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Another Author Alert!!!!

I know it seems like I have been MIA lately, and that is because it is crunch time with school. I have six days to get in my papers (you know how it goes).

BUT,
If you are in the tri-state area you have to join us at the Princeton B&N on April 26th!
Check out Christi's blog here for the full deelio (and also because her blog is great).

Other news, I just found out Jana Oliver will be at BEA (yes!) and I had to ILL her Time Rovers series because, I understand, they are incredible. So I am hoping to pick up a copy of Demon Trapper's Daughter in May.

In the meantime, I am reading nothing but textbooks (yech) but I have some pre-scheduled posts set to roll. Hopefully, I will be back before you miss me.

FYI- If you loved Glass Castle, get ready for Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp.
FYI (2) If you have not read Glass Castle, put down what ever you are reading and read that now.

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Thanks for the mention! Can't wait to meet up and then meet the fantastic Megan McCafferty!

Good luck with all your schoolwork--I only graduated in December 2009 so those memories aren't that faded yet!

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