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Jun. 9th, 2011

celebration soup

soup of the day: the absolute value of mike by kathryn erskine!

Hey, hey!

The clock on the wall says it's time to celebrate Kathy Erskine's brand new middle grade novel, The Absolute Value of Mike (Philomel, 2011)!

Before we proceed any further, please select your party shoes. You may choose between yellow sneakers,

or duck slippers (quacking optional).


Heck, let's go all the way. Put on this pink "Life is Good" cap while you're at it.


There now! Ready?

I was very excited to read Kathy's new book because I absolutely adored her National Book Award winner, Mockingbird (Philomel, 2010). Maybe you're thinking what I was thinking: How could she possibly top that? By showcasing her versatility and writing something completely different, of course! 

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Nov. 19th, 2010

chocolate mmm!

mock mock mock mockingbird!!!

Heartfelt Congratulations to Kathy Erskine on winning the National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

As I said before, I loved this book from the first paragraph, and was thrilled when it was named a finalist. 

I'm sooooooooooooooooooo very very very very happy it won the award!! WooHoo!!

We love you Kathy! Thank you for writing Mockingbird!

Besides giving us a beautifully crafted, moving story, you've now given us the best reason ever to celebrate with huge amounts of your favorite food, chocolate!

Bring it on!





Ciro Boro - photo - /flickr


♥ Read all about Kathy receiving the National Book Award here.

♥ You can read a short excerpt from Mockingbird at the National Book Foundation

♥ Watch the National Book Awards ceremony

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Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan's alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

Oct. 13th, 2010

choc cupcake

random cuppie-o-gram 101310!

Mamma Tessies/flickr

Super-duper-OMG-I'm-so-thrilled-it's-the-best-news-ever CONGRATULATIONS to Kathryn Erskine, whose MG/YA novel, Mockingbird (Philomel, 2010), was just named a National Book Awards finalist!!

Can you tell I'm excited? 

This is one of those rare books which, after reading the first paragraph, the little voice in my head said, WOW. Beautiful, spare prose, far-reaching. Organic, exquisitely crafted. We celebrated its official release here on alphabet soup, and I'm simply over the moon that Mockingbird has received this well-deserved recognition. 

Hooray for Kathy!! See all the finalists here.

More Random Cuppie-o-Grams here.

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan's alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

May. 17th, 2010

celebration soup

soup of the day: mockingbird by kathryn erskine

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

 photo by fallen..angel.

Today we're celebrating one of the finest, most praise-worthy middle grade novels of the year, Kathryn Erskine's Mockingbird (Philomel, 2010)! 


It was released just about a month ago following lots of Newberyish buzz, but because of the Poetry Month Potluck, I was unable to serve soup on its official pub date. I simply couldn't let another day go by without expressing my enthusiasm and full-out love for this incredibly moving literary gem.

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