Where Things Come Back – Blog Tour
For over a year, I have been salivating and talking about this book to every person I know, every teen that comes into the library, and to every librarian or blogger or person who loves teens. Why? Because there are some books that you read that create a permanent stamp on your heart. Corey Whaley’s book did just that for me.
Tomorrow is the official release date for the paperback and I have to say, I was a fan of the original cover art but this paperback? It’s hot stuff. I was lucky enough to find a copy in the wild at ALA and had to pose and take a pic with it!
I feel as if things don’t only come back but they also come full circle. Picture it. Louisiana Tech University. 2004ish. I sat down in French class across from this guy. He was a nice guy, really funny, and adorbs. A few more classes together and I considered myself acquaintances with this charming guy. Added each other as friends on FB and then in late 2009, noticed that charming guy is now a YA author. I thought, “Well isn’t that cool. I’ll message him because I’m now a YA librarian and I would love to promote his book!” And so it began and my friendship with Corey is now one that I treasure dearly as he is one of the kindest, most amazing guys that I know and gives THE BEST advice ever. Crazy how you never know what that kid next to you in class will become one day. In my case, a rock star Printz Award winning author.
Because we’ve already interviewed Corey AND he’s written a ‘Why YA?’ post, I thought that I would share with everyone Corey’s speech from the Printz Award Reception at ALA Annual in Anaheim. This speech moved me and my friend both to tears and I’m surprised you don’t hear us crying in the background. So, pick up a copy of this book immediately, but first, check out YOUR 2012 Michael L. Printz winner, Mr. John Corey Whaley’s acceptance speech. It’s good stuff. #savealibrary
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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