Giving Thanks: A Week In Review

February 7, 2009By justinaBarnes and Noble, Bibliophile, Brenda Gurung, Find Beauty Challenge, Holly Cupala, James Patterson, Martha Brockenbrough, Mitali Perkins, Sara Easterly, Sarah Rettger, Shelf Elf, Teen Book Review 8 Comments

Thanks to countless wonderful people, all throughout this week I’ve been reminded of two of my favorite poems / quotes: As earth stirs in her winter sleep And puts out grass and flowers Despite the snow, Despite the falling snow.–Robert Graves Look. There’s hope.–Lorie Ann Grover Despite the snow, the falling snow that’s been upheaving … Read More

North of Beautiful Blog Stop: Archimedes Forgets

February 4, 2009By justinaArchimedes Forgets, Book Web, Justina Chen Headley, Kids Heart Authors, Kirby Larson, Mitali Perkins, North of Beautiful, Sarah Rettger 1 Comment

Welcome to the third day of my North of Beautiful Book Blog tour, this time with the fabulous Sarah Rettger who so beautifully champions indie bookstores. (Speaking of which, I’d like to give a shout out to Mitali Perkins for creating the Kids Heart Authors program, uniting 40 indie booksellers and 160 authors / illustrators … Read More


January 26, 2009By justinaArchimedes Forgets, Bibliophile, Mitali Perkins, Mother Daughter Book Club, Mythbuster Beauty, Sara Easterly, Shelf Elf, Stephanie's Books, Teen Book Review, The Bluestocking Society 2 Comments

Please visit me on my Book Blog Tours for North of Beautiful. Week One was coordinated by the Beautiful Mitali Perkins in the midst of her own book tour for Secret Keeper. NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL BOOK BLOG TOUR February 2: Kickoff at Mitali’s Fire Escape February 3: Shelf Elf, Kerry MillarFebruary 4: Archimedes Forgets, Sarah … Read More

Celebrating Mitali & Secret Keeper!

January 19, 2009By justinaBarnes and Noble, Brenda Gurung, Jackie Parker, Janet Lee Carey, Mitali Perkins, Mitali's Fire Escape, Noble, Secret Keeper 5 Comments

Mitali Perkins–author, blogger, readergirlz scout, and all-around wondrous woman–swung through Seattle on her book tour for SECRET KEEPER. She wasn’t able to make it to our photo shoot for the readergirlz READ poster masterminded by YA librarian Darcy Brixey of KCLS. So we made up for it this weekend. Kicking off The Day of Mitali, … Read More

I Love Your Blog, Too!

October 3, 2008By justinaAlvina Ling, Blue Rose Girls, Design Sponge, Dia Calhoun, Holly Cupala, Lorie Ann Grover, Mitali Perkins,, Mrs. F-B's Book Blog, readergirlz 6 Comments

Greetings from Dunhuang–the upper northern reaches of China. I’ll be posting soon about the truth about camel rides and sunrises in the desert. But first…this… After bad times (read: evil taxi driver from hell) and hard times (read: melamine scare in milk), you know who your reals friends are. Thanks to everyone for emailing me … Read More

readergirlz around the world!

September 19, 2008By justinaDia Calhoun, Holly Cupala, Lorie Ann Grover, Mitali Perkins, Night Bites, readergirlz, YA novels, YALSA No Comments

Other than writing and procrastinating (I mean, researching) in Shanghai, I also happen to be one of the co-founders of readergirlz, the leading online book community for teens! Along with my divas divine–Lorie Ann Grover, Dia Calhoun, and Mitali Perkins (all fellow award-winning YA authors)–we’ve spent the last 18 months or so creating fun literacy … Read More