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Thank You to My New Friend, Amy


I've been honored this year to be part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, tirelessly organized by Amy from My Friend Amy. And I'm pleased now to be part of a coordinated effort to thank Amy for all of her hard work and community building. Trish from Hey Lady, Whatcha' Readin'? created the lovely image to the left, and Jennifer from The Literate Housewife Review sent me the following suggested thank you text:

This summer, after book blogging was patronized in the mainstream media, Amy from My Friend Amy made a suggestion that we celebrate book blogging.  From that idea, Book Blogger Appreciation Week was born.  Many of us have participated in interviews, contests, give-aways, and through awards; but, this would never have happened were it not for the dream, perseverance, planning, hard work and dedication of Amy.  This has been a wonderful week and as members of the Book Blogging community, in one voice we want to thank Amy for all that she has done.

Amy, you are truly the Queen of Book Bloggers and we love you!

I can't improve upon that. Thank you, Amy! It's been a great experience.

2.5 Million Copies of Brisinger Released Tonight

BrisingerI don't usually announce book releases, unless it's a book that I've previously reviewed. However, I received the following announcement from Random House, and thought that I would share it here. Whatever you think of Christopher Paolini's Eragon and Eldest, the fact that Knopf is issuing 2.5 million copies on the first printing (the largest in Random House Children's Books' history) is truly remarkable. Especially when you consider that the first book was initially self-published. Here's the press release:


New York, NY (September 19, 2008)—In a national laydown at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will release BRISINGR, the third book in Christopher Paolini’s phenomenally bestselling Inheritance cycle. The first two novels in the series, Eragon (2003) and Eldest (2005), have sold 15.5 million copies worldwide. With a first printing of 2.5 million copies, BRISINGR is the largest first-print run of any book in Random House Children’s Books’ history and the largest for Random House, Inc., this fall. Inheritance fans young and old will celebrate across the U.S. and Canada this weekend as more than 2,000 book retailers have planned midnight-release events to mark its publication. 

24-year-old Christopher Paolini will kick off his 10-city tour tonight in New York City and will spend the next several weeks meeting his North American fans. 

“It is an honor to be part of this extraordinary publishing phenomenon, and a pleasure to watch Christopher develop as a writer and a prominent literary figure,” said Chip Gibson, Random House Children’s Books, President and Publisher. “We are thrilled that the day is here to share BRISINGR with readers around the world.”

There are over 50 foreign-language licenses for BRISINGR, which is being simultaneously published by Random House’s sister companies in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH will publish the novel in Germany on October 25th. BRISINGR will also be released simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada as an audiobook by Random House’s Listening Library division.

To build early buzz for BRISINGR, Random House developed a team-based immersive online game, Vroengard Academy ( (often referred to as an ARE, or Alternate Reality Experience), offering players the opportunity to interact with a brand-new Inheritance cycle storyline by competing in weekly challenges and searching for online and offline exclusive clues. Over 50,000 players in the U.S. have already participated since the game’s launch in June. This marks the first time Random House has created an ARE to market one of its books. The game concludes next week. The grand-prize winner will have the opportunity to meet Christopher Paolini.

Paolini grew up in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he and his younger sister were homeschooled. He began writing Eragon when he was just 15, after graduating from the accredited distance-learning high school the American School. Paolini’s family self-published the novel in 2002, and it was soon discovered by Knopf. The company acquired the series and published Eragon in hardcover in 2003, when Paolini was just nineteen years old. It quickly went from self-publishing obscurity to worldwide publishing phenomenon. 

Paolini will write a fourth book to conclude the Inheritance cycle. A publication date has not yet been planned.

Personally, I enjoyed Eragon (though I didn't review it - I read it before I had started my blog), but thought that Eldest dragged a bit. I'm interested to see how this one turns out. And it does please me that Random House's biggest fall release is a children's book. 

