Without a word we started walking along the water together, Olivia and me. The tide was going out, and after a few steps we took off our shoes and let the waves roll over our feet in the soft wet sand. There was a sailboat in the distance. Behind it, a line of pink puffy clouds looked like the castle wall of a faraway country. We stopped to look.
“Do you ever feel lonely, Wen?” she asked. “Like we’re just small parts in a giant, complicated universe?”
“I’m not lonely,” I said. “I’m here with you.”
She blinked at me. Then something unexpected happened. She reached out and touched my cheek, staring right into my eyes, and kissed me. And I kissed back. It was a real kiss, soft gentle and quiet, the kind that gets your blood rushing and your head spinning, and when it was done I just stood there, surprised, looking at her, focusing on every inch of her face.
And she was looking back at me.
– From Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up
Do you ever have moments where you feel like we’re all just small parts of a complicated universe? Or do you think its better to live life moment by moment without wondering or worrying? Let me know your thoughts! – MPH
“YARN: You have your very own YouTube channel, tweet regularly, and post often on your website. Do you feel that these are now required extensions of your profession? Is this more so in YA or just a general shift in contemporary literature? Do you think social media creates more of a bond between author and reader?
MPH: This is yet another area in which I’m by no means an expert. I just do what feels natural and right by connecting with readers online. I appreciate the power the Internet brings in enabling authors like myself to hear from and speak with those who wish to connect with me.”
– An except from YARN’s interview with Mark Peter Hughes
Incredible but true: The LM cast speak out for the new LM2 book Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up! I’m very grateful to the cast of the movie, who were not only kind enough to make a new song and video just for the new LM book (which comes out TODAY!) but they also made these special photo & video messages for me. What nice people, huh? (Stay tuned… more on the way!)
Bridgit Mendler (“Olivia” from the LM movie) – see the photo above 🙂
Hayley Kiyoko (“Stella” from the LM movie)
Adam Hicks (“Wen” from the LM movie)
Naomi Scott (“Mohini” from the LM movie)
Chris Brochu (“Ray” from the LM movie)
Isaac Kappy (“Mel” of Mel’s Lemonade from the LM movie)
Plus here’s the preview teaser for the new song “Don’t Stop The Revolution”
“The novels of Mark Peter Hughes…provide us with pure fun.” – The Young Adult Review Network
Sometimes as readers we forget that YA can be fun. Sure, we enjoy discussing its technical and literary components, but YA is often at its best with some gleeful enjoyment thrown into the mix. The novels of Mark Peter Hughesoffer both the joys and tribulations of being a young adult and provide us with pure fun as well.
Mark Peter Hughes ’95G is in a good place: His young adult novel, Lemonade Mouth, masterfully told in the voices of five high school outcasts who form a band, was made into a Disney Channel movie musical. His family received star treatment on the set and he even appears on the screen — dressed as a bee. The movie was a huge hit and boosted book sales. A sequel… (read more)
Local Author Talks Family, Movies and the ‘Lemonade Mouth’ Sequel
by Brooklyn Lowery, Wayland Patch, 10/20/2012
Lemonade. It’s a perfect summertime drink, the staple of kids’ front-yard stands everywhere and, for one Wayland man, a key ingredient in his recipe for literary success.
In 2007, Mark Peter Hughes’ book, “Lemonade Mouth,” hit bookstores – and the Hughes family hit the road in a billboard of a car, traveling the country to spread the word about a misfit group of high school freshmen who formed a band called Lemonade Mouth. Now, five years and one Disney Channel movie later, Hughes… (continue reading…)
Cool news! Wellesley Books (near my home) has just set up a system to work with me so you can get personalized signed copies of any of my bookssent anywhere (as gifts, for yourself, whatever!). Order over the phone or through their website. (To get signed copies through the website simply write “SIGNED COPY” in the comments section of your order. You can also indicate if you would like it customized for a specific person. 🙂
Wow. Check out the new Polish book cover for Lemonade Mouth! I don’t speak Polish but when I use an online translator for “Lemoniada Gada” it translated to “Lemonade Reptile”. Yup, you read that right. Hmmm . . .