The Debut Dish: April

Welcome to THE DEBUT DISH!

What exactly is The Debut Dish? Well it’s a way to highlight a few debuts. To let you know a little bit more about them and the author! Perhaps after you read The Dish, you might want to pick one of them up!

A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie MontA Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

Publisher: Kensington Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: April 1, 2012

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

What is your favorite movie candy?

Sour Gummy Bears

What is your favorite office supply?

Post-It Notes–don’t know what I ever did without them!

What is your favorite beverage?

A Dark & Stormy; if you’ve never heard of it, look up the recipe. It’s delicious.

Above by Leah BobetAbove by Leah Bobet

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: April 1, 2012

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above–like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe’s history and the shadows’ attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home–not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

What is the oddest thing on your desk right now?

A pencil sketch of me and one of my friends that a panhandler in Vancouver did on a piece of cardboard box, back in October last year. There’s still some ripped box bits on it, and he spent the whole time flattering us outrageously in that way that’s so full of lies it’s not offensive, it’s hilarious, and the sketch is actually really good.

What is your favorite office supply?

Multicoloured paper clips! When I was 20, I bought a box of 500 to clip manuscripts together when I submitted them to magazines, and told myself if I ran out of paper clips before I sold a novel I could legitimately quit writing, because after 500+ submissions I’d have really TRIED. I’m 29 now, and the box is still about half full, and it makes me happy every time I use one.

Who is your favorite super hero?

Batman! Because he fights crime by being more competent than the other guy, and competence is the hottest thing there is.

Torn by Stephanie GuerraTorn by Stephanie Guerra

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: April 1, 2012

Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies . You’d never guess that Stella’s dad was a drug addict who walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more.

New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella’s polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels . But with Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world—a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn’t be tried once.

It’s not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she’s ever had and the friends she’s known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be.

But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn’t show anyone—not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.

What is your favorite office supply?

White-out, because of the cool little paint-brush, the nostalgic feel, and the implication that my mistakes will be small enough to be corrected with a bottle that size.

Describe your book in three words.

Edgy, loving, honest

What is your favorite beverage?

Cuban coffee!

Storybound by Marissa BurtStorybound by Marissa Burt

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Age Group: Middle Grade
Release Date: April 3, 2012

In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.

In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible. But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.

But Story is not a perfect fairy tale. Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity. The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move. And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself….

With the timeless appeal of books like A Wrinkle in Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound has all the makings of a new classic. Brimming with fantastical creatures, magical adventure, and heart-stopping twists, Storybound will leave readers wishing they too could jump through the pages into this enchanting fairy-tale world.

What is your favorite movie candy?

No question about it: Junior Mints. And, of you can believe it, there is a theater around here that sells FROZEN Junior Mints. Sheer brilliance.

What is your favorite office supply?

The 10-year-old girl inside of me is cheering at this question. I was (and still am) in love with office supplies. One Christmas, my parents gave me a hot pink filing cabinet and a calculator that…drumroll please…printed receipts. And, no, I never saw a problem with this – ha!

But my favorite? I love ‘em all. Shiny new post-its, inky black pens, those clicker pens that have different colors inside, the little cases and pouches to put them all in. Heavenly!

What is your favorite beverage?

A toss up between the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte and Good Earth Tea. Mmmmm – autumn all year round.