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There are four Captain Stupendous fan clubs in Copperplate City, but ours is the only one that doesn’t suck. There’s the Official Captain Stupendous Fan Club (they hold a trademark on the name, including “Official”), the Friends of Stupendous (a group of rich old ladies, if you can believe it), the Stupendites (a bunch of girls who probably spend all their time trying on each other’s clothes), and us. We’re the Captain Stupendous Fan Club, period. We’re the real deal, even if we are the smallest fan club in the city. Maybe in the country. Possibly on the entire planet.

So when a giant robot came to town and picked a fight right outside Spud’s Pizza, you can guess how psyched I was. Everyone who’s ever lived in Copperplate City has seen at least one Stupendous battle in person, but it never gets old. And Spud’s is in my neighborhood!

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Mike Jung


About the book:

Three 12 year old boys, Vincent, George, and Max, discover that Captain Stupendous, their hometown superhero, has forgotten how to be a superhero, and they must help him remember in time to defeat a new supervillain who’s come to town while figuring out how Vincent’s crush, Polly Winnicott-Lee, is involved.

What people are saying:

“GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike Jung is a joyful, action-packed ode to comic books, friendship, and the many faces of heroism. Spandex and super-villains have never been this funny. Captain Stupendous — and Mike Jung — have themselves a new fan.”–Jenn Reese, ABOVE WORLD

“Fast-paced, suspenseful and downright hilarious. Mike Jung gets the details of the comics world exactly right. Readers will love the surprising twists and turns.”–H.N. Kowitt, THE LOSER LIST

“A snappy, hilarious adventure set in a world I would love to live in. Clever, fun, and full of surprises – it’s the perfect book for the reluctant reader in your life.”–Michael Buckley, N.E.R.D.S.

“If Stan Lee had written Freaks and Geeks it would look like this!…Jung’s novel is a hilarious twist on the classic superhero story! Giant robots, hidden lairs, middle-school crushes and uber-fanboys combine to make one stupendous debut!”–Matthew Cody, POWERLESS

“Fresh, page-turny, honest and most of all funny–Mike Jung’s voice is such a welcome addition and this book is a glorious treasure-mix of realness and wonderment.”–Aimee Bender, THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE

“Wow! Superheroes, Supervillains, geeks on bikes, a stinky swamp, real friends, deep, dark secrets, shattering windows, BIG decisions…and everything else that matters!”–Kathleen Duey, SKIN HUNGER

Released: October 1, 2012

About the author:

Mike Jung is an active blogger, parent, SCBWI member, and library professional. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and two young children. This is his first novel. You can visit him at http://captainstupendous.wordpress.com.


Win a copy of The Universe of Fair! Details at the end of this post.

Chapter 1

The Force Field

On the way home from school on the bus I’m staring off into space and thinking about how weird it is that I ended up to be me, Miller Sanford, from Holmsbury, Connecticut. I think how much more likely it is that I would have been born in China, because there are more than a billion people there and only three hundred million here, and even less in Connecticut, and way less in Holmsbury.

Then I think that if I was born in China, I’d probably be allowed to ride my bicycle home from middle school. Unless I had the same mom in China that I have now. Which I guess I’d want, even if she wouldn’t let me ride my bicycle home from school. Which she wouldn’t.

What’s even weirder to think about is that if my molecules and atoms and electrons and quarks were put together in a different way, I could just as easily be an earthworm. Or a rock. Maybe I am a rock. Maybe I’m a rock that just thinks I’m an eleven-and-a-half-year-old boy.

“How do you know you’re not really a rock?” I ask my friend Lewis, who’s in the seat behind me.

“Because rocks don’t make movies,” Lewis says. He waves his hand sideways, keeping his eyes glued to the flip screen of his video camera. “Stand up and look out the window.”

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Leslie Bulion


About the book:

For young science whiz Miller Sanford, an eagerly awaited day at the fair turns into a wacky adventure with more twists and loops than the BlastoCoaster! Instead of enjoying a freewheeling day on his own, he’s drawn into a series of mishaps involving a string of tagalong first graders, his dad’s prize-worthy lemon meringue pie, and flying death heads!

