Thursday, August 4, 2011

Siren's Storm by Lisa Papademetriou [Blog Tour!]

About the Book: 
Nothing has been the same for Will ever since last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there was a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened.

Now Will and his best friend, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.

Then there is mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?

About the Author:
Lisa Papademetriou is the author of Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me (named one of the Best Books of 2005 by; the Accidentally Series; The Wizard, the Witch, and Two Girls from Jersey; How to Be a Girly Girl in Just Ten Days; Drop; Chasing Normal; and M or F? Check out more about Lisa at her website.   

Gretchen’s Book Picks
Gretchen is one of Lisa's spunky main characters in her new release, Siren's Storm.

Age 5:
At the age of five, I loved books. But I didn’t care much about stores, honestly. What I
loved were pictures. My favorites were:
  • Cathedral by David Macaulay: This is about the construction of a cathedral. The pictures are just black and white, but very detailed.
  • Puss in Boots (illustrated by Fred Marcellino): These pictures are so beautiful. They have a warm, luminous quality, like the books by one of my other favorite illustrators, Chris Van Allsburg. 
  • The Polar Express is something that I still drag out at Christmas.
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann: I love this book because the pictures tell half the story, and they’re so funny.
Age 10:
  • His Dark Materials: The first book, The Golden Compass was so good that the minute I finished it, I turned back to the first page to read it all over again. I just loved the idea of another world whose history matched and diverged from ours at certain points, I loved the daemons, and I loved the characters.
  • Eight Cousins: I went through a whole Louisa May Alcott phase, and absolutely loved Little Women, of course. But Eight Cousins has real charm.
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: What is it about stories set in England that makes them automatically magical? This story of characters that fall in love with an overgrown, abandoned garden seemed like the kind of story I wanted to live when I was a kid.
Age 16:
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: This is a book about a boy who dreams of treasure, and then sets off to go get it. Along the way, he learns a lot about life. It sounds really boring when I describe it like that, but this book is really amazing.
  • The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende: I really love magical realism, and this book is beautifully written. I also simply love the short story format, and wish more people wrote short stories.
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: This novel has a very distinct voice, which I liked. Parts of it were violent and not really my style, but it stuck out for me as having amazing characters, many of which played against type. Love it or not, you’re not going to read another book like it.
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