Into the Trap: Character Blog & Reader Giveaway

Reader Engagement Project:
Read, Review, Win!
Readers win a free map of Into the Trap‘s fictional setting when they review the book on the book’s website.  Until 12/1/12, young book reviewers can also be entered to win a $50 L.L. Bean Gift Certificate when they review the book!  (Reader’s Privacy Always Protected!)

The Story Continues…
The author continues the story with a funny, engaging, and informative blog, “Lobster Boy“, written in the voice of the main character.  Reluctant readers have been consumed by the blog’s depiction of a teen’s life on the New England waters.

Display Bookmark for “Read, Review, & Win” reading promotion

Tools of Engagement:
• Display a Shelftalker announcing the blog and the chance to Read, Review, & Win!  Download Here.
• Display a Bookmark announcing the blog and the chance to Read, Review, & Win!  Download Here.
• Insert a Bookplate Teaser in the back of the book to lead readers to the character’s blog, “Lobster Boy.”  Download Here.
• Show the Character Blog/Website “Lobster Boy” to reluctant readers and outdoor/action adventure readers.

Best Users: Grades 6-9 Classrooms, Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians
Best Audience: Children Grades 6-9

Based on the Book:
Into the Trap
By Craig Moodie
Published by Roaring Brook
Hardcover, Ebook Available
Ages 10 and 16
Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library

An action-packed adventure about thieves, fishing, and two boys who lay a trap that will save the day.

Eddie’s family has been trapping lobsters for generations. but lately someone has been stealing their catch. When Eddie happens across the thieves’ trap, he knows it’s up to him to bring in the culprits. With the unlikely help of a boy who has run away from sailing camp, Eddie embarks on an adventure that puts his very life at risk.

“Lobster Boy” Blog Continues the Story of Novel, Into the Trap



Reunited: Inspire Your Readers with a Boy Band!

Is the band, Level3 fictional?

Well Level3 does have two hit singles, a website, and will be touring libraries this summer, but, yes, they are purely a fabrication of young adult novelist Hilary Weisman Graham for her book, Reunited (Simon & Schuster).

“When you see boy bands like One Direction created by stylists and publicists, it suddenly becomes quite possible to create one of your very own. The question then became, can we use a fictional band to inspire kids to read some fiction about fans of said band?” –Author, Hilary Weisman Graham

Hilary Weisman Graham, Curious City, and Simon & Schuster invite you to:
Inspire Your Readers with a Boy Band!

What Readers Get
Download the Reunited Poster/Bog Image (8.5″ x 11″ Color JPEG) and/or the Reunited Flyer (2 up B&W Flyers on 8.5″ x 11″ PDF) to invite your readers to receive:

● FREE chapters of the novel, Reunited
● FREE MP3’s from the band, Level3
● Chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to TicketMaster to see the boy band of their choice.

How It Works
The poster and flyer asks readers to join Level3’s text messaging mailing list where they will receive fictional news about the band throughout the summer.  The minute your readers sign on, they will get a link to free chapters of Reunited and Level3’s MP3’s. If your readers stay on until 9/1/12, they will be entered to win the $50 Gift Certificate to TicketMaster.

Privacy Protected
The text messaging service does not give any of the sponsoring parties the name or location of the participants and participants can easily sign off at any time.

SYNC YA Lit Into Your Earphones

Why not listen to lit?

Curious City is proud to have partnered with AudioFile Magazine to create and manage SYNC, an audience building literacy project for Young Adult and Classic/Required Reading audiobooks.

We have not only built a list of 20 FREE audiobooks that will be available in the Summer of 2012, but have created a complete promotional tool kit to allow librarians, educators, literacy folks, and bloggers to spread the good news to teens and other listeners.

SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones
2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week
June 14 – August 22, 2012

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and Required Reading Classics this summer.   Each week  from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists.  For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit or text syncya to 25827.

Mercy Tattooed on My Heart

Free Tattoos for Supernatural Readers
and a chance to win a copy of…

Mercy: The Last New England Vampire
VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers

B&N Best Young Adult Fiction of 2011

Why the flaming heart?
Author Sarah L. Thomson wanted to write about a time when vampires were not equated with irrational romance, but with irrational fear.  Thomson incorporated the true story of 19-year-old Mercy Brown who in 1892 (while her New England community was being devastated by tuberculosis) was pulled from her tomb and had her heart cut out and burned.  Grim.  Why did her former neighbors do this?  They thought Mercy was not “quite dead” and was rising from her tomb to suck the life out of them.  Teenagers, such a drain!  Read more on book’s site.