Guest Post at My Friend Amy: Blogging About Children's Books

Bookbloggerbutton2I have a guest post up today at My Friend Amy as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I wrote about the three primary reasons why I blog about children's and young adult literature. Nothing that will be particularly surprising to people who already read my blog, but I enjoyed the opportunity to sit down and put my reasons into words. Of course there are other, smaller reasons why I blog, not listed in the article, and other perks that I get from blogging, but those are my big three. What about you all? For the Kidlitosphere readers out there, why do you blog about children's books?

Updated to add: See also this post by Elizabeth Willse, partially inspired by my post, about the gift of reading.

Tied for BBAW Best KidLit Blog with The Well-Read Child

KidlitblogbbawThis morning I learned that I tied with Jill from The Well-Read Child for Book Blogger Appreciation Week's Best KidLit Blog. BBAW was organized by the remarkable Amy from My Friend Amy, and the winners in our category were announced this morning at Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-holic. Thanks so much to the people who nominated me and voted for me! (And special thanks to Kate who emailed me for BBAW.) Your support means a lot.

And I am really thrilled to be sharing this award with Jill. The Well-Read Child has only been around for about 10 months, but it became one of my favorites right away. It's clear, on the quickest glance at Jill's blog, that she cares very much about helping children to become readers. She maintains a little slideshow in her sidebar of children reading. She was one of the first to jump in on the Kidlitosphere Yahoo Group, when I needed advice for an article about helping kids learn to enjoy reading. She writes great reviews, and she often includes little blurbs from other people's reviews (which I think is a particularly nice touch, and I love to read those). Jill also recently put out a call for guest reviewers, so that she can broaden the number and variety of reviews at The Well-Read Child. It's great to see her hard work, genuine concern for kids and books, and community focus recognized.

Of course we all know that "best" is highly subjective. The other blogs on the BBAW short-list were all all wonderful. Amanda from A Patchwork of Books kept her blog strong even while visiting her very premature baby son in the hospital. She does giveaways, and reviews picture books on most Saturdays. Her enthusiasm for books and life is contagious. And Christian Children's Book Review is clearly a labor of love from a group of Christian moms, who work to highlight the books that they like, and raise kids who enjoy reading. And as for Young Readers, that's just one of several blogs maintained by Becky Laney. If she didn't do her fans the courtesy of separating out her blogs by type of content, I'm sure that she would have been the winner.

And don't get me started on all of the other amazing blogs in the Kidlitosphere. You can see many listed in the sidebar to the right-hand-side of my blog. Or just read any of my Visits posts and follow the blogs linked there. I'm just happy to be part of this wonderful community of people who care about, and blog about, children's books. Thanks so much to the people who welcomed me when I first started the blog, and all of the people I've met along the way.

Hope you all have a great day! I certainly am so far.

The Forgotten Door: Alexander Key

Book: The Forgotten Door
Author: Alexander Key
Pages: 144
Age Range: 8-12

The Forgotten Door Do you know how it is when you LOVE a book? When you're reading it just to revisit, and not to find out what happened? That is how it is for me with The Forgotten Door. So when Jenny from Jenny's Wonderland of Books issued a call for Carnival of Children's Literature entries about "history of children's books or favorite old books", I naturally thought of The Forgotten Door.

The Forgotten Door is a middle grade science fiction novel, published in 1965. The author is Alexander Key, who also wrote Escape to Witch Mountain. It has been one of my very favorite books for as long as I can remember. The Forgotten Door is the story of a young boy from a far distant and highly evolved planet who accidentally falls through a hidden doorway. He winds up in a cave in the mountains on Earth, with amnesia from his fall. He remembers that his name is Jon, and he can recognize that certain things, like books, are familiar, while others, like cars, are not. He doesn't speak English, but he does read minds, and that helps him to find his way.

Jon is taken in by a kind family, the Beans, who gradually figure out (and help Jon to figure out) that he's from another planet. While the Beans are eager to help Jon, others from their rural community are much more suspicious, and conflict ensues. As Jon tries to recover his memory, he and Beans find themselves in danger.

I can't objectively tell you why I love this book so much. When I read it now, part of my experience of the book is an echo of my first reading, as I, with the Bean family, figured out that Jon wasn't human. I was charmed when he learned English in two days, refused to eat meat or wear leather, and knew how to communicate with animals. I was touched by the Bean family's unquestioning decision to help Jon, even when it put their own lives at risk. I cried at the end. You can't, as a reviewer, put aside an affection like that, and objectively review a book.

