Teen Librarian Toolbox
Inside Teen Librarian Toolbox

A Kirstin Cronn-Mills Book Giveaway for Teachers, Librarians, and Students

Today we are helping awesome YA author and friend of the blog with her back-to-school giveaway. You can pop on over to her blog to see and/or comment on the post there. Comments here are fine, too. Follow Kirstin on Twitter @kirstincm


KCM booksAll this wordiness could be yours!


Like it or not, summer is over. Some school folks are YAAAAAAAAAAAY, some folks are BOOOOOOOOOOO, and some folks are, “Well, my favorite parts of school are students, reading books, and listening to music in my office.” Or maybe that’s just me.


To recognize the momentous beginning of another school year, it’s time for a book giveaway. How do you enter? First, you have to be a student, a teacher, or a librarian. Second, follow the instructions below. Different instructions for different school peeps.



Be a teacher or librarian.


Comment below with your most significant, most embarrassing, most amazing, or most memorable moment of your school career, and please include the school or library where you work.


Wait to see who’s randomly chosen to win ALL FIVE BOOKS IN THE PHOTO. Yes! All 5!





Be a student (at any level–middle school, high school, college)


Comment below with your most significant, most embarrassing, most amazing, or most memorable moment of your school career, and please include your school/grade level.


Wait to see who’s randomly chosen to win a copy of Original Fake!


Entries can be posted today (September 6) through September 11 (Sunday) at 11:59 CST. International entries are fine for either giveaway.


Winner will be randomly chosen, so please share anything big or small. Your memory/moment doesn’t determine your eligibility. You are awesome just for commenting.


And please share the link, if you feel so inclined. The more entries, the merrier or tearier (hopefully happy tears) or sillier it gets. And I need merriment and silliness at the beginning of a school year.


Let the remembering begin! 

Cover reveal: Original Fake written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson

We are thrilled to host the cover reveal for Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson. Original Fake will be available on 4/19/2016 and is published by G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS.





Description of the book: 

Introvert Frankie Neumann is not exactly the standout in his family. Between his tutu-wearing nightmare of a sister and his parents, Bridget and Brett—Frank Sinatra and Dr. Frank-N-Furter impersonators, respectively—it’s easy for him to fade into the background. He’s just the guy who makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta, the one nobody ever sees. But Frankie has artistic aspirations that are all his own, and he’s about to get swept up in an art adventure of a lifetime.

After his shift at the pizzeria one night, Frankie’s approached by David and Rory, cousins who are errand runners for the notorious and anonymous street artist Uncle Epic—Frankie’s absolute idol. They have an unbelievable offer for Frankie: to join Epic’s crew. It’s not only a chance for Frankie to flourish as an artist but also to get closer to Rory, the hottest girl in school. But best of all, Epic’s art escapades give Frankie a shot at the ultimate revenge against his insufferable sister for a lifetime of torture. But the lines between art and real life are quickly blurred as street art escalates into an all-out war with consequences no one could see coming.

Told partly in graphic panels, Kirstin Cronn-Mills’ and E. Eero Johnson’s YA novel is funny, daring and fiercely original—a tale for anyone who’s ever felt invisible.



A peek at some of the interior pieces of artwork.



Kirstin Cronn-Mills on how the book came to be:

This book was born from a passing comment made 8+ years ago by my then-agent George Nicholson: “I haven’t seen a good brother-sister book for a while.”  Hmm, I thought.  I have brothers.  I’m a sister.  I can write something like that.  But then I ended up on other writing paths and the idea went by the wayside.  Fast forward to thinking about how sometimes the student upstages the teacher (I was watching Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Exit Through The Gift Shop, the documentary about the street artist Banksy and his student Mr. Brainwash) and how gender expression can be flexible (I was watching Rocky Horror Picture Show), and George’s comment came back to me. WHAM! Somehow all of those connections collided to make this wild, fun, illustrated (!) book.  It was a joy to create, and a dream come true to watch E. bring the text to life.  We hope readers will enjoy the story as much as we do.