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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Historical Heartthrobs Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 timeless crushes - from Cleopatra to Camus 
by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd
Zest Books. 2014
ISBN: 978193676102
Grades 9 and up
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

Historical Heartthrobs Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Today we are taking part in Zest Book’s Historical Heartthrobs blog tour. In honor of the event, and Valentine’s Day being a few days away, we will give away one copy of the book to a lucky reader. See contest details and entry form at the bottom of this post.

Zest Books is an award-winning publisher of smart and edgy titles that cover timely topics. Books that have found an audience with the teens in my library include Don’t Sit on the Baby: the ultimate guide to sane, skilled, and safe babysitting by Halley Bondy, Dead Strange: the bizarre truths behind 50 world-famous mysteries by Matt Lamy, Scandalous! : 50 shocking events you should know about (so you can impress your friends) By Hallie Fryd, and The End: 50 apocalyptic visions from pop culture that you should know about—before it’s too late by Laura Barcella. Each book incorporates solid life advice, practical how-to instruction, and humorous commentary in creative ways. Teens waiting for parents to pick them up afterschool can dip into the short, easy-to-read format and learn something interesting.

Historical Heartthrobs looks at 50 of the sexiest men and women from history from a wide range of countries, ethnicities, and historical epochs. Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. The authors Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd ask the question: Would you really want to date them?

Everyone included made their mark on the world – but not everyone did so in an equally admirable fashion. Pablo Picasso was a smoldering Spanish artist who broke the rule – but wasn’t one for commitment. Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor who made Victorians swoon, but he seems incapable of swooning back. Che Guevara had the smoldering good looks, but would he for only look out for himself in a relationship? And what about Nelly Bly?

Each entry includes a photo, vital stats (place of birth, lifespan, and major areas of influence), the inside scoop on peccadilloes, noteworthy liaisons, and long-standing relationships, plus an overall heat reading that factors in sex appeal, charisma, accomplishments, and of course, moral virtue. A list of further reading and index rounds out this fun read.

Historical Heartthrobs Blog Tour Dates:
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  Giveaway Rules
                Complete the entry form below.
                Only one entry per person will be accepted.
                You must be 13 years or older to enter.
                Entries will be accepted from February 5, 2014 until 11:59 p.m. on February 9, 2014.

The winner will be contacted by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, we will select a new winner.

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