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The Grand Blog Tour


What a concept! Here is the complete itinerary for Uma Krishnaswami‘s blog tour. Now this is what I would call the 21st century approach to promoting a book!

Click on any of the links to experience the ultimate blog tour:
May 20: Cynsations
May 23: Got Story? Countdown
May 24: PaperTigers
May 25: Grand VCFA Day:

Calloo Callay (Kathi Appelt)
Writer Friendly, Bookshelf Approved (Bethany Hegedus)
Explorations (Sarah Johnson)
Through the Tollbooth (Michelle Knudsen)

May 26: Mother Daughter Book Club
May 27: Everyday Reading
May 30: From the Mixed-Up Files of Jennifer Bertman
May 31: GreenBeanTeenQueen
June 1: The OWL for YA
June 2: Brown Paper
June 3: Shelf Elf
June 6: From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors
June 7: YA Book Nerd
June 8: Drift Record
June 9: Write Now
June 10: The Pirate Tree
June 13: Jacket Knack
Jun 14: Mitali’s Fire Escape
June 15: Generation Ginger
June 16: Le Loop
June 17: The Brain Lair

Updates to the above itinerary can be found here.

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Among the rave reviews The Grand Plan garnered is this one from Kirkus:

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Hooray for Bollywood. Eleven-year-old Dini is not pleased at all at the prospect of leaving Takoma Park, Md., and her best friend Maddie to live in a small town in southern India for two years. But though she knows it’s ridiculous, bakvaas, as Indians say, she wonders if she might get to meet her idol, Dolly Singh, Bollywood film star. Dini and Maddie are devoted Dolly fans. And, in a series of events as wonderfully convoluted and satisfyingly resolved as any movie plot could be, she does. The fast-paced tale introduces and manages to connect an Indian-American family, a postal worker from Mumbai, a movie producer and his erratic star, a car mechanic, a tea plantation owner, a local baker and assorted monkeys—all coming together for a grand finale party and dance. Set in imagined Swapnagiri (which means Dream Mountain), this high-energy concoction is thoroughly believable and entertaining. The story is told in a third-person present-tense voice that rings true to its protagonist, who sees her life as a movie script. Though Dini and Maddie are halfway around the world from each other, they communicate through cell phones and computer chat, keeping up their friendship while making new ones. Full of references to Bollywood movie traditions and local customs, this is a delightful romp with a fresh setting and a distinctive and appealing main character. – KIRKUS, April 1, 2011

peacock_illustration_©Abigail_Halpin

Illustrations from The Grand Plan to Fix Everything © 2011 Abigail Halpin