In Our Autographed Bookcase

If you’ve missed out on one of our (very fun!) author events, don’t despair. Chances are we’ve still got copies of their books in our autographed bookcase.

(The bookcase itself isn’t autographed, FYI. It’s the books inside. You get it.)

Here’s a sampling of what’s there right now!

I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman, illus. by Henry Cole; Dial Books; 16.99; Ages 3-6

This hilarious retelling of “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” is a fast-paced, rip-roaring adventure! A rambunctious piglet gets loose at the county fair, and a wild chase ensues! Perfect for storytime with energetic wee ones.

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton; HarperCollins; 17.99; Ages 3-6

Russell is, as indicated by the title, a sheep. And yet, in a cruel twist of irony, he is having trouble falling asleep. He tries everything! He counts everything! Until, in a flash of brilliance, he realizes he’s forgotten the most important thing of all.

Survivors #1: The Empty City by Erin Hunter; HarperCollins; 7.99; Ages 8-10

Fans of the Warriors series, rejoice! Your favorite authors (Erin Hunter is a pseudonym shared by five women) are back, this time with a series about dogs and their fight for survival.

The Genius Files #3: You Only Die Twice by Dan Gutman; HarperCollins; 16.99; Ages 10-12

James Bond meets middle grade adventure in this third installment of Gutman’s hilarious and action-packed series! Twins Coke and Pepsi (yes, you read that right) are on the wildest road trip of their lives—and it’s about to get wilder!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle; Penguin; 8.99; Ages 12 and up

The summer Carly’s little sister, Anna, turns pretty, everything changes. Carly’s ready to stop playing the part she’s expected to take on in her comfortable Southern lifestyle. It’s time to be real! But now that Anna’s suddenly beautiful and popular, Carly is thrown for a loop. A delightful, funny summer read for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund; HarperCollins; 17.99; Ages 12 and up

This futuristic/dystopian retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a thoroughly engaging, imaginative, arresting romance that teens and adults will be unable to put down. Peterfreund’s a local author, so keep an eye out for events for her upcoming Across a Star-Swept Sea, a re-imagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Got questions about autographed books or upcoming author events? Give us a call or drop us a line! (703) 548-4092 or We’re always available on Twitter, too—follow us at @HFBooks!

Sarah Dessen Book Club

If you can’t get enough of Sarah Dessen, her newest book The Moon and More comes out on June first. Get warmed up for the new release by making this summer all about Sarah Dessen. If you buy three or more Sarah Dessen books at Hooray for Books! before July 30th you will be entered into a raffle to win a $10 gift certificate. Any Sarah Dessen book is eligible, just ask a bookseller for the Penguin punch card. The drawing will be held at our Sarah Dessen Book Club Event on July 30th from 6:30-7:30. You’ll have a chance to discuss your favorite Sarah Dessen books, and participate in activities and receive other Sarah Dessen goodies.

My favorite Sarah Dessen book is The Truth About Forever. Macy’s life is structured and predictable. When her boyfriend leaves for Brain Camp all summer long, her summer looks like it will be long, studious, and boring. Then she takes a job at Wish catering, and her wacky coworkers, including a gorgeous guy name Wes, show Macy that predicatbility and perfection isn’t the only way to be happy. This books got it all: romance, fantastic friends, summer job drama, a believable protagonist, and plenty of humor.

Swing by the store to pick up one of Sarah’s many books, and let us know your favorites. 

Happy Summer Reading,


The Moon and MoreSarah Dessen; Viking; $19.99

The Truth About Forever; Sarah Dessen; Puffin; $9.99

This Book Makes Me Happy :)

Are you looking for the perfect summer book? A light romance that is fast-paced AND well-written? This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith is the perfect escape. Fans of Sarah Dessen’s books, or Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty will fall hard for this romance.

When teen celebrity Graham Larkin accidentally emails Ellie O’Neill about his pet pig, the two of them start a chain of emails and eventually become friends. Graham falls for Ellie so he manages to renegotiate the location of his newest film to Ellie’s hometown: a small resort town on the Maine Coast

Discovering her online crush is a movie star is actually quite complicated. Can they manage to avoid the paparazzi, keep Ellie’s family secret out of the news, and just get over the awkwardness of teenage dating?

Despite its over-the-top premise, the emotions and relationships are realistic, including complicated, but supportive, relationships with parents and friends. Younger readers, and even adults, will enjoy this clean read. The characters are witty, the romance is satisfying, and the setting is gorgeous. This is What Happy Looks Like is my favorite YA romance this year.


This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith; Hachette; $17.99

NPR’s List of 100 Best Teen Novels is Out!

NPR Books is known for their “Top 100” lists, which tally votes (from listeners like you!) for the most beloved titles in a given category. This summer, it’s all about the young adult books—click here to check out the list of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels!

