Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cover Reveal- Audition and Subtraction

Hi all! Thanks for stopping by for the cover reveal of "Audition and Subtraction" by Amy Dominy. I have been anxiously awaiting this reveal since I read the book a few weeks ago! For those of you that have not heard of this book yet, here is the synopsis: 

For as long as Tatum can remember it’s been:
Tatum + Lori = Best Friends
They do everything together, including a yearly clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But when a new boy transfers to their middle school and their band, the equation suddenly changes to:
Lori + Michael – Tatum = One happy couple
With her best friend slipping away and her parents recently separated, Tatum’s life has turned upside down. Plus her good friend Aaron thinks that they are secretly boyfriend and girlfriend, all because of one little lie Tatum told. Accepting change isn’t easy for Tatum, but just how much is she willing to give up to hold on to her friendship with Lori and life as she knows it? For Tatum, the best way to move forward may require a whole new formula . . . 

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I loved it! Read my review here to see my thoughts :) 

About the Author:
Amy Fellner Dominy is the author of OyMG. She worked as a copywriter in the advertising business for twenty years before leaving to earn her MFA as a playwright. Her plays for adults and children have been staged in various cities around the country. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two teenage children.

Now, to the part everybody has been waiting for, the big reveal!

I love this cover! I think it describes the book perfectly! Not to mention it has my favorite colors in it... :-)
Here is a small excerpt from the book

Mr. Wayne pointed to where we stood. “Tatum also plays clarinet, and Lori is our principal flute.” We both sort of nodded, and Michael smiled, his sunglasses reflecting back my face for a second before moving to Lori. His smile widened, and she shuffled from one foot to the other. I was still half behind her, and I tapped her with my shoulder.
Loser, right? my shoulder nudge said. 
She didn’t nudge back.

So, Amy Dominy, being the amazing person she is, has posted a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive an ARC of "Audition and Subtraction". How awesome is that?!

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Good luck and Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review: Audition and Subtraction

"All's fair in love, war and band auditions"
I would be lying if I said the title had nothing to do with my decision to read this book. I am a math teacher and the title is so close to ‘addition and subtraction’ that I was immediately drawn to it! Then I found of it was written by Amy Fellner Dominy and I was sold!
Amy Fellner Dominy and I at TLA 2012!
This story is about a 14 year old girl, Tatum, whose world is turned upside down when a new boy shows up at school and seems to take everything away from her. She had been planning on taking the third spot in the District Honor Band until he came along and tried to take it away from her. Not only is he ruining her band life, but he is trying to turn her best friend against her. What is a girl supposed to do when her best friend sides with her boyfriend instead of her?
This book was a quick read and I loved it! Being an 8th grade teacher, I felt like I saw a lot of my students represented in this book. There is the girl who has been overweight her whole life and has recently been able to slim down, the guy who is in love with a friend who doesn’t have a clue, the boy who just can’t seem to do anything to get his dad’s attention, and the girl who wants to hide out in her best friend’s shadow. This book had some great moments where I was able to connect with the character because I had been in that situation before. This is a book that I will most certainly be putting in my classroom library and recommending to my students. Not only is it a cute story, but I think everyone can learn from the mistakes that are being made during the course of the book.

-Expected publication: September 2012 by Walker & Company

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May New Release Hop

Welcome to my stop on the April New Release Giveaway hop! This hop is hosted by Book Twirps and Refracted Light.

There will be a different book given away at each of the stops. At the bottom of this post are all the sites participating in the book hop. Make sure to visit (and follow) everyone and enter their giveaways! :-)

So, On to my part in the hop!

Up for grabs this month are two awesome books! "Hemlock" by Kathleen Peacock and "Until I Die" by Amy Plum

Two books means two winners!! Good luck and yes, this is open internationally!! Wahoo:) Don't forget to stop by the other hop participant blogs!

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