Fly Fishing with Tyler Befus

Tyler Befus is the author of The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing. He has won awards and traveled all over the world to fish in different places. Tyler put together a how-to video on tying up a Fishtail Clouser. Check it out below!


 


 

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing by Tyler Befus

9781634503389-frontcoverKids can fly fish, too!  In this guide, Tyler shows that any kid can learn to fly fish. Discover fascinating information about where fish live and what fish eat, and learn tips about what equipment you’ll need, casting techniques, and much, much more to get you started on your own fly-fishing adventure. Fly fishing is an awesome way to spend time outdoors with your family, and with this book, any kid can become an expert!

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing is filled with a personal collection of photos and drawings done by Tyler himself. Because it has been written by an actual kid, this fully revised and updated book is a one-of-a-kind guide that kids can understand and easily learn from. Filled with all kinds of great tips and tricks, this is a valuable resource for any kid who wants to know more about fishing. After all, fly fishing isn’t just for the adults!


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Sky Pony Books for March!

Here’s a list of the Sky Pony titles you can look forward to this month!


 

March 1, 2016:

Hypnosis Harry by Catherine Bailey, illustrated by Sarita Rich

9781634501712-frontcoverNo pajamas at the park. No toys in the toaster. Harry’s parents say no to everything! That is, until Harry learns about hypnosis.

With a little practice, and Grandpa’s watch, Harry puts his parents in a trance and envisions a future full of fun and yes’s!

Comic books by the crate, night-vision goggles for his teddy bear, a pet monkey (or two)—no request is too big or too bizarre. Harry loves his new freedom and, not to mention, all that bacon. So what if his robot goes rogue and playmates are hard to find? But when his ninja moves result in a playground pile-up, Harry starts to wonder if he really wants his every wish granted.

Hypnosis Harry is a wildly funny, sweetly silly look at the real meaning of the word no. Children will delight as little Harry answers the delicious question: What would you do if you could do anything? This charming romp is perfectly captured in the lively, layered illustrations of Sarita Rich. Each read reveals clever new details, making this the perfect reread for parent and child.

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

9781634506441-frontcoverAlien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

Hacks for Minecrafters: Mods by Megan Miller

9781510705937-frontcoverMinecraft was designed to allow other people to modify it. And while there are several successful game guides on the market already, this book is the first unofficial “hacker’s” super-guide dedicated to adding mods (modifications) to your Minecraft game.

Mods add content to the game to alter gameplay, changing the creative feel of the game or giving the players more options for how they interact within the Minecraft world. Mods can make your game run faster, they can add new mobs, mechanics, and quests, and even entirely new dimensions to play in. Change the rules of your world with each mod you add—anything is fair game! This book explores today’s range of modded Minecraft play, from the must-haves to the fanciful—from utilities like Inventory Tweaks and JourneyMap, to full-fledged gameplay extensions and modpacks, like Thaumcraft, Twilight Forest, and Agrarian Skies.

Written for seven- to twelve-year-old Minecrafters this is the ultimate guide on Minecraft mods—keep your game new and exciting with all these expert tips and tricks.

The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: Old Testament by Garett Romines and Christopher Miko

9781510702257-frontcoverMinecraft has swept the world by storm. More than one hundred million games have been sold. Parents of children who play Minecraft will love this fun, educational collection of Bible stories. With the world of Minecraft as a backdrop using vivid, full-color screenshots, children will experience the Bible as never before.

Authors Garrett Romines and Christopher Miko are teachers who have used Minecraft to create imaginative worlds in their classrooms. Now, they have created Bible stories with virtual blocks to produce vibrant, 3-D worlds filled with adventure and astonishing imagination.

