Kids + Teens

Spinning Out Blog Tour

Today we’re kicking off the blog tour for our new YA novel Spinning Out.

About the Book

Combines Glee-like backstage drama of high school musical theater with a poignant story of friendship.

High school senior Frenchy has little ambition beyond hanging out at the smoking rock until his best friend, the ever-witty and conniving Stewart, gets him to try out for Man of la Mancha. To everyone’s surprise, the guys are a hit. But when Stewart’s antics begin to grow more obsessive—he wears his costume 24/7, freaks out about little details, and displays an incessant hatred of the high-tech windmills outside of town—Frenchy worries that there’s something deeper going on. Is Stewart spiraling into madness, just like Don Quixote? And can Frenchy battle through his own demons in time to save his friend from self-destruction before it’s too late?

Reviewers are Raving!

“Delivers a simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking look at the dual toll grief and mental illness take on teenagers. The resulting denouement is chaotic and heart-wrenching.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The narrative moves logically to its denouement, and the fast pace will keep readers interested in the conclusion” – School Library Journal

“The best type of contemporary YA: the one that is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. Totally recommended. ” – Book Smugglers Blog

“A mounting of Man of La Mancha becomes the stage on which the characters tackle serious problems and begin to grow up.” – Guys Lit Wire Blog

“Shows friendship at its best and at its worst” –

Read an Excerpt

Follow the Blog Tour

Keep clicking for reviews, author interviews, guest posts, giveaways and more!

6/27/2011 WORD for Teens
6/28/2011 The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
6/29/2011 The O.W.L.
6/30/2011 The Hate-Mongering Tart
7/1/2011 Carrie’s YA Bookshelf
7/2/2011 Friendly Reader
7/5/2011 Cracking the Cover
7/6/2011 Mother Daughter Book Club
7/7/2011 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
7/8/2011 The Book Cellar
7/11/2011 Teaching Books

Win a Copy

Leave a comment with and be entered to win one of three copies of Spinning Out. Winners will be notified on Friday July 1st around noonish Pacific

Lara Starr
Marketing Manager, Children’s

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Lara Starr

Lara Starr is Chronicle’s Senior Publicist for Children’s books, and the author of Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones and other Galactic Goodies, Ice Sabers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Cookbook and Cookie Cutters Kit, and Chef Olivia™. Tell her you like her sweater and she’ll tell you exactly what she paid for it.
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