Hi all! Morgan here, Pippin intern and book enthusiast. I’m making my first post on the Pippin blog, and I couldn’t be more excited!

As a Missouri native, I grew up landlocked and far away from the east coast. Until I moved east in September, I said “pop” instead of “soda,” had never been to New York City, or even on a train . . . Since coming out here, I’ve developed an “East Coast Bucket List” that is helping me to see all that the area has to offer, and I’m hoping it keeps me busy this summer!

With warm weather on the way, I look forward to the weekends when I can escape to the beach and check another “first” off my E.C. Bucket List: the boardwalk. Pick a boardwalk, any boardwalk, and take me there! I love the beach, though I’ve only really experienced the Gulf coast . . .

Coney Island is definitely a summer stop I’m excited about. Why? It’s the setting for one of the newest releases from a seasoned Pip . . .


CYCLONE by Doreen Cronin hit shelves last week, and it has me in the boardwalk mood. Also, I need to check out this roller coaster, which is at the center of this novel.

Okay, the roller coaster isn’t REALLY at the center. CYCLONE is the story of a girl who is learning how to process her guilt after an incident involving her cousin, who ends up in the hospital. But the coaster definitely has a big role, and it’s the first time I’ve ever even heard about Cyclone (Midwesterner, remember?). Nora has waited her whole life to ride Cyclone, and it’s finally her chance.

This is Doreen’s first middle-grade novel and it’s one that kicks off the summer season with themes of determination and self-forgiveness, with a fiery voice from “four-and-a-half-foot-twelve-year-old” Nora. I’m so excited about this debut. There isn’t really anything out there like it, and I think that reading about the self-conflict Nora faces is a learning tool for anyone, not just middle grade readers. Definitely worth the read on your drive out to Coney Island. Grab your copy here!

As Doreen celebrates the release of her first novel, I will be celebrating my first East Coast summer!

Happy Reading!
Image from Lunar Park Attractions Website

                 (Image from Lunar Park NYC)

P.S. Cyclone, which amazingly is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, recently made it on a list of the top four roller coasters within reach by public transit, so if you’re feeling brave, grab your metro pass and try them all! Check out the list here. Maybe I’ll see you at the top!
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