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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is our feature interview that happens with all of the book authors, illustrators and poets we love!

Today we are delighted to welcome a friend and long time favorite author of Turkeybird’s mom, Beth Kephart. Beth’s new book Going Over was published this past week. Much like Dangerous Neighbors, You Are My Only, Small Damages and many other of Beth’s novels Going Over was one that will not soon be forgotten. After many long hours (or possibly minutes) talking with his mom Turkeybird came up with a few questions to ask Beth that he knew he needed to know. So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s interview with Beth Kephart…

Beth Kephart_Author Photo_smI LOVE these questions, Turkeybird. Also, you are such a cute guy! I’ve heard many fine things about you….. But I digress….

1. So, my mom tried to explain why someone would put a big wall in the middle of a big country, but why do you think they did it? Sounds pretty weird to me!

Sadly, there are still many walls in the world today. Walls between Palestine and Israel, between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and between our own country and Mexico, among other places. Often walls are built to keep people or perceived dangers out. In Berlin, the wall was built in 1961 to keep the people in. The East Germans had begun flocking to the West—unhappy with the conditions where they lived and in search of better opportunities. The East German government needed those people to stay put—who would do the work if they were gone?—and so the Wall (devastatingly) went up.

2. How do you talk to someone when there’s a big wall in the way?

Well, often, you don’t. You can’t. You are cut off from communication. But people are ingenious, and many found a way. Westerners could visit the East, with certain passes. And sometimes the Easterners could get a pass to visit the West. But most of the time, between many people, sometimes even between husbands and wives or siblings or best friends, there was silence. It was terrible.

3. If you were seven what would you read next?

Where the Wild Things Are.

4. How about if you were four, what would you read next? (Littlebug likes to read a lot too. I’ve gotta get books for her.)

flamingo and littlebugFlora and the Flamingo. Which doesn’t even have any words, but it has the best message.
(Turkeybird: AH! That is one of her most favorite books ever…see the picture and you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

5. Swings or Slides?

I’d have to say Slides.

6. Why?

Because when I was nine years old I shattered my arm in a fall from a swing. I still have the scars and weak arm to prove it!

7. Math or English class? (I can’t decide right now, I like both!)

Don’t decide! Like both!

8. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)

I’m right with you, buddy.

9. Crayons or Markers?


10. Why?

Because then I can write the next Famous Crayon Book.

11. What’s your favorite color?

It used to be blue-green. Now it might be orange.

There's a Book_Beth's ceramics12. I heard you like to make pots and things out of clay. (That sounds neat!) What was your favorite pot that you’ve made?

Oh. I can send you a photograph. I made it for my editor at Chronicle Books, Tamra Tuller. I will attach a picture.

13. When you were my age did you like to draw and read?

I liked Spirographs! And doll fashion.

14. Why do you like to write?

Boy, well. Do you have all day? Or are you busy eating chocolate while drawing with crayons?

Going Over_FC15. My mom said you write lots of books about things that happened a long time ago, she called it history. What’s your favorite time that’s already happened?

Your mother is a smart cookie. I like her. Tell her that. I’m a big fan of late 19th century stuff. But I really loved going back to 1983 Berlin.

16. I love Legos and building things! Do you like Legos or something else fun?

Does ballroom dance count?

17. Why?

Because I can do it with the music on.

18. Lakes or the ocean? We live next to the ocean and it is so neat!

OCEAN!! (Lucky guy, you.)

19. What’s your favorite thing to do outside? (Mine is exploring!)


20. What are you writing right now?

Answers to your questions.

TurkeybirdThe Turkeybird Speaks: Wow Beth, I can’t believe how crazy that there are still places in the world like you talked about. I asked my mom if there are any books I could read on my own about Mexico, Israel and Germany. We are going to go to the bookstore and the library to find some. I really want to learn lots and lots more!

The dancing sounds like lots and lots of fun too, but not the broken arm. I think I will stay away from swings (I didn’t like them before very much) and dance a lot more. Except my dancing is kind of really crazy!

Thank you super a lot Beth! Your answers were so so good and when I get older I really want to read all of your books, just because they sound so neat!

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Find Going Over by Beth Kephart at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN10/ISBN13: 1452124574 / 9781452124575

CCSS-Aligned Discussion/Teacher’s Guide (Opens to pdf)

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Thanks to the generous folks at Chronicle books we are delighted to be able to giveaway one signed copy of Going Over plus an audiobook to one lucky There’s A Book reader!
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It’s a well known fact that a child in possession of a well-loved book is unlikely to set down this well-loved book. Case in point:

TurkeybirdReadingandWalking LittlebugReadingandWalking

Yes, both Turkeybird and Littlebug are smitten with books. To the point they simply will not put them down at any time, even while walking. This, makes me one very happy mom.

Books in hand:

Kylie Jean Pirate Queen by Marci Peschke
Today I Will Fly! (Elephant and Piggie #1) by Mo Willems

Also, tomorrow is T-Bird’s big 7th birthday! If you get a chance I know he’d love to read all your birthday wish comments! (Like I said, he loves reading…especially when it’s about him. Haha!)

