In case you missed it over on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, I’ve got book news! The EngiNerds series has been extended!
Since the very beginning, even before I sold the manuscript that would become EngiNerds (it originally had a much wordier — and much worse — title), I envisioned this story arc in three installments, so I’m very excited to get a chance to complete that vision and share it with all of you. And if you or your young readers were left upset or desperate by the ending of Revenge of the EngiNerds, you can rest assured that you won’t be left hanging. Well, you will be, actually, for a little while longer — until the book comes out.
I’ll be sharing more information about Book 3 in the coming weeks and months. But for now, I just want to say THANK YOU to every person who has read and/or shared these books of mine. If not for the support of all of YOU, this contract wouldn’t have landed on my desk yesterday afternoon.
So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
I’m not sure what else to say.
The fundraiser ended at midnight, and to say that it surpassed my wildest, craziest hopes would be a GARGANTUAN understatement. Here are the final totals:
886 T-shirts sold, raising OVER $13,000 for First Book!!!
As I said in my last update, a great deal of this outpouring of support has to do with FirstBook and the incredible work they do.
There were dozens and dozens of comments just like Allison’s. Here are just a couple of awesome things First Book offers:
First Book Marketplace, where thousands of low-cost books and educational materials are available to qualifying purchasers. The selection is constantly changing, as First Book buyers don’t always know what books they will be able to get ahead of time. Just as an example, though — EngiNerds has popped up on there a few times for as low as $3! If you are in need of books (or buy books throughout the year based on your current students’ interests), make sure to visit the Marketplace frequently to see what they’ve got in stock!
First Book Fundraising. I’m surprised more educators don’t know about this tool. It’s similar to DonorsChoose, if you’re familiar with that platform — however, because the books that are being purchased at the end of the fundraiser come from First Book, they are significantly cheaper than if they came from another site. Also, of course, any profits First Book might see from such fundraising goes directly back into supporting their work!
To learn more about First Book, head over to their site. Or hop on Twitter and tweet at them!
Once again, THANK YOU to everyone who supported and/or shared this fundraiser. I can hardly believe how successful it was.
I’m SO excited to finally share that my very first graphic novel — HUNGER HEROES — hits shelves just a little over a year from now, in the Fall of 2020! I’ve been sitting on this news for quite a while (and it’s possible I might have accidentally let it slip here and there among friends…), so it’s also a huge relief to be able to talk openly about the book. And it’s going to huge FUN to share more about it with all of you.
For now, just a brief introduction:
The Hunger Heroes are: Mr. Toots (a bean), Chip Ninja (a tortilla chip), Tammy (a tomato), and Leonard (a block of partially shredded cheese)! I look forward to you all learning more about them soon. Keep an eye out on my social media feeds for more art and information about the book!
This morning I learned that EngiNerds is on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list for Grades 3-5!
It’s a huge honor, and also a bit surreal to see my book on there along with so many that I’m a fan of! A big, heartfelt THANK YOU to those who nominated my book, and thank you to all the young Florida readers who will be reading and considering EngiNerds for the award!
This morning I got a note from a librarian in Lusaka, Zambia informing me that EngiNerds has been selected as one of four nominees for the Blue Nile Book Award! Here’s a screenshot of a tweet that went out shortly after:
As you might be able to tell from those glimpses of the other book covers, my bots are keeping some mighty fine company — Ben Clanton’s Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3), Elana K. Arnold’s A Boy Called Bat, and Aaron Blabey’s The Bad Guys (#1).
And here’s a little more info about the award itself:
The Nile Book Awards were started in 2009 between the librarians Clare Kybird, from the Khartoum International Community School, and Cathy Kreutter, of the International School of Uganda. For a number of years it was just the two schools but then in 2015, Jeanette Brooker (who had replaced Claire as librarian at the Khartoum International Community School) invited schools who touched the Nile to participate. Since then, the Nile Book Awards have continued to grow past the borders of the Nile with a number of schools in east and southern Africa participating. We hope to include more International Schools in other regions of Africa join us in the coming years.
THANK YOU to the readers, both young and old, who nominated EngiNerds!
Last week, I signed the piece of paper pictured below, and so am now finally, officially allowed to share some exciting news with all of you! My next series, GEEGER THE ROBOT, will launch in 2020 — Book 1 will be out in the spring, and Book 2 will be out in the summer.
These early chapter books feature Geeger — a kind, well-meaning bot with some not-so-school-friendly tendencies who nonetheless enrolls at an elementary school.
More info coming soon!
In case you missed it, I recently revealed the cover of REVENGE OF THE ENGINERDS, the sequel to ENGINERDS, on Twitter and Instagram. Here it is, in all its fart-tastic glory:
I once again feel so, so lucky to have the incredibly talented (and utterly hilarious!) Serge Seidlitz doing the art for these books.
As you can see, there are some new faces in this next nerdy adventure. The girl front and center is Mikaela Harrington, and that green-tinged guy up top — well, I think you can see what he is.
Don’t worry, though: all your favorites will be back in this next installment — Dan, Jerry, John Henry Knox, and, of course, Kitty the dog.
REVENGE OF THE ENGINERDS hits shelves on February 19th, 2019, but you can preorder now wherever books are sold. Some links to do so are below.
Barnes & Noble
Porter Square Books
The Brain Lair Bookstore
With less than two months to go until the first book of the EngiNerds series hits shelves, reviews are starting to roll in. Here’s one from Kirkus Reviews:
A gang of science nerds unwittingly unleashes a squadron of destructive robots and must engineer a way to save the town in Lerner’s debut novel.
When a mysterious box appears outside Kennedy’s house, he enlists the help of best friend and fellow EngiNerd Dan to sift through the metal parts and hardware. Together, they piece together a polite but ravenous robot named Greeeg. The robot eats all the food in the house—refusing only radishes—and Kennedy discovers that Greeeg is both insatiable and unmanageable. The potential for catastrophe is fully realized when Greeeg propulsively “disposes” (that’s robot defecation) tiny, window-shattering, brown-black cubes. Is the robot from Grandpa K., Kennedy’s hero and a former engineer? Is it coincidence that his best friend also hates radishes? Unfortunately, Kennedy isn’t the only one with a robot problem. Eighteen bullet-farting robots storm town, and the EngiNerds must band together and use ingenuity to prevent the robots from consuming and destroying everything in their wake. Sci-fi readers will enjoy the science and tinkering, but dangerous excreta is pure schoolboy horseplay. The story includes clever duct-tape solutions, the construction of catapults from disposable chopsticks, and a good, old-fashioned water fight in this action-packed celebration of nerd culture. The absence of ethnic markers implies that Kennedy is white, but the surnames of the EngiNerds suggest a diverse assemblage.
A boisterous balance of potty humor and geek pride in this rollicking young engineer’s adventure, the first of two. (Science fiction. 8-12)
Visit the Kirkus website for more great kid lit reviews and recommendations, and keep an eye out for more EngiNerds-related information as the pub date approaches!
I’m beyond thrilled to finally share the cover art for ENGINERDS! This first book in the series hits shelves Fall of 2017, with sequels to follow.
If you’ve always wondered what might happen if a horde of comestible-obsessed, dangerously flatulent robots was unleashed on your town, THIS is the book for you.
Follow the blog to keep up-to-date on all ENGINERDS-related info.
If you couldn’t tell by the all-caps title and the trio of exclamation points, I’m very, very, very excited to finally announce the sale of my first two novels to Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. A big, heartfelt thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me. Stay tuned — more information coming soon!