What people are saying:

“…this winsome effort not only lovingly celebrates the color and magic of the fair, but endearingly depicts the inner landscape of a maturing child encountering his first taste of the adult world. A cheerful and totally entertaining look at fairs, friendship and the value of family.”–Kirkus Reviews

“…Bulion captures the boisterous, chaotic nature of the fair, as well as its primacy in the grade-school social calendar. Dormer’s characteristically sketchy and childlike illustrations match the upbeat mood of this entertaining story.”–Publishers Weekly

About the author:

Leslie Bulion has graduate degrees in oceanography and social work. She has written parenting and education articles and is the author of several children’s books, including Uncharted Waters, The Trouble with Rules, and At the Sea Floor Café. Leslie lives in Connecticut with her husband, Rubin Hirsch, and at the youth exhibit of her town’s agricultural fair. Visit her at www.lesliebulion.com.

About the illustrator:

Frank W. Dormer, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, is an elementary school art teacher. In addition to illustrating many children’s books, he wrote and illustrated The Obstinate Pen and Socksquatch. He has drawn dogs, kids, cowboys, pens, imaginary creatures, and now thanks to Leslie Bulion, bumper cars. Rank lives in Branford, Connecticut. Visit him at www.frankwdormer.com.

Giveaway:

The publisher has been kind enough to contribute a copy of The Universe of Fair for a giveaway!

The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on October 31st at midnight EST.

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Win a copy of The Upside of Ordinary! Details at the end of this post.

A big THANK YOU to Dad and the Super-pro vacuum he ordered on the internet. The huge carton it arrived in yesterday is just my size.

Through the little peephole I made in one of the cardboard walls, I film my sister Zelda eating left-over lasagna for breakfast.

I zoom in on her face as she spoons a stack of cheesy noodles into her mouth, her eyes glued to the TV. On the screen, two girls argue and a bad word gets bleeped out.

“Ha! UNBLALEEVRABLE!” Zelda says with a stuffed face.

“Mom doesn’t like us to watch this reality show,” I say popping up from inside the box.

“AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!” My sister screams. A hunk of curly pasta drops out of her mouth. Zelda coughs. “Are you trying to kill me?” She sputters, “I almost choked to death!”

“Sorry,” I say lifting my leg over the top of the box. Zelda drops her plate onto the coffee table. It clanks against the wooden top which makes a great sound effect. Susie shuffles over and gobbles up the rest, the tags on her collar clinking with every lick.

“You’re not sorry!” Zelda sneers, “you’re a sneaky, annoying GERM!”

I’m not really a germ. ‘Jerm’ is short for Jermaine, my name. Out of context it sounds like another word for bacteria… gross… I know. But it’s catchy too… perfect for a famous person.

“You were great!” I tell Zelda. “The element of surprise works for you.”

“Leave me alone!” she snaps. I follow her, filming the back of her head, as she stomps into the kitchen.

Five days ago I started filming the reality show I am making about my family. So far this is what I have for footage: Mom cleaning a chicken for dinner, and thirty minutes of her working up a sweat on the Stairmaster; Susie rolling over for a biscuit; Dad plunging a toilet, sweeping the garage, and grumbling that no one but him ever thinks to throw out the brown bananas. The best stuff I’ve filmed is of my cranky big sister Zelda. I surprised her when she stepped out of the shower (though Mom made sure I erased it), I caught her hissy fit when she couldn’t find one of her sneakers, and of course there’s this morning’s riveting moment when she spat out that forkful of lasagna. And I’m just getting started! My reality show will be hugely interesting, which will make me hugely famous. I plan to include the seven hamsters living under the Ping-Pong table in my basement too. I didn’t mean to have seven. I brought only one home from the pet store. But a week or so later, Bernie gave birth to six babies! Dad says we should change Bernie’s name to Bernadette, but I think her name works just fine. (Note to self: film the cleaning of the cages).

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Susan Lubner


About the book:

Jermaine Davidson wants to be famous: limo-riding, camera-flashing, crowd-waving famous.

