Moone Boy sighting in the Flatiron!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 / Share your comments...

Moone Boy authors Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy stopped by the Flatiron this week to talk about their new book series!

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Authors Nick Murphy and Chris O’Dowd and some of the MCPG Team in their Moone Boy-inspired hats

Moone Boy is a middle grade diary fiction series inspired by the hit TV show (on ITV in the UK and Hulu in the US). The first book, written by Nick Murphy and Chris O’Dowd, will be on sale in May 2015!

 

Stay tuned for more Moone Boy news, special messages from Nick & Chris, and more as we get closer to May 2015.


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More about the Moone Boy TV show:

Childhood sucks. Imaginary friends rule. “Moone Boy” is a quirky comedy about 12-year-old Martin Moone and his bearded, sarcastic, imaginary friend Sean (Chris O’Dowd, “Bridesmaids”). Martin’s imaginary pal plays the banjo, writes bad love poetry, and helps Martin navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood. This semi-autobiographical series, written by and starring O’Dowd, was a critical hit in the UK and is now exclusively on Hulu in the United States.

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Out This Week! Bad Kitty!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 / Share your comments...

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Downloadable Activity Kit Feature: Hello, My Name is Ruby

Monday, July 21st, 2014 / Share your comments...

Looking for a fun summer activity? Check out one of our downloadable activity kits that features your favorite books and characters!

Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip Stead follows a plucky little bird, as she ventures through life, making new friends, learning new skills and asking questions which may have some very surprising results. Our fun activity kit is designed to help you learn how to explore your world just like Ruby.

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 Click here to download Hello, My Name is Ruby’s activity kit!

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Downloadable Activity Kit Feature: Ninja!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 / Share your comments...

Looking for a fun summer activity? Check out one of our downloadable activity kits that features your favorite books and characters!

Ninja!  by Arree Chung follows a boy flexing his ninja chops. Our fun activity kit is designed to help you find the strong, courageous, and silent ninja in you!

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 Click here to download the Ninja! activity kit!

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From The Intern’s Desk: Week 1

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 / Share your comments...

Hi Get to the Point blog readers! My name is Emily S. and I am a marketing intern this summer for MacKids! I am a rising senior in college and go to school in the wonderful city of New Orleans. I’m an English major, love a good mystery novel and have always had an interest in marketing and everything social media (my friends make fun of my incessant Instagram-ing).

The publishing industry has always been sort of a mystery to me, but finding how how much time and work Macmillan dedicates to making sure their books are a success has been fascinating. It wasn’t until I accepted the internship and began looking through old Macmillan titles that I realized that the majority of books that my mom read to me as a child are Macmillan published books including the

Carl Series by Alexandra Daycarl and the beautifully illustrated Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Caryle books.  

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Since I’ve been working here I have had the privilege of getting my hands on some of the latest YA fiction, and what currently has a place on my nightstand is Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. I’ve found this book to be such a fun summer read!

One of my favorite tasks I’ve had so far as an intern has been finding, purchasing and staging a photoshoot for a beauty product giveaway tied to this book (click here to enter)!

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Keep up with my blog posts and follow my journey as I learn the ropes of the publishing industry and hopefully my way around the Flatiron building!

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Out This Week! Skies and Heros!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 / Share your comments...

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See Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Books and Authors at San Diego ComicCon!

Monday, July 14th, 2014 / Share your comments...

It’s July, and that means it’s almost time for San Diego ComicCon is sunny California! Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and our graphic novel imprint, First Second, will be at the show from Wednesday, July 23 to Sunday, July 27. See our full schedule below to see what books you’ll be able to grab and which authors you’ll be able to meet.

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Love children’s literature? Here is the full schedule for Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group:

Wednesday, July 23

6:30 PM
Giveaway: UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

8:00 PM
Giveaway: THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Thursday, July 24

10:00 AM
Galley Giveaway: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh O’Brien
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

12:00 PM
Galley Giveaway: SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

12:00 PM
Marissa Meyer on Fairy Tale Remix Panel
Location: Room 32AB

1:30 PM
Marissa Meyer Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

1:30 PM
Leigh Bardugo on End of Series Panel
Location: Room 24ABC

1:30 PM
In-Booth Signing: Ann Aguirre, MORTAL DANGER
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

3:00 PM
Leigh Bardugo Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

4:30 PM
In-Booth Signing: Leigh Bardugo, THE GRISHA TRILOGY
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Friday, July 24
10:00  AM
In-Booth Signing: Marissa Meyer, THE LUNAR CHRONICLES
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

10:00 AM
Ann Aguirre on Vengeance and Villains Panel
Location: Room 32AB

11:30 AM
Ann Aguirre Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

12:00 PM
Galley Giveaway: LAILAH by Nikki Kelly
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

1:00 PM
Leigh Bardugo on Veronica Roth Spotlight Panel
Location: Room 25ABC

2:00 PM
In-Booth Signing: Mary Pearson, THE KISS OF DECEPTION
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

4:00 PM
Sampler Giveaway: THE FAIRYLAND SERIES
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

5:30 PM
Audio Book Giveaway:  CRESS by Marissa Meyer
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Saturday, July 26

10:00 AM
Josephine Angelini on Diversity in YA Lit Panel
Location: Room 7AB

10:00 AM
In-Booth Signing: Cecil Castellucci, TIN STAR
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

11:30 AM
Josephine Angelini Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA08

12:30 PM
Galley Giveaway, SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

1:00 PM
Cecil Castellucci on Future Landscapes Panel
Location: 28DE

2:30 PM
Cecil Castellucci Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

3:00 PM
In-Booth Signing: Josephine Angelini, TRIAL BY FIRE
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

