Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy Launching to R.L. LaFevers!





Congratulations to our own R.L. LaFevers today on the official launching of her new series with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nathaniel Fludd: BeastolologistThe Flight of the Phoenix.  And happy kudos to the series' phenomenal illustrator, Kelly Murphy

Nathaniel Fludd never dreamed that mythical beasts were real. Or that he would be the one who was supposed to take care of them.  


 “The story is packed with adventure and mythological creatures. Children who love fantasy, myth, exotic settings, and even a little dose of history will relate to Nate as he discovers his inner hero and carries on the Fludd family tradition.”

                                               School Library Journal


“. . . an exciting tale.”

                                              ~Kirkus


A Junior Library Guild Selection


This is Robin's eighth book out since she first hit the scene in 2003.  I couldn't be any prouder of her if I had given birth to her myself. Her wildly festive plans for Launch Day thus far include researching the Egyptian Nationalist Movement of 1907  for her next Theodosia title, finishing up galleys for Nathaniel II, and hustling herself down to UPS. Ah, the glamourous life of an author!  (I do get to take her to lunch on Tuesday and vow to celebrate her up one side and down the other.)  To celebrate Robin's Launch Day, I am ordering a copy of Nathaniel Fludd to be sent to my local public library. As we celebrate each other's launches in the months to come, I hope that you'll consider doing the same. It's a strong way to support one another, and our libraries who are struggling during therecession.  You can click here to order Nathaniel Fludd. 


And, I'm betting dollars to doughnuts that we can get Robin to donate a signed copy of her new book to one of your favorite kids, teachers, or libraries. All you have to do is answer the following question: Name one beast that was not in Robin's home when she was growing up. :-]  Good luck!


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Contest Follow-Up!  If your  name is JESSE MARIE KLAUSMEIER , you are the  *winner*  in our most recent random drawing of followers and commenters. You have won a copy of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength, by  Laurie Helgoe, PhD  Jesse, if you will email me, I will get that off to you right away.    I am also very delighted to announce that Dr. Helgoe has agreed to do an interview with us here at SVP.  Coming soon! She was recently was interviewed by Psychology Today magazine, and her book is at the top of the Movers & Shakers List at Amazon Kindle. And she's an introvert to boot. If you have any question(s) that you'd like me to ask her, please let me know!    

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Question of the Day:  Is our new President an introvert?  What do you think?  Could an introvert survive that kind of rigorous public life?


Lastly, we will be having a bonus edition of Shrinking Violets this week on Thursday, October 1st, so we can announce and celebrate the launching of another Violet and her very first book.  Come on back by! Bring confetti. =-]


Wishing you each a seriously swell week! Make sure you've allowed yourself time in your schedule to refuel.  Solitude is oxygen for our souls.


Pax,

Mary Hershey


11 comments:

tanita davis said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!
You're going to have to tell us, Robin, how you manage to fit dual genres in your head and work on various projects at the same time PLUS do school visits. You're amazing. Best of luck with your new MG gem!

Elizabeth Loupas said...

Whoo-hoo, Robin! Congratulations and good luck with the Katy Challenge.

Yat-Yee said...

Congratulations, Robin! Love the sound of your new series. Nathaniel Fludd: what a great name.

Um. A Komodo Dragon?

I don't think our president is a hard boiled introvert. LIke you said, how can an introvert deal with all the demands of his public life? But I do have a sense that he is not a full-blown extrovert either. Clinton and W. are much more likely to be that.

Pat Evans said...

Happy Launch Day, Robin! (Did you have a pet dodo?)

THALIA CHALTAS said...

Happy Launching, Robin! (and Nate!)

And my guess for the animal you did not have in your home was a manatee.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Congratulations on Launch Day, Robin!

My children are trying to convince me it would be fun to have a pet gorilla around. I'm guess you did not have one growing up, so why should we?

sharigreen said...

Congrats, Robin! Happy launch day! :D

PJ Hoover said...

Way to go, Robin! I loved Nathaniel, of course!
My son took it to school to do a project on and also got in trouble during reading time for telling some other kid they ought to buy it!

Robin L said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful send off, everyone!

Tanita, the primary secret is to pretty much have given up on sanity. :-)

And so many of you are correct! I did not have a manatee or a komodo dragon or a dodo. And Sherrie, I agree with you. If I wasn't allowed to have a gorilla, neither should your kids.

PJ, I'm sorry your son got in trouble, but how much do I love that story?? Too cute. You've got a future hand seller in the making there.

Kimberly Lynn said...

I'm so excited for you, Robin. The cover is gorgeous!

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