Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Selective Collective Features 45 POUNDS!

The Selective Collective is a group of 5 blogs/7 bloggers who join to together to feature a book at the same time in a different way. Check out how they covered 45 POUNDS.

Diana and Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks did a review

I love how each of these posts take a facet of the book and explores it--the serious topics and undertones and the humor. Thank you, Selective Collective!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Book and a Chat

I sat down for a lovely chat with Barry to talk about 45 Pounds (more or less). You can catch it here.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Amazon Best Books of the Month--July

Amazon is featuring 45 Pounds (More OR Less) as one of the Best Teen Books of the Month for July. I'm in great company. Another pick is In the After by Demitria  Lunetta, another Class of 2k13 member. (FYI: In the After is an awesome book.)

Monday, July 1, 2013

School Library Journal Review

BARSON, K. A. 45 Pounds (More or Less). 256p. Viking. July 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-78482-0. 
Gr 8-10Sixteen-year-old Ann has a big problem. She has just two months to get into a bridesmaid dress for her Aunt Jackie’s wedding. She needs to lose 45 pounds, which would be hard enough without the complications of a new job, a cute boy, a mean group of girls, and blended families that leave her caught in the middleand left out. Her mother is obsessive about her own weight and as the summer wears on, Ann begins to see just how troubled her families are. Telling the story in Ann’s wry, realistic voice, this debut author effectively captures society’s preoccupation with size and the resulting alienation of an overweight teen. With a chain-smoking grandmother whose language is peppered with “fat-ass,” relatives and friends who are slyly disparaging about her weight, and a mother who constantly prods her about dieting, the message could be heavy-handed. But Barson lightens the tone with almost cinematic humor, ensuring that even the most painful scenes have a slapstick edge. The ticking clock behind the wedding deadline gives the story real momentum, and while the ending is all nuptial jubilation, it is also a realistic summer’s end for Ann.Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZ

Kirkus Review

Read the Kirkus Review of 45 Pounds (More or Less) here.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Local Paper Interview

Monetta Harr from our local Jackson Citizen Patriot/M-Live interviewed me. Sam Gause took the pictures. You can read it here.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

25 Things about Me

25 Things you might not know about me--from Me, My Shelf, and I. What I'm addicted to might surprise you.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In A Crowe's Nest: Origins of 45 POUNDS

Curious about the evolution of Ann's story in 45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS)? I spill all the deets at my agent's blog, A Crowe's Nest.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Big News! Another Book!

The following announcement was in Publisher's Marketplace today: 
45 POUNDS (More or Less) author K.A. Barson's untitled new novel, about a high school cosmetology student who has her entire life planned and under control, until everything falls apart and she has to learn to let go, listen, and appreciate her real friends, again to Sharyn November at Viking Children's, by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger (world). 
Thanks to Sara and Sharyn. I'm thrilled to be writing a second book for Viking! More details to come!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Class of 2k13 Blog Posts

I contribute to the Class of 2k13's blog. Click here if you'd like to read my posts.