 

 

March 8, 2016:

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

9781510701717-frontcoverSeventeen-year-old Riven comes from a world parallel to Earth, a world that has been ravaged by a devastating android war. As a Legion General, she is the right hand of Prince Cale, the young Prince of Neospes. In her world, she’s had everything: rank, responsibility, and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to rescue his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Armed with the mindset of a soldier and racing against time to bring Caden home, Riven must learn how to blend in as a girl in a realm that is the opposite of all she’s ever known. Will she be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

 

Welcome to Camp Pikachu by Alex Polan

Welcome to Camp Pikachu_coverWelcome to Camp Pikachu, where kids can act out adventures from their favorite Pokémon games and cartoons, battling other teams to earn points ans badges and, if they’re lucky, make it into the Summer Camp Hall of Fame! During their first week at Camp Pikachu, Marco and his friends on Team Treecko find the perfect secret base: a tree house straight out of Fortree City. They proudly post their team flag out front. But during a game of capture the flag, someone vandalizes their base. Who did it?

Marco thinks he knows: Team Fennekin, led by Stella and her brother, Sam. Sam is always up to no good. And his big sister is as mean as Meowth, the cat that prowls the camp. During the next round of capture the flag, Team Treecko bands together and tries every Pokémon trick they know. Logan makes mud balls and Pitfall Mats. Nisha creates a catapult inspired by Clemont. And Maddy? Well, she’d help, too, if she weren’t so busy making Poké Puffs.

Just as Pokémon can Mega Evolve with Mega Stones, can a bully change his ways? Team Treecko is about to find out!

Zombie Invasion by Winter Morgan

9781510705944-frontcoverOne fateful day, Lucy is invited to study at the prestigious Overworld Academy. The Academy offers her the opportunity to learn all of the secrets of the Overworld—and it’s an opportunity she can’t miss. She’s sad to leave behind her friends Henry and Max, but it’s time for her to have an adventure on her own. At Overworld Academy, she meets two new friends, Jane and Phoebe. Jane is an expert fighter, and Phoebe is a talented alchemist. With Lucy’s own knack for treasure hunting, the trio makes an incredible team. And when the school is attacked by zombies, the three girls are going to have their skills put to the test.

Together they prove that they can take on almost anything, but when Lucy overhears the school headmaster conspiring to take over the Overworld, Jane and Phoebe don’t believe her. As a newbie at the academy, Lucy hasn’t gained their trust yet. Her new friends turn against her and she gets kicked out of school. When she goes back home to get help from Henry and Max, she’s shocked at what she finds waiting for her in town. Will Lucy and her friends be able to work together to fight the evil rising in their world?

This is the first book in a new three-book series spin-off of the original Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure series with its bestselling book, Quest for the Diamond Sword. Fans of Minecraft won’t want to miss this new adventure.

The Phantom Virus by Mark Cheverton

9781510706835-frontcoverHerobrine, the artificially intelligent virus, was deleted. The computer it resided in was completely destroyed. Without their leader, the few survivors of its evil army were cast away into the shadows. It looked as if there would finally be peace and happiness throughout the servers of Minecraft.

But suddenly, and mysteriously, software began misbehaving. Sheep fell from the sky. Snowballs appeared out of nowhere. What seemed at first like harmless glitches quickly became dangerous. Pigs begin walking backwards, it starts to snow in the middle of the desert, and sheep are falling from the sky.

Gameknight999, the User-that-is-not-a-user, has no choice but to investigate. But the odd yet harmless pranks are turning deadly, and it’s not long before entire villages are completely destroyed. Examining the arrogant clues, Gameknight is no longer so sure that Herobrine was destroyed after all. Is it possible he escaped? Everything points towards a deadly trap far worse than anything that Minecraft has seen before. Will Gameknight solve the puzzle before the Overworld is destroyed?

 

March 15, 2016:

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Sara Sanchez

9781634501781-frontcoverInside, outside, climbing up the stairs, or jumping into bed, your shadow may be following you! He may even be one step ahead as you run down the street! Complete with a cast of the whole family, a cat, a dog, and a teddy, this story is for everyone. Little ones who are just discovering their shadows for the first time will find inspiration between these pages, while older, more experienced kids are sure to learn new ways to play with their shadows. Get ready to laugh and giggle and then find the nearest light source and try out some shadows of your own!

