Today is the official launch date of Nan Marino's new book,
Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace (Roaring Brook Press, 2013).
In honor of the new book, I've created a short video booktalk to go along with my previously published Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace booktalk . Enjoy them both, feel free to share, and be sure to read the book!
Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
(a booktalk by Shelf-employed)
Cecilia has no rhythm, and not too many friends; but she has something special - a story. A story of a song that connects her to New Jersey's wild Pine Barrens as firmly as the roots of its Pygmy Pines and Atlantic Cedars. Everyone in Wares Grove knows the story of the song played by the forest on the night of Cecilia's birth. Only the story of the Pineland's most famous inhabitant, the Jersey Devil, is known more widely.
But two unexpected things occur as Cecilia's 12th birthday approaches. Cecilia's mother begins to doubt the song, and a young boy, a boy who has perhaps lost a song of his own, has arrived in the middle of the night under suspicious circumstances - and he's hiding out at Piney Pete's Pancake Palace.
A song, a secret, and the legendary tale of the Jersey Devil are entwined in this imaginative story of discovery set on the fringes of New Jersey's Pine Barrens, a natural wonder.
Find out who's Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace.