HEY GUYS. Right now you can pre-order the paperback version of my book WHATEVER! Huzzah! You can also, it seems, get the hardback version for only 2 bucks more, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

PAPERBACK will be released on August 1, 2017.

HARDBACK still available

KINDLE also a fun option (weirdly the same price as paperback?)

If you read it and like it please consider leaving a review on Amazon! The more reviews I get there, the more Amazon will bump it up the list of suggested reading (I think this is how it works). If you’ve already read it and already liked it, I would be pleased as punch if you could also leave a review for me!


Whatever. a YA novel by S.J. Goslee

Mike Tate’s junior year was going to be awesome. He had plans, big plans – hanging out with his girlfriend, watching his best friend try not to accidentally kill himself doing crazy stunts, rocking out with his crappy garage band, and maybe, definitely, drinking his weight in cheap liquor and beer. There were going to be parties, good times, weed, and an overabundance of lazy weekends spent building pillow forts with his nutty little sister, Rosie.

But an accidental drunken hookup with a guy turns all of Mike’s plans both upside-down and backwards, and suddenly he’s dealing with a smugger-than-usual arch enemy, student council elections, the fall prom, and some truly spectacular Awkward Moments – he’s not so sure he’s going to survive.

With the help of his friends, ex-girlfriend, nosy cheerleaders, and his possibly completely insane family, he might just figure out what the heck is up with his brain, his dick, and Rook motherfucking Wallace.

It’s like the apocalypse came, only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies, Mike gets school participation, gay thoughts and motherfucking cheerleaders…


“Goslee’s portrayal of this existential crisis is as humorous as it is grounding. All the feelings of disbelief and anxiety that one might expect are delivered in the way only a 16-year-old boy could articulate… Recommended for young adults who enjoy realistic fiction such as Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” series or books by John Green, Adam Silvera, or John Corey Whaley.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“Let’s face it, dudes and dudettes: Goslee’s debut is seriously cool… Everything is just right: the tone, the style, the right-on dialogue, the characterization, the apposite amount of angsty drama, the pace of the genuinely sweet-spirited story. Fans of David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy (2003) and Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) won’t be disappointed.” ―Booklist, starred review (also a 2016 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice)

“Goslee’s Mike is a typical teenage boy, and she captures his voice effortlessly… This is a delightful story that many young people need to hear―that it is okay to be different and it is even better to be yourself.” ―VOYA

“The third-person narrative moves quickly with plenty of realistic teen banter… A humorous account of a teen’s reluctant and awkward journey to acceptance of his emerging bisexuality.” ―Kirkus Reviews

anonymous asked:

Hey! I love your writing! Are you ever going to continue the football AU thing? I loved it!!

Here it is!  Took a while, but this chapter is longer than the first, so hopefully that makes up for the wait <3

Eric bit his lip nervously, turning his phone over and over in his hand.  He looked down at the message he had typed out again.

Hey is it weird if i ask your opinion on my prom outfit?  It felt weird but he thought that could just be him.  After all, he and Philip had agreed to stay friends after Philip went away to college and they broke up.  They had even talked somewhat frequently over the semester, but about innocent things.  School, their old friends in town, what the weather out in California was like.  Neither of them had brought up moving on, but if they were actually going to be friends long term, it was going to have to happen eventually.  Eric hit Send.  It only took a couple minutes before the bubbles that indicated Philip typing showed up, followed shortly by a reply.

Eh, maybe a little but whatev.  I’m cool with it.

Thanks :)

Eric smoothed the front of the suit jacket one more time and took a deep breath before letting himself smile and snapping a picture in the dressing room mirror.  He attached it to a new message and said: Be brutal, if I wanted compliments I’d ask mama.  The next reply came after a few moments of consideration.

Tbh, that suit makes me want to take your virginity all over again.  Do the world a favor and get it.  Eric felt a pang of longing, remembering when he and Philip had gone to get their tuxes for Philip’s senior prom the year before and they’d ended up making out in the dressing room.  He still laughed though, imagining the exaggerated leer Philip would’ve given him if he was there.

Alright, I’m convinced.  You’re the best! :-*

Give Mama a hug for me! Xoxoxo

Will do! <3

Eric put his phone down on top of the pile of his clothes and stepped out from behind the curtain.  When Mama saw him, she pressed a hand to her chest.

“Oh Dicky, you look so handsome!”  He smiled and told her,

“Definitely this one.”

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Advanced Reader Section

We have a terrific advanced reader section in the children’s room, with books for grades 5 & 6 (and up).

The advanced reader section contains books purchased since the Fall of 2006 that are recommended for Grades 5 – 8 and Grades 6 – 9.  The advanced reader section was established to distinguish children’s books that may have subject matter that may be too sophisticated for younger juvenile readers.

