The Debut Dish: July 2016, Issue #1 (+ Giveaway)

Posted July 3, 2016 by Jana in Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway / 5 Comments

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Katie Kennedy (Learning to Swear In America).


Learning to Swear In America by Katie Kennedy
July 5, 2016 from BloomsburyUS Kids
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Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans.

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.

Describe your book in five words or less.

Asteroid, highest stakes, Immanuel Kant.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Hmm…today my favorite scene is when Yuri and Dovie have a picnic on his office floor at the Jet Propulsion Lab as the asteroid nears Earth.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
In my kitchen. (That’s where the phone is.)

What’s your favorite junk food?
I almost put mint chocolate chip ice cream in the acknowledgments, because the book couldn’t have been written without it. I did name a chapter for it.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A Harry Truman Pez dispenser.

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5 responses to “The Debut Dish: July 2016, Issue #1 (+ Giveaway)

  1. danielle hammelef

    I love humor, spunky and original characters and suspense and this book has it all. I think this book has orginal twists that I’m thoroughly going to enjoy. I’m a fan of Andrew Smith’s witing too.

  2. Summer

    I enjoy having a bit of humor in anything I read and also there aren’t a lot of books out there beyond Russian classics with Russian characters in them, I like to read about other experiences, other cultures, so that appeals.

  3. Hannah Carlton

    The mix of humor and thought provoking catches my attention and interest in wanting to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity!

  4. Adreana Hailu

    The premise is very original and just very intriguing. As soon as I found the blurb on Goodreads, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it.