(more Tuesday hijinks on Monday after an extended absence from the hijinks scene; it is not that I have had no hijinks, but perhaps that the spring has been altogether too hijinksical to even be reported)

tuesday hijinks, no. 9: scenes from the Rochester Teen Book Festival. I wish I could send my teenage self a time machine so I could go to this thing.

1. Cat Patrick, my co-presenter for the weekend. Forgotten is about to become my go-to recommend for teens. Ask her about the sign language troop she was in. Seriously, ask her.

2. I’d say that a handmade “Holden Caulfield thinks you’re a phony” t-shirt is just about the perfect thing to wear to a teen book festival.

3. Handmade book earrings. These Rochester Teen Book Festival attendees are seriously crafty.

4. Gran Torino. The authors were driven in classic cars to the event, and I’d really prefer to always be driven to events this way. The driver’s name I have forgotten, but he was a former shop teacher and an excellent guide. The profile belongs to James Kennedy, who travels with a tuxedo and is the shyest writer you will ever meet.

4. A.S. King & Squid. I liked the both of them immediately.

5. My answer was “A Kitten.” Melissa Walker’s answer was “Grace Kelly.” What was the question?

6. The majestic head of Terry Trueman.

7. Jack Ferraiolo will kill you with his star. (I lost mine somewhere, by the way, but that is the way with stars.)

Thanks to all the incredible volunteers at the Rochester Teen Book Festival. This event somehow concentrates all that is good about writing for teenagers into a single day. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I am photographically-challenged.

P.S. I’ll be signing bright and early at BEA tomorrow for anyone who’s around.

Books of Wonder

I’ll be reading at Books of Wonder this Saturday, October 22 along with this seriously formidable bunch: 


Books of Wonder is thrilled to host 7 authors of exciting new fantastic tales for young readers. Please join us Saturday, October 22nd, as these wonderful authors take us on an adventurous ride through some great new works of fiction all featuring a teenage protagonist caught up in extreme situations. Joining us will be, SARAH BETH DURST who will share her new book Drink, Slay, Love, the story of an ordinary 16 year old vampire who happens to get stabbed by a unicorn horn; ALISON GOODMAN will present Eona, a fantastical companion to her Eon, which focuses on the first female Dragoneye in centuries; JEFF HIRSCH will introduce The Eleventh Plague, the story of a fifteen year old girl in post-apocalyptic America; JON SKOVRON will share Misfit, the tale of 16-year-old Jael Thompson — a Catholic-school student who just happens to also be half-demon; New York Times best-selling author SCOTT WESTERFELD will share Goliath, the thrilling conclusion to his Leviathan Trilogy; MARYROSE WOOD will regale us with Nightshade, the page turning story of a heartbroken 16 year old Jessamine Luxton — the second book in her The Poison Diaries ; and GABRIELLE ZEVIN will take us on a trip to New York in the year 2083 with All These Things I’ve Done; Beginning at noon this talented group of authors will present their new work of speculative fiction, take questions from the audience, and gladly sign copies of all their works. Ages 12 and up. 12-2pm.

This event is free and open to all. Please note that you are welcome to bring one book from home to be signed for each book you purchase on the day of the event. If you have any questions, call us at (212) 989-3270. Please note that video and audio recording is prohibited at all events, photography is welcome.