amazing friend and super-blogger-extraordinaire Nathan Bransford is here to talk a bit about JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW, his debut middle grade novel hitting the shelves today. TODAY! THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME OMG
Jacob Wonderbar is used to detentions, but when a spaceship crashes near his house, he finds himself in a whole new level of trouble. After swapping a corn dog for the ship, he and his two best friends, Sarah Daisy and Dexter, take off on a madcap adventure. They accidentally cause an epic explosion, get kidnapped by a space pirate, and are marooned on planets like Numonia and Paisley, where the air smells like burp breath and revenge-hungry substitute teachers rule. And that's only the beginning . . . It turns out that there's an entire colony of space humans, and Jacob's long-lost father just might be one of them.
The first book in debut author Nathan Bransford's hilarious space adventure series has dynamite friendships, peculiar planets, and nonstop action. You'll never look at the stars the same way!
i had the pleasure of diving into an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of WONDERBAR, and suffice it to say that it's an incredible action-packed adventure you're going to love. Jacob is hilarious and my favorite kind of 12 year old -- the kind who knows how to have fun and pull a good prank (or 50). i'd blast off into space with him any day of the week, and i'm so, so excited to share the book with you.
that's right. we're going to have a WONDERBAR giveaway.
but first! AN INTERVIEW with our esteemed author!
1. How do we know you're really Nathan Bransford and not an ALIEN?
You don't. But then again, maybe you do. See, you don't know!
Or do you?
2. Summarize WONDERBAR in 6 words.
Whoa better make this count
3. Your favorite thing about writing this book?
Definitely the part where it wrote itself. How anyone ever writes a novel without a novel-writing robot I'll never know.
4. What surprised you most about writing these characters?
It was really fun to see them grow up along the way and to get to know them more and more over the course of the novel. Or at least that's what the robot who wrote my novel told me. In his emotionless robo-voice.
5. Did you always want to write Middle Grade novels?
Nope! I didn't know I wanted to write Middle Grade until I started writing this one.
6. Jacob Wonderbar is challenged to a duel. His weapon of choice would be:
a. Harry's wand
b. Edward's bite
c. Hulk SMASH
d. Other: Devastating prank that makes you question your will to live
7. If you could hang out with Jacob for a day, where would you take him?
Probably the principal's office. Either that or Planet Coasterland if he's been on his best behavior (unlikely).
8. Your favorite line from the book?
According to Praiseworthy, who recounted the history of Planet Archimedes in extensive detail, the planet had been of keen interest to scientists because it had some of the strangest cloud formations ever observed, its rivers ran in perfectly straight lines, and most importantly, its insects were both plentiful and ugly.
9. Fill in the blanks:
If Jacob could _find his dad out in space_ then he would _um... well he's not sure what he'd do but he might be mad or happy or both at the same time_.
10. Be honest. You secretly want to be a(n) _________.
resident of Paris, France
11. Something you really hope readers will take away from your novel?
Space travel is not for the faint of heart, people. Sure, you'll go to all these awesome planets and have adventures and meet talking spaceships, but it's serious business!!!
12. How do you think Jacob Wonderbar would deal with someone like Dudley Dursley?
He would commit a fantastic prank, frame Dudley for the crime, take all the credit for himself, and probably get his friend Dexter into trouble in the process.
13. You have to go on a secret mission to outer space and you can only take one person with you. Who would you take, and why?
a. Jacob Wonderbar
b. Heidi Montag
c. Hermione Granger
d. Jonathan Franzen
e. Other: Mick Cracken, space buccaneer and bandit extraordinaire. We'd have fun and would complete the secret mission as long as he didn't maroon me on a random planet first.
14. Where can we find you? Are you having a launch party? Making any appearances?
Why yes, I am! I am hosting a launch party at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, Friday night in San Francisco. You are invited! Everyone! Friends too! Strangers? Why not!
15. Parting words?
I hope you like WONDERBAR! And thanks so much to my illustrious host, whose novel is going to take the world by storm in November!
A BIG SUPER HUGE THANK YOU TO NATHAN!
OKAY OKAY GUYS. i know you want to read this book, right? OF COURSE YOU DO!
and i'm giving away 3 copies.
all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me you want a copy,
and random.org will choose 3 winners. that's it!
note: contest closes Monday, May 16, 2011 at 11:59 PST.
BLAST OFF INTO SPACE, GUYS.
you won't regret it.