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Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Escape from Quicksand

There may come a time when you are feeling especially Indiana Jones-like and find yourself walking through an area where quicksand is native and suddenly begin to sink into the ground. You may panic (which is not surprising) and need a quick way to figure out how to get out of your predicament before it is too late.

Well, lucky for you, The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook has the answer. (And hopefully you have a pole handy so you don’t have to hold on to a snake in order to be rescued like poor Indy.) Here is how to escape from quicksand:

The World of Trouble Pre-order Campaign: Get Signed Bookplates, Limited Edition Prints, & More!

Next month World of Trouble, the final book in Ben H. Winters’ award winning Last Policeman trilogy, hits stores everywhere. We’ve all grown quite attached to Hank Palace here at the Quirk Books HQ, and while we’re all sad to see him go, we’re definitely sending him out with… well, do excuse the asteroid crash pun… out with a bang.

In addition to a fun blog tour (we’ll announce all the stops for that soon!), we’re launching a pre-order campaign for World of Trouble. Pre-order your copy, email us a photo of your receipt, and you’ll get all kinds of special VIP extras. You’ll also be entered into a giveaway to win an awesome H.P.S.K. (Hank Palace Survival Kit).

Read on to learn more about the special tiers you can unlock during the pre-order campaign. Not to be confused with tears, which we’re busy crying now that the trilogy is ending.

How-To Tuesday: Making Unique Donuts With the Internet

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Whether you spell it donuts or doughnuts, you cannot deny the joy that stuffing a deep-fried ring of happiness in your face can bring.

Pack Your Beach Bag With These 2014 Summer Releases

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The start of summer officially begins June 21st, and with it come the flip flops, beach bags, and of course, summer reads.

So to ensure you don’t get caught grabbing the first thing you see at the airport gift shop, below is a list of highly anticipated, and highly reviewed, beach books to get you through the summer. Whether you’re a fan of YA, fantasy, or biographies, this list has something for everyone.

Come Blog for Quirk Books [Updated]

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Every now and again I come in here and update this ol' post. And here I am, doing just that!

Interested in blogging for Quirk Books? We're always on the hunt for awesome new talent to showcase on our site! Whether you're into crafting or cooking, fashion or design, comic books or movies... as long as you love writing about your passions with the occasional bookish slant, there's a place for you here on the blog! 

And yes, we do pay bloggers for their posts!

Interested? Drop me an email at eric@quirkbooks.com. Tell me a bit about yourself, what you're interested in writing about, and include a few links to some writing samples. Please don't send resumes. Just a friendly email and links to clips will do. You should be active on social media and familiar with what we publish on the blog. 

Hope to hear from you soon! 

Some Tips on Summer Reading From An English Teacher

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Greetings from a middle school English teacher! It is finally June, which means your children (and their teachers) are about to break free from the classroom for two sun-filled months of summer. While your kids may have a long list of “Must-Dos”(sleepovers at friends’ houses, water ice runs, trips to the zoo, fireworks down the shore) to accomplish in these brief eight weeks, one “must-do” that they may be dreading  is their summer reading assignment.

Local school districts are now requiring high school, middle school, even elementary school students to read novels over the summer so that they can practice and retain the reading comprehension skills that they learned during the school year. Sure, most kids moan when they hear “summer” and “reading assignment” in the same sentence, but summer reading doesn’t mean that their summer is doomed.

Here are some helpful tips on how your child can successfully complete his or her summer assignment with enough time to spare for barbeques and pool parties:

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