5.16.2011

NATHAN BRANSFORD BREAKS THE UNIVERSE

today is a big day, guys.

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

KidsFindASpaceshipAndBlastOffIntoSpaceAndBreakTheUniverseIt'sFunISwearHahaFOUNDaLOOPHOLE!!!!

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 


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

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.

102 comments:

Susanne Winnacker said...

The book sounds really awesome! Pranks and space ships? Yes, please!
Of course, I want a copy!!!

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I've wanted to read this book since Nathan first started talking about it on his blog, back in the day. I can't believe it releases today.

Jessica Lei said...

I may have actually thought this day would never come... Congrats to Nathan :D

Sommer Leigh said...

If you can't make it to Nathan's real launch party, we're throwing a Forum Launch Party for Jacob Wonderbar over at Nathan's forums! http://forums.nathanbransford.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3725

Great interview!

Cherie Reich said...

Aww! Congrats to Nathan! It looks like such a cool book. I'd love to be entered in the drawing. :)

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I want a copy for my middle-grade boys! Thanks so much for the contest and congratulations to Nathan.

sharonwrote said...

I'd love a copy... my 11-year-old son would love it too!

Pam Harris said...

This sounds like such a cute book for my middle school students. I definitely want a copy. :)

Heather Kelly said...

I can't wait to read this book. So much so that I might just have to go BUY one while I'm waiting to see if I've won. :) Thanks Tahereh! Thanks Nathan!

Gabriela Pereira said...

I definitely want to read this book! So excited! Thanks Tahereh and Nathan for a great post!

Anna said...

I want one! Nathan Bransford rocks my socks!

TL Conway said...

I'm super excited about this book and can't wait to read it! I'd LOVE a copy!

Ken Lindsey said...

It does sound like a lot of fun! I would love to win a copy.

ashelynn hetland said...

hee, what an awesome interview. LOVE IT. :)

I really want a copy! Thank you for the giveaway!

Misty Provencher said...

I'd love to read Nathan's masterpiece. Congrats on your launch, Nathan!

cookie said...

Awesome interview!

Btw, the book is totally awesome, if anyone needed second opinion.

Molten said...

Hilarious interview. I'd love a copy of the book, of course. I haven't had enough space monkeys in my life lately. (Then again, is it possible to have enough space monkeys?)

kathrynleighaz said...

I want a copy because I've been following Nathan Bransford's blog for a year, and I was pretty sure I wanted him to be my agent, but then he stopped agenting and I'm really sad. How am I ever going to get published without his expert help? :(

Eden said...

Sadly, my library hasn't ordered any copies, so I'd love a copy! I've been a fan of Nathan's blog for quite a long time, and it's great to see this happening for him!

Tom M Franklin said...

i want a copy of this book because i've been reading about it on nathan's blog for what seems like forever and i want to see if it's as good as i'm hoping it will be.


-- Tom

Rena Rossner said...

My nine year old son is so excitedto read this (and so am I!) isn't that a good reason???

Also Nathan rocks!

So happy his book is finally out!

- Rena
@renarossner

Loving Books said...

*Loved* the interview!! Looking forward to reading about Jacob, so DUH OF COURSE I WANT A COPY!

Please.


And of course BIG Congratulations to Nathan for your first book birthday!! *throws confetti*

L. T. Host said...

I want a copy! Congrats to Nathan :)

nicole.starr said...

I would love to read this! Congratulations, Nathan!

Janice Gable Bashman said...

Looking forward to reading this book. Congrats Nathan, and thanks for the fun interview Nathan and Tahereh.

Kate Hart said...

I would love a copy! Although I dread the ideas my five year old will get from it...

Tiana Smith said...

Yay for Nathan's book launch! I would love to be entered for a copy :) I always love to get my grubby hands on more MG.

Elanor Lawrence said...

I've been following Nathan's blog for a long time and I've heard all about Wonderbar. It's sounds absolutely hilarious, and I'd love to win a copy.

elanor_gamgee [at] yahoo [dot] ca

Kiana said...

This sounds amazing & I would LOVE to have a copy, please!

Thanks for the contest! :)

Glynis said...

Who in their right mind wouldn't want a copy of Nathan's work?

Great post!

Kristina said...

I would like a copy! If I don't win one, I'll still buy a copy, but winning is neat-o!
Also, my mom is an elementary school librarian, so I have plans to give her a copy. I'm sure if she loves it, she'll give it to her students to read.

