A Baked Creation!

SWEET blog button2Stars So Sweet comes out tomorrow! If you’re in New York, I hope you’ll join me at Books of Wonder to celebrate!

Blog tour stop #8: Check out this delicious review and bonus cheese and scallion madeleine recipe (YUM) by Sylvia at A Baked Creation! Her fancy photography of Stars So Sweet among the macarons is definitely worth a gander, too. 🙂

For What It’s Worth!

SWEET blog button2Blog tour stop #7: Here’s an excerpt.

“I can’t think of a better book to sit down and read with your kids. It opens your eyes to different cultures, foods, languages and is an excellent jumping off point to discuss diversity, responsibility and relationships of all kinds.”

Thank you so much to Karen at For What It’s Worth! I’m humbled and flattered by your recommendation.

Karen is also giving away a set of books–head on over to enter!

The blog tour will pick back up next week, and release day for Stars So Sweet is Tuesday, July 19.

Bookish Illuminations!

SWEET blog button2Blog tour stop #4: Book blogger and school librarian extraordinaire Katie has been a huge supporter of the All Four Stars books since day one, and I was even lucky enough to meet her in person last spring at one of my events for The Stars of Summer! 

Now she’s back at Bookish Illuminations with an in-depth review of Stars So Sweetand a giveaway of the entire series to a lucky commenter! Thank you, Katie. 🙂

 

Stars So Sweet comes out ONE WEEK from today, and if you’re in New York, I hope to see you at my launch party at Books of Wonder. Please check out all of my upcoming events here (with a couple of new additions and updates!).

The STARS SO SWEET blog tour kicks off!

SWEET blog button2After so many years writing about Gladys (I started the first draft of All Four Stars in 2005!), it’s hard to believe that the final volume of her adventures will hit the shelves in less than two weeks.

But Stars So Sweet is coming, and a bunch of terrific book and food bloggers are on hand to help celebrate. The official blog tour kicks off today over at The Daily Dahlia with a guest post that’s very important to me. I hope you’ll check it out.

The series’s publisher, Penguin Books for Young Readers, is also generously providing several sets of ALL THREE Gladys Gatsby books as prizes for blog tour commenters, so definitely check out the tour posts over the next few weeks if you’d like to enter. (Even if you already own the books, they’d make a great gift for a local school or library!) I’ll be linking to tour posts here as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Read deliciously!

Všechny čtyři hvězdicky (All Four Stars in Czech!)

Czech it out (yuk, yuk): Author copies of the Czech translation of All Four Stars–Všechny čtyři hvězdicky–arrived on my doorstep this week!

Všechny čtyři hvězdicky - All Four Stars in Czech!

Všechny čtyři hvězdicky – All Four Stars in Czech!

The book was published by Albatros in 2016, with a new cover by Eva Chupíková. The cover was a glorious surprise to me, because the last I heard, the publisher was planning to use the American art. What a treat to see a different artist’s interpretation of my beloved Gladys! A few friends have commented that she has an “Amelie” vibe, which I love. You can see more of Eva Chupíková’s book covers here.

The translation was done by Alžbĕta Kalinová, and I’ve already heard from one Czech reader that it is excellent.

And the book itself is beautiful. It’s paper-over-board (basically, hardcover without a dust jacket), which is one of my favorite formats, and it even comes with sewn-in ribbon bookmark.

In short, Albatros did an amazing job. Thank you to them, and to the foreign rights team at Penguin! Here’s hoping Czech readers enjoy Gladys’s adventures as much as I’ve enjoyed perusing this new edition.

Dobrou chuť!

 

Event tomorrow in Bellevue, WA!

UBooks_logo_V.2_400x400Hey, Seattle!

Tomorrow (Thursday, 6/9) at 6 PM  I’ll be at University Book Store in Bellevue, Washington, as part of the incredible Children’s and YA Author Extravaganza! I can’t wait to team up with these other fantastic authors of middle grade, YA, and picture books to talk about writing for young people (and sign books, of course).

If you’re in the area, I’d LOVE to meet you!

More info here.