I can see, on reading the book now, that the characters are a bit black and white. There are good guys and bad guys, with only some minor background on why some of the bad guys became bad. And I can see the implausibility of a boy from a far distant planet and finding that, appearance-wise, he fits in pretty well with humans (though some explanation is provided for this). I can even see that the book moralizes a bit  -- Jon is shocked at the concepts of money, war, and greed, because these things don't exist in his more advanced world.

But none of that matters. I still adore The Forgotten Door. Jon is a very likable character. In the first chapter, despite disorientation from the fall, he is resolute in moving forward. He puts himself in danger to protect a deer. And once he recovers a little, he displays a sense of humor. Here's one of the earliest scenes:

"Where was he? How did he get here? He pondered these questions, but no answers came. He felt as if he had fallen. Only -- where could he have fallen from? The rocky walls met overhead, sloping outward into a tangle of leafy branches.

There was another question his mind carefully tiptoed around, because it was more upsetting than the others. Whenever he approached it, it caused a dull aching in his forehead. Finally, however, he gave his head a small shake and faced it squarely.

Who am I?" (Chapter 1)

The Beans are great, too. They don't have a television set, because they've been using their extra money for books, but they hope to have one someday. And they struggle when they have to explain to Jon that sometimes it's necessary to tell a lie (like about where he's from).

The Forgotten Door is fast-paced, with the tension mounting right up to the book's climax, and a very quick read. I think that Key did a great job with atmosphere, from Jon's initial walk through countryside that looks inexplicably unfamiliar to the kitchen table at the Bean's cozy farmhouse. A quick Internet search reveals that many people who grew up in the 60s have strong memories of this book.

More than any of these things, I think that what moves me about The Forgotten Door is the idea behind it - that there could be civilizations so advanced that a boy would be baffled to ever encounter anyone who wished him harm. While The Forgotten Door offers a pretty clear indictment of our civilization in the 1960s, I think that the existence of Jon's world is a message of hope. Alexander Key makes this clear in the book's dedication:

"To all those who like the
starlight, and wonder about
other places and other people."

So, I really can't tell you if you or your children would like this book now on a first reading. I think that you would. But I can't be sure. What I can be sure of is that I'll be re-reading The Forgotten Door every couple of years for the rest of my life. Thanks, Jenny, for inspiring me to re-read it today. And I will add that the fact that this book is still in print means that there are other people out there who love it, too.

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication Date: Originally, 1965 (original cover shown above). The 1986 paperback edition is still in print, and is the one that I have linked to at Amazon.
Source of Book: Bought it, many years ago, at a used bookstore
Other Blog Reviews: Boys Rule, Boys Read, The One Minute Critic. See also an interesting discussion about the book at Blue Wren.
Author Interviews: None (he died in 1979), but Homeschool Kid Lit did a feature on Alexander Key last year.

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.

Gone: Michael Grant

Book: Gone
Author: Michael Grant (blog for the book)
Pages: 576
Age Range: 12 and up

GoneMichael Grant's Gone is a book that I knew I had to have, as soon as I read the brief description on Anokaberry. It falls squarely into my favorite sub-genre, dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults, though with a few twists. The story begins in a small town on the central California coast. One day, all of a sudden, everyone aged 15 and over simply vanishes. Gone. The kids who remain discover that a huge, impenetrable wall surrounds their town (and a circular area about 20 miles in diameter). They can't get out. No one else can get in. There are no adults. And the kids have reason to believe that as each turns 15, they, too, will disappear.

Various power struggles soon emerge, first between the kids from the town (Perdido Beach), and then between the town kids and the students from a local boarding school. As if this weren't compelling enough, some of the kids demonstrate special powers (think Heroes), and some of the local animals display strange mutations. You see why I couldn't resist? This is an irresistible premise and setting. The plot is fast-faced and compelling. The characterization is excellent, too. The kids have talents and insecurities and relationship conflicts. The primary hero, Sam, is a natural-born leader who resists taking charge. He's joined by other strong, interesting characters.