Sara Sanchez has created soft and inviting illustrations to creatively interpret Robert Louis Stevenson’s original lines from the poem “My Shadow,” which was originally published in his classic for children, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Sanchez’s pictures are filled with humor and help propel this timeless poem into the twenty-first century. My Shadow is sure to become a bedtime favorite for the whole family.

Hattie Peck by Emma Levy

9781634501705-frontcoverPoor Hattie Peck simply loves eggs, but she has only ever laid one egg—and it never hatched. Eggs are all she thinks about, all she dreams about. No egg is too big; no egg is too small. So if she can’t lay another egg, she’s going to have to go out into the world to find one.

Hattie embarks on a journey in search of all the abandoned eggs. She dives to the deepest depths of vast oceans. She soars over gigantic cities and climbs up mountains towering above the clouds. Through gloomy dark caves, deep below the ground, Hattie searches. And she doesn’t find just one egg. There are so many abandoned eggs, just waiting for her to find them!

With her newly gathered eggs in tow, Hattie Peck returns home. Sitting on so many eggs at once is quite the task, but Hattie doesn’t mind. Days and weeks pass, until one day, finally, there’s a Crack! Scratch! Tap! But what will happen when all those eggs hatch together?

Divah by Susannah Appelbaum

Divah 9781634506748Seventeen-year-old Itzy Nash is spending the summer at the exclusive Carlyle hotel in New York City. But the hotel harbors more than the rich and privileged; it is host to a gorgeous fallen angel, reclusive movie stars, and—Itzy soon learns—demons of the worst sort. When the Queen of the Damned checks in, all Hell breaks loose. Itzy is called upon to save herself—and all of humanity—from the ravages of the Underworld. There’s only one problem: Itzy’s possessed.

Part gothic thriller, part historical fiction, the novel straddles the Upper East Side and the lush trappings of the Carlyle hotel, and Paris during the Reign of Terror in 1789. Marie Antoinette is the Queen of the Damned. Marilyn Monroe is an expert demon hunter. To kill a demon, Hermès scarves, Evian water, and a guillotine are the weapons of choice.

For anyone who loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this has an epic battle between angels and demons with a doomed love story at its core. But it’s also darkly funny, for fans of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and more than anything it’s something original—dark, funny, clever, and glamorous.

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Fly Fishing by Tyler Befus

9781634503389-frontcoverKids can fly fish, too! Fifteen-year-old Tyler Befus loves to fly fish. He has won awards and traveled all over the world to fish in different places. In this guide, Tyler shows that any kid can learn to fly fish. Discover fascinating information about where fish live and what fish eat, and learn tips about what equipment you’ll need, casting techniques, and much, much more to get you started on your own fly-fishing adventure. Fly fishing is an awesome way to spend time outdoors with your family, and with this book, any kid can become an expert!

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing is filled with a personal collection of photos and drawings done by Tyler himself. Because it has been written by an actual kid, this fully revised and updated book is a one-of-a-kind guide that kids can understand and easily learn from. Filled with all kinds of great tips and tricks, this is a valuable resource for any kid who wants to know more about fishing. After all, fly fishing isn’t just for the adults!

For fishing enthusiasts ages 8 and up, this is the perfect first stop shop for learning all you can about fly fishing. The pefect gift for those who love to fish and want to teach younger kids the skills behind fly fishing or for that kid who just loves reading about the outdoors.

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Ged Adamson

It’s no secret around this blog how much we love our mascot, Winston Sparkles. Winston pranced into existence from the imagination of author/illustrator, Ged Adamson and straight into our hearts.

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However, Winston Sparkles isn’t the only illustration Ged Adamson has to share with the world. You can check out his website to see what else Ged has running around his imagination. 

You can also check out two books that Ged wrote and illustrated for Sky Pony below.


Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser

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Elsie hates getting her haircut. There’s absolutely nothing more terrifying for her. “They squirt you and they pull and they snip!” she cries in her most horribly loud voice. “I’m never going again. EVER!”

But after some coercion from her parents, Elsie reluctantly tries a new hairdresser named Boris Lazzario. Almost immediately, Boris is eager to cut her hair, but then learns of her fear. Reassuringly, Boris explains that his father, Count Lazzario, also dreads haircuts and is unhappy by Boris’s profession Boris. When confronted with the mean Count Lazzario, Elsie learns that she must be brave, in the end, both she and the count learn that haircuts are not so scary after all.

Meet the McKaws

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Captain Stan and Tiny McKaw are rough-and-tumble pirates. Whether it’s searching for treasure or battling on the high seas, this adventurous duo is up for anything. But then Tiny’s parents come to visit. Suddenly, the big pirate ship starts to feel very small. Mrs. McKaw is always nagging—even in her sleep! Mr. McKaw insists on telling endless stories. And they both make the cook cry when they insult his food! After they stick Tiny in a very un-pirate-like suit and tie, Captain Stan has had enough. “Get off my ship!” he orders. Only moments later, though, a massive storm envelops the boat. Will the McKaws forgive Stan’s outburst and help to save the ship and crew?

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Author Ava Jae Talks Beyond the Red

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae hits shelves in a few days on March 1st. Soon you’ll be able to own your very own copy of this YA Sci-Fi novel. To keep you busy until then, author, Ava Jae has put together a vlog for you about writing and her process seeing Beyond the Red to publication. Don’t forget to tune in on March 1st at 7 p.m. for Ava Jae’s virtual launch party using #BTRlaunch on twitter.


 

9781634506441-frontcoverAlien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

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Ava Jae is an author, blogger, YouTuber, college student, and assistant editor at Entangled Publishing. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in English in April 2016, Ava will probably find a bookstore to live in, where she can write her next novel surrounded by the smell of new books and coffee. She can be found on Twitter at @Ava_Jae or at her website avajae.blogspot.com.

 

 


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A Sky Pony Night Out

Assistant Editor Adrienne Szpyrka shares the story of a night out for the Sky Pony team. 


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In December, Sky Pony went on its very first team outing. We started at the Society of Illustrators original artwork exhibit, which features art from picture books that pubbed in 2015. Seeing the art in person is so worthwhile—there’s so much detail that just doesn’t translate into the final book. And it’s cool to see so many of the year’s illustrations all together. The last time I saw this exhibit, I noticed whales were big. This year, a lot of the books had elephants!

 

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This spread from Finding Winnie was one of my favorites. Can you spot the bear?

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After the Society of Illustrators, we headed to the Carlyle hotel. Divah, by Susannah Appelbaum, is one of our lead titles this spring (and a book that I love!), and the Carlyle is a huge part of the story. So we had to see it for ourselves! The story came to life when we saw the hotel in person. I felt like Itzy, underdressed and wildly out of place surrounded by the natives of the Upper East Side.

1 Madeline artIf you have a chance to stop by the Carlyle yourself, Bemelmans Bar is a must-see. The entire place is covered in illustrations by Ludwig Bemelmans. And, as Luc points out in Divah, “The guy had a thing for bunnies.” But we also spotted some scenes from Madeline!

Bemelmans was too crowded for our entire team, so after checking out the art, we headed over to the Mark hotel for cocktails. As another Divah angel puts it, the Mark was “adequate.”

(Actually the Mark was lovely and had beautiful star lights in the bar. It was also far less crowded, and we had a wonderful time. But I’m not as posh as Gaston.)

Thanks, Skyhorse, for the fantastic outing, and Julie, for planning everything. Here’s to more bookish adventures in 2016!

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Minecraft Laughs

Even Minecrafters need a laugh once in a while. Sometimes it’s just a matter of stepping outside of Hardcore mode and asking yourself why the chicken jockey crossed the road. Take a break from destroying creepers and building homes to laugh along with two new books full of Minecraft humor!

