Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Guest Post for Write All the Words

In today's guest post for E. Kristen Anderson's Write All the Words blog, Christine Heppermann writes in appreciation of her high school humanities teacher:

Maybe public school kids watched movies like “Apocalypse Now!” all the time during class. Ho-hum, no big deal. But at my all-girls Catholic high school, when the lights clicked off and the VCR—this was 1985—clicked on in Mrs. Havlick’s humanities class, it felt like a dazzling transgression, and not simply because Martin Sheen was shirtless and took the Lord’s name in vain...

Read the rest here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Printers Row Young Adult Roundup

Christine's latest piece for the Printers Row Journal is a roundup of young adult books featuring The Hit, Grasshopper Jungle, and Beyond Magenta:

The Hit - Taking action definitely appeals to Adam in this novel by popular British author Melvin Burgess as he contemplates what percentage of their allotted time on the planet most people spend doing nothing...

Grasshopper Jungle - In the grips of small-town ennui, 16-year-old narrator Austin and his best friend Robby cope in the usual ways — loitering, smoking and skateboarding behind a mostly abandoned strip mall...

Beyond Magenta - "Love is love, and whoever you feel you love, express it, it's okay," says Jessy, one of six young adults interviewed in this candid, inspiring book...

Read the full reviews here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Review: "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs

Here's a review of the new Ransom Riggs novel, Hollow City, that appears in this week's Chicago Tribune Printers Row Review:

Every picture tells a story. Put a bunch of pictures together, and their stories can fuel an entire novel. Or that's how Ransom Riggs worked it in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," his runaway best-seller from 2011, which still occupies a spot on The New York Times young adult best-seller list. (click here to read the rest)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Poisoned Apples Cover

Here's the first look at the cover for Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. The official publication date is September 23, 2014.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Publication Date for Poisoned Apples

Publication of Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty has been set for September 23, 2014. The initial reviews are humbling:

“A bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that’s caustic, funny, and heartbreaking.” (E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars)

“Simply phenomenal. Heppermann’s honest voice grabs the reader with urgency. This collection is a champion for teens and adults who see our world as an advertisement for perfection that doesn’t exist. Readers will want to read these poems aloud over and over again.” (A.S. King, Printz Honor author of Reality Boy and Ask the Passengers)

“Heppermann’s collection of teen angst is like a velvet bag full of gems to be poured out into the palm, held up to the light, studied, and saved to be brought out again and again on fitting occasions.” (Karen Hesse, Newbery Medal-winning author of Out of the Dust)

“This powerful and provocative exploration of body image, media, and love broke my heart and made me gasp aloud with its relentless truth. Dark, unsettling, and altogether brilliant, Poisoned Apples is not to be missed.” (Rae Carson, author of the best-selling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy)

“Anyone can read these wonderful poems, but I know women and girls especially will open Poisoned Apples and immediately tell their friends, show their friends, loan the book out, get it back, read it again and again until the cover falls off .” (Ron Koertge, author of Stoner & Spaz)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Greenwillow Announces New Series from Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge

Today Publishers Marketplace announced that Greenwillow Books has signed a deal to publish a three book series written by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge. BACKYARD WITCH is a middle-grade series about "three best friends and a mysterious visitor who appears for curious adventures just when you need her most." More details coming soon!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Court Green #10 Release Reading

Christine will be reading some of her poems at the release reading for the tenth issue of Court Green on Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. The reading will take place in the Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave. Room 101, on the Columbia College campus in Chicago. The theme of Issue #10 is "sex."