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Blogging from A to Z THEME REVEAL! #atozchallenge

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THE GREAT & POWERFUL THEME REVEAL

It’s here, it’s here! It’s time for the blogging from A to Z challenge theme reveal!

Want to guess what my theme is?

Here’s a hint. Take a look at the picture and see if you can guess my theme.

Ready?

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If you guessed books you’d be right.

But what kind of books?

Leave your answer in the comments!

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Books Children

Why Christopher Holt wrote The Last Dogs Series for Me. An Interview!

HEY HEY HEY Welcome Back! If you missed something, check out my review of The Last Dogs series.
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As promised, Bailey and I bring you our exclusive interview with Christopher Holt, author of The Last Dogs series, which Bailey and I enjoyed immensely.
UNCONVENTIONAL LIBRARIAN:  Welcome to our interview! Let’s get started. Do you drink coffee?
CHRISTOPHER HOLT: Most definitely! On those late nights, a writer needs a little something to keep his brain buzzing with new ideas! But, of course, it needs a little cream and sugar.
UL: Right. If as in cream you mean soy or almond milk, I understand.  Do you like donuts or cookies? Do you dunk?
CH: Personally, I find it appalling that someone could dislike donuts OR cookies.   I’m a fan of anything sweet. I previously worked as a gumball salesman, and even had a dog named Cupcake! As for dunking, I reserve that privilege for Oreos only (it’s not right to eat them any other way).
UL: We’ll agree to disagree about the Oreas, but you had me at Cupcake. But down to business.  How did the series get started?
CH: Growing up, I was always surrounded by pets. My house was filled with dogs…Salt, Pepper, Cupcake, Ariel, Shadow, Brandy, Sir Edmund Spunk, Showtime Double Feature—I loved them all, and use my memories of them when I write about the four-footed heroes of The Last Dogs. I’ve also always been a lover of a good adventure! As a kid I read series such as C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and anything written by Bruce Coville. It was the collision of my love of animals, adventures, and writing that created The Last Dogs series.
UL: Ah yes, who doesn’t love adventures or dogs?  What else have you written?
CH: I am immersed in the world of The Last Dogs! The second novel, Dark Waters, is out in stores, and the third book—The Long Road—comes out in November!
UL: Thank you for writing the series just for me. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
CH: Great question! Just like the Praxis procedure gave Madame Curie and other characters in The Last Dogs the ability to understand human language, I’d love the ability to understand animal speech…even if only for a little while. I think it would be a blast to be able to talk with animals for an entire day. I’m sure they’d have a lot to say, just like Max, Rocky, Gizmo, and the rest of The Last Dogs.
UL: I would LOVE that too!  What makes you happy?
CH: I am truly happiest when I get to spend time with the people in my life who matter most. Family and the power of friendship are very important and should never be taken for granted. If anything, I’d like my readers to take that away from each of The Last Dogs books. Max will do whatever he needs to do to find his missing family, but he is only able to succeed with the help of his friends, Rocky and Gizmo. Love and friendship can get you through even the toughest of situations.
UL: Gizmo is so full of spitfire for a little dog. I LOVE her! Wrapping up now, anything else you want to tell us?
CH: It’s always great to hear stories about families and the adventures they have with their pets! Not only does it inspire me (just as my own family and pets do), but it also puts a smile on my face. If readers have any stories or photos they’d like to share, they can contact me through tumblr at thelastdogs.tumblr.com! You can also find me on Facebook (Christopher Holt), on Twitter (@TheLastDogs), at christopherholtbooks [at] gmail.com, and online at www.thelastdogs.com.
Hey friends you’ve GOT to check out the tumblr.  The pics of people and their dogs, esp the kiddies are adorbs!
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Books Children

The Last Dogs Series by Christopher Holt

If you know anything about me you know I LOVE dogs.  I especially love books with talking dogs.  Who hasn’t ever looked into their beloved pooch’s eyes and wondered what they were thinking?  I can tell by looking at my own Bailey that he loves me but I would love to hear his thoughts.

I’m sure that Christopher Holt heard my plea and that’s why he wrote The Last Dogs series for me.

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And oh how I have enjoyed the series.  Here’s a bit about it:

When all the humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, begins the search for his family. He knows that if he can just find Madame Curie, a wise, old black Lab, she’ll be able to help. Madame had a premonition of astonishing events to come — she might know where Max’s family is.

But Max can’t make the journey alone. Joined by friends Rocky and Gizmo, Max sets off to find Madame. Along the way, the trio must face a pack of angry wolves, forage for food in a land where kibble is akin to gold, befriend a house full of cats, and outsmart a gang of subway rats. Ultimately, they’ll have to escape from the biggest threat of all: the Corporation, a “perfect” society for dogs and by dogs, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Ok so now you know the premise.  What would happen if all the people disappeared? It makes me think of all the natural disasters that have happened, specifically, Hurricane Katrina, in which people had to leave their pets behind. How devastating that must have been for all parties involved.  I’m certain my Bailey would look for me if I went missing.  Now you can hear it straight from the dogs.

To be sure, you should probably read the series in order. I didn’t but Holt did a great job of catching me up on what I’d missed.  This catch up feature is perfect for kids who come to the story later but don’t want to put the book down and get book 1.  It is so great to hear the dogs talk as they go on these adventures.  The three main characters Max, Gizmo, and Rocky are hysterical.  Rocky, the dachshund, constantly talks about food.  In The Last Dogs: Dark Waters, Rocky dreams of chasing kibble.  His conversation with the kibble is a riot: his little legs are moving and he talks in his sleep saying “Come back here, kibble…I’m-a-getchoo. I’m gonna eat you up!”  How funny is that? I giggled for hours.

There are many characters in the series to delight and frustrate the reader.  If you have a child who likes talking animals this is the series for them.   give this series 4 paws!

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Can’t get enough of The Last Dogs? Stay tuned to this channel for an exclusive interview with Christopher Holt!

 

 

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Books Young Adult

L #atozchallenge and John Green is my Boyfriend

It’s L day!

There comes a time when life spins really quickly like the spinning tea cups at Disney World and your puke when you get off the ride.

This is not one of those times.

This is, though, one of those times when you have a really great book that doesn’t fit into your genre but you use it anyway.

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The book I’m referring to is The Last Dogs: the Vanishing by Christopher Holt.  As you know, I’m a sucker for anything that has a dog in it.  So this title is for tweens/middle grade but who can resist a book cover with three cute furry friends on the front? Not I. Plus it starts with the letter L.  Win!

Next up is Legend by Marie Lu!  I feel as if I’m the only YA book lover on the planet who hasnt read this book!  It’s been on my radar forever and I was thrilled to return from BEA with it. Why havent I read it yet???

Is there anyone who needs a synopsis of the story? Dystopian USA; girl groomed for military excellence; guy is criminal; avenging a death; race for survival; sinister secrets,  wooo hooooooo!!

Have you read it?? Tell me!!!

And I can’t believe I forgot to tell you the most important news of all: JOHN GREEN IS MY BOYFRIEND!

No, seriously.  I met him last year at Book Expo America and he totally swooned all over me.

Look, here’s a pic:

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See? totally digs me.