Tore said...

I want a copy. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Wearingwords said...

I WONT ONE. Please and thank you. :)

sally apokedak said...

Yes, please, I would like a copy.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Yes! Yes, I want a copy! Yes, please! Pickmepickmepickmepickmepickme.

:-)

Thanks for the interview and giveaway. You guys are awesome.

Hektor Karl said...

I want a copy because I've only heard good things about it -- and I've heard a lot of things about it.

Nate Wilson said...

I want a copy because I've been told I'm completely random and I want random.org to confirm this.

Also: Space monkeys.

Sam Webb said...

I was all set to get this for my nephews and then my early teen daughters saw the trailer and now - well let's just say Christmas will be gloriously easy and a little matchy-matchy.

Thank you Nathan for making a mom's life easier!

michelle said...

I would be absolutely thrilled with a copy of this book. :)

(As a junior high English teacher, I think it might be essential that I spread the word about it as fast as I can.)

Margo Berendsen said...

I would love to win! This is a great interview - it's amped up my interest in the book considerably! Of course it's been on my TBR list for a while, because this is NATHAN we are talking about here. Just like Shatter Me was on my TBR list long before news of its release because it is Tahereh of laughter and off-the-wallness and wiseness beyond her years we are talking about here.

Loved the Harry Potter references.

Tracy Hahn-Burkett said...

My nine-year-old son and I BOTH want a copy! It's Nathan's first book, after all. And it looks fantastic!

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

in 1954 I signed up for my first space trip through DC Comics. It never occurred to me I wouldn't get into space. I've traveled the spaceways with many an author and I'm looking forward to traveling them again with Jacob and Nathan.

Ina said...

OH! Mick Cracken. Hahaha. Ahaha. OK, I definitely want to read this book now.

Marcus said...

Yes please, sounds like a lot of fun.

Marybk said...

Tahereh,

Would LOOOOVE a copy of this to read and then give away to my local gradeschool's library.

I'm also giving one away on my blog today! :)

Melody said...

I wants a copy!! :) *insert lolcat here*

Kate Larkindale said...

I'd love a copy. I have young boys who would no doubt love it!

meriam2e said...

Please and thank you! :)

Mandie Baxter said...

Would love a copy to read with my son. He loves books!

Mary said...

*raises hand politely but enthusiastically while eagerly perched at edge of seat*

Julie Musil said...

I have 11-year-old twin boys, and I need this book twice as bad!

Fun interview, guys. Thanks!

TKAstle said...

Just read the first chapter over on Nathan's blog - can't wait for more.

Oh, Great Gods of Randomness pick me. Please. Please. Please.

BP said...

Because Nathan is awesome, of course! :D Love this! Thank you!

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

did blogger eat all the comments from before Nathan crashed the universe? I still want a copy.

Justine Dell said...

So THIS post is why blogger crashed! Too much awesomesauce to handle all in one place. Bransfords and Tahereh.

Yes, yes, yes. I want the book. Pretty please? ;-)

~JD

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Blogger was so jealous of Nathan's awesomeness it at the post and then ate the comments. But Nathan prevailed!

Rachel Stark said...

Yay Nathan Bransford! I'm so happy for him =) And oh yeah, I want a copy!

Michael Offutt said...

Can I has book?

Eden said...

Looks like blogger ate the comment I posted before, so I'm back to say I'd love a copy! As a long-time reader of his blog, I'm very happy for Nathan!

Aleeza said...

i just read the first chapter NB put up on his blog. me likey! would love to read the book.

Heidi said...

YES. The first chapter he put up on his blog definitely wasn't enough to satisfy me.

Deniz Bevan said...

I hope this comment sticks... Great interview you guys! And thanks for sharing the first chapter, Nathan, it was a blast to read! Now I want to read the whole thing - I want a copy!

Doris Fleck said...

This sounds like the best thing since Hitchhiker's Guide...well, maybe not THAT good, but I'd still like a copy to find out.

kathrynjankowski said...

I'd love a copy!

Thanks for the interview. I enjoyed the clever format.

Mandie Baxter said...

Would love a copy to read w/ my son!

Clare Scott said...

Sounds like the kind of mischief my sons and now my grandson love to get up to. Actually they still do - little boys never grow up. So... it goes without saying then that this would be a fun read.

Could Jacob drop in for a visit while circumnavigating the galaxies? He'd be very welcome - so long as he didn't destroy my country!!! :-)

Yahong said...

