Category Archives: Reluctant Readers

**30 DAYS OF TAPPER TWINS!**

It’s just 30 days until the fourth–and ABSOLUTELY BEST (or so I think) Tapper Twins book comes out: THE TAPPER TWINS GO VIRAL!

In honor of the occasion, Claudia Tapper is devoting her Instagram page to 30 days’ worth of new, old, rare, not-so-rare, behind-the-scenes, and in-front-of-the-scenes photos from all four books in the series!

Want a sneak preview? Okay, fine.

Here’s a representative sample of what you can expect over the next month:

 

The real-life models who inspired Claudia and Reese!

Alternate takes for the mean rich lady and her mean rich dog in THE TAPPER TWINS RUN FOR PRESIDENT!

The real-life art director — the fabulously talented Liz Casal — who created the drawings of Claudia and Reese (and everybody else) for all the books!

 

Horrifying full-color photos of the cheese fries Xander Billington stuck up his nose!

The totally awesome Chinatown dim sum place that I couldn’t figure out how to fit into THE TAPPER TWINS TEAR UP NEW YORK!

And because no Tapper Twins retrospective would be complete without him, James Mantolini’s dad! 

Want to see more? Head over to Claudia Tapper’s Instagram page for the full 30 days of fun!

And you’ll want to stick around after that…because starting on April 4th, Claudia will be posting all twenty-one parts of James Mantolini’s horror-comedy video masterpiece, THE FURRY MENACE:

(Don’t worry. That’s a rubber knife. I bought it at a Halloween store for three dollars.)

You’re definitely not going to want to miss THE FURRY MENACE videos. They’re a big part of THE TAPPER TWINS GO VIRAL. And due to technological limitations inherent in the “book” medium, they will not be viewable in the book itself. So Claudia’s Instagram page will be pretty much your only source for that.

(Speaking of THE TAPPER TWINS GO VIRAL…if you want to preorder, click here and scroll down to find the big red preorder buttons for Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Indiebound, etc.)

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Thanks, Librarians! (In Florida! And Maine!)

Woke up this morning to the very welcome news that THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) made Florida’s 2016-17 Sunshine State Young Readers Award list!

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Then my (much more successful) friend Tommy Greenwald pointed out to me that THE TAPPER TWINS also made the Maine Student Book Award list! Which is equally exciting!

If you’re an eligible schoolkid in Florida or Maine, please vote! For any book on the list! Doesn’t have to be the Tapper Twins. (Although it’d be awesome if it was. Especially because the more votes the Tapper Twins get in this kind of thing, the more likely it is that there will be more Tapper Twins books beyond the first four.)

Below is the original tweet from the Florida Association for Media in Education, along with a link to a Youtube video featuring all the books on the list. And click here for the full Maine list!

Many, many thanks to all the awesome librarians in Maine and Florida who thought enough of the Tapper Twins to include it in the company of such a great group of books.

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ATTENTION HOLIDAY SHOPPERS: Autographed Book Plates! For Free!

Considering a copy of one of The Tapper Twins or Chronicles of Egg books as a holiday gift?IMG_8173

You should! Seriously. These books are AMAZING, and I’m not just saying that because I get royalties from them.

And if you are…why not make that gift EXTRA-SUPER-SPECIAL by having it signed and personalized to your friend/loved one/person-you-got-stuck-with-in-the-Secret-Santa-drawing?

Because for a limited time only, I will autograph and personalize as many books as you want FOR FREE!

Well, not exactly. It’d be kind of a hassle for me to sign the actual books unless you’re within a five-block radius of my apartment (if you are, email me and maybe we can work something out).

But what I WILL do for free is send you a personalized, autographed Tapper Twins or Chronicles of Egg book plate that you can affix to the inside of your copy!

It’ll be almost exactly like my having signed the book itself, and it’ll look something like one of these:

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Nice, right? Do you like the “Get hooked” catch phrase on the Egg plate? And the little drawing of a hook? There’s no extra charge for that kind of thing.

For those of you unclear on the concept of a “book plate,” it’s basically a fancy sticker. You can peel off the back and stick it pretty much anywhere you want. Most people choose the interior title page, but it’ll stick to anything, so if you’d rather put it on a notebook, refrigerator, the back of an unsuspecting victim, etc…have at it. I’m not going to judge you.

And again: THIS IS FREE, and I’ll send as many book plates as you have books to stick them in. Just send a mailing address and the first name of the recipient to geoff(at)geoffrodkey.com (using an @ instead of the (a) – I have to type it this way or Internet-trolling spambots will harvest the address from this post and send me spam email for years) and I’ll hook you up.

Email me by 4pm on December 18th, and I guarantee delivery in time for Christmas!

Any later than that, and I will guarantee delivery by Martin Luther King Day. (For which the Tapper Twins and Chronicles of Egg books would also make fine, if somewhat inexplicable, gifts.)

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The Official Tapper Twins Scavenger Hunt!

Thanks to the good people at Little Brown Young Readers, now you can create your very own Tapper-Twins-themed scavenger hunt in your local library and/or bookstore! Just download this handy PDF, print one out for everybody who’s playing, and have at it!

(No purchase necessary. Library and/or bookstore not included.)

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The Tapper Twins Guide to the Wildlife of New York City!

Claudia and Reese’s latest video is a helpful guide to New York City’s vast array of exotic, glamorous, and occasionally disgusting wildlife: pigeons, rats, cockroaches, celebrities, Times Square cartoon characters…et cetera.

Check it out below! With many, many thanks to the extremely talented Adrian Palacios and everybody else at Little Brown who helped make this so awesome:

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The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York!

rodkey_tappertwins_tearupnewyorkLook what’s available for preorder!

From Powell’s

McNally-Jackson

Books of Wonder…

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

…and Books-A-Million!

And if you’re in New York City on September 29th at 6:00pm, come by the launch party at Books of Wonder on West 18th Street off Fifth Avenue!

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I promise you this is the funniest book you’ll ever read about a scavenger hunt across New York City…

…that incorporates plush-toy school mascots…

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…horribly mangled plush-toy school mascots…

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…non-mangled plush-toy school mascots in the vicinity of famous NYC landmarks like Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain…

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…a fistfight between Times Square cartoon characters….

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…and a mass riot of 12-year-olds (photo not available due to budget constraints) all clamoring to win front-row seats at Madison Square Garden!

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The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York arrives in stores September 29th…but if you want to avoid the mass riot of 8-to-12-year-olds that will likely accompany its release, you can preorder now and have it delivered to your door when it comes out! Here are those links again:

Powell’s

McNally-Jackson

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Books-A-Million

If you want to read a preview of the opening chapters, head over to TapperTwins.com!

And if you’ve got a Kindle, download the first eight chapters for free right now!

And if you’re at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20th, come to my panel discussion at the Youth Pavilion at 11:00am!

Or, if you’re in Houston, come to Tweens Read on Saturday, October 3rd to meet me, Lemony Snicket, and twenty other children’s book authors who are much more famous than I am!

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