New books are added to the Advanced Reader Section based upon the suggested ages in reviews published in sources such as The Horn Book Magazine, BooklistSchool Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Please ask a children’s librarian if you would like to learn how to access these reviews in the online catalog!  We’re happy to help!

anonymous asked:

How do you feel about super racy/explicit sex in YA? Or even just sex at all? It seems to be a trend...

I don’t think it’s a trend–I’ve been reading YA for years, and by and large, it’s still pretty tame on that front. I know I have a lot of younger readers (a surprising amount of 5th-8th graders), and I tend to prefer the sexual content in my books to be attached more with the decision and emotions surrounding the act, than the act itself. That, to me, is the difference between adult romance and YA fiction–the narrative weight is given to a young person making that decision or establishing/figuring out their sexual identity and its place in their life. (Not saying there aren’t strong emotional currents like this in adult romance, btw, just that this usually fits more neatly in the coming of age aspect of most YA books).

That’s just me, though! I’m not really interested in policing morality, or what people can/can’t read (or write!), though I do think there’s something to be said about a reader being able to choose which shelf they’re pulling from and knowing vaguely what they’re going to get in terms of content levels. But I’ve always felt that if readers are uncomfortable with something in a book, they’ll simply put the book down. It often opens up an opportunity to discuss it with parents/teachers/friends.

But, I gotta confess, my feeling on super graphic sex (I’m talking adult romance level erotica) in YA is sort of complicated by having worked in School & Library Marketing. I always worry about the teachers and librarians who might order a book for a young student and find themselves in hot water because of upset parents or school boards, simply because they didn’t know or didn’t have a chance to read it for content. For better or worse, sexytimes get condemned so much faster than books with intense violence and swearing. It’s amazing to me that I don’t hear from more people pissed about Vida’s 100000 f-bombs or some of the more graphic deaths in TDM series. 

Thankfully most teachers and librarians are very careful about it, but I’m always surprised when I read a trade review (Kirkus, PW, Booklist, School Library Journal, etc.) that doesn’t note the adult content beyond using words like “steamy” or “sizzling” because it seems like it would help people make better purchasing decisions. (For instance, “OK, not right for middle school, but we can order this into our high school.” or “I’ll hold it back and keep it for students I know can handle it.”)

Edited to add, because I totally forgot to mention this:  (SPOILERS) There is sex present in my books, but it’s of the heavy make-out then fade to black variety. That’s about the best balance I could achieve, personally, to keep my story vision and hopefully keep my younger readers and older readers happy and able to interpret it how they’d like. It goes without saying that I’m all for positive representations of sex and teenagers enjoying it without shame–what I’m getting at above is the actual level of detail and description used in those scenes. Again, this is just my personal set of beliefs and an explanation for how I’ve chosen to handle it in my work. There’s no one right or wrong way to handle it, obviously. :) 

Castle Hangnail

Hey, guess who’s got a book out today!?

Here’s an Amazon link, which includes Hardcover, Kindle, and Audiobook versions, but you should also be able to find it at a bookstore near you! (The audiobook is recorded by the awesome voice actress who did the voice of Bulbasaur in the animated Pokemon series! HOW COOL IS THAT!?)

Castle Hangnail

(For those who’ve followed the art for awhile, the voodoo doll and goldfish from the Donkey & Goldfish series are characters! Quick the Donkey didn’t make it into this book, though. Pins and the goldfish have been traveling for a long time, I think…)

There’s a Kirkus starred review and it’s a School Library Journal selection, so a lot of people really liked this one. I am almost sure it is a good book, and now I am just petrified that it is a good book that will vanish into oblivion and no one will ever read it. I’m really proud of it, though. If you–or a kid in your life!–likes Eva Ibbotsen, I hope you’ll like this one, too.


If you have been searching for the next dystopian page-turner to keep you up late into the night, look no further than Dove Arising. This novel sweeps you away to a moon colony where protagonist Phaet Theta has enlisted in the Militia in order to save her family. But the training for protecting the Lunar bases from Earth-dweller attacks is brutal, and Phaet’s world may not be what it seems. Penguin Teen Author Spotlight is proud to introduce Karen Bao, an intelligent young author who started writing Dove Arising at the age of seventeen. School Library Journal saysFans of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Marie Lu’s Legend should flock to this well-written debut.” The book’s publication is a day away, but in the meantime you can hang out here and learn more about Karen Bao!

Name: Karen Bao

Novel: Dove Arising

Available: Tomorrow! Tuesday, February 24.

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Charlotte Brontë. Her books are gorgeous, innovative, and full of self-actualized women.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? The protagonist, Phaet. Her voice was the first thing I nailed down, and the rest of the story just followed. For the past few years she’s been like a kind but sometimes clueless little sister living in my head.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Hermione from the Harry Potter books. In addition to having a lovable personality, she could teach me magic.

