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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

GOOD NEWS from Caroline Bock

Bookshelves and Interview with Figment

SUMMER ENDS...with five stars....

"Review: 5 Stars - LIE by Caroline Bock is an extremely powerful, emotional charged, well written, heart wrenching story that’ll leave you stunned time and time again as you follow along with the characters throughout the novel."   As this blogger stresses an honest review.  Gulp. More at cool blog: http://alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-lie-by-caroline-bock-out-today.html

Now, a new countdown, 24-hours until first grade and 6th grade starts!!   Where did the summer go?  

Author Debuts first Novel Nationwide

Tightly written short feature -- on the AOL local 'Patch' -- on LIE -- kudos to Nicole Murphy(talented young writer!) for crafting.  Story at http://plainview.patch.com/articles/plainview-author-debuts-first-novel-nationwide

GREAT Reviews for LIE

Let there be light!  Electricity back on!! Rush to computer and read reviews:

"...LIE by Caroline Bock is a powerful book that explores hate crimes, the reasons behind them, and how hatred affects our lives..." The Figment Review  

"Whatever preconceived ideas I had about this novels were consummately shattered upon reading five chapters in. I went into this thinking it would be an angst-ridden, emotional tale of one girl’s struggle to balance right and wrong. Perhaps the most valuable lesson Caroline Bock taught me is that there is no simple answer, and one story can have many sides.   Rating A- theirishbanana.blogspot.com

So what happens next?  Waiting and hoping for New York Times, you'd think that LIE would be the kind of book they'd review??

  

LIE is HERE -OUT IN BOOKSTORES TODAY

Earthquakes, hurricanes, power outages... nothing can stop the publication of LIE -- my first novel -- now in bookstores everywhere. 
 
Honestly, it's been quite a week.  LIE has come out to amazing reviews ("Gripping" starred School Library Journal; "Fantastic book discussion read," Stacked; "Unusual and important," starred Kirkus Review). 
 
But that's not all the news from the past week, the east coast had a major earthquake, followed by a Hurricane Irene, followed by major power outages (still no electricity at my house.  I've read three books so far -- more on them in another blog.  Plus, yesterday was the first day of classes at The City College of New York for me -- teaching two lit classes -- and they went on as planned.  Thank the heavens that the local library has power and computer access.  I love the POB library!!  
 
So, if you are stuck without electricity, and need a compelling read, pick up a copy of LIE. 

WAITING FOR HURRICANE TO HIT

So, if you're waiting for the hurricane to hit  and haven't seen LIE:The Book Trailer go check it out!!  LIE -- in stores everywhere-- as a book, as an ebook, on this Tuesday!!

"A fantastic book discussion book" -- STACKED review/Calling all Book Clubs

"...LIE would make for a fantastic book discussion book, as I think that it's relatable and understandable to readers on many levels..." --Stacked (with a great subtitle: Librarians.  Reviews.  Mayhem.)  Wow.  Five more days until LIE publication!!
August 30th! 

If there are any book clubs out there interested in reading LIE and having its author (me) show up to discuss (in person if on Long Island or Westchester County or southern CT, or by phone or Skype anywhere else, drop me an email and we can discuss possibility).

Though,  I think I'm more nervous about my own book club reading LIE than anyone else!!

STARRED REVIEW FROM SLJ!

Yeah!  Thank you Jennifer Barnes at the Malden Public Library in MA! 

*BOCK, Caroline. Lie. 212p. St. Martin’s/Griffin. Sept. 2011. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-312-66832-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4299-8441-6. LC number unavailable.

Gr 7 Up–Skylar’s life hasn’t been the same since her mother died of cancer. The only bright light has been her relationship with her boyfriend, Jimmy, a Scholar-Athlete of the Year, but now he stands accused of assaulting two Salvadoran immigrants and she is the prime witness. The full story slowly comes into focus through the many different perspectives of people in a Long Island town that has seen its demographics change dramatically in recent years. Meanwhile, 18-year-old Skylar navigates her precarious position. As she puts the pieces together and ponders her own future, can she speak out against her boyfriend? And should she? Bock successfully captures a range of voices in addition to Skylar’s, from teens close to the perpetrator to the victim’s family and community members and richly develops this ripped-from-the-headlines tale. Within the larger picture of tension around illegal immigration is the lesser-known practice of “beaner-hopping,” in which teens attack suspected illegal immigrants as a sick sort of sport. While readers are not given direct insight into Jimmy’s views, he comes to life as a multifaceted person who unfortunately inherited many of his father’s grudge-laden, bigoted opinions. Bock’s debut will grip readers searching for complete realism in their fiction.–Jennifer Barnes, Malden Public Library, MA


Be the FIRST to WATCH the LIE Book Trailer

Be the first to watch the LIE book trailer!! Go to YouTube   http://youtu.be/QZPmG1mrymk  This trailer was produced and directed by an amazing independent filmmaker (and Apple guru) Heather Smith.  Thank you so much Heather for all the passion you have for LIE.   The novel is in stores everywhere on August 30th!!  

SHARING GOOD NEWS!! Starred Publishers Weekly Review!

*LIECaroline Bock. St. Martin's Griffin, $9.99 trade paper (224p)ISBN 978-0-312-66832-7  Bock's (Confessions of a Carb Queen) first YA novel is a smart, topical story about a racially motivated hate crime, its far-ranging consequences, and the community determined to keep it under wraps. Skylar Thompson, a sensitive and complex loner, is deeply reliant on her boyfriend, Jimmy Seeger, a cocky, clean-cut jock. Shortly before their high school graduation, Jimmy and his best friend Sean are arrested for the vicious beating of Arturo Cortez, a young El Salvadoran mason, who subsequently dies of his injuries. Charismatic but cruel, Jimmy has been leading a gang that goes "beaner-hopping" on Saturday nights, assaulting Latinos for sick thrills. Skylar, who witnessed Jimmy's unprovoked attack on Arturo, suffers a crisis of conscience over whether to cover for her boyfriend; the lies Skylar and others are pressured to tell cut through the town like the Long Island Expressway the title plays on. Avoiding preachiness, Bock handles the novel's multiple viewpoints exceptionally well, rotating among the painfully believable voices of high school students and adults. Her characters may keep the truth inside, but their story reads like a confessional. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)Publishersweekly.com
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