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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Diary of a Penguin-Napper Blog Tour: Character Interview & Giveaway

I'm excited to have the Diary of a Penguin-Napper Blog Tour stopping by today with a character interview and a giveaway! Be sure to check out my review.

3 weeks ...
2 boys ... 
1 little penguin ...
What could possibly go wrong?
When 11 (and a half) year old Marty is partnered up with Jessica on the overnight science trip, he thinks all of this dreams are about to come true.  It's his big chance to impress the most beautiful girl in Year 7 (and probably the world) and he wouldn't miss it for anything.
Only problem is: Marty can't afford to go on the overnight trip. Yet.
Inspired by the urban myth that it is possible to steal a penguin from the zoo on a school visit, Diary of a Penguin-napper is a hilarious tale of growing up, bending the rules and how one big fuss can be caused by stealing just one little penguin.

Author Sally Harris is sitting down with her character Marty for an interview...

When I thought about interviewing one of the characters from Diary of a Penguin-
napper, there is one character who immediately comes to mind - 11 (and a half) year old penguin-napper, Marty Finn.

It might be hard for me to capture his personality in this short interview, but I’ll try! So, let’s meet Marty ...

Thank you for agreeing to do this interview, Marty.

No problem. It makes a nice change from having to shovel elephant dung at the zoo.

Tell us about your main goal in life.

To impress Jessica Blue enough to get her to go out with me.

Ah, yes. So tell us about Jessica. Don’t you have a little crush on her?

Yes. Well, who doesn't? She is the most beautiful girl in Year 7 and probably the world. She has this amazing hair that swishes when she walks. Swish, swish, swish. That hair is really fantastic. It is like watching a shampoo commercial.

And does she feel the same about you?

Of course she does. Or at least, I think she does. Or least, I wish she would. Actually, to be honest, I'm not sure that she exactly knows my name. That is why it is so important that we get to go on the overnight science trip together. That is my big
chance to impress her.

So what is standing in your way?

There are a few things that seem to be causing me a bit of trouble at the moment. The first thing is that Mum can't afford to pay for me to go on the overnight science trip and my sister, Jen, told her it was a waste of time anyway. The other problem
is the school bully, Tom the Terrible. He has repeated Year 7 four times and he has a full beard. A beard! It is very manly and Jessica seems to like him. That is a big
(hairy) problem for me.

But do you think you can overcome these problems?

I hope so. I've got my best mate, Turds, on hand and we have come up with a plan to help me get Jessica's attention. Having said that, with Turds around, our plans either go really well or they could turn out to be a disaster.

Oh dear. What’s the worst thing that has happened to you in the last week?

Well, let's see. I've been caught by my mother stealing a penguin, questioned by the police and have spent the best part of the weekend up to my elbows in elephant manure. What you should be asking is: could your week get any worse?

…And that would be Marty! I promise, he’s much more interesting, funny and likable
in the actual book, but it’s hard to show personality in a short interview.

Thank you Sally and Marty for that interview!

Sally Harris: Site / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
Sally Harris is a 28-year-old teacher and author of Diary of a Penguin-napper. She lives in Melbourne and when she’s not writing, you can find her blogging, dancing, drinking chai lattes, reading children's books and scouring the paper for unlikely news articles to turn into exciting fiction. Sally loves animals, including penguins, and if she can't have one of those as a pet, a dog would be the next best thing.
She blogs at and is currently doing a blog tour. 

On yesterday, she discussed her dream to be on The Apprentice and tomorrow she'll be finishing her blog tour with Heidi, the Geo Librarian, to discuss Australian fiction for children.

Win a paperback or ebook copy of 
Diary of a Penguin-Napper!!!
Sally Harris has generously offered up a paperback or ebook copy (winner's choice) of her book for one lucky cupcake.
-Will run from 11/29 - 12/7
-Must be 13+, One main entry per person
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Anonymous said...

I just love children's books (even being a very grown-up lol ... and I sooo S2 penguins! So I'll love this book, for sure ^^

Thanks for the giveaway ^^

Anonymous said...

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Mary Preston said...

I'm going to love Marty I can see that. What a fabulous story to share with the kiddles.


Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

My son wants to read this bad. Thanks for the chance :)

Laira Jamille said...

Wow. Thank you for this giveaway! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for doing the giveaway!