Where do you write? I have several workspaces, both at college and at home. Mostly I write on couches and/or beds – the squashier, the better. I’d include a picture, but it would be chaotic.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Marie Curie is seriously awesome. She won two Nobel Prizes for discovering two new elements and for research on radioactivity at a time when women were largely excluded from science; her work hugely impacted medicine and modern physics. Even more impressively, she maintained a humble lifestyle, donated much of her income, and refused to patent her discoveries.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? Yep! My handle is @KarenJBao. One time I tweeted this picture of Caribbean sharks confusedly scrutinizing a lionfish.

It’s because the lionfish is an invasive species (introduced by humans) and the sharks are all, “What’s this flappy thingy doing here? Is this even food?” Side note: lionfish are multiplying like crazy and messing up Caribbean reefs. They need to go away.

What is your favorite season? Summer, because no school means I have time to cross stuff off my bucket list.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? The deep sea, just to see all the weird organisms that live there.

Do you have any writing rituals? I prefer to drink tea while working. Otherwise, not really.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? All the people I love in one room. With Chinese food.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? The Chainsmokers, an EDM group, performed live at my school last spring. It was hilarious to see a bunch of dedicated students dancing (flailing?) around to “Selfie.”

What are you currently working on? In addition to the 2nd and 3rd books of the Dove Chronicles, I’m also planning my undergraduate thesis. I’ll travel to Fiji this summer with my lab group to study the history of large mollusks like giant clams. Shelly things have stories too.


Thank you, Karen! We can’t wait to read the next book in the Dove Chronicles!

You can find Karen on her Twitter, her Facebook, and her website.

Add Dove Arising to your "to-read shelf” on Goodreads!

Purchase from your favorite retailer.


My newest CREEPS book comes out a week from today, just in time for October!  I’ve always like fall-centric spooky kid stories, and I’m glad to have gotten to do one.  I hope you’ll pick it up for yourself or a kid in your life.  And the other Creeps books are available, too, of course!

Here’s what some fancy reviewin’ folks have said about the series:

“Schweizer has created a story with just enough icky, spooky action for middle-grade readers who want horror stories but don’t want them too scary…The mixed-gender, multicultural team guarantees that this series opener will appeal to a broad range of readers." Booklist

"An excellent complement to his prose, Schweizer’s cleanly paneled art is bright and busy, ever ready with a gag that helps blend the ghastly with the goofy, making his gang’s antics reminiscent of Scooby Doo…Silly fun with a smattering of science." Kirkus Reviews

"A wide range of readers will tear through this well-written and zanily-drawn book, and they will be eager to see what wild adventures the four friends will have in the next volume." School Library Journal

[A collection of best books of 2014 lists - we’ll be updating continuously as more lists come out!]

Adult Lists

Amazon’s Best Books of the Year: The Top 100 in Print

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Arts and Photography

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Audiobooks

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Biographies and Memoirs

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Business and Investing 

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Comics and Graphic Novels

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Cookbooks and Food Writing

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Crafts, Home, and Garden

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Digital Singles

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Fashion

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Gift Picks

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: History

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Humor and Entertainment

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Literature and Fiction

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense 

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Nonfiction

Amazon’s Best Books of 2013: Romance

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Science

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Short Stories

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Sports and Outdoors

Astoria Bookshop’s Best Books of 2014

The Atlantic Staff Picks 2014

The Atlantic Best Food Books of 2014

A.V. Club’s Favorite Books of 2014

Bill Gates’s Top 5 Books of 2014

Bloomberg: Politicians’ Best Books of 2014

Biographile’s Bookish Look at 2014

BookRiot Round Up: Best Books of 2014

The Boston Globe Best Sports Books 2014

Business Insider 12 Best History Books of 2014

Business Insider 15 Best Business Books of 2014

Business Insider 16 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Business Insider: Librarians Name Their Top Books of 2014

Bustle 25 Best Books of 2014

Bustle Writers’ Best Books of 2014

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2014

Chicago Magazine: 2014’s Best and Worst Books of Chicago

Christian Science Monitory Best 10 Fiction Books of 2014

Eater 21 Most Essential Cookbooks of 2014

The Economist’s Best Books of 2014

Entertainment Weekly’s Best Comic Books of 2014 Best Books of 2014

Flavorwire: The 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014

Flavorwire 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Forbes Best Business Books

