February 24, 2005

Just Who the Heck Are These People?

Where am I? Finding Wonderland, your home for news, views, advice, links, humor (and so forth) from the world of YA writing.

Who are you people? We are readers, writers, and fans of YA literature. We are members of a West-Coast-based writing group who meet online on a weekly basis to support each others' writing and share our love of YA lit.

For the love of crackers, why? Because we were sharing all this great information and advice amongst ourselves and thought it would be nice to share it with others as well. As writers we already have a natural tendency to want to foist our words on the unsuspecting public, so why not start a blog?

Um, yeah, so? So, we hope you'll stick around, visit us regularly, get to know each of us and our individual quirks and interests in YA, and have a good time doing it. And don't forget to keep an eye out for our upcoming companion blog featuring reviews of YA books, from old favorites to new classics-in-the-making. Ciao, baby.


Anonymous said...


Hi, I’m Jennifer, and as an avid reader myself, I’ve come across your book blog and thought you might be interested in a new book that’s launching on March 1st. It’s a new young adult novel from Oscar® winning Songwriter of FAME and FOOTLOOSE – The Big One-Oh, which is a fantastic look at growing up and is truly a novel for anyone “who is….ever was…or ever plans to be…10.” It’s the first novel written by Dean Pitchford, who is already an Oscar® winning Songwriter, and has written songs for recent movies like “Shrek 2” and “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”, in addition to the writing songs and screenplays for the movies FAME and FOOTLOOSE, to name a few. If you’d like to read and review this funny and touching novel, we’d like to offer you a chance at a sneak preview before it hits bookstores on March 1st. I’m sure your time is valuable, and so I’ve included a bit more about the book, and the author, and some preliminary reviews. I’m attaching a sample chapter, and if you are interested in reading the whole book, we can arrange to have a free copy sent to you for you to read and review on your blog – and the author is also available for interviews with enthusiastic readers of the blogosphere! The book itself has just launched an accompanying website, geared for kids and young adults, at http://www.thebigoneoh.com/.

The Big One-Oh

Catalog information:


The story: Now that he’s turning ten – the big-one-oh-friendless and fatherless Charley Maplewood bravely decides to throw himself a birthday party with a House of Horrors Theme. But one disaster follows another until Charley’s big day ends up a total, complete, utter, full blown catastrophe….and yet, somehow, the best birthday a kid could ever hope for.

Already lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “Sure to be a big hit with readers…” we’d love to share the attached sample chapter with you and the opportunity to interview Dean about the book and his storied and exciting career.

“This book is captivating, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking. What fun!”
- John Lithgow, actor and author of Micawber and I’m a Manatee

“The Big One-Oh is a wonderful literary equation: add some birthday party anxiety with a little movie monster magic and it equals a funny and triumphant journey of self-discovery.”
- Jaime Lee Curtis, actress and author of Is There Really a Human Race? and I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem

A little about Dean: DEAN PITCHFORD has written screenplays (FOOTLOOSE, SING) and lyrics to hundreds of hit songs, including FAME, FOOTLOOSE and LETS HEAR IT FOR THE BOY; he has won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe, been nominated for many more Oscars, Grammys and Tonys, and has sold over seventy million records. The Big One-Oh is his first novel. More information about Dean can be found at http://www.deanpitchford.com.

If you’re interested in receiving a sneak preview copy of The Big One-Oh, or scheduling an interview with the author for your blog, I can be reached directly at (310)821-6100, ext. 112 or jfader@terpin.com. I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for reading!

Very best regards,


Jennifer Fader
Terpin Communications Group
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Anonymous said...

How does an author submit a review copy for your consideration? Thanks for all the wonderful work you do.

All best
Kerry Madden