Since her family isn’t likely to move from Maine to Hollywood so she can become a movie star, Jermaine decides she’ll make a reality show about her family and friends. This laugh-aloud debut novel takes a lighthearted look at unbridled ambition, the cult of celebrity, the reality behind reality TV, and the upside of being part of an ordinary but loving family.

Released: August 1, 2012

About the author:

Susan Lubner is the author of three picture books (Abrams), and the middle grade novel The Upside of Ordinary (Holiday House). Her work has been published in Spider Magazine and two other stories will be published in forthcoming issues of Highlights for Children. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and a very spoiled dog who loves books so much he tries to eat them when no one’s looking. Visit her at www.susanlubner.com.

Giveaway:

Susan has been kind enough to contribute a copy of The Upside of Ordinary for a giveaway!

Just comment on this post to enter.

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The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on September 12th at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!


Win an ARC of The Boy Project! Details at the end of this post.

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD:

an organized way of finding

answers to our questions

(according to Mrs. Sabatino)

Step 1: Ask a Question

Question: How can I find a boyfriend?

Monday, January 1

Bedtime

I am starting this experiment because I have no choice. Well, I have no choice unless you consider being a lifelong boyfriendless social outcast destined to die alone a choice. Which it isn’t.

To be honest with you I probably would have acted sooner if I’d known how truly desperate my situation was. Which I didn’t.

I was really in the dark about it. As dark as the closet I went into with Chip Tyler last night after he spun the bottle and it pointed to me.

Chip Tyler is a total dweeb. I’ve known him since kindergarten. I’ve grown up a lot since then. Chip hasn’t.  So I wasn’t exactly hoping that I would end up in the closet with Chip on New Year’s Eve, but I guess I was a little excited that I might finally find out what it feels like to be kissed. But no. As soon as he shut the door behind us, he took my hand in his. Then he shook it. That’s all.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Kami Kinard


About the book:

Wildly creative seventh grader, Kara McAllister, just had her best idea yet. She’s going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend? Kara’s project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy’s bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara’s research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it…

What people are saying:

“This middle-school drama is hip to the moment, with break-up texting, kissing and popularity tug of wars…Kara’s boy-crazy experiment lends refreshing perspective on teen relationships, and the results point to self-enlightenment.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Kinard creates a highly credible middle-school universe of popular girls, dorky boys, unpredictable teachers, and volatile loyalties; she hits all the right notes as Kara learns that first opinions are rarely accurate and that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Kara McAllister will take you on a wild ride through the halls (and boys’ bathrooms!) of middle school and keep you laughing every step of the way.”—Kathryn Erskine, Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Mockingbird

Released: January 1, 2012

About the author:

Before she’d finished seventh grade, Kami Kinard had written several books. Most people call these books diaries. Without the details garnered from these early works, The Boy Project might not have been born! A former high school teacher, Kami currently writes from balmy, buggy, and beautiful Beaufort SC where she lives with her husband and two children. You can visit her at www.kamikinard.com.

Giveaway:

 Kami has been kind enough to contribute an ARC of The Boy Project for a giveaway!

Just comment on this post to enter.

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-Be a follower of this site (just click “Join this site”) or a follower on Twitter [+1 entry each].

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The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on January 19th at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!


Win a signed copy of Fetching! Details at the end of this post.

Once the bell rings, look around. You may not have noticed them at first, not in the way you think, but they’re everywhere. Racing down the halls, lapping up their lunches, lazing around the classrooms, playing fetch in the gym.

There are the toy breeds, society’s spoiled little darlings, and the terriers, who really sink their teeth into things. There are the working breeds, who let nothing get in the way of an A.

There are the sporting breeds, who are better on the field than in the classroom, and the non-sporters, who are still sniffing out their niches.

There are hounds, who can smell fear a mile away, and there are herders, who are always looking for a pack.

There are mad dogs and female dogs, pit bulls and bulldogs. There are lapdogs and pets, puppies and runts.

Dogs. Every middle school has them.

