My book birthday was a dream. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to those who helped me welcome THE STITCHERS into the world.
Here are a few images from my release day.
The release of THE STITCHERS is fast approaching - I can't believe it's almost here! Please join me in conversation with Shannon Doleski for a fun, spooky launch party. Of course, it's free and virtual. There will be a costume contest and a goodies giveaway, including a signed book. To join, just click on the Eventbrite link and sign up. On Tuesday I will send an email to everyone with the Zoom link.
Hope to see you there!
If you follow me on social media, you probably saw me posting about the Middle Ground Book Fest: a festival I co-founded and helped organize that is meant to celebrate the middle grade reader. I'm incredibly proud of this festival, and all of the videos are available on YouTube for the whole year. So if you haven't had a chance to watch any, you still have plenty of time to check them out! Below is the welcome video from myself and the other organizers, my friends Shannon Doleski, Tanya Guerrero, and Janae Marks. You can find the rest of our panels and mini-lessons on www.middlegroundbookfest.com
Check out my interview with two of the co-creators of Connecticut's premier literary festival, The Saugatuck Storyfest. They ask me some fun questions about books, music, movies and nostalgia.
If you follow me on social media, then you already have heard me SCREAMING about this over the last week. THE STITCHERS RECEIVED ITS FIRST BLURB! AND...
Wait for it...
IT'S FROM STEPHEN freaking KING!
I'm still in shock that the master of horror liked my little monster story. Blurbs are a stressful part of the publishing process, and I feel so incredibly fortunate that my team at Abrams Kids took a risk and asked one of my favorite authors for a review. And best part of all, the design team updated my already gorgeous cover. Check it out below, along with the full blurb.
Hi everyone! Hope you're all staying safe out there during this wild and scary time. Books are more important than ever, especially as most of us are sheltered-in-place. So how about two free books to help you pass the time?
Between now and April 18th, 2020 (which is the 4 month mark until THE STITCHERS is released), I'm giving away an ARC of THE STITCHERS and a MG Abrams/Amulet spring debut of your choice. Follow me on Twitter for entry! @LoriLlama2014
(Original tweet below)
Behold, my GORGEOUS cover! Huge thanks to the design team at Abrams Kids/Amulet Books, as well as Gilles Keating. I could not be happier with this retro-inspired, Goosebumps-esque cover!!
Preorder it now: https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/stitchers-fright-watch-1_9781419746925/
And look for it on August 18th!
Since I haven't posted since the summer and we are now in my FAVORITE SEASON and my FAVORITE MONTH, I thought I'd do a double whammy tonight.
On Saturday I went to the second annual Saugatuck Storyfest in Westport, CT, which is the town where I teach. The literary festival is run by two librarians and two teachers, and I'm OBSESSED. Seriously, I've paid money to go to BookCon, and this event was free and SO much more enjoyable in every sense of the word.
The keynote speaker was the one and only RL Stine, who wrote all of the Fear Street books that I worshiped as a kid. In honor of his speech, I'm counting down my top 5 retro reads!
1. The Secret Bedroom. This was the first RL Stine book that I ever read. I remember I was in 4th grade at the time, and I read it in one night, and then I didn't sleep for seven! I re-read it over the summer, and the scares hold up all of these years later.
2. Also by Stine, The Hitchhiker. One word: Piranhas!
3. Wait Till Helen Comes. This classic ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn is one that I still see students reading (and LOVING) in my classroom.
4. You can't have a spooky retro reads list without: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. This collection sparked my fascination with folklore and urban legends, and to this day I'm still haunted by the illustrations.
5. Just like you can't have a list without Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, you can't have a list without Stephen King. Carrie was the first King book I ever read, and it's one that I immediately had re-read again, and again, and again.
So what are YOUR favorite spooky reads??
So it's been a minute or two since I last posted, but I have news!
Abrams confirmed that my new title for my debut series will be called THE STITCHERS from the FRIGHT WATCH series! I couldn't be happier with the decision, and I think it absolutely sets the tone for my creepy books.
Being able to share the title definitely feels like a giant exhale! I'm now even more excited to see the cover and what the art team comes up with to bring this series to life.