Jokes for Minecrafters: Booby Traps, Combs, Boo-Boos, and More by Michele C. Hollow, Jordon P. Hollow, and Steven M. Hollow

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Jokes for Minecrafters is the first book in the new Jokes for Minecrafters series, which celebrates the humor in Minecraft from skeleton mobs to zombie pigmen. Be prepared to laugh! No ghast or blaze is safe from being the punch line of these jokes!

Inside you will find hilarious jokes such as:

Why did the slime stay home?
He had no place to goo!

How did Steve know that the skeleton was lying to him?
He could see right through him.

Hilarious Jokes for Minecrafters: Mobs, Creepers, Skeletons, and More by Michele C. Hollow, Jordon P. Hollow, and Steven M. Hollow

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Hilarious Jokes for Minecrafters is the second book in the Jokes for Minecrafters series, which boasts more than eight hundred jokes. The jokes inside poke fun at everything Minecraft from ghasts to Endermen. All of your favorite parts of the Minecraft game are included in the book, and the jokes will make you giggle like you’ve never giggled before!

Inside you will find uproarious jokes such as:

Why don’t they have knock-knock jokes in Minecraft?
Because hostile mobs don’t knock on your door—they blow it up!

What do you get when you cross an Enderman with a creeper?
A teleporting bomb.

 

For kids ages five and up, these are the perfect books for at home, at school, or really anywhere! You’ll enjoy telling these silly jokes to your friends and family. As a bonus there are silly illustrations throughout for extra laughs!

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Author Susannah Appelbaum on Bed-Writing and Q & A

Susannah Appelbaum’s YA novel, Divah, hits shelves on March 15th. Angels, demons, and Marie Antoinette—oh my! There are still a few weeks till you can get your own copy, but don’t worry! We have just what you need to keep you busy. We’ve put together a fun Q & A for Susannah, and she has shared a bit about her experience living at the Carlyle hotel, where most of the book is set. 


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Divah 

Eloise meets Rosemary’s Baby in New York City’s very own Carlyle hotel.

Seventeen-year-old Itzy Nash is spending the summer at the exclusive Carlyle hotel in New York City. But the hotel harbors more than the rich and privileged; it is host to a gorgeous fallen angel, reclusive movie stars, and—Itzy soon learns—demons of the worst sort. When the Queen of the Damned checks in, all Hell breaks loose. Itzy is called upon to save herself—and all of humanity—from the ravages of the Underworld. There’s only one problem: Itzy’s possessed.

 

Appelbaum, Susannah - DivahSusannah Appelbaum realized at an early age that the world contains both good and evil—and she wanted nothing more than to write about it. By day, she does so. The night is reserved for keeping the world safe from shadows and demons. She has lived both in Paris and at the Carlyle hotel, where the service is exquisite and the food is never burnt. Susannah resides in New York’s Hudson Valley and is the critically acclaimed author of the Poisons of Caux series.

 


 

Susannah Appelbaum on Bed-Writing

When I lived in the Carlyle hotel, I used to write from bed. And why not? It was pure luxury. Coffee, tea, little delicate finger sandwiches were but a phone call away, and I was pampered and nourished while horizontal. I was following the tradition of many wildly successful authors who wrote from bed. It has been a few years since I moved to the country, leaving behind the white pressed sheets and room service of the Carlyle, and especially, the practice of bed-writing. I have now a room of my own, and after I lock myself away in it—and perform a series of odd rituals—I can begin for the day. But today, for the purpose of Sky Pony’s new blog, I have decided to break with this tradition and follow the likes of Proust, Truman Capote, Emily Dickinson (to name a few) and prop myself up on every pillow available, and kick back, bedside.

