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Where in the world is Meg?

As of Monday, I’ll be in Atlanta for the International Reading Association (IRA) annual convention!

I’ll be speaking there (along with some other fantastic authors) at the Scholastic Book Clubs Annual Breakfast Tuesday morning from 7:00AM-8:30AM (I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t 8:30AM the time Meg usually wakes up? Yes. Yes, it is. It’s going to be a fun adventure for all of us, especially Jacky, my publicist, who gets the fun job of meeting me at 6:30AM in the hotel lobby.)

But it’s going to be totally worth it, conference attendees, because we’ll be talking about our favorite teachers! And hey! Delicious food, witty speeches, and FREE BOOKS for everyone!

Conference attendees will also be able to find me right after breakfast at the Scholastic Reading Convention Center mini-theater reading from Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: Moving Day.

Then, from 9:15AM-11:00AM, I’ll be at the Scholastic Autographing Book (#2745), sleeping signing and giving away more books. I think the book I’m giving away will be advanced reader copies of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl:

In US stores August 2008

(Oh, yes, you read that right: I said “giving away”—while supplies last. I’ll be signing them, too!)

But if you miss me in the morning, I’ll be back at the Harper Collins Autographing Booth #1961 from 2:00-3:00PM later that afternoon. I have no idea what I’ll be signing and giving away there, but I bet it’ll be something good!

Don’t be sad if you’re missing out on the convention, though. I’ll be giving away more books and ARCs here on the blog (we’re still shipping out the winners from the last contest, so be sure to check your mailbox in the next couple of weeks if you entered…there’s still a chance you might have won….).

And you can always have vicarious Allie Finkle fun by going to Allie Finkle Rules! Since the site launched this spring, we’ve had over 13,000 kids join, with 18,000 new rules and counting submitted by readers. Some of them are truly hilarious (Kid Submitted Rule: if a new girl come’s to school to be the meanest bully ever, just get a sidekick that is cool popular and flipable), while others are heartbreaking (Kid Submitted Rule:treat new kids the way you treat your BEST friend because you dont know what you have till it’s GONE!!!).

Allie’s site is turning into a major social network for the under 13s, without the beat-downs (due to the fact that it’s fully moderated)!

(FYI, I can assure you that in Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl, while Allie does encounter a bully, she does NOT get a Sidekick. But she might get that kitten she’s been longing for!)

Meanwhile, I’ve heard from readers that Airhead is showing up in bookstores everywhere! If you haven’t spotted it in a shop near you, keep in mind it’s selling online all over, and should be everywhere by May 13.

I’m superpsyched by the fact that the fantabulous blogging YA librarians, The Ya Ya Yas, seemed to like it!

There’s nothing better than a good librarian review, as librarians rule the world.

Speaking of which, I just found out that my book Jinx is one of 26 nominees for The Young Adult Library Services Association Teens’ Top 10 2008, the only booklist nominated by teens, and then voted for by teens during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008. This is the hugest honor, and I’m so grateful! You guys rock!

This may not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but…I took a little time out yesterday to see a movie called Iron Man (never having read the comic books, I was surprised to find it referenced both “The Walking Dead” and something called Stark Industries, both of which are in my book Airhead. Well, in a different context. The Walking Dead in my book refers to popular people who subjugate their own opinions to fit in with the crowd, and the name of the company my character Nikki Howard works for is Stark Enterprises. Still, I was shocked. I didn’t know I was in a mind meld with Marvel Comics).

This is the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen! Christian Bale’s shirtless push-ups in Batman Begins are still very impressive, but no one beats Robert Downey Jr’s tortured brown eyes, or his character’s motivation for why he becomes a superhero. Even the US Navy fighter pilots who attended the same showing I did (Key West is 90 miles from Cuba. There are five bases here) loved it (while calling each other dorks for doing so. But they let me in a valuable secret: be sure to stay in the theater until the credits are over. There’s an important scene after the movie seems like it’s over that you won’t want to miss!)

And now I have to get back to work on Being Nikki, the sequel to Airhead, since it’s due, um, now.

Oh, Em! Don’t be sad! Your sequel will be out this time next year!

See you in Atlanta (I hope)!

And if not, see you right here…same place, different time!

More later.

Much love,