Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Janet Tashjian for "Marty Frye, Private Eye (Books 1 & 2)"

Author: Janet Tashjian
Pub. Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback
Pages: 96
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads
Marty Frye is not your ordinary sleuth. Marty Frye is a poet detective--he makes up rhymes as he solves small crimes. When his friend Emma's diary is missing, Marty is on the case. When Katie's flour is nowhere to be found, Marty tracks it down. And when the brand-new Action Chuck figures mysteriously vanish from the toy store, Marty unravels the mystery. Will there ever be a case too hard for Marty to solve? Or a word too impossible to rhyme?

Broken into three short stories of poetry and petty crime, this charming chapter book will have young readers in search of a rhyme in no time. Book 1 in the Marty Frye series! A Christy Ottaviano Book.

Author: Janet Tashjian
Pub. Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback
Pages: 96
Find it: AmazonB&N,  TBDGoodreads

Marty Frye is not your ordinary private eye. Marty Frye is "the poet detective"--he solves petty crimes by turning rhymes. In the course of a busy day, Marty tracks down his friend Emma's lost diary; finds a box of toys missing from Mr. Lipsky's store; and locates a bag of disappearing flour for his little sister, Katie. Although he hits some dead ends along the way, Marty Frye combines his three favorite hobbies--sleuthing, rhyming, and climbing trees--and leaves no case unsolved or unrhymed.

Three short stories with clear, simple sentences make this charming easy-reader an ideal stepping-stone to longer chapter books. Laurie Keller's quirky illustrations capture the spirit of Janet Tashjian's tongue-in-cheek humor. Young readers will be off in search of a rhyme in no time.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Janet Tashjian~

 1)  What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? -and-
 3)  Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

I’m going to combine these questions and tell you the story of how I came up with Marty Frye, Private Eye.  When he was a baby, my friend Peggy’s son, Josh, used to always cry in his car seat when we went for rides.  One day, I sat in the back seat with him and started making up rhymes – and he immediately stopped crying.  “If we go to a lake, can I bake you a cake?” Completely ridiculous, but the rhythm of the rhymes worked wonders.  When I sat down to write later, I thought about how much fun it would be to create a character that liked to rhyme.  And I’d been wanting to write a mystery, so a poet detective was born.

       2)      Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

Yes, a few things.  One is how much Marty appreciates nature.  Nothing makes him happier than the simple act of climbing a tree, which is one of life’s purest pleasures.  I also hope readers enjoy how much fun Marty has with language; he’s very creative with it.  But one of my favorite things about Marty is how he always rewards himself for a job well done.  Not BEFORE the job is done, but after.  I love Marty’s work ethic.
4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Lois Lowry, for sure.  She’s amazing.  Jack Gantos is hilarious; I wrote my first novel, ‘Tru Confessions’ in his class at Emerson College.  As far as ‘adult’ writers go, I’m a huge fan of Tim O’Brien.  ‘The Things They Carried’ might be my favorite book ever.  Unless you count ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver.  I see a lot of Kurt Vonnegut in my books; I devoured him as a kid.  Ahhhh... so many books, so little time. 

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

I’m a huge board gamer so I LOVE the idea of game night!  Hermione Granger would be great at deducing puzzles, Katniss Everdeen in case the going got rough, and Holden Caulfield for the sardonic running commentary.  I hardly ever serve food on real game nights – we’re all too focused on gaming!!

About Janet:

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, and My Life As a Cartoonist are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with My Life As a Ninja, book #6 in the series, recently released in April of 2017.

Janet lives with her family in Los Angeles, enjoying her respite from the long Boston winters. When she isn’t writing, she’s rewriting. Learn more about her and all her books at JanetTashjian.com!

Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her at spatulaproductions@mac.com for details.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/19/2017- Novel NoviceExcerpt
6/20/2017- Why I ReadReview
6/21/2017- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
6/22/2017- The Pages In-BetweenReview
6/23/2017- LILbooKloversExcerpt

Week Two:
6/26/2017- BookHounds yaReview
6/27/2017-So Few BooksInterview
6/28/2017- Miracle Milli Reads- Review
6/29/2017-Book Review BeccaReview
6/30/2017-Don't Judge, ReadInterview 

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