In bed (and out-of-bed), I am writing this on Ash Wednesday. Naturally, my mind turns to fire and ash. For, as I say in my new novel Divah, “Fire transforms everything.” Ash, throughout history, through dark ages and witch hunts, has played an important role in both the sacred (such as today) and the profane. As a young student, freshly attending New York University, I remember Ash Wednesday as the day I would wander the streets of the city and wonder why everyone’s forehead was smudged with black. Today’s ashes are a reminder of human mortality (Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.) For others, ashes can protect, even from such things that roam the dark nights, and haunted ruins. The Talmud explains how to see demons, should you want to, and it involves finding and burning a black she-cat. Ashes can be used in divinatory ways, like tea leaves, or as a burnt offering (Make a wish. Write it down. Set it aflame). A ribbon of ash sprinkled over a threshold will prevent demons and other inhabitants of the spirit world from crossing. There is a drink made of ash from the Tree of Life. I have not tasted it, but it is said to ignite inspiration.

So let’s order room service, and lift our cups of ash tea, and toast together to continued inspiration!

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From Susannah‘s days living at the Carlyle. 

Q: Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?

I grew up on fantasy, all the usual suspects. My first attempt at writing (age 6) was a total rip-off of the Wizard of Oz. Now, even if I try, I find it impossible to write realistic fiction. Every time I open my laptop, a dragon pops out.

Q: What are you reading right now?

I am reading a lot of crime fiction. Actually, one of my first loves was Agatha Christie. I am feeling the urge to write something mysterious, dark and deadly. And of course, somehow the supernatural will creep in. I am a big reference book junky. I own the complete Oxford English Dictionary, which takes up much real estate on my bookshelf. The current book on my nightstand is Amazing Rare Things, by David Attenborough. It’s full of beautiful illustrations of all sorts of weird flowers and animals and creatures to inspire.

Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?

Alice! From Alice in Wonderland. I can’t think of anything I’d like to do more than meet the Cheshire Cat. Or perhaps Itzy Nash, my lead character in Divah. I’ve spent a lot of time with her, and genuinely like her. She’s smart, funny, artistic (super into photography—like me), very independent, and, well, everything else is a spoiler.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to write? 

Not bed. My study is lovely, as I hope you’ll agree.

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Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

Anything Hitchcock. Rear Window, perhaps, is my favorite. But nothing can beat the dialog in All About Eve, and Bette Davis is my all-time fave. Can’t you just see her as the ultimate demon hunter?!

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

A baby elephant. Or maybe a baby mammoth. Not too big. Something I can bring on a leash to Starbucks.

Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

Dark.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving. It’s a completely non-religious holiday, where you gather and give thanks. Because there’s no talk of Heaven and Hell, you can say this makes it a demon-free holiday, although demons have been known to invite themselves to anyone’s table, at any time, and once seated, they are notoriously difficult to remove.

Q: What’s your favorite emoji?

The poop! I mean, come on. He’s got eyes! How cool is that?

Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were Itzy’s age (17)?

That’s easy. A writer.

 

To learn more about Divah, visit www.susannahappelbaum.com/divah/

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What’s Your Favorite Sky Pony Book?

Sky Pony Press has been publishing children’s books since Fall 2011. We have hundreds of wonderful books in print, each holding a special place in our hearts. It’s a difficult task to choose just one favorite book from our list—every single Sky Pony book is amazing in its own way. We challenged the staff to pick their favorites from our list of wonderful books and here’s what they had to say:

  • Sam Levitz, Assistant Managing Editor 

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Sam’s Favorite Sky Pony book: Canned and Crushed by Bibi Belford

Why Sam loves Canned and Crushed: “As someone who worked teaching middle school kids for 5 years I know how hard it can be to get your hands on a chapter book that holds their interest. Canned and Crushed is definitely one of those rare books. The narrator, Sandro, is a great role model for kids. He’s smart, funny, loves soccer, and is not afraid to put himself out there to help out his family. What’s great about this is that Belford doesn’t dumb things down for her readers. She respects the fact that a book should be relatable enough to hold a child’s interest, but also challenging enough to teach something new. Sandro uses a lot of big vocabulary words and while telling his story, makes sure to define those words in the text for younger readers that may not have learned these words yet. It’s reminiscent of my days reading A Series of Unfortunate Events and being really pleased with Lemony Snicket’s expectations of me to not get discouraged by new words. The plot is clever and interesting and you’ll be rooting for Sandro and his family the whole way through!”