5:00 PM
Galley Giveaway, THE ISLAND OF EXCESS LOVE by Francesca Lia Block
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Sunday, July 27

12:00-1:00 PM
Bad Kitty Costume Appearance
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

2:00 PM
Giveaway: MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH by Mo O’Hara
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Love graphic novels? Here is the full schedule for First Second:

Thursday, July 24

11:00am – :01 Booth Signing
Lucy Knisley (Relish)

12:00pm — :01 Booth Signing
Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero)

1:00pm –: 01 Booth Signing
Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong)

3:00pm – Panel
Gene Luen Yang in Conversation with Scott McCloud
Room 28DE

4:30pm – Autographing Area Signing
Gene Luen Yang
AA21

5:00pm – Panel
Understanding Stories: The Making of a Graphic Novel
w/Scott McCloud (The Sculptor)
Room 7AB

7:00pm – Bookstore Event
Gene Luen Yang and Dave Roman in Conversation
B&N Mira Mesa / 10775 Westview Parkway / San Diego, CA

8:00pm – Panel
Horror Stories of Creating Comics
w/ Calista Brill, :01 Senior Editor
Room 30CDE

Friday, July 25

10:00am – Interview
Lucy Knisley (Relish)
Comics Bulletin / Jason Sacks
Meet at the :01 Booth

11:00am – :01 Booth Signing
Lucy Knisley (Relish)

2:00pm – :01 Booth Signing
Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck)

3:00pm – Panel
Words & Pictures
w/ Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Jen Wang (In Real Life), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong)
Room 9

4:30pm – Autographing Area Signing
Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Jen Wang (In Real Life), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong)
AA09

5:30pm — :01 Booth Signing
Jen Wang (In Real Life)
We’ll be giving out a limited number of free advanced copies of Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang’s upcoming graphic novel In Real Life to the SDCC attendees who come to this signing!

7:00pm – Eisner Awards @ Hilton Bayfront / Indigo Ballroom
First Second graphic novels Odd Duck (Cecil Castelluci and Sara Varon), Battling Boy (Paul Pope), Boxers & Saints (Gene Luen Yang), and Templar (Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland) are up for an Eisner Award this year!

Saturday, July 26

10:00am – Panel
Diversity in Genre Lit
w/ Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero)
Room 7AB

12:00pm – :01 Booth Signing
Gene Yang (The Shadow Hero)

1:00 – :01 Booth Signing
Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong)

1:00pm – Panel
Future Landscapes
w/ Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck)
Room 28DE

2:30pm – Autographing Area Signing
Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck)
AA09

2:00pm – Spotlight on Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley (Relish)
Room 28DE

3:30pm – Autographing Area Signing
Lucy Knisley
AA21

3:00pm – :01 Booth Signing
Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West)
We’ll be giving away a limited number of free galleys of Paul Pope’s The Rise of Aurora West to SDCC attendees who come to this signing!

Sunday, July 27

10:00am – Panel
Kids Draw!
w/ Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
Room 30CDE

11:00am – Panel
Middle Grade Extravaganza
w/ Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West)
Room 25ABC

11:30am – Autographing Area Signing
Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
AA09

11:30am – Panel
From Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort and Back: The Guys and Gals We Love to Hate
w/ Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong)
Room 8

12:00pm – :01 Booth Signing
Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)

12:30pm – Autographing Area Signing
Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West)
AA09

3:30pm – Panel
First Second in Conversation
w/ Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero)
Room 26AB

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Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Soccer, an Author Blog Post by Eugene Yelchin

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 / Share your comments...

With all of the soccer excitement going on because of the World Cup, we thought now would be a great time to share a blog post from Eugene Yelchin, author of Arcady’s Goal, which is about a boy living in Soviet Russia who dreams of playing with the Red Army Soccer Club. Without further ado, here is Eugene:

ArcadysGoal high res cvrGiven the fact that I was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, and the even more unfortunate fact that I had to survive in that country until I finally left at 27 years old, it comes at no surprise that my books are a meditation on the unalienable rights — Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The pursuit of Happiness takes many forms in America. A current form that’s getting a lot of attention is soccer. Soccer is something I know about. My father was a fairly well known soccer player and captain of the Red Army Soccer Club. For years he trained me to become a soccer player until he realized that I would rather draw pictures on my soccer ball than kick it.

In Arcady’s Goal, a Russian boy dreams of becoming a soccer champion. “The trouble with soccer,” says Arcady, “is you can’t play it alone. Soccer is a team sport.” Being a member of a team is a problem for Arcady, who has never been permitted to be a member of anything. As a child of the enemies of the state in the pre-World War II Russia, he is excluded not only from being on a soccer team but from what most of us take for granted —being a member of a family. Family, the most essential fabric of humanity, is torn apart by the Soviet state and remade into a highly politicized entity. As a result, for Arcady and the man who adopts him, creating a family of their own let alone a children’s soccer team is extremely dangerous.

In this lies the paradox of telling young American readers stories about freedom. To them being a member of a family or a member of a sports team are basic unalienable rights. My hope is that in looking through the eyes of Arcady, they might view those rights in a slightly different light. They might become more attentive to what they inherited. They might consider that preserving those rights requires personal courage. They might not take the pursuit of Happiness so lightly. That in fact, as Arcady shows, Happiness is sometimes only achieved at great risk of both life and Liberty.

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Out This Week! The Kiss of Deception!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 / Share your comments...

 

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Interior Spread Roundup: The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 / Share your comments...

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen with pictures by Dan Hanna came out on 6/24/14! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re certain these images from the book will convince you to read it.

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Share these on social media, get The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School today, and let us know which images are your favorite!

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