We’re back from St. Louis! (And maybe still a little stuffed from Thanksgiving) where earlier this month we attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference along with thousands of teachers and school administrators from all over the world. As always NCTE proved to be a whirlwind couple of days. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who stopped by our booth to talk all things Disney Publishing related.
On Friday we kicked-off the convention with a special Miles Morales signing by author Jason Reynolds, making booth 427 the first stop for many eager attendees. Following that authors joined us right after their Funny, You Don’t SEEM Educational panel for another packed signing of Bob, Not Bob.
The best part? Hyperion’s own J.C. Geiger will be in attendance on Saturday July 14th to sign copies of his debut YA novel WILDMAN for those lucky enough to score a spot in line at the Publishers Spotlight Booth #603 from 12-1pm.
WILDMAN is a potent coming-of-age tale that asks the question “How can a total stranger understand you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?”
When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.
But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.
He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants.
This debut novel by a remarkable new talent explores the relationship between identity and place, the power of being seen, and the speed at which a well-planned life can change forever.
Following his signing J.C. will be speaking at the Young Adult Author Meetup session from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. The ticketed event is currently SOLD OUT. But it promises a fast-paced, high-energy chance to meet seven established and up-and-coming authors in a small-group setting.
So if you’re at ILA 2017 this weekend, be sure to embrace the true spirit of WILDMAN, and make sure you say hi to J.C. Geiger for us.
When author J.C. Geiger set out in his red ’93 Buick earlier this month he started a mission to “Get Lost” on his way to New York City similar to the ordeal his protagonist Lance Hendricks goes through in his upcoming debut novel Wildman. Well 4,238 miles later we are happy to report J.C. has reached the finish line fueled by pre-sales of the book, and money raised for the The American Library Association.
If you missed any of J.C.’s live updates from the road worry not, we’ve got the live stream recorded below for further proof that sometimes in order to find yourself all you really need to do is get lost.
Our stars kept rising last month as April brought four more starred reviews from our friends at The Horn Book, School Library Journal, and KirkusMagazine. With May already off to a great start we’ve gone ahead and included links to those recent reviews of both current and upcoming titles below, so make sure you add these new DBG books to your school or library today! As always we are incredibly humbled by the support each of these titles has received.
Wildman by J.C. Geiger isn’t out until June but early reviews of the title have us ready to hit road with this book in tow.
“The ethereal Dakota is reminiscent of John Green’s Alaska, while the rest of the cast is crass, uncouth, dangerous at times, and winningly human. All of this is amplified by Geiger’s ability to spin laugh-out-loud, insight-filled one-liners to keep the pace up while the quieter moments balance the narrative with genuine beauty. A thought-provoking, hilarious, eloquent story of a young man realizing that the world is much larger than the one set up for him.” – Kirkus
Bob, Not Bobby Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick with illustrations by Matthew Cordell earned its third starred review this time The Horn Book.
“Kids will relate to Little Louie’s suffering from both his cold symptoms and his inability to make his wishes heard. Cordell’s expressive loose-lined illustrations set on lots of white space enhance the humor and help move the plot forward. Sharp-eyed viewers will clue in to the difference between BOB meaning the dog (printed with an o-shaped O) and BOB meaning MOM (with a heart-shaped o: “B♥B”). Eventually, Mom (exhausted), Little Louie (happy), and Bob (content) all end up in bed, as “cozy as could be.” All turns out well for Little Louie; his germs, however, move on to the next victim. Get well soon, Bob, er, Mom!” – Kitty Flynn Horn Book
Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins (Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce) is available now, and jus earned it’s THIRD starred review from School Library Journal.
“The text, appearing in a large, handwritten font and in speech bubbles, is well spaced and easy to read. The giggle-inducing conversations among the characters are fast-paced and witty. The illustrations are large and comical, inviting readers to fully experience the range of emotions displayed by the characters. VERDICT This hilarious and fun read-aloud will be a hit at storytime. Kids will be laughing out loud.” – Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE SLJ
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein’s is inching ever closer to release later this month, and as the countdown to this prequel to Code Named Variety continues so to do the starred reviews. The latest from School Library Journal marks the FOURTH starred review for this title.
The main plot is compelling and has the added depth of Julie’s growth and her interactions with the cast of interesting characters and the hints of her future romantic relationships. VERDICT A must for Verity fans and a good read for those who enjoy mystery with a touch of romance. – Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton SLJ