Welcome to mine.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Kiera Stewart


 About the book:

Olivia has just about had it with the popular kids at school. She and her friends have done nothing to deserve humiliating pranks and mean name-calling, but that doesn’t stop queen bee Brynne from tormenting them. If only Olivia’s classmates were more like the dogs she helps her grandmother train—poorly behaved, but improvable. Then Olivia hatches a brilliant plan: she and her friends will modify their tormentors’ behavior with the same kind of training that works on dogs. Using cues and responses, and distractions and rewards get better results than anyone could have guessed. But will popularity get Olivia what she really wants?

What people are saying:

“…Olivia’s warm and charmingly self-deprecating narrative voice relates her feelings with a surprising and touching expressiveness.”–Kirkus

“Stewart offers a handy and easily understood metaphor to color the intricacies of middle-school relationships in a way that paints

each character as multidimensional and real.”–Booklist

“Entertaining…Give this one to tweens looking for a lighter take on mean girls and middle-school life.”–School Library Journal

Released: November 8, 2011

About the author:

Kiera Stewart is a writer for teens and tweens. Her qualifications include never having gotten wisdom teeth. She’s been writing since she was five, but with titles such as “Mixed Feelings,” “Old Monster, the Bees, and Karen,” and the self-congratulory, “The Amazing Story!” it’s no wonder FETCHING is her first published novel. She’s currently at work on her second tween novel and lives near Washington, D.C., with her family and dog, Casper. You can visit her at www.kierastewart.com.

Giveaway:

Kiera has been kind enough to contribute a signed copy of Fetching for a giveaway!

Just comment on this post to enter.

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-Be a follower of this site (just click “Join this site”) or a follower on Twitter [+1 entry each].

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The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on November 23rd at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!


Win a copy of My Very Unfairy Tale Life! Details at the end of this post. 

Chapter 1

You know all those stories that claim fairies cry sparkle tears and elves travel by rainbow? They’re lies. All lies. No one tells you the truth until it’s too late. And then all you can do is run like crazy while a herd of unicorns tries to kill you.

Of course, I had no idea what I’d done to get the unicorns all riled up. So much for having a magical guide to help me with my adventures. Anthony was about as useful as a bent thumbtack. Still, I needed his magic if I was going to get out of this mission alive.

“Anthony!” I shrieked as I darted down a hill and away from the stampeding unicorns. “Anthony, help me!” Where was that carrot-headed gnome?

The unicorns’ glittering horns were right behind me. Another minute and I’d be a marshmallow on a stick.

“All right, Jenny,” I said to myself. “You can do this.” I forced my burning legs to speed up. If I could just get far enough away, I might be able to hide.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Anna Staniszewski


About the book:

Is your magical kingdom falling apart? Twelve-year-old Jenny is on the case, whether she likes it or not. Saving the world might sound exciting, but for Jenny it’s starting to get old — even staying in the real world long enough to take a math test would be a dream come true! And when you throw in bloodthirsty unicorns, psychotic clowns, and the most useless gnome sidekick ever, Jenny decides that enough is enough. She’s leaving the adventuring business and not looking back. Or…is she?

What people are saying:

“Staniszewski’s debut is a speedy and amusing ride that displays a confident, on-the-mark brand of humor, mostly through Jenny’s wisecracking narration…the inventive and lighthearted premise will keep readers entertained.”–Publisher’s Weekly (read the full review here)

“A light comic romp…Staniszewski pitches her writing to a middle-school audience in her debut, emphasizing comedy along with non-threatening suspense, and keeps the tone chatty and frothy…An eye for imaginative detail mixes with these likable characters and a theme of empathy for others to keep the story appropriate to a younger audience, who easily will identify with Jenny. Charming.”–Kirkus (read the full review here)

“What a great read! Jenny is an adventurer I’d definitely want in my corner if my life ever took a wrong turn from ‘Happily Ever After’.”–Hélène Boudreau, author of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings

“Readers will love this bold and feisty heroine as they are swept into Jenny’s many (mis)adventures.”–Jennifer Nielsen, author of Elliot and the Goblin War

Released: November 1, 2011

About the author:

Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston with her husband and their adopted black Labrador, Emma. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. You can visit her at www.annastan.com.

Giveaway:

Anna is contributing a copy of My Very UnFairy Tale Life for a giveaway!

Just comment on this post to enter.

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The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on November 16th at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!


