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Interview: Gail Sidonie Sobat

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Since we posted an excerpt from Chance to Dance for You and we’re giving away a copy, we thought you might like to hear more about the book straight from the author!

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Gail Sidonie Sobat . . . is a witch at heart, a pirate in her dreams, and a gypsy in practice. She has worn many disguises in her lifetime, and her most noteworthy roles include: flower seller, grounds keeper, woman-in-black, professional actor and singer, teacher, adjunct professor, parimutuel seller and flag girl. Gail is the creator/ coordinator of YouthWrite/ WordsWorth, camps for kids who love to write, and also the creator/director of SWYC (Spoken Word Youth Choir). Ridiculously, she has moved twenty-seven times in her life from Badlands to Siksika …

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Smart Pop Books’ Very Own Propos for The Girl Who Was on Fire

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One of the rebellion’s most important weapons was, well, advertising. Propoganda. Propos. Those videos of Katniss mid-battle in District 8, of the tributes who died in the Hunger Games, of Finnick being interviewed about the Capitol’s secrets. They’re yet another extension of the way what we see on television, like the Hunger Games themselves, has power.

We’re not trying to stage a rebellion, but we’ve still put together our own take on propos, for The Girl Who Was on Fire. These aren’t the slickly produced work of folks like Plutarch Heavensbee and Cressida (except, maybe, for Adrienne Kress’–she’s clearly a professional). They’re just a couple of our authors, reading excerpts from their essays, to give you an extra taste of the anthology. (And, …

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Contest: Pink Giveaway

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If reading this week’s interview with Lili Wilkinson made you want to pick up a copy of her new book Pink, you’re in luck! We’re giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter to win, just comment on this post before midnight on Thursday, March 24, EST; we’ll announce the winner the next day. Through next Wednesday, you can also read her essay from the Smart Pop anthology on Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, Mind-Rain, for free here.

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Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She’s ready to try something new–she’s even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous …

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Interview: Lili Wilkinson

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Today we’re excited to share an interview with you from one of our upcoming Hunger Games anthology authors, Lili Wilkinson.

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Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of Scatterheart, Angel Fish and The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend.  When she’s not reading, writing, or working on her PhD, she can usually be found watching something awesome on DVD, riding her bicycle or making monsters out of wool. Pink is her first US release. You can find her at http://liliwilkinson.com.au or @twitofalili.

Q. In your latest American release, Pink, teen Ava trades in her super-cool persona, girlfriend, and black clothes for conformity, a boyfriend, and a pink sweater–the typical high school experience at a private school. What do you hope teen

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