  • Steven Sussman, Sales Director

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Steven’s favorite Sky Pony book: Watch the Cookie! by Nancy Cote

Why Steven loves Watch the Cookie!: “I love Watch the Cookie! because I love cookies! It has taught me to never let my cookies out of my sight . . .

Where’s my milk?”

  • Jason Katzman, Editor 

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Jason’s favorite Sky Pony book: Who Flung Dung? by Ben Redlich

  • Bill Wolfsthal, Vice President 

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Bill’s favorite Sky Pony book: Jackie and Me by Tania Grossinger

Why Bill loves Jackie and Me: “It tells a very personal story about a very important American, Jackie Robinson. And I was very fond of the author, Tania Grossinger.”

  • Amy Singh, Editorial Assistant, Arcade Publishing

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Amy’s favorite Sky Pony book: The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur

Why Amy loves The Unhappening of Genesis Lee: “I loved the dystopian setting, Gena’s drive to recover her lost memories, and the twist of who the thief really is! I would personally love to have a Link bracelet to help me keep my memories close [and remember little things that I always forget]!”

  • Cory Allyn, Senior Editor, Night Shade Books and Talos Press

It's a Wonderful Death

Cory’s favorite Sky Pony Book: It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

Why Cory loves It’s a Wonderful Death: “I love a good, snarky book and It’s a Wonderful Death delivered in spades. My first impression as I was reading was “Hey, this is like somebody took A Christmas Tale, put it in a blender, and hit PULSE!” It has the morbidly amusing humor of a Tim Burton movie, and Death, an actual character in the book, is a twisted reinvention of Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. But like all great books, it’s also more than the sum of all its individual quirks. Underneath the politics and bureaucracy of author Sarah Schmitt’s vision of the afterlife is a poignant story that will sound very familiar to anyone who ever survived high school (and maybe looked back and wished they’d done things a little differently).”

  • Jake Klein, Publicist, Sports & Outdoors 

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Jake’s favorite Sky Pony Book: The Daring Prince Dashing by Marilou Reeder, illustrated by Karl West

Why Jake loves The Daring Prince Dashing: “Prince Dashing reminds me of a young me.”

  • Jody Faulkner, Manager, Special Sales

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Jody’s favorite Sky Pony book: My Body Belongs to Me illustrated by Dagmar Geisler

Why Jody loves My Body Belongs to Me:  “This book explores what children can do to keep well-meaning adults at arm’s length when it is uncomfortable for the child.  From the aunt who gives sloppy kisses to being tickled too much, this book says its ok to say no.  It is very positive, not scary book which sometimes these types of books can be.  I also like it because it sells so well! :P”

  • Stacey Fischkelta, Senior Production Editor

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Stacey’s favorite Sky Pony book: The Brick Bible for Kids by Brendan Powell Smith

Why Stacey loves The Brick Bible for Kids: “I believe that any book, especially children’s books, should teach the reader something. This book does just that. It teaches children the stories of the Bible by using a familiar toy to create images children would understand. The artistry in this book is beautiful and the message is simply delivered. The Brick Bible for Kids makes Bible stories accessible to many ages and makes the reading fun. I loved reading this book!”

  • Ronnie Alvaro, Editorial Assistant, Sports & Outdoors

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Ronnie’s favorite Sky Pony book: Gorillas in Our Midst by Richard Fairgray

Why Ronnie loves Gorilla’s in Our Midst: “As a little kid, I always dreamed that my favorite wild animals could live in the human world. Gorillas in Our Midst brings that dream to life, with hilarious instances of gorillas passing as human—except that is, when you give them a banana. Beautifully drawn and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is one of my favorite ways to relive my childhood!”


 

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