June 30, 2012

Twitter Chat! / Harper's New Deal! / Y.A. News

This Saturday we'd like to share three pieces of news for you....

Hey GCReaders! You're invited to a Twitter Chat with TeamHuman authors @JustineLavaworm and @sarahreesbrenna! 

Where: Twitter
When: Tuesday, July 3rd - 6pm EST
What: #THchat
Moderated by: @icecream1891

Until then, you can watch this author video starring Justine and Sarah.

You can also take this quiz to find out if you're #TeamHuman or #TeamVampire! 

Will You Be Joining In?

On June 26, 2012, HarperCollins Publishers announced the acquisition of Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life, an adult memoir, and Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand, for young readers. Both books are by Eric LeGrand, the former Rutgers football player who was left paralyzed after a devastating football injury. The books are scheduled to be released in September, 2012.

"I am so happy for this opportunity to share my story in book form. I hope Believe will not only help to inspire people who have disabilities, but will resonate with anyone who has suffered in any way. If I can thrive despite my injury and never give up hope, maybe they can do the same thing. I hope this book will bring more attention to people with spinal cord injuries. Everything that has happened since that fateful day on the football field has showed me that there is a higher power at work and a plan for me, and I will do everything I can to embrace this still unfolding future for me and for anyone who reads my story,” says Eric LeGrand. 

What An Inspiration! 

When an author accidentally sent her manuscript to the University of Minnesota Press instead of the Minnesota Historical Society, she had no idea she'd be changing the world of that publishing company. 

This fall, the University of Minnesota Press will release a hardcover YA novel, Frozen by Mary Casanova. It is the first original YA novel from a publisher known mostly for their scholarly books on current events and regional nonfiction for adult readers. 

Frozen, which is set in a small town, is a tale of a girl who hasn't spoken a world in the 11 years since, as a five-year-old, she was found almost frozen in a snow bank the same night her mother, a prostitute, died under strange circumstances. The story is based on an actual incident that happened in the early 20th century. 

Talk About Fate!


  1. I absolutely love that they acquired the story for Eric LeGrand. While I have no desire to attend Rutgers (I'm in the middle of college searches) I live sorta close to the campus. Pretty much everywhere in NJ freaked out when he was paralyzed. But he's making such an inspirational recovery and got signed on with the Buccaneers (I believe) to help "coach and raise team spirits" or something along those lines. He still has that chance to be in the NFL even if he can't really play.

  2. "Frozen" and Eric's story sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing Maria. I'll have to keep on the lookout. Maybe I'll buy my boyfriend, Eric's book.

  3. Wow, a lot of things happening. thanks for letting me and everyone know. :D All sound interesting.

  4. Frozen sounds so What a wonderful way for a university press to branch out, and get more readers - especially YA readers. How cool it's based on a real story in part:)

    Great news for Eric LeGrand!

  5. Thanks for a great news post! It's so great to hear that Eric is getting a chance to tell his story. he's such an inspiration!


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