Friday, July 22, 2016

Cover Reveal: Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott and GIVEAWAY

Isn't it great? (Here's a little secret from the author: the entire thing--every snowflake, every wolf, every letter, and every detail that went inside this book--was hand-drawn by the cover designer)

It's survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott! 

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn't be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight -- it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she's already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn't stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that's tied there -- their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That's when the wolves start hunting them . . .

Hear the Wolves will be released from Scholastic on March 28, 2017. But you have a chance to read it before then! Just enter this rafflecopter giveaway to be entered to win one of 10 galleys. The contest ends Monday, August 8th at midnight. Good luck!

Meanwhile, check out Victoria Scott's website and her other books!

This post was made possible by Victoria Scott and her V Mafia, an exclusive club for her readers.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What is Anime and Manga?

Anime is Japanese animation. Like American animation, anime is used to tell a variety of different stories. Anime has a very distinct art style and is directed at all audiences. While American animation is generally aimed toward children, anime can be for anyone. But while not all of the selections are for young children, there are also some anime only for older teens and adults.

Manga often goes hand-in-hand with anime, as many manga stories are adapted into movies or shows in the anime tradition. Just as anime is compared to American animation or cartoon art, manga can be compared to American graphic novels. But graphic novels are usually short, colourful, and full of action, action, and more action. Manga is generally longer than a typical graphic novel and can be any genre. The black and white art style that is very similar to anime is used to depict action as well as romance, mystery, and science fiction. Like anime, manga is not only aimed at children, but towards adults as well.

Remember: one anime or manga series does not define the entire selection. Narato and Sailor Moon are not the only stories Japan has to offer, and just because one anime or manga does not fit your taste or approval does not rule out all of the others.

Here are some resource links to learn more:

· - Find anime titles, read reviews, see ratings, and watch shows for free. If you make an account, you can create lists of anime to watch. Manga is also included.
· - Believe it or not, Netflix offers a variety of anime shows. Though there is a small monthly fee for membership, the selection of shows and movies from every genre is worth it.

· - In addition to Netflix, Hulu also offers anime shows, many of which are free to watch without signing up for an account.
· – If all else fails, tons of fans have uploaded their favourite anime to the youtube channels. Just make sure to check the episode numbers to watch it in the correct order!

Google is your friend: If you’re not sure of something, ask Google!

Not sure where to start? Try one of the following:

  • Sword Art Online
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Attack on Titan
  • Naruto
  • Sailor Moon