GoodReads Best Autobiography and Memoir in 2014

GoodReads Best Business Books of 2014

GoodReads Best Debut Authors of 2014

GoodReads Best Fantasy of 2014

GoodReads Best Fiction of 2014

GoodReads Best Food and Cookbooks of 2014

GoodReads Best Graphic Novels and Comics of 2014

GoodReads Best Historical Fiction of 2014

GoodReads Best History and Biography of 2014

GoodReads Best Horror of 2014

GoodReads Best Humor of 2014

GoodReads Best Mystery/Thriller of 2014

GoodReads Best Nonfiction of 2014

GoodReads Best Poetry of 2014

GoodReads Best Romance of 2014

GoodReads Best Sci-Fi of 2014

Hollywood Reporter’s Best Music Books of 2014

Huffington Post Best Books of 2014

Huffington Post Best Art Books of 2014

Hudson Booksellers’s Best Books of 2014

Hypable Best Books of 2014

Kansas City Star Best 100 Books of 2014

The L Magazine Best Books of 2014

Largehearted Boy’s List of Online Best of 2014 Book Lists

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

Los Angeles Magazine Best Music Books of 2014

Los Angeles Times Best Gift Books for 2014

Mashable: 21 Captivating Books of 2014

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Ten Books of 2014

Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Best Fiction of 2014

Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Best Nonfiction of 2014

Mother Jones Best food Books of 2014 Part 1

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014

New York Times Book Review Top 10 Books of 2014

New York Times Best Wine Books of 2014

The New Yorker: Nine Great Poetry Books of 2014

NPR’s Book Concierge to the Best Books of 2014

NPR Best Cookbooks of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Comics of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Fiction Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Lifestyle Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Mystery/Thriller Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Nonfiction Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Poetry Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Religion Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Romance Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top SF/Fantasy/Horror Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly Author Favorites Editor Picks: Best Fiction of 2014 Editor Picks: Best Nonfiction of 2014 Editor Picks: Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2014

The Root Top 15 Books of 2015

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books of 2014

Scientific American: Best Physics Books of 2014

Seattle Times Top 35 Books of 2014

Seattle Times 11 Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2014

SF Gate’s Best of 2014: 100 Recommended Books

Slate’s Staff Picks: Best Books of 2014

Slate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2014

Time’s Best Photography Books of 2014

Vogue’s Best Books of 2014

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Art

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Biography

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Civil War

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Design

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Fashion

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Food

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Leadership

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Nature

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Photography

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Reference

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Science

Wall Street Journal Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2014

The Washington Post’s 10 Best Books of 2014

The Washington Post’s Top 50 Fiction Books of 2014       

The Washington Post’s 5 Best Science Fiction/Fantasy of 2014

The Washington Post’s 5 Best Audiobooks of 2014

The Washington Post’s 5 Best Romance Novels of 2014

The Washington Post’s 5 Best Thrillers of 2014

The Washington Post Food Section’s Best Cookbooks of 2014

The Weekender Best Books of 2014: How Many Have You Read?

Wired Best Science Books of 2014

Wired’s Best Physics Books of 2014

WNYC’s Best Business Books of 2014

Children and Young Adult Lists

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Children’s Books

Amazon’s Best Books of 2014: Teens and Young Adults

GoodReads Best Middle Grade and Children’s of 2014

GoodReads Best Picture Books of 2014

GoodReads Best YA Fiction of 2014

GoodReads Best YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy of 2014

Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2014

Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2014

Mashable Top Ten YA Books of 2014

New York Times’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Picture Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Middle Grade Books of 2014

Publishers Weekly’s Top Young Adult Books of 2014 Editor Picks: Best Young Adult Fiction of 2014

School Library Journal Best Nonfiction of 2014

School Library Journal Best Young Adult of 2014

School Library Journal Best Middle Grade of 2014

School Library Journal Best Picture Books of 2014

Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Children

The Washington Post: Best 2014 Books for Kids

Vanishing Girls Reviewed by School Library Journal!

Different as night and day, sisters Nick and Dara are practically joined at the hip. Nick is perpetually the cool and calm older one who calls the shots. Dara is always tagging along, longing to be in the spotlight. That was before the accident that left Dara injured and Nick shaken to the core. Now, the siblings barely speak to each other; they live together but never cross paths. Nick gets a job at a local amusement park and begins to interact with people again, mostly with her longtime best friend, but also with her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Parker. As the summer continues, a young local girl goes missing and Nick finds herself getting more involved with the ensuing drama than she ever expected. The situation comes to a boiling point at Dara’s birthday dinner when she disappears too, and it’s up to Nick to piece the story together and discover what has happened to her sister. Like in her “Delirium” series and Before I Fall (2010, both HarperCollins), Oliver’s characterizations and background stories are well-developed and compulsively readable. The relationship between Nick and Dara drives the plot and is very realistic. The twist the author incorporates at the end is dramatic without being absurd and was completely unexpected. Recommend to teens looking for a well-written work with a juicy ending. They will not be disappointed.–Morgan Brickey, Marion County Public Library System, FL