Although Gone is a long book, it moves quickly, and I read the whole thing in a single day. Each chapter has, instead of a title, a countdown to how long it will be until Sam turns 15. This device ratchets up the suspense. I didn't realize until I got to the end of the book that Gone is the first book in a series, but I've since learned that six books are planned. I was a little disappointed at first, that things weren't wrapped up, because I felt so invested in the book. But now that I've had some time to think about it, I'm glad that I'll have the chance to revisit Perdido Beach and its intriguing inhabitants. I will be astonished if this book isn't made into a movie at some point. Gone is not to be missed for fans of the genre. And it just might be the book to bring new teen readers into the dystopia/post-apocalypse fold, too. Highly recommended.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
Source of Book: Bought it
Other Blog Reviews: Teen Book Review, The YA YA YAs, Book Envy, The Book Muncher,, Reading Keeps You Sane, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Karin's Book Nook, Alternative Worlds, Pink Me
Author Interviews: YA New York

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.

News of the Day

So much is going on around the Kidlitosphere this week. Here are a couple of things not to be missed:

KidspicksJennifer Donovan has started a new monthly feature at 5 Minutes for Books: a Kids' Picks carnival. She says that the goal is to "give everyone a chance to share what their children have loved reading that month — whether the child is two or twelve or seventeen...The goal is to just talk children's books, and specifically what they like (not necessarily what we like or what we want them to like)." More than a dozen people have participated so far, and it's a nice window into the books that kids enjoy. I am really liking the 5 Minutes for Books blog.

Bookbloggerbutton2There is another fun contest at My Friend Amy for BBAW. Complete the sentence "You know you're a book addict when..." Sadly, I think that the official contest is over, but some of the entries are tremendously entertaining.

KidlitlogoThe preliminary schedule is up for the Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland. It's going to be a great time! The last day to register is next Tuesday, the 23rd.

CybilslogosmallAnd last, but definitely not least, the next set of panelists for the Cybils has been announced: Fiction Picture Books, headed by the ever-capable and fun MotherReader. And don't miss the organizer profiles for Anastasia Suen (Easy Readers) and Kelly Fineman (Poetry).

Zombie Blondes: Brian James

Book: Zombie Blondes
Author: Brian James
Pages: 240
Age Range: 13 and up

Zombie BlondesWho can resist a book titled Zombie Blondes? And just look at the cover - it's utterly captivating. Zombie Blondes starts out with a bit of a cliched feeling (very similar to the start of How NOT to Be Popular, which I read recently), but soon reveals Brian James' originality. Hannah Sanders and her father drive their beat-up car to a worn out house in a decaying New England town. Hannah sizes up the popular kids at her new high school, based on the experience she's gained from attending school after school over the past six years. She takes particular note of a clique of beautiful blond cheerleaders who rule the school. Soon, however, Hannah starts receiving hints that these are not just any old popular kids, and that their perfection hides a deadly secret. But the quest for popularity reels Hannah in, despite her misgivings. To what lengths will she go to belong? Will she give up life for perfection?

I found that I sympathize with Hannah, even when she was making obvious mistakes. She's lonely, after moving so often. She resents her father for the moves, and for often having to leave her alone in the house, and yet she loves him, too. Here are a couple of windows into Hannah's thoughts:

"If high school were like little kids on the playground, I'd be the little kid sitting on the swings all by herself. That's who I am. Always the girl who doesn't quite fit in. It's not because I'm weird or because I want to be an outsider. It's just that being the kid who moves to town, I've always missed the start of the game and by the time I get there, they don't need anyone else to play." (Page 57)

"Lying on my bed, I stare out the window and try to think of something else. Anything else. And the blue sky brings me back to them. The clear eyes of the girls everybody in Maplecrest loves. And maybe it's not such a bad idea after all to be like them." (Page 60)

"One thing I've learned from my dad is that avoiding confrontation is the best way to hang on to false hope. Like the way moving from town to town to avoid debt collectors allows us to pretend everything's okay once we reach the next home. Problem erased as if it never happened." (Page 92)

So, ok, her dad is kind of a loser. This is necessary to Hannah's isolation, which is necessary to the whole zombie plot. As to the plot, I thought that there were some loopholes to the zombie cheerleaders story. Like, where did the first zombie come from? Why are the zombies beautiful? How come some people are killed, while others become zombies? Etc...

