Friday, December 27, 2013

16 Things I Thought Were True - Publisher's Weekly Review

The first trade review for 16 THINGS I THOUGHT WERE TRUE  is in!!! From Publisher's Weekly reviewed on December 23, 2013.

"Rocking out to ‘Sexy and I Know It' in my underwear is a totally good idea. #thingsIthoughtweretrue," tweets 18-year-old Morgan after her former best friend posts a mortifying video of her on YouTube that goes viral. Most chapters begin with a humorous tweet along these lines, reflecting the wisdom Morgan gains in this romantic road-trip story from Gurtler (How I Lost You). For Morgan, Twitter is an arena for her creative writing, as well as a crutch in awkward social situations, but she needs in-person support after her mother is diagnosed with heart disease. Her mother also divulges information Morgan has been waiting her whole life to hear: the name and location of the father she assumes abandoned her. Along with her "cute in a smart-nerd way" friend/crush Adam and exuberant new acquaintance Amy, Morgan travels from Washington state to British Columbia to track down her father. The story takes an abruptly dark turn at the end, but even this underlines the novel's theme that one's expectations rarely match up with life's realities. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. (Mar.)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Holidays!!

Things are pretty quiet on the blog front right now.

December is a BUSY month for everyone. Holidays, parties, broken feet (oh maybe that was just in my family)

I want to take a moment to wish everyone who finds themselves on this page for one reason or another, a happy holiday season. May your days be Merry and Bright! Happy Reading! Happy Holidays! Happy Whatever You Celebrate this time of year!

I'll see you in the NEW YEAR!! 2014 Baby. Where does the TIME GO??!!!

Happy Holidays!
Check back in the NEW YEAR.  I'll be doing some fun things in 2014, to prepare for the upcoming launch of my newest book


Releasing March 4, 2014 but you can pre-order now. If you're the pre-ordering sort and all!

Barnes and Noble


Indie Bound (look for your local indie bookstore here!)


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How to get a Free copy of 16 Things I Thought Were True for your class!

So yesterday I shared Leanne Shirtliffe's classroom's work on #thingsIthoughtweretrue.
And today I'll show you her Grade 12's #thingsIthoughtwere true!

My favorite is Hogwarth's sending you an acceptance letter when you're ten! And wait, eating celery doesn't burn more calories than you intake?? Hmm. #Istillthoughtthatwastrue

If you're a teacher and you want to ask your class about #THINGSITHOUGHTWERETRUE
and send me the answers, I'll send you a free copy of #16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue when it releases in March, 2014!

Send your classroom's thoughts to write4me at shaw dot ca!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Open Call to Teachers!

I was chatting with the lovely publicist at Sourcebooks this morning. We were chatting about the upcoming release of #16 Things I Thought Were True. It's coming FAST!!! March 4th for the curious!

Anyhow, a feature Derry thought would be super fun was going to TEACHERS and having them ask their kids about #Things They Thought Were True.  We're going to post the responses from the kids on here! So if you're a teacher, go ahead and ask your kids...what things did you think were true when you were a kid?!

I asked amazingly talented and funny author/blogger AND teacher, Leanne Shirtliffe. Leanne is the author of super funny parenting book, DON'T LICK THE MINI VAN.

Check out Leanne's Blog HERE!
Leanne sent me this back right away and I thought I'd share so you get an idea!


Remember, don't eat pop rocks. Or splash in the tub!