We were stoked to see a lot of our favorites on the list, including a few we’ve raved about on this very blog:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Scholastic

Megan says: Collins’ characters are incredibly compelling, and she knows how to layer on the action like nobody’s business. If you haven’t read these yet, DO IT NOW. You won’t regret the decision. Just be warned that you may not be able to sleep until you’ve torn through all three novels.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; Dutton Books (Penguin)

Amanda says: Hazel and Augustus meet in the most unusual place — a cancer support group. Though the setting alone may lead a reader to believe the story will be heavy and depressing, it’s anything but. Filled with sarcasm and hysterical wit, you’ll be both laughing and crying through the entire book. Sometimes both at the same time!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen; Speak (Penguin)

Maryam says: Auden is a serious student who as a kid did not have time for riding a bike because she was too busy studying and sitting in on literary discussions at the dinner table. Due to her parents’ constant arguing when she was a child, she learned to stay up all night, which only gave her more time to study.  Now,  the summer before she starts college, she goes to visit her father, step-mother, and newborn step-sister, and her entire life turns around.  In her late night wanderings she meets Eli, who helps her on her “quest” (as he phrases it) to do everything she missed out on as a kid.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith; St. Martin’s (Macmillan)

Megan says: Set in the 1930s, when England, like [protagonist] Cassandra, was teetering on the brink of the modern age, this is one of the most satisfying titles I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Cassandra’s narration is frank, witty, and utterly hilarious. This is one of those books you’ll want to read over and over. Cracking open that cover is like seeing an old friend!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman; Speak (Penguin)

Megan says: The gentle, unassuming writing style of If I Stay lends itself beautifully to the telling of this haunting and hopeful story. As author Gayle Forman weaves together past and present narratives, she creates a lovely, memorable tale that will thoroughly engage teen readers.

Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness; Candlewick (Random House)

Maryam says: Todd is a boy who has grown-up his whole life in New World (think of Earth 2.0). To the settlers’ surprise, when they landed on New World, they could suddenly hear everyone’s thoughts, nothing is secret. When Todd is told that he needs to leave his town before his next birthday, trouble arises; after all, how can you keep thoughts secret when everyone can hear them?

This is a mere sampling of the books on NPR’s list that we absolutely love! Drop by the store to check out more of the 100 Best Teen Novels!

Any books you think should have been included on the 100 Best list? Post a comment! You can also see the full list of 235 finalists here.

Along for the Ride…a great intro to summer reads!

I really think Sarah Dessen and I could be best friends. She’s fun and quirky and writes amazing books. Plus, I hear she really likes dessert. We’re meant to be! She’s also a brilliant author that can truly channel the teen mind and the need for “real” fiction. Though I love them all, Along for the Ride is definitely my favorite and the perfect book to get teens geared up for summer vacation!

Auden is an incredibly smart girl, a girl with a great head on her shoulders, but also a girl forced to grow up quickly to impress her academic parents, even after they divorced. Always studying, always doing the right thing. This summer, Auden is just sick to death of putting up with her overbearing, uncaring mother and all the graduate students that flit in and out of the woman’s life, so she decides to go spend the summer at her father’s beach house, with his new wife, and new baby sister.

 Taking a job in her stepmother’s fancy beach boutique is about the last thing Auden planned to do, as were falling in love with both a guy and her baby sister, or forgetting to study all summer long. But work, fall in love, and become a “real girl” she does, and the experience is both satisfying and terrifying. Her simple, lonely life has become one filled to the brim with people and emotions and Auden isn’t quite sure how to live anymore.

 In true Sarah Dessen fashion, the reader gets a perfect YA book experience. The characters feel like they could be kids you go to school with (and they all have fabulous names), the situations are ones that teens today really find themselves in, and the connections Dessen makes between plot, character, and reader is truly remarkable.

Plus, cute guys and the beach?? You all need this book.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen; $9.99; Penguin Group USA; Ages 14+

Amanda’s Favorites of 2011

Amanda has been on maternity leave for awhile, but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped reading! Her favorites, like her reading tastes, span a variety of genres:

Blackout by John Rocco, $16.99; Hyperion Books for Children; ages 3+

The Trouble With Chickens: A J.J. Tully Story; $14.99; HarperCollins, ages 7+

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman; $16.99; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; ages 5+

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen; $19.99; Penguin Group; ages 14+

Maryam’s Pick of the Day — Just Listen

Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

just-listenAre you looking for the right book for summer reading?  You can stop searching, because Sarah Dessen mixes the right amount of friendship, drama, and light-heartedness in this novel, making it the book to pick up for the summer.

Annabel Greene should have the perfect life; on the outside, everything seems perfect, at least.  However, things get rough, a close friendship ends bitterly, along with problems at home and other teenage problems.  Annabel thinks that it’s easier to keep everything inside and tell lies.  That is, until she meets Owen, who is music-obsessed and determined to always tell the truth.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; $8.99; paperback; Penguin; ages 12 and up

along-for-the-rideIf you already love reading Sarah Dessen, remember to pick up Along for the Ride which will be published in June 2009, just in time for the summer!

Auden is a serious student who as a kid did not have time for riding a bike because she was too busy studying and sitting in on literary discussions at the dinner table. Due to her parents’ constant arguing when she was a child, she learned to stay up all night, which only gave her more time to study.  Now,  the summer before she starts college, she goes to visit her father, step-mother, and newborn step-sister, and her entire life turns around.  In her late night wanderings she meets Eli, who helps her on her “quest” (as he phrases it) to do everything she missed out on as a kid.

Along for the Ride; Pub: June 16, 2009; $19.99; hardcover; ages 12 and up