And yet, I found the book a fun romp through zombie-cheerleader land. It's an entertaining juxtaposition of the quest for popularity against a classic horror scenario. The climax is dramatic and over-the-top, with just the right note of sacrifice. I can visualize Zombie Blondes as a movie. And, in fact, I dreamed about zombies the night after I finished the book. I would try this book on fans of the Twilight books, the Uglies books, and the Alien movies. Plus it looks amazing on the shelf, so I think that libraries and home collections alike will benefit from having a copy. This one is definitely worth checking out.

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher
Other Blog Reviews: Frenetic Reader, Becky's Book Reviews, YA New York, Karin Librarian
Author Interviews: Cynsations

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.

Reviews that Made Me Want the Book: September 16

Welcome to the latest edition of my reviews that made me want to read the book feature.

Running with the DemonThis one isn't a review exactly, but my brother Dana recommended a title for me, and I want to add it to my list: Running With the Demon, by Terry Brooks. I did like this from the editorial review at Amazon: "The book's matter-of-fact take on the uncanny is a bit like The X-Files."

And Only to DeceiveSarah Weinman (whose crime fiction blog I read) recently had a column on historical mysteries in the Barnes and Noble Review. She inspired me to want to read Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily Ashton novels, starting with And Only to Deceive. Sarah said: "Tasha Alexander's Victorian England has a different feel altogether, perhaps because the sparkle and wit seem to owe more to Regency romance queen Georgette Heyer than to mystery's classic writers." And that was good enough for me.

Maybelle Goes to TeaHannah Trierweiler had a post at Kid Lit Kit in which she says: "I adore the early reader series by Katie Speck, illustrated by Paul Ratz de Taygos, and starring Maybelle the cockroach. The first book was Maybelle in the Soup; the most recent is Maybelle Goes to Tea." Since I'll be on the easy reader committee for the Cybils, I'm scooping up as many promising titles in this area as I can, and I've added this one to my list.

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Blasts Off!And for another new series aimed at younger elementary school kids, I'm interested in the Phineas L. MacGuire series by Francis O'Roark Dowell, as introduced by Bill at Literate Lives. Bill reviewed the third book, Phineas L. MacGuire ... Blasts Off!, concluding "I'm very excited to have a series for the younger readers that features a boy, and I'm even more excited that it's written by a quality author like Francis O'Roark Dowell. ... and if you are looking for a "boy"series, pick up Phineas L. MacGuire, you won't be disappointed there either." Of course, the fact that he compared it to Clementine helped, too.

AirheadSara from Sara's Hold Shelf recently reviewed (on September 9th, I wasn't able to direct link to the review for some reason) a title that was already vaguely on my radar: Meg Cabot's Airhead. Mostly Sara reminded me that I like Meg Cabot's books, when she said: "Like all of Cabot's novels, Airhead is funny and fluffy, but it is also somehow a bit darker. The situation that Em finds herself in is a bit more complicated than, say, finding out that you're the heir to the throne of a small European principality. The stakes in this case are just a little bit higher, and readers may find themselves thinking about profound questions about the meaning of life (and then, a few pages later, laughing out loud..."

The Darcys & the BingleysBecky reviewed Marsha Altman's The Darcys & the Bingleys at Becky's Book Reviews. Becky said of this Pride and Prejudice sequel "the book is good and well worth reading. The book is true to the original as far as characters and social conventions." And I'm intrigued enough to want to give it a look. It sounds a bit like another P&P follow-on series that I like, Carrie Bebris' Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, starting with Pride and Prescience.

And that's all for this week! So many great books, so little time...

