Happy Book Birthday to Roller Boy

28 09 2018

A new book just rolled out today… Roller Boy (Fitzroy Books) by Marcia Strykowski!

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Here’s the back cover blurb for Roller Boy:

Mateo always assumed he’d make the baseball team with his buddy Jason, but when only Jason makes the team, his mood sinks low. So low, he knows he has to do something about it. But what? What can he be good at? When Mateo wins free lessons, he discovers he’s pretty good at roller-skating. And it doesn’t hurt that the most beautiful girl he’s ever laid eyes on happens to be Roller City’s star skater. But still, roller skating? No way can Jason find out Mateo is whirling around in girly skates—anybody halfway to cool would be hanging at a skate park, on boards or blades. Other issues stacked against him are the strong reservations of his mother, who feels he should be spending his time studying, not skating, and his inability to eat gluten—no more grabbing a pizza with the guys. Despite these conflicts, Mateo keeps his sense of humor and channels his innermost strength into an incredible ride on roller skates that just might take him all the way to regionals.

A fast, fun read recommended for ages 8 and up!

About the Author

Marcia Strykowski works at a public library and is a member of SCBWI. She is also the author of Call Me Amy, chosen for Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2013 and shortlisted for the Crystal Kite Award, and its sequel Amy’s Choice. Follow Marcia on her blog and on Twitter.

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Story that Swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards

15 12 2012

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Sharing this story, “Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu that won all three awards. It brought tears to my eyes, but it’s also getting some negative criticism. Interesting how different people reading the same story will have totally different reactions. What do you think?

(Warning: If you’re the sentimental type, don’t read it at work.)





Rihanna in the News

27 09 2009

Rihanna, of course, is often in the news. But this time, it’s my Rihanna biography that’s being cited. Rihanna (People in the News) has been mentioned in a review of Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded. The review has appeared in several places. It’s always fun to know that other people are reading your book.

And the book also received a well-written, and thought-provoking review at Amazon from miss-independent.