PLATTE BLUFF, NEVADA:

During the night, a tiny creature had crawled out of Tyler Sato’s right ear—or so the fat, inch-long footprints across his pillow seemed to indicate. Tyler traced the path with his finger across the bedsheet to the wall. From there the prints zigged and zagged through a field of NFL football cards like a running back heading for the end zone. The creature had tagged each member of Tyler’s fantasy football team with a pastel-colored sticky notes written in tiny print:

“You like this guy? Really? This guy?”

“Your quarterback has a rubber arm!”

“Tsk-tsk. Rookie mistake, picking this one.”

“Didn’t this guy tear his ACL in week two?”

“Hey! Why no Japanese-American football players?”

At the top of the wall, the footprints trailed across the ceiling as if they were telling gravity to take a number and wait for service. Little steps skipped around Tyler’s light fixture, then dashed toward the bedroom door. As far as Tyler could tell, the footprint maker had escaped the room through an impossibly thin crack between the door frame and the top of the door.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Greg Fishbone


About the book:

In this hilarious middle-grade romp through space, eleven-year-old Tyler Sato leads a team of kids representing all of Earth in a sports tournament against alien kids from across the galaxy.

What people are saying:

“Every alien-obsessed kid’s dream come true!”–Publishers Weekly

“It truly embodies that it’s all of Earth meeting space aliens.”–Blog Review

“Laugh-out-loud funny!”–Mark Peter Hughes, author of Lemonade Mouth

“I loved it.”–James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner

Released: September 15, 2011

About the author:

Greg R. Fishbone is an author of galactic fiction for young readers, including the Galaxy Games series of humorous middle grade sci-fi novels from the Tu Books imprint at Lee & Low Books. Greg also serves as an Assistant Regional Advisor for the New England regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is a two-time NESCBWI conference co-director, and founded of the Class of 2k7 debut author group. This summer he participated in the NASA and NSF-funded Launch Pad program at the University of Wyoming, intended to provide authors with better knowledge of astronomy and theories of science literacy. Visit his website at gfishbone.com for more information.

Blog tour:

This post is part of The Galaxy Games blog tour! For those of you playing along, here’s Puzzle Piece #4:

 


Win a copy of Scary School! Details at the end of this post.

Introduction

I suppose the proper way to start an introduction is with an introduction, so…Hello! My name is Derek The Ghost. What’s yours? I know your probably didn’t say your name out loud just now, but I read your mind, and I want you to know that I think you have a fantastic name.

How did I read your mind? Let me tell you.

Last year, when I was just eleven years old, I died in science class. One of Mr. Acidbath’s experiments went terribly wrong (more about that later), but things like that happen all the time at Scary School, so nobody made a big fuss about it. Right after class they simply wheeled out my charred corpse, and the next class walked in without so much as a blink. Scary School is a very strange place.

Excerpt© 2011 Derek Taylor Kent


About the book:

SCARY SCHOOL details the spine-tingling and outrageous happenings at a school where monsters and normal kids tread the halls together and just making it to lunch with all your limbs intact is considered a good day. Teachers include Ms. Fang, a 850-year-old vampire, Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess, and Principal Headcrusher, who, well, the name says it all. Things get extra scary this year when the school is chosen to host the annual Ghoul Games––a junior-olympic event between all the “scary” schools in the world. The winners get to eat the losers! Faced with their superior monster opponents, it’s do or die for the normal kids at SCARY SCHOOL. Together they hatch a plan that will change the future of SCARY SCHOOL forever.

What people are saying:

“Kent takes school integration to a new level with breezy tales of ‘learning, horror, and mayhem’ at a grade school attended by a mix of humans and monsters.”–Kirkus Reviews

“I died laughing.”–Dan Gutman, author of My Weird School Series

Released: June 21, 2011

About the author:

Derek Taylor Kent started writing children’s books at the age of 15. Many of his other children’s books have gone on to become films and children’s plays with sold-out runs at Los Angeles theaters. Derek has also worked as a counselor at camps and after-school programs, overseeing creative writing activities and arts & crafts. Derek also teaches Children’s Writing and Young Adult writing for The Los Angeles Writing Pad. For more information about Derek T. Kent and SCARY SCHOOL, please visit: http://www.scaryschool.com.

Giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive a copy of SCARY SCHOOL! Just comment on this post to enter.

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-Be a follower of this site (just click “Join this site”) or a follower on Twitter [+1 entry each].

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The contest is open in the US and Canada and ends on July 27th at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!


A gray hall monitor in wrinkled clothes walked silently in front of Jana on her way to the school counselor’s office.

Grays moved so quietly that even when you were with one you felt alone. Their hearts weren’t in anything they did. Jana opened the door to the office, expecting to be greeted by someone.

There was a wide oak desk in the middle of the room with toys arranged on it. The room smelled like furniture polish. Antique arcade machines lined the walls to either side. The green leather chair behind the desk was occupied by a half-size dummy of a clown. Its face was enameled white, with an orange red nose in the middle. Red paint outlined a pair of wide-open lips. A red wooden tongue rested inside the clown’s hinged mouth.

“Knock, knock,” Jana said. “Anybody here?”

If the clown answered, she was leaving.

Excerpt© 2011 Randy Russell


About the book:

Jana loved her boyfriend to death.

What people are saying:

“Not your usual paranormal romance. Romeo and Juliet meets Daniel Waters in folklorist Randy Russell’s wry teen debut…Wickedly clever.”–Kirkus, starred review

“Randy Russell has created the ultimate paranormal romance but has also infused a dark comedic element that sets the novel apart from others in the genre.”–Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray

“It’s humiliating to die in a bowling accident, especially when it means going through the afterlife in a pair of bowling shoes. Even more serious for high school junior Jana Webster is the separation from her one true love, Michael…Laughter, for Russell, is not an act of mockery or ironic distance, but rather a marker for empathy with his very human characters.”–Publisher’s Weekly

Released: June 21, 2011

About the author:

Randy Russell lives in the woods in Western North Carolina.  He writes ghosts and dead people. You can visit him at www.ghostfolk.com.

Giveaway:

To enter Randy’s “The Dead Rules Giveaway to Support Teen Reading” for a chance to win $500 in free books of a reader’s choice and $1,500 in free books to classroom teachers and librarians–all through independent bookstores–visit www.ghostfolk.com/free.asp. The contest ends July 31, and you get a free Dead Rules button just for entering.


Zachary Ruthless tightened his grip around the snake he had found lurking in the bushes below his tree fort that morning. No one was watching him. Perfect. He slipped the snake into Mrs. Snyder’s mailbox.

“Bwa-ha-ha!” he cackled. Zachary knew every self-respecting rotten evildoer needs a gleeful, evil cackle.

Excerpt© 2011 Allan Woodrow


About the book:

Zachary Ruthless only looks like he is the nicest ten-year old boy in the world. Actually, he is evil and horrible and terrible and a bunch of other bad things we do not like to think about. Why, in this book alone he shoots brain-erasing lasers, sets loose vicious insects and chews nasty, vegetable-flavored gum.

Zachary would do anything to join the Society Of Utterly Rotten, Beastly And Loathsome Lawbreaking Scoundrels, the world’s most horrible gang of super villains. But first he must perform a truly terrible deed. With the help of his henchman Newt, Zachary battles the horrible Mayor Mudfogg and other felonious foes, not only to join SOURBALLS but to survive!

What people are saying:

“Full of fiendish schemes, wickedly funny illustrations, and laughs—villainous and otherwise.”–Kevin Bolger, author of Zombiekins

“If it’s true that everyone loves a bad boy, Zachary should attract a sizable fan base.”–Publisher’s Weekly

Released: April 27, 2011

About the author:

Allan Woodrow grew up outside of East Lansing, Michigan. He always wanted to be an author, but his teachers told him to write about what he knew, and he discovered he didn’t know very much. So instead he went into advertising, which was perfect for someone who loved to write but knew very little.

After becoming a dad and discovering the books his daughters were reading, Allan finally knew what he wanted to write about. Allan currently lives near Chicago with his family and two goldfish. The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless series are his first books. Visit him at http://allanwoodrow.com or learn more about his books at http://evilbadguystuff.com.