Catherine Gilbert Murdock at the Teen Book Festival

Tomorrow is the Teen Book Festival! Here’s a final author to check out before tomorrow!
Here’s the address:
Nazareth College
Shults Center and Smyth Hall (Main entrance at Shults Center)
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Five Fun Facts about Catherine:

1. I grew up on a Christmas tree farm, and yet still very much enjoy Christmas.
2. My favorite comfort food is pasta with ketchup. If I really want to empty the room, I’ll add cottage cheese.
3. If a cat crawls into my lap while I’m typing, I will keep working until she leaves, pinned helplessly in place.
4. Related to this, my last laptop had teeth marks from when Charcoal “affectionately” gnawed on it.
5. I read my book manuscripts aloud to my children, and keep careful note of when they start squabbling — it invariably means that the passage is boring, too long, and needs to be deleted.

Books by Catherine:

Dairy Queen

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D.J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right. Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league. Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

The Off Season

Life is looking up for D.J. Schwenk. She’s in eleventh grade, finally. After a rocky summer, she’s reconnecting in a big way with her best friend, Amber. She’s got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who’s cute and popular and smart but seems to like her anyway. And then there’s the fact she’s starting for the Red Bend High School football team–the first girl linebacker in northern Wisconsin, probably. Which just shows you can’t predict the future. When something tragic happens, a season that once looked so promising is suddenly thrown way off course and D.J. realizes her life will never be the same.

Princess Ben: being a wholly truthful account of her various discoveries and misadventures, recounted to the best of her recollection, in four parts

Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale. With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia, who is intent on marrying her off to the first available “specimen of imbecilic manhood.” Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire… But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat facing the castle and indeed the entire country. Can Princess Ben save her kingdom from annihilation and herself from permanent enslavement?een


About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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