Simone Elkeles has a book coming out that I just can’t wait to read called How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. I haven’t read this book, but I will definitely be buying it once it is released in October! I’m posting because it’s one of the upcoming releases I’m most excited about, and you should be excited, too! You can check out her website here, see what you think. I am also posting because there is a cool interview with Simone posted at Veronika Asks (click on ‘Interviews’ and you’ll see it). Check it out; it’ll have you even more anxious for October to come!

Copied and pasted from Simone’s website:

How does a fashionista teen end up on a farm in the middle of Israel with her estranged father? Oy, vey doesn’t even come close to describing it.Camel

For Amy Nelson, the last thing she wants to do is go to that country she hears about on the news channels. For one, she’s not Jewish…or Israeli. Okay, so her father is, but that’s another story. Amy swears she’s got red, white and blue blood running through her veins, and needs amenities to survive.

Read Amy’s journey and find out if this American teen survives the struggles of dealing with a father she hardly knows, Israeli teens, and an extended family while traveling in an unknown land full of history that touches her heart, wild animals that scare her to death and…cute boys?!?

It will be part of Llewellyn Press’ FLUX imprint, due to be released in October, 2006.

Other exciting upcoming releases I can’t wait to read include (but are certainly not limited to) Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer, Devilish by Maureen Johnson, and I Was A Teenage Popsicle by Bev Katz Rosenbaum.