Join us and help #KEEPYAWEIRD

Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and the upcoming The Alex Crow (on sale; March 10th 2015) will be starting a tour in March as a part of a special campaign to Keep YA Weird! In the spirit of this campaign I would like to show you the few ways that you can help #KEEPYAWEIRD

One of the ways that you can help #KEEPYAWEIRD is attend one of Andrew Smith's upcoming book events. I have included his "Keep YA Weird" Tour calendar and hope that you are able to attend one or a few of them.

Andrew Smith’s ‘Keep YA Weird’ Tour

Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm – SAN FRANCISCO(or really close)

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wednesday, March 11 at 7 pm – PALO ALTO, CA
Books Inc. Palo Alto

74 Town and Country Village
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, 94301

Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm – BOISE, ID
Rediscovered Books

180 North 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Friday, March 13 at 7 pm – PHOENIX, AZ
Changing Hands

Tempe, AZ

Sat-Sun, March 14-15 – TUCSON, AZ
Tucson Book Festival

Saturday, March 21 – NEW YORK CITY
NYC Teen Author Festival

Sunday, March 22 at 4 pm – RHINEBECK, NY
Oblong Books & Music

group event with Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black
6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Monday, March 23 at time tk – ATLANTA, GA
Little Shop of Stories

133 East Court Square
Decatur GA 30030

Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm – ATHENS, GA
Avid Bookshop

493 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601

April 18-19 – LOS ANGELES
LA Times Festival of Books

Another way you can help is by joining in on the TWITTER CHAT 

Keep YA Weird Twitter chat on March 17th at 7:00pm EST with some of our favorite weird YA writers:

Andrew Smith (The Alex Crow)

Jon Skovron (Man Made Boy)

April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea)

Kat Rosenfield (Inland, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone)

Brenna Yovanoff (Paper Valentine)

Since Andrew Smith is devoting the entire month of March to celebrating the release of his upcoming novel Alex Crow and encouraging us to #KEEPYAWEIRD. I will include some of my favorite weird YA titles and hope that it will interest you also.

THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith

Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury.

There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he’s trying to kill them.

Meanwhile, Jack is falling in love with an English girl, and afraid he’s losing his mind.

Conner tells Jack it’s going to be okay.

But it’s not.

ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.


Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?


The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.

In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.

Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love—and how much he is willing to sacrifice.


Thanks to Penguin Teen who is hosting a GIVEAWAY for free copies of all 6 of the above books, a Keep YA Weird button, and a Keep YA Weird tote bag. This GIVEAWAY will run from 3/9 (beginning at midnight) until 3/18 (ending at midnight).

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