Growing Bookworms Newsletter: September 16

Jpg_book007Today I will be sending out the new issue of the Growing Bookworms weekly email newsletter. (If you would like to subscribe, you can find a sign-up form here.) The Growing Bookworms newsletter contains content from my blog focused on children's books and raising readers. There are currently more than 380 subscribers.

This week I have four book reviews (one picture book, and three middle grade/middle school titles), two Kidlitosphere round-ups with links to useful posts from the past week, a Children's Literacy Round-Up, and an announcement about the new Cybils Easy Reader award panel. I also have a post about a contest (hosted by Aerin at In Search of Giants) that you can enter to win your choice of two books previously featured in my Reviews that Made Me Want the Book feature. Posts from this week not published in this newsletter include:

Reviews coming out over the next week include Zombie Blondes by Brian James, Gone by Michael Grant, and My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry. I may add others over the weekend. I'm currently reading The Magician, by Michael Scott, the second book in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. What are you reading?

Thanks for reading the newsletter, and for growing bookworms!

2008 Cybils: Easy Reader Panel

CybilslogolargeThe 2008 Cybils (the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) are getting started. Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold have been assembling the panels for the different categories. The panelists will be announced over the course of this week on the Cybils blog, and nominations will begin on October 1st. You can find the first announcement (and the one most relevant to me) here.

I'm pleased this year to be a member of the Easy Reader Judging Committee. This is the first year that the Cybils will have an Easy Reader Category, and I personally believe that easy readers are an important category of children's books. These are the first books that kids read on their own. They have to be engaging and exciting, despite the constraints of short chapters and simple sentence structures. The best books in this category demonstrate humor, and (even when also incorporating fantasy elements) speak to the experiences of early elementary school kids.

Here's the full committee:

Organizer: Anastasia Suen,,,

Nominating Committee:

Andi/Cloudscome, A Wrung Sponge
Sonja Cole, Book Wink
Susan Thomsen, Chicken Spaghetti
Terry Doherty, The Reading Tub
Kara Dean, Not Just for Kids

Judging Committee:

Jen Robinson, Jen Robinson's Book Page
Terry Pierce, Terry Pierce
Heather Acerro, ACPL Kids
Els Kushner, Librarian Mom/Scholastic
Anastasia Suen (see panel organizer)

I can't wait to get started!

Pirates, Cybils, and BBAW Ahoy

I did a couple of pretty comprehensive Sunday Visits and Literacy Round-Up posts yesterday. But a few things came up today that I simply must mention:

  • CybilslogosmallThe 2008 Cybils panelists will be announced over the next couple of weeks, starting tomorrow. Stay tuned! And isn't the new logo pretty?
  • Becky from Becky's Book Reviews reminds readers about her Google reading group: Reading with Becky. There are 20 or so members, and the group is currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo.
  • Bookbloggerbutton2Book Blogger Appreciation Week has officially started at My Friend Amy. In the first daily raffle (today) you can win books and chocolate. Comment on this linked post for an extra raffle entry. And in general, stay tuned at My Friend Amy. There's a ton of interesting stuff going on. Amy is encouraging people to highlight, on their own blogs, the blogs that they love that weren't short-listed for awards. I'll say (again), check out my Sunday Visits posts. All of the blogs that I mention deserve to be noticed.
  • Terry has another great installment of her Reading Round-Up at The Reading Tub's blog. Of particular note: "Tonight on PBS Judy Woodruff hosts Where We Stand: America’s Schools in the 21st Century. The show airs at 10:00 PM." Reading Today Daily has a link to the trailer.
  • Librarina reports that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I can't say that I do a lot to celebrate this day, but I'm glad that it exists. The website is quite fun, too.
  • The Readergirlz reported on their MySpace page that Libba Bray has had to postpone being their featured author for October (she was called away to a book tour in Germany and Italy - the author's life is rough sometimes). But they have an amazing replacement in Rachel Cohn. As Readergirlz Diva Lorie Ann Grover said: "The very month her and David Levithan's book Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist launches onto the big screen, she's going to be talking with you each at the group forum. WOOT!"

Hope that everyone has a great week! I'll be back tomorrow with more Cybils news.