Wait Wait…It’s Me!

wait waitIf you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been taking a break for June. Mostly, it’s been good–I’ve been writing more, and I’ve also had the time and energy to knock some long-standing items off my to-do list.

One of those items was “try to get on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” my favorite NPR news quiz show. I’ve been listening for years, and they always say “If you want to play on air, call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT!”

So, finally, I called. I left a rambling message about being a writer and having two little kids and listening every week while I hang their cloth diapers up to dry… and lo and behold, they called me back.

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman CoverSo if you listen to the broadcast this weekend, YES, that’s me (!!) doing the listener limerick challenge. It was exactly the mix of fun and terrifying that I had always imagined. I even got to talk a little about my books ALL FOUR STARS (about the 12-year-old restaurant critic) and THE GREAT HIBERNATION (where the adults fall asleep and the kids take over the town government).

The Great HibernationCalling the number was on my to-do list, but actually being on the show? Total bucket list item–now crossed off. Also, my voicemail is about to get upgraded. 🙂 What a week.

(The only irony is that I now have to break my own social media blackout to share the news, ha!)

PS,  If you missed the show but still want to listen, never fear, it’s online, too. It’s the 6/23/18 episode featuring David Wise.

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Sequel title & cover reveal: THE STARS OF SUMMER!

 Recipe for a delicious sequel to All Four Stars:

 Take one ambitious (and now slightly more mature) heroine…

Gladys Gatsby

Load up her lobster backpack…

lobster

Pack her off to the very last place on earth where she wants to spend the summer…

Camp Bentley

Assign her to review one of her least favorite foods…

hot dog

Wait for the stars to align…
stars

And, as Aunt Lydia would say…voila!The Stars of Summer by Tara Dairman

The Stars of Summer

a sequel to All Four Stars, coming on May 5, 2015!
ISBN-13: 978-0-399-17069-0

It’s not easy being an undercover restaurant critic—especially when you’re only twelve years old!

After successfully completing her first restaurant review for the New York Standard newspaper, Gladys Gatsby is looking forward to a quiet summer of cooking and eating. But her plans quickly go awry when her friend Charissa Bentley delivers Gladys’s birthday gift: a free summer at Camp Bentley.

As Gladys feared, camp life is not easy; she struggles to pass her swim test, can’t keep the other campers happy while planning lunches, and cannot seem to get away from the annoying new “celebrity” camper. The worst part is she’s not able to find a moment to sneak away for her latest reviewing assignment: finding the best hot dog in New York City. But when Gladys learns that her hot dog assignment might actually be a dirty trick made up by a jealous fellow critic, she fears her reviewing career could be over forever.

This perfectly plotted sequel brings readers on a rollicking summertime adventure through New York City with all of the charm of All Four Stars—and even more foodie flavor!

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Many thanks to the Penguin Young Readers design team, and in particular to amazing cover artist Kelly Murphy, for creating this incredible cover!

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You can now preorder The Stars of Summer from the following vendors:

Powells * Barnes & Noble *  Amazon * Books-a-Million * Indigo (Canada)

And you can add The Stars of Summer to your to-read shelf on GoodReads!

Giveaway alert!

May of 2015 is a long way off…but I will have advance copies of The Stars of Summer sometime in the next few weeks. And, of course, I have copies of All Four Stars right now!

So TWO lucky commenters on this post will win their choice of either a signed hardcover of All Four Stars OR a signed ARC of The Stars of Summer.

Leave a comment on this post if you’d like to enter, and you can earn extra entries by signing up for my e-mail newsletter and by tweeting about the giveaway.

Here’s a sample tweet you can use:

Cover reveal & : Introducing THE STARS OF SUMMER, sequel to ‘s ALL FOUR STARS!

Just let me know in your comment if you’ve signed up (either now or in the past!) and/or tweeted. And feel free to share this cover far and wide. I hope you love it as much as I do!

The book can be sent to a mailing address in the USA or Canada. I’ll announce a winner one week from today, on 10/21.