Going Over: The Trailer, The News

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sometimes, a whole lifetime's worth of specialness happens in a few short days.

Those few short days were these past few days. That Handling the Truth/Meredith Vieira moment in New York City, that trip to see old friends and make new ones in South Carolina. And the gifts leading up to the release of Going Over.

First, today, I want to thank the extraordinary Chronicle team—for everything, really. But in particular, for the trailer, above. I had no idea a trailer was in the works. It just arrived one day. It is perfect, in my eyes, in every way.

Second, the news, which is here, below:

School Library Journal Pick of the Day

Junior Library Guild Selection
iBooks Spring’s Biggest Books 
An Amazon Big Spring Book

“A stark reminder of the power of hope, courage, and love.”—Booklist, starred review

“An excellent example of historical fiction focusing on an unusual time period.” —School Library Journal, starred review

"Going Over carefully balances love and heartbreak, propelling readers through the story."Shelf Awareness

"Readers will finish the book and continue to think about how effective one wall can be in separating a country and in fashioning attitudes toward life." —Reading Today

"At once compelling and challenging... this gripping effort captures the full flavor of a trying time in an onerous place." —Kirkus Reviews
  “A profound read meant for discussion.” —VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

"Gritty, painful and lovely."--Emma, age 17, SLJ Teen, Young Adult Advisory Councils Reviewer

Some very generous bloggers have agreed to participate in a blog tour that will kick off when the book officially launches on April 1. I've written pieces about history, graffiti, titles, editing—and I'll be answering questions—throughout it all.


Serena said...

That Chronicle team of yours is fantastic. This trailer is one of the best I've seen. I really love it. I cannot wait for my March 31 review of your book to post with this beauty included.

Kelly Simmons said...

Very cool, missy! Well deserved congrats!

Melissa Sarno said...

Soooo crazy happy for you and this book. Keep rockin' it Kephart!

Ann Hite said...

I grew up in West Germany only sixty miles from the wall on an air force base. I came to live there in 1960 and left 1967. This book has intrigued me and I look forward to reading. While we were living there my father took my mother and I on a picnic. Mother spread out the blanket and Dad took me on a walk. We found a grave. My father had me read the gravestone to him. He realized, by accident, we had crossed over the wall--which didn't physically exist in many rural areas--by taken country dirt roads. It was 1962. You can image how quick we got out of there. My father was part of the cold war intelligence. So many people don't understand the emotionally part of this history. So many people and families where separated. I look forward to reading the Going Over and sharing it with my daughter, Ella.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! So thrilled for you!

Ann Hite said...

Sorry for the typos. It should have been taking instead of take and emotional instead of emotionally. Also, my father had me read the headstone because it was written in German and I could read the language better than him. ;)

kiperoo said...

Aaaah, amazing trailer! Can't wait until my copy arrives!

Ann said...
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Ann said...

Wow Beth, this is wonderful and I can't wait to read it!Congrats to one of the kindest, most supportive and graceful authors I know!!!

Joanne R. Fritz said...

I am so happy for you, Beth. And you know I can't wait to read this book!

Elizabeth Mosier said...

Blog touring is a brilliant idea! I'm so looking forward to reading this, and will secure a copy early, as I have to be in Philly at an H'ford event that evening! xo

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! So well deserved.

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