June 16, 2014 • Fiction: MG & YA
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:
June 5, 2014 • Fiction: MG & YA, Movies & Film
There are a few tear-jerkers set to come out in the near future (chief among them, the cinematic debut of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars). Never fear, these simple steps will help you prepare mentally and strategically for tears and help keep your emotional outbursts as private as possible!
May 30, 2014 • Fiction: MG & YA
Love them or hate them, brothers and sisters are here to stay—at least in books. They can be the source of conflict, competition, or comfort but, more often than not, when siblings team up they’re pretty much unstoppable. They’re peppered pretty liberally across genres and you doubtlessly have your favorites, but here are my personal top ten families:
May 27, 2014 • Fiction: MG & YA, Geek, Star Wars
Last week, we posted this photo of our BEA totebag... and you guys were PSYCHED about it.
But for every person that thought it was (totes) awesome, someone was sad they wouldn't be able to grab one at Book Expo America. We listened, Quirk fans. Go ahead and enter the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win a bag. We'll even throw a surprise book or two inside when we get back.
I'm giving away... how's 20 sound? Yeah? Okay done. 20.
May 20, 2014 • Cookbook: Desserts, Fiction: Hockensmith, Fiction: MG & YA, GeekWow, is it seriously almost time for BEA? Weren't we just at C2E2 in Chicago? Where does the time go?Next week, the Quirk Books crew are packing up shop and heading up to New York City for Book Expo America, and we couldn't be more excited. We've got some awesome new books to show off, some authors for you to meet, and a TON of giveaways. Because hey, we like you. We want to give you stuff.Giveaways include posters for How to Make Your Baby an Internet Celebrity, Jane Austen: Cover to Cover, and Kid Presidents. And of course, we will have the coveted Quirk totebags with us. Get ready, they are a lot of fun this year.We'll be setting up at Booth #2848. Come by, say hello, take some swag! And as for the schedule for signings and events, well, here you go!
May 20, 2014 • Crafting, Fiction: MG & YA
Hey there, kids (and kids-masquerading-as-adults)! Have you ever pretended to be a spy? Don’t lie, of course you have. For one thing, spies have gadgets, and gadgets make you cool. I bet you didn’t know you could make your own secret agent devices at home, though!
In the Nick and Tesla series, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith combine creative inventions with thrilling adventure stories. The third book in the series, Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle, just released on May 6. And now you can try out your own snooping skills by making your own Fingerprint-Finder System! Read on to learn how, and to enter a giveaway to win the first three books!
(By the way, you can visit NickandTesla.com to learn more about the books, watch Science Bob in action, and submit your own gadget-making projects.)