Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Lucy & Cecee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School

Welcome to Author Kimberly Dana

Featured on NBC’s More at Midday, Kimberly Dana is an award-winning author and teacher whose middle school students give her much insight into the world of “tweendom.” She is published by the National Council of Teachers of English and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Other affiliations include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where she serves as a judge for the annual eBook competition. Kimberly’s most recent books include her YA thriller, Cheerage Fearage and the delightful picture book, Pretty Dolls, voted Best Children’s Book of the Year by Reader Views. 

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and Shel Silverstein

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The powers of persuasion in any given situation would prove useful.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar. I’ve been known to polish off a pint in one sitting.
Pet Peeves?
Alarm clocks, rudeness, and unfriendly people.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School portrays the ups and downs of middle school tweenhood with humor and authenticity.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I devoured Judy Blume. I think I read Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret over thirty times.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Along with persistence, my advice would be to establish a daily writing routine and stick to it!

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, of course.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
New York City

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be an actress or a cruise director. 

Hidden talent?
I can pick up things with my toes.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
My husband took me out for Mexican.

What is your guilty pleasure?
See question number 3.

Favorite places to travel?
The islands

Favorite music?
I dig anything from the 70’s, especially rock and disco.

Favorite smell?
My shih tzu after a bath.

Write a Haiku about your book
Lucy and CeCee
Are Middle School experts
Laughing through it all.

Regular or Diet?
Regular. Diets in any form should be avoided.

Cats or Dog?
Shih tzus!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I can synchronize swim.

Lucy & Cecee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School by Kimberly Dana

Time to put the freak-out on pause because outgoing, boy-crazy LucyPringle and shy, studious, bespectacled CeCee Cruz have the goods on how to make middle school the best three years ever! Lucy and CeCee-the official self-proclaimed Madison Heights Middle School experts on how to deal with haters, hormones, and hot lunch dilemmas-are ready to demystify swirlie urban legends and dish about academic and social topics. They’re keeping it real, lacing diary entries with their own daily escapades regarding skater slacker boyfriend crushes, BFF shopping trips to the mall, and BEE (Bitter Eternal Enemies) text wars. The two seventh graders swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth . . . so help them Good Fairy of Popularity. In this handbook, two girls who have already survived boyfriends, sleepovers, nerd crushes, detentions, and runaway pimples share helpful hints and lingo lessons that will help tweens not only survive, but thrive while navigating through all the gory glory of middle school. Check out Lucy and CeCee’s official website at Winner of Editor’s Choice, Rising Star, and San Francisco Book Festival – Honorable Mention Awards.

Giveaway Details
Signed copy of Lucy & Cecee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School
Open to US only
Ends 8/20/12

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