teacher swap partner’s website to see that she had posted about a new Madeline book, by the author’s grandson, that I did not know about. Imagine how pleased I was today when I see that the author of that new book will be coming to my favorite Columbus bookstore for a reading! If you live in the central Ohio, come check it out. This store is worth the trip! 



John Bemelmans Marciano

reading his latest book

Madeline and the Cats of Rome

Friday, September 26th at 1:30 p.m.

Autographing to follow until 3:30


After finding an unfinished manuscript in his deceased grandfather’s belongings, John Bemelmans Marciano set out to finish it and continue the charming stories about a very spirited little girl, Madeline. The fact that Ludwig Bemelmans based his character on his own daughter, John’s mother Madeline, made John’s project all the more enticing.


Join us as we hear about Madeline’s efforts to apprehend a camera thief and find shelter for homeless cats in the stunning city of Rome.


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3560 North High St.

Columbus, OH 43214