By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Let's talk fun!
My very cute husband, children's author Greg Leitich Smith, is celebrating his 2012 tween novel, Chronal Engine (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by modeling an array of awesome dinosaur T-shirts at various Austin landmarks.
Got it? Every day a different rockin' dinosaur T-shirt at a different super-fantastic Austin locale.
The photos and Greg's insights (with helpful links in case you want to learn more about, say, BookPeople or purchase one of the shirts) are being posted daily at GregLSBlog.
So far, he's been to:
- The Driskill Hotel
- Whole Foods Corporate Headquarters
- Texas State Capitol Building
- Amy's Ice Creams
If you like children's books, dinosaurs, Greg, and/or Austin, you'll enjoy the series!
Please brighten his week (and mine, too) by clicking through, leaving a comment, and/or passing on the link(s). Please also feel free to compliment the photographer (cough) -- ha!
Chronal Engine while sporting a Katana sword-wielding samurai dinosaurs T-shirt from TeeFury.com at The Driskill Hotel in Austin.
Teachers, librarians & homeschoolers! Don't miss the Chronal Engine Activity Kit.
About Chronal Engine
When Max, Emma, and Kyle are sent to live with their reclusive grandfather for the summer, they’re dismayed to learn he thinks there’s a time machine in the basement.
But when Grandpa Pierson predicts the exact time of his own heart attack, and when Emma is kidnapped by what can only be a time traveler, they realize he was telling the truth about the Chronal Engine. And if they want their sister back, they’ll have to save her themselves.
So Max and Kyle, together with their new friend Petra, pack up their grandpa’s VW and follow Emma and the kidnapper back in time, to Late Cretaceous Texas, where the sauropods and tyrannosaurs roam. Can the trio find Emma and survive the hazards of the Age of Dinosaurs, or are they, too, destined to become part of the fossil record?
Chronal Engine is a Junior Library Guild selection.
Chronal Engine Reviews
|Interior art by Blake Henry|
“[T]his is exactly the book young dino fans would write themselves, crammed with sandbox-style action and positively packed with words like Nanotyrannus and Parasaurolophus. Great back matter clarifies fact from speculation, while Henry’s manga-inspired illustrations provide a good sense of the monsters’ scary scale.” – Booklist
“Dinosaurs, time travel, mystery and adventure—this novel for teens has it all…The characters are believable and likable, and the story carries itself quickly along. Black and white illustrations effectively give the reader a nice visual of the happenings as well.” – Children’s Literature
See also It Started with a Picture Book (ALSC Blog) and Dinosaurs, Heritage, Time Travel & Chronal Engine (Cynsations).