I don't need a copy since I have my own ARC, but suffice to say it's a novel which should raise awareness for the (underrated) MG age category! :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

I read the first chapter and it hooked me! Put me in for the drawing.

Brittany said...

*waves hand wildly* I want a copy! Go Nathan!

Callum said...

Love it! And, yes, I want a copy please!

September Essay said...

Terrific interview! Sounds like a great book; something my baby bro would love. And pretty please to that copy?

andre said...

My life would be 99.9% complete if I was to get a copy. Seriously. Over and out!

Darcy said...

I soooo want to read this book! Thanks!

Joseph Miller said...

Sign me up for a copy! Please... ;)

Alicia said...

Love Nathan Bransford and have been excited about this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

aliciacald(at)gmail(dot)com

Melodye said...

JW sounds like my kind of guy--and who doesn't love NB? Sign me up for your contest give-away, please.

Clare WB said...

Of course I want a copy! Please, please, please!!! I'll trade you a corn dog for one. Congrats to Nathan who looks smashing in his early day space suit.

Leslie Rose said...

Nathan Bransford's blog was the first one I ever visited. It inspired me to dive into the blogosphere. Giggled through the interview. JACOB WONDERBAR looks like the perfect read aloud for my 5th grade class. They'll eat it up.

ashelynn hetland said...

Fantastic interview! I loved it. :D I can't wait to read JACOB WONDERBAR. I really want a copy!

thanks for the giveaway.

Tore said...

Please enter me in contest. I want this book. Tore923@aol.com

Juliana L. Brandt said...

I would love a copy. I've been very excited to read this book!

Adam Heine said...

Comment entry :-)

Scarlett said...

Because i'm a kid who read the first chapter of nathan's blog and desperately wants to read more but the book is not in the bookshops and on amazon it will take at least 2 months to get it deleivered and because nathan's and this blog are awesome

Rosi said...

I want the book. Choose me, choose me, oh, Great Randomizer.

Gypmar said...

I would love a copy.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

I'm excited for Nathan and even more excited to read this book!

Jess said...

That was awesome! And YES PLEASE may I have a copy? :)

Kiana said...

Oh, blogger, eating comments!

I would like a copy, pretty pretty please!

JennaQuentin said...

I would like a copy! And, Nathan, Paris is great, but you want to live there?! Head south to Bordeaux and you can stay with us while we find you an amazing wine chateau, mere miles from the beach!

Penelope said...

This book sounds awesome. I loved the first chapter. Hope to win!

Anna said...

Want! Super sad that blogger probably ate my first comment. Congrats Nathan!!!

TayLyee said...

I read the first chapter of his book on his website and it sounded awesome, I'd totally love to win one :D I'd buy it but I'm overwhelmed with reading twenty some odd books right now. But if I win it. . . ;)

Meaghan said...

Well, I'll be honest - I've never read any middle grade books as an adult, and I'm very interested to see if whether I will enjoy that style of writing for younger readers. I know I could go get any MG book to delve into, but I've been reading about Jacob Wonderbar on Nathan's blog for months and months, and the story sounds so out of this world good, I really want this one to pop my MG cherry.

Lee723 said...

I WANTZ A COPY! I've seen some twitter friends reading it and they seem to like it.
Also, that was a great interview. I think I respect him SO MUCH for not choosing any of those 'weapons'
Esp Edward's bite. lol

xo
Lisa

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Yup. Blogger ate my comment last week. Don't see it here. I've reads the first chapter and I'd love to read the rest.

Eeshie said...

Oooh! I want a copy!

Your, "Can't Touch This Du Nuh Nuh Nuh" thing made me crack up.

:D

Mary said...

I had some clever words the first time I commented, but today I am tired. So, y'know... book please?? Kthxbai naptime.

thatcovergirl said...

I want to enter the giveaway! With a book that has warranted many !!!!!s and an interview as hilarious as this, I'd love to read it! Sounds like such a fun book!

Claire Dawn said...

I really want to read this. Nathan's blog was the first blog I discovered in the publishing world. In some ways, I owe the fact that I'm even trying at the published life to him.

Thanks Nathan!

Jessica Lei said...

Yay :) I want a copy

sally apokedak said...

I would love a copy.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Hmmm. Well, if the contest is still open, then enter me! If not, then oh, well. I picked the wrong two days to go blog-free, and Blogger ate my comment from before.

And how awesome was that interview! Great questions, great answers. :-) I can't wait to read this book!

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