Skip to main content

#AuthorApril: B is for Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira #AtoZChallenge

Dear Alison,

Yesterday, we revealed our #AtoZChallenge theme, #AuthorApril. Today, I get to kickoff our campaign with a book review of BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER by Isabel Bandeira--that's quite a few B's, isn't it?

In this post, I have a few special surprises too, so keep reading because there might be a free book at the end...(I've never been very good at surprises.)




Book Blurb:

            In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably one filled with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.
            Everything changes when Phoebe learns that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her. So, Phoebe turns to the heroines in her favorite books for advice on a personality overhaul. Becoming as awesome as her book characters isn’t as easy as it sounds and when another girl nets Dev for herself right from under Phoebe’s nose, she’s crushed.
            Then, to up the suckage, she gets assigned as his co-counselor at a sixth grade camp and has to spend an entire week tied to the hip with the one guy on the planet she wanted to avoid. Can she make it through the potential danger of romantic bonfires and nature walks without Dev figuring out she’s still not over him, or will her counseling career end in emotional disaster? Can she ever go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?


Boyfriends, book boyfriends, and books. Every page of BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER revolves around books. Poor Phoebe. She can hit the target every time in archery practice, but that girl doesn't have the first clue about flirting with boys. (I know the feeling.) Phoebe grabs a notebook and writes down helpful hints from her favorite book heroines, but she starts to lose herself, her awkward awesome self, and turns into a combination of her book heroines. With her transformation nearly complete, she manages to catch the attention of Kristopher Lambert--her book crush Aeden's doppleganger. Kris likes the girl Phoebe pretends to be, not the knitting archer, flute player, book nerd she really is. That's the girl Dev likes. Will Phoebe leave her bookish ways behind for hot Kris or will she figure out that Dev's the guy for her? I'll never tell and Bandeira doesn't dish until the last page. 

Bandeira also begins with B.

Photo credit: Rachel McCalley
Isabel Bandeira Photo credit: Rachel McCalley
Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.

In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits.
Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. 

She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio and Olson, IncBOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel. To find out more about Isabel, visit her website.  To buy her book: Bookishly Ever After.


In the next month or two, I'll post my interview with Isabel. She'll reveal the inner workings of her brain, she'll share with our readers the inspiration behind her book, and you''ll find out what's next for her and BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER. She'll also dish on her book crushes. Be sure to sign up for email updates so you don't miss Bandeira's interview. 

Remember that surprise I mentioned in the beginning of the post?

NAME YOUR BOOK CRUSH GIVEAWAY:
Admit it. We all have book crushes. For me, my book crush changes with every new book I read. (Or really I just add my new book crushes to my closet of book crushes...Jacob, Peeta, Gansey, Park, Will Grayson (both Will Grayson's), Levi...I could go on and on). 

TIME TO DISH: I'm curious (AKA nosy). I want to know your book crushes. Sign up to receive email updates from the blog--there's that little Email Signup menu over on the right. Then, leave a comment telling us your book crush, and you'll be entered to win a copy of BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER. Each time you share this post via Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, or Pinterest, it will count as an additional entry, so get busy--offer ends Monday, April 4 when Alison reveals #AuthorApril C of the #AtoZChallenge.

Today's Book Crush: Gavriel Duval from GRAVE MERCY BY Robin LaFever

Alison, who's your Book Crush? 

Sharing the Writer Love One Letter at a Time,
Kim

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

FIRST SNOW by Bomi Park: Classroom Activity and Review

Dear Kim,


Let it snow!
Let it snow!
Let it snow!

We had fun with Bomi Park's gorgeous FIRST SNOW last week. We used the book as a mentor text to explore personal narratives and poetry.  We also explored watercolor resist techniques. (We also made a mess-- which is kind of my modus operandi during writing workshop. Sorry, Kelley!)

I used the sentence starter from the jacket copy:
Look up. One flake falls, then another. And just like that—it's __ __ __ __ __ __ __ .

The kids worked cooperatively at their table groups to discuss what word might fill in the blank. I love hearing them chat. 
"Well it is a snowflake because 'one flake'." 
Followed by: "No. It has seven letters, snowflake has nine." 
And: "It is an action. A-- what's that called-- a verb because it is something falling." 
Eventually we filled in the blank by using spelling clues to check our thinking, which might not sound like a whole lot of fun, but spelling is awesome and totall…

Book Review: PAX by Sara Pennypacker

Dear Kim,

I am happy to hear that you are feeling better (Baby too.) You and I find common ground in our young adult, even adult, book recommendations. I typically leave Donna to send us recommendations about terrific Middle Grade novels. But, boy oh boy, do I have one for you today.

I need to keep up with the best in Middle Grade fiction in order to engage my small literature group of amazing readers that I meet with at our local elementary school. This school year we've already read Kathy Erskine's Mockingbird and R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Currently we are enjoying Kwame Alexander's The Crossover. When we finish Alexander's novel-in-verse, our next pick is PAX.


Oh, PAX.
I could write a love song about this book.
Hey, that's not a bad idea. The kids might enjoy writing a song about the love between Peter and Pax.




Peter and Pax were best friends. Peter, age twelve, needed a friend like Pax to rise from the lose of his mother. And Pax, well Pax needed Peter too. Pet…

#AuthorApril: R is for Eric Rohmann in our #AtoZChallenge

Dear Kim,

There are a million reasons to love his illustrations, inventive design, and playful language. Let's make it a million and one... R is for Eric Rohmann.


In addition to his books, Eric is a gifted and generous teacher of illustration and writing. I've been lucky enough to hear him talk about children's books at various workshops. In one, Eric said something that will stay with me always.

He said, "Children don't read books,  they inhabit them."
I can't tell you the number of times I've used that quote, specifically when talking about the art and design of a picture book.

His work receives the highest praise from the most critical eyes in publishing: KIRKUS kindness, School Library Journal starred reviews, a Caldecott medal and honor, and more. But what I love to see, especially as an early childhood teacher, is the way children critique his work. Eric was right. Children inhabit his stories.

Press play.

See that little reader in the video? That's…