Today I wanted to share with everyone a truly spectacular giveaway. Thanks to the generosity of Candlewick Press I have not one, but five of their spring debut novels to giveaway to one lucky reader.

Caminar The Chance You Won't Return Breakfast Served Anytime There Will Be Bears The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Caminar by Skila Brown
The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

(Click on the jacket covers above to learn more about each book.)

First Pages - Candlewick Debut Novels

Also, the above picture featuring each of the covers for these books connects to a wonderful Pinterest board where each of the books is highlighted. I wouldn’t miss it and I’d definitely begin following it, if you haven’t already!

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Over the holiday I already devoured Caminar by Skila Brown from this group and I cannot wait to dive into the other copies I’ve been sent for my personal reviews. I adored everything about this story and I’m excited to share a full review closer to the publication date. Until then I’m content with the opportunity to give this set away!


One winner will receive galley copies of all five titles and an accordion bookmark set that includes tear out bookmarks for each individual book direct from Candlewick Press. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, and please be sure to use the rafflecopter form below to enter (comments do not count as having entered).

RELATED: Candlewick Press Launches E-Volt A New YA E-book Tumblr, a new source for young-adult e-book deals and information. This is another spectacular source of info for YA readers not to miss!

Thank you so much to the publisher, Candlewick Press, for providing a copy of this book for review! Connect with them on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and on Facebook!
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winter break challenge

Amanda has long been a friend and follower of my blog, so when she tweeted to me a couple of weeks ago about this challenge she was planning to co-host (with Andi) I thought I’d love to get involved. As of late my blog has been a little neglected and I’ve always loved challenges and events that get me excited to chit chat with fellow readers. I’ve missed the first few days of the challenge, but figured better late then never! Plus, what better way to start the new year than with some concrete reading goals? So here goes!

My Bookish Blog Related Goals for the Year…

Read More! Okay, maybe this goes without saying, but due to the new job (ie. literary agent) I’ve been a bit busy reading writer submissions. I love this, don’t get me wrong please! But I also want to get back to why I love this part of my life so much, which means reading more books that aren’t “required reading.”

Blog More! As I said, my poor little blog here is feeling a bit lonely. So my goal for the year is to have a minimum of three posts a week and I’d really like at least one of those to be Turkeybird interviews (hint, hint authors), the other to be a review and the third to be something else book related like a book trailer or new release feature.

Read More Craft/Writing Books. For Christmas I got a couple of really fantastic writing books that I think will help tremendously in my career as well as with my own writing/blogging. I’d love to have a goal to read at least one every two months. I’d like to do one a month, but let’s be honest here…I need to keep my head above water too.

Be Okay with Saying No. This starts to bleed over into everything. I am naturally the type of person that loves loves loves to help any and everyone. It’s not that I don’t know how to say no or am incapable, it boils down to me being an overachiever. Well, between the new job, my brilliant clients, a blog I love and not to mention my family and personal commitments, I simply don’t have nearly the amount of time I used to. It’s painful for me to tell people “no” without a long explanation or offer to help another time, but I’ve got to learn some restraint.

Get All of My Clients Books Out Into the World. I don’t plan on talking about my clients or their books much on my blog (it just feels too pushy to do so). But this goes without saying, I adore each and everyone of my clients and their writing. I’ve got big plans to get them each out there in the world and my goal is to mark each of those plans off and end 2014 with a bang!

Live. And Write About It. I used to share a blog meme once a week where fellow book bloggers talked a little about different topics and their lives. When I started it I honestly didn’t think anyone would really care about the things I enjoyed or didn’t, but surprise surprise it was one of my most looked forward to features. In fact, I miss it a bit. I love getting to know the bloggers I love beyond their book preferences and in a way I think it helps better know what to pick up and read. The feature may not be resurrected, but I am already planning a few “what’s happening with life” type posts. Not only because I want to share, but because I want to live!

Enjoy Book Expo America and NYC. This may go without saying, but I’ve been the last two years and both years were whirlwinds. One for the blog and this past year for work primarily. Now that I feel pretty comfortable attending I’d like to go and really enjoy being there without feeling like everything is rushing around me. This may be easier said than done, but I’m going to give it my all!

Littlebug and Turkeybird December 2013Read. A LOT. To These Two Kiddos. It’s no secret, I ADORE reading to Littlebug and Turkeybird. This year Turkeybird and I read The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, among other books, there was something so special about this book though. A connection between the two of us and this incredible book. I want that more often and I’m going to try harder to look for just the right books for each kiddo so that we can have these experiences more often.

Listen to My Heart and Be Brave. Sometimes a book isn’t the right fit. Maybe it’s not the right time or the right place. No more regrets about letting go something I thought I might love. I want to enjoy everything I read, whether because I learned something, connected in some way or simply lost myself in the words. Those are the types of books I want to read and fall in love with. It’s also the way I want to live my life coincidentally.

So much! But so much of it is attainable. I’m truly looking forward to a spectacular 2014. As many of you know my 2013 was hard in so many ways (really good as well), but I am ready to move forward. This is going to be THE year! I cannot wait!

What plans do you have for 2014? How are you planning to make this the best year of your life thus far?