Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DEAR POPPY LAUNCHES US BACK TO THE '80'S!

I’m so excited to share DEAR POPPY with you today, and I’m especially thrilled to share this book with young readers.

Why?

For one, I love the story. Poppy deals with issues that matter to middle schoolers… friendship, bullies, and learning that your parents are actually human beings who were once middle schoolers, too! Wouldn’t it be great to get a glimpse inside of your parents heads when they were your age?

The second reason I can’t wait for kids to read this book is that they’ll go back in time to the totally rad ‘80’s. Shoulder pads! Big hair! The Breakfast Club! Poppy is introduced to all of these things as she learns more about her mother’s childhood, and her connection to Poppy’s experiences now.

Don’t you wonder what some of your favorite people were like when they were younger? I did, and so I asked the Kidliterati team to share some of their ‘80’s pics with us today.

Hold onto your Aquanet, friends, because these are going to blow your leg warmers off...


PAUL ADAMS


Paul probably has a Motley Crue shirt under his stripes…


BECKY APPLEBY


Little ‘80’s Becky knew it was all about the bangs and the bow… in that order.

JO MARIE BANKSTON


Jo and her hair both knew that girls just want to have fun.

RHONDA BATTENFELDER


‘80’s Rhonda knew that the upturned collar would be perfect with her (surprisingly adorable) bowl bangs

BROOKS BENJAMIN


Even ‘80’s Brooks could rock the accessories! I wonder what color his socks are.

MELANIE CONKLIN


Yes, that is a genuine Duckhead T-shirt. And scrunchies. And a dangly glitter earring (but only one because that’s how we rolled in the ‘80’s).

DANA EDWARDS



Dana could probably fly across the country with those fancy wings.


JESSIKA FLECK


Nobody puts Baby in the corner... and nobody does the mullet better than our young Jessika.

JEAN GIARDINA


While Jean might be all over the court, an entire can of hairspray will make sure that her hair isn’t going anywhere.

KAREN LEE HALLAM


That belt. The shades. The make-up. Karen was clearly the coolest one of us!

COLTEN HIBBS


We can’t even make fun of him because he’s just so darn cute… in the ‘80’s, and now.

LAURIE LITWIN


Laurie’s bangs are permed to perfection.

JEN MALONE


Because Jen did the ‘80’s right, she probably needed another limo to the dance for just her hair.

GAIL NALL


Little Gail is too young for the prom, but her great hair and polka dotted dress are sooo ready.

BRIAN SARGENT


‘80’s Brian knew how to shout, shout, let it all out.

ELLA SCHWARTZ


Of course her fabulous shoes were dyed to match her fabulous dress. And Ella rocked ‘80’s hair in a big way.

APRIL WALL


April (with her sassy suspenders) is actually playing classic Nintendo!


STEFANIE WASS


It’s obvious that Stefanie’s date digs her smooth velvet dress and perfectly poofy hair.

CHRIS BRANDON WHITAKER


Is that Tears for Fears? No, even better! It’s Chris during his stint with the band “Shouting Under Water!”


And here I am circa 1980-something. The feathers. The eyeshadow. The baby blue fuzzy sweater.


Thanks for kicking it old school with us! And feel free to join Poppy on her journey back in time!


by Ronni Arno

When twelve-year-old Poppy moves to the country, she discovers a secret stash of letters that give her a unique connection to her late mother in this novel about friendship, first crushes, and family drama.

City girl Poppy has always wanted a best friend, but never felt enough of a connection with anyone to gain BFF status. Even without a BFF, Poppy is horrified when her father decides to move her and her older brother out to the family farm. Away from her beloved city and away from memories of her late mom—a fresh start for everyone.

And after a weird first week at her new school, Poppy is convinced she is destined for a boring year—until she finds a stack of letters from 1985 hidden in the barn of the old farmhouse that they move into. Even better? Those letters are addressed to Poppy...from her mom. Poppy doesn't know what supernatural event brought these letters to her, but she doesn't care. All she knows is that she finally has the connection she yearns for. Plus, her mom seems to understand everything that Poppy is going through: not quite fitting in, the desire to put down roots, and the heartbreak of losing a loved one. Has Poppy discovered the friend—and acceptance—she’s always wanted?


8 comments:

  1. Congratulations Ronni! And I think we all look fabulous in the 80s!!!

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  2. Congrats Ronni! Dust off that baby blue sweater and wear it out to dinner. You both deserve it!

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    1. Thanks, Brian! I think we would have been BFFs in 1985!

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  3. Congrats on the fab launch of Dear Poppy, Ronni! Here's to making a big splashdown!

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  4. So excited for this book and meeting more of your wonderful characters! <3

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