Thursday, November 09, 2017

Weirdo Academy Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway for an Echo Dot


The Accidental Quarterback
(Weirdo Academy #1)
by Charles Curtis
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books

Alexander Graham Ptuiac, the son of an inventor, dreams of playing football. But his dreams are thwarted by his lack of athleticism and overall lanky build. Like any kid with a dream, Alex tries out anyway, just in case. If nothing else, maybe he can win the role of water boy. So when Alex suddenly manifests superhuman powers during football tryouts, Alex can’t believe his good luck. He’s got game! But his new abilities can get him kicked off the team, unless Alex can keep it a secret long enough to find out how the heck he got this way. Enter Dex, a diminutive classmate who can somehow jump as high as ten feet in the air. Now, Alex isn’t the only one at school with a secret. Except, the boys have caught the attention of some pretty nefarious adults, intent on making sure neither Alex nor Dex make it through the season.The only thing stranger than Alexander Graham Ptuiac, accidental quarterback, is the shocking truth about himself and his parents. When truth is stranger than fiction and adults are out to get you, there’s only one thing to do. Play ball!

The Impossible Pitcher
(Weirdo Academy #2)
by Charles Curtis
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books

Alex and Dex are local heroes. Suddenly, everyone wants to be friends with Alex, Dex and Sophi. But someone more powerful than any of them lurks in the background, keeping a close watch until it’s time to swoop in and capture them. Still, Alex tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy — in the offseason, he wants to play baseball. As Alex becomes a formidable pitcher, his powers grow and so does his obsession with controlling them. With Alex finding less and less time for Dex and Sophi, Dex discovers his cat-like abilities start to disappear soon after he starts spending time with a girl. As the friends struggle to maintain their friendships, that mysterious someone gets closer and closer. Can the three friends find their way back to one another before it’s too late? Or will middle school tear them apart for good?

Goodreads:
The Accidental Quarterback
The Impossible Pitcher

Purchase Links:
The Accidental Quarterback:
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The Impossible Pitcher:
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A Guest Post from the Author

How did you come up with the idea for this series?

Weirdo Academy began, weirdly enough, with an idea that I ended up ditching pretty much right away.

Years ago, while driving in a car with my parents (who both happen to be fellow writers), my mom pitched me an idea: “You should write about vampires playing football. It’d make for a cool series for kids.”

I immediately rejected it: Vampires were so overdone at the time thanks to pop culture staples like Twilight. But I immediately focused on one image: A vampire leaping 10 feet in the air to catch a football. I immediately imagined it as the cover to this hypothetical series and it stuck with me. I thought about it for weeks: If the kid catching a ball could leap 10 feet into the air and he wasn’t a vampire, what special power would help him do it? And what about the quarterback throwing him the ball? Would he be “normal” or would he also have superhuman abilities?

That was it. I knew right away I could use the adage of “write what you know” to turn this into a series. Inspired by the thousand comic books I collected growing up and my experience as a sportswriter, I created a world in which middle schoolers discover they’re secret football- and baseball-playing superheroes.

Please note: There isn’t a single vampire in the series, but they -- along with my mother -- turned out to be an inspiration.



About the Author
Charles Curtis a sportswriter for USA Today’s For The Win. He has reported and written for other publications including ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, Bleacher Report, NJ.com, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.


Giveaway Details:

One (1) winner will receive an Echo Dot!

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33 comments:

  1. Kristin C9:08 AM

    Looks like some great books for my nephew.

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  2. I'll have to suggest this to my daughter.

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  3. I bet my nephew would enjoy this book

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  4. Love the concept of this series...just aren't enough sports inspired books for young people.

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  5. My nephew likes sports so I think he would enjoy these.

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  6. I have always been an avid reader and my grandsons are following in my footsteps.

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  7. Anonymous11:05 PM

    I think these books would be great for the kids in my family! Holly Wright

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  8. Anonymous1:25 PM

    Sounds interesting! My nephew would love this!

    Mallory Bailey
    mallorybailey1@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks for hosting this giveaway and introducing us to a new book!

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  10. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Awesome!

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  11. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  12. Thank you for hosting this, the prize would be great to win.

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  13. thanks for this and all of your giveaways

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  14. cyndi br12:47 PM

    I like the storyline

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  15. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 
    slehan at juno dot com

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  16. Looks fab! Thanks for the chance :-)

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  17. Looks like a great book for my nephew.

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  18. Looks like a great book! Thank you for sharing & hosting!

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  19. Also, I forgot to leave my Twitter name on the entry form when it asked how I was following the host... It is @amandastovall
    Thanks!

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  20. Gabrielly10:40 AM

    My niece would love this.

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  21. This book looks awesome. I love the cover!

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  22. I love how the Weirdo Academy came into existence. This sounds like a great series!

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  23. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

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  24. My son would probably enjoy this book.

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  25. My kids would enjoy reading these books.

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  26. This sounds like a great series!

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  27. This looks like a book my daughter and I would enjoy!

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  28. These sound like great books and would be great reads for my daughters stepson

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  29. would love to check this book out.Seems pretty interesting

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  30. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Weirdo Academy. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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  31. Jenn Lightman10:39 PM

    This series looks like the perfect gift for my son.

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  32. Would like to read this!

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  33. Buddy Garrett11:03 PM

    The books sound great. Thanks.

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