not as pretentious as the header image suggests, but just as awesome

Happy World Book Day!

There are lots of time I wished I still lived in the UK, but World Book Day is one of the big ones. A whole day to celebrate books? Boy howdy! And not just celebrate, but LIVE. Kids around the country dressing up like their favorite book characters, getting free vouchers to spend on special, limited edition books — it’s like a dream come true. Check out Twitter hashtag #WorldBookDay for some great photos.

But the best part of World Book Day this year is that we’re a part of it! Yep, Maureen Johnson is one of only two YA authors participating in the official World Book Day celebrations with her exclusive novella The Boy In The Smoke. Check it!


On a cold night, Stephen Dene went to the Eton boathouse to perform a desperate act. But someone stopped him along the way, sending his life in a new and decidedly strange direction–leading him to London, to two new friends, and to a world of shadows and mystery.

For now, The Boy in the Smoke is only available in the UK, but that will change soon. Stay tuned! And in the meantime, feel free to post your book-related costumes in the comments!