I’m excited to bring an excerpt to you today from The Pros of Cons! I love absolutely any book that features a con, and I can’t wait for this one to come out! Let’s check it out!
About the Book
Title: THE PROS OF CONS
Author: Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman
Pub. Date: March 27, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Drummer Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being one of the guys, and she’s ready to prove it by kicking all their butts in the snare solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention.
Writer Vanessa Montoya-O’Callaghan has been looking forward to the WTFcon for months. Not just because of the panels and fanfiction readings but because WTFcon is where she’ll finally meet Soleil, her internet girlfriend, for the first time.
Taxidermy assistant Callie Buchannan might be good at scooping brains out of deer skulls, but that doesn’t mean it’s her passion. Since her parents’ divorce, her taxidermist father only cares about his work, and assisting him at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships is the only way Callie knows to connect with him.
When a crazy mix-up in the hotel lobby brings the three girls together, they form an unlikely friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!
PROS OF CONS EXCERPT
Copyright © 2018 by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman
Text Credit Line:
From THE PROS OF CONS by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman. Point/Scholastic. Copyright (c) 2018 by Alison Chery, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman. Reprinted by permission.
There was a deafening crash, and one of the supply boxes on my dolly lurched sideways and hit me in the ribs. I threw my arm up and managed to catch the box with my elbow before it fell, and pain shot up my arm. That would definitely leave a bruise, but it was better than the alternative. My dad would murder me if anything happened to the turkey armature inside.
“God, Brian, watch where you’re going!” a guy shouted.
“I can’t see anything behind all this stuff! You were supposed to be steering!”
“What’s wrong with you? You ran someone over!” A girl’s freckled face peered at me over the supply boxes. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah.” I scrambled to my feet to see what had happened—if anyone’s animals were damaged, I was really in trouble—but instead, I saw drums and cymbals lying all over the carpet. A rack of chimes had fallen on top of a gong, and one of those giant xylophone things had slid halfway off a hotel luggage rack. As I watched, a drum rolled lazily toward the registration table, narrowly missing a rack of deer heads.
“I’m really sorry,” the girl said.
“It’s okay.” I retrieved the leather bag that held my dad’s sculptingtools from where it had landed near the gong. I glanced over at him, wondering if he was going to help me clean up, but he was
completely focused on his turkeys, making sure the nearby crash hadn’t ruffled any feathers.
“I told you it was going to fall,” snapped one of the guys.
“Just get everything back on the cart! We’re already late!”
As the girl righted the chimes, a guy with a red buzz cut moved one of my dad’s boxes so he could retrieve a bunch of fuzzy mallets. “Man, this is heavy. What’s in here?”
“A turkey carcass.”
He stared at me. “Like, to eat?”
“No, to study. This is a taxidermy convention.”
“That’s a thing?” I pointed at the giant banner that said Welcome to the World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships!, and the guy said, “Huh. What’s fish carving?”
“Brian, come on!”
The drummers heaped their stuff precariously back onto the luggage rack and started wheeling it toward the next wing of the convention center. “Sorry again!” the girl called to me. It was only after they were out of sight that I wondered what they were here for. Maybe they were some sort of Harry Potter band?
About the Authors
I grew up in Evanston, IL, then went to Harvard and got a degree in photography. (Yes, that is possible. Although they like to call the visual arts “Visual and Environmental Studies,” for some unknown reason.) Then I spent the next three years as a freelance lighting designer for various theaters throughout the Northeast. Eventually, I got tired of hanging out on ladders and wrestling with faulty electrical equipment for 80 hours a week while getting paid almost nothing, so I spent the next four years working as a photographer for the Metropolitan Opera. Now I live in Brooklyn with my two kitties, Vivian and Sophia, and write full-time. I’m represented by Holly Root at Root Literary.
Lindsay Ribar lives in New York City, where she works in book publishing by day and writes YA novels by night. She attends far too many concerts, watches far too much nerdy TV, and consumes fanfiction like it’s made out of chocolate. She is fond of wine, cheese, and countries where they speak English but with really cool accents. Oh, and she has a Harry Potter tattoo.
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Michelle Schusterman is the alleged author of less than one hundred books for kids and teens, most of which are not published under a secret pseudonym, and all of which include various characters. She lives on a steamboat with her pet crawfish, unless she’s lying, in which case she lives among the spiders beneath the stage at the Metropolitan Opera, unless that’s another lie, in which case she lives in an apartment in Queens with her chocolate lab, who can talk.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PROS OF CONS, US Only.
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