Order Free Tattoos
Sarah L. Thomson will send 20 tattoos to you (while supplies last, of course) for your horror and supernatural readers.

In your packet of tattoos will be an offer to win a signed copy of the book for your classroom or library if you send in a photo of you or another reader sporting a Mercy tattoo.   Not so grim!

Order FREE tattoos below!

Note: Curious City DPW never retains names unless you want us to.  We are here to make connections between books and readers, not to market to you


Fictional Band Touring Libraries

With the YA novel Reunited (Simon & Schuster, June 2012), Hilary Weisman Graham has written a book that rocks.  Literally.

3 ex-best friends drive from Boston to Austin to catch the reunion concert of Indie band, Level3.  Is Level3 a real band?  They do have 2 songs, band photos, and a website, but they are entirely fictional.

Now, that fictional band is touring libraries!
How can a fictional band go on tour, you ask?

With a good story, lots of free stuff for your tweens and teens, and a REAL opening act!

Libraries on the tour get:

1) Live Performance by Level3’s opening act, Dilly Dilly.  Dilly Dilly is NOT fictional, but a “part folk, part electronic, entirely other” singer/songwriter who will perform a set (while apologizing for Level3 who is “stranded in Eastern Europe with visa trouble.”)

2) Giveaway by text message to your patrons of:
• 3 FREE chapters of the YA novel, Reunited
• 2 FREE MP3’s by Level3
• 2 FREE MP3’s by Dilly Dilly
• Chance to win a $50 Ticketmaster gift certificate

3) Photo Booth
set up during the show that allows tweens/teens to have their picture taken “inside” the Level3 VW band tour bus.

4) Concert Poster customized for your library.

5) Local press pitched by Reunited/ Level3’s entirely REAL marketing team.

Library Tour Dates
Portland Public Library, Portland, ME 
Chicopee Public Library,Chicopee, MA
Marian J. Mohr Library, Johnston, RI
Barrington Public Library, Barrington, RI
Darien Library, Darien, CT 06820

Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, NH 03842
Public Library of New London, N. London, CT
Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, MA
Hershey Public Library, Hershey PA 17033
Pittsboro Public Library, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC
Grand Prairie Public Library, Grand Prairie, TX

Not on the tour?
1) No worries.  Free chapters and MP3’s will be offered nationwide here.
2) You might try begging the Booking Agent, Michael Whittaker.  Dilly Dilly might just swing in on her LA to Boston return trip.

Contact Kirsten Cappy at Curious City at 207-420-1126 or

Memento Nora: Communicating Social Justice Through Comics

Based on the Book:
Memento Nora
By Angie Smibert
Published by Marshall Cavendish
Hardcover ISBN: 9780761458296
Ebook Available
Ages 10 and 16

Best Users:
Art Educators, Grades 6-10 Classrooms, Middle School Librarians, Book Clubs, Comics Clubs

Best Audience:
Readers Grades 6-10

About the Book:
The three teens in Memento Nora have secretly chosen not to take the common drug that allows the citizenry to forget traumatic memories.  In Smibert’s future, trauma abounds as the cities suffer frequent “terrorist” attacks.  Drug-free and memories intact, the characters Nora, Micah, and Winter see a pattern of corruption that they expose through the publication of an underground comic.

About the Comics Project:
This comics project allows readers to grapple with the concepts of social justice expressed in the novel and those in the real world within the framework of a comics panel.  Participants in the project read the novel and engage in a Socratic book discussion.  That discussion delves deeper into the themes of oppression, equality, and corruption in the novel and allows students to see those themes in their personal experience or in historical or current events.  Readers then select a scene of their choosing from the book or from a real or imagined event and visually communicate it in a comic strip.  The author of Memento Nora has been inviting readers to publish those comics at

This project was created in association with the Maine College of Art’s Art Education department and piloted at King Middle School in Portland, Maine. The lesson plans were produced by educator, Jaime Devin.

Visit the Memento Nora Project
Download the Lesson Plans
Read about the creation of the project.
• Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library