Thursday, May 13, 2010

TELL YOU A SECRET...

Even though it won't be in stores until June 22, I got to read the first two chapters of Holly Cupala's amazing debut novel yesterday (check out her rockin' website--lots of great swag)!  Here's how it happened:  When Holly arrived at the SCBWI meeting on Tuesday night, she had just received some copies of the 17-page "sneak preview" of TELL ME A SECRET from her publisher and I snagged one (check out cute pic of me and Holly with the bookie). Reading it was the carrot I dangled in front of myself as I was trying to reach my 1,500 word goal for the day (don't always set the bar that high but I was feeling energetic). Alas, I only finished my pages in time to head out to pick up four boys from three different schools and haul them all to a two-hour track meet :)


I'll admit, I didn't actually see my third-grader run the relay because, leaning against the chain link fence at the edge of the track, I was already swept up in the opening pages of TELL ME A SECRET. I did catch him in the 75 yard dash because I raced through those two chapters more breathless than the runners on the field and, frankly, frustrated that the rest of the book wasn't in my hands right that moment. With rich, evocative language and a heartbreakingly vulnerable protagonist, this title is going right onto my summer must-read list!

Next post, on Friday, will be about School & Library author visits.  Promise!

8 comments:

Lisa and Laura said...

I want this book. Looks like something I'd LOVE!

Pam Harris said...

Ooh, I'm intrigued! :)

Jen said...

Haha I loved that you were honest enough to say you didn't watch your third-grader run the relay because you are so engrossed! Must mean it is one good book! I'll be checking it out right now!

Laura Marcella said...

I know how that is! I always bring a book with me to my husband's baseball games, and sometimes I miss his spectacular plays, oops! You're not alone in that, lol.

The book looks great! I'm adding it to my to-read list. Thanks for the suggestion!

SWK said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lisa & Laura and Pam. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of TELL ME A SECRET. And Jen, I did think a little bit about whether to admit the thing about missing the relay but, well, that's the reality sometimes. Not pretty ;)

Carrie Harris said...

This sounds like such an awesome book. I'll make sure not to pick it up right before my son's soccer game. :)

Dawn Simon said...

Can't wait to read it! Cute pic of you two ladies! :)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

i love this book and love HOlly too! :)