Monday, July 15, 2013

The Theory of Everything Blog Tour: How To Know When You Have a Shaman Panda + Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be part of Kari Luna’s blog tour for her debut novel, The Theory of Everything.  Check out her guest post on how to know when you have a shaman panda!

In The Theory of Everything, the main character, Sophie Sophia, makes lists. How to survive a new town, a visit to the principal’s office, boys, and yes – shaman pandas. But since they’re kind of a new concept, how do you know when you have one? I asked Sophie, and she made this list exclusively for this blog. May it help you with your own shaman panda challenges. (Tee-hee.)

How To Know When You Have A Shaman Panda
by Sophie Sophia

1. Food starts disappearing. Especially take-out.
2. When your mom hugs you, it feels like nothing. Why are her arms so small?
3. You find bits of chewed bamboo on the floor.
4. What’s that on the couch? Oh! A PANDA BUTT IMPRINT.
5. Things – well, some things – start making sense.
7. Your black and white tights mean more than ever.
8. And deep down, where no one can see, you feel calmer. Like someone’s on your side. Guardian angel, sans the wings. (Unless they’re chicken wings, of course.)

Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Kari Luna is a teen novelist and whimsicologist. Her YA debut, The Theory of Everything, combines string theory, 80′s mixtapes and shaman pandas in one book without making you dizzy. Almost. Oh! And it’s available now. Watch the awesome video below! And find Kari, here: tweet: @wordette tumblr:


If you had a shaman panda, what would you ask him to do? Answer in the comments and be entered to win this super cute TTOE Poster and Button Pack!

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Continue the tour – and get tips from Sophie on what to do when your Mom controls the car radio – Tuesday, July 16th, at The Modge Podge Bookshelf.

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  1. Annie

    I’m super excited for The Theory of Everything! I have been waiting for it for months and I’m super glad that the day has finally arrived!

    If I had a shaman panda, the first thing I would ask of him would be to help me clean my room! It just seems to be getting worse and worse each day but hopefully with his shaman panda powers, he’ll be able to help me get rid of the mess!

  2. k. mcnally

    Even though I’m terrified of bears, I’d ask my shaman panda to give me the biggest hug in the world. I can’t imagine anything better (or softer) than burying my face in a fluffy panda armpit. I bet it would take away all my sadness and fears.

  3. KiKiD

    Ah! That poster is to die for! So adorable!

    If I had a shaman panda, I think I would use him for his judgment in clothing. And helping cleaning up 🙂

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  4. Emily

    Okay, now I REALLY need to read this book. Upon looking at the cover, one cannot help pondering the significance of the pandas and now that I know a bit more about them, I want this novel in my hands right now.

    If I had a shaman panda, I would immediately put him to work as my personal bug remover. Pandas aren’t afraid of spiders, right? Or at least they are less terrified than I am. He can smash them, save them, eat them–as long as the little crawlers are out of my sight.

  5. Julia :)

    Could I ask this shaman panda to do anything for me? If so I’d definitely want him to do my chores like washing the dishes and doing laundry. 😛

    I would also want him to go with me on walks! I love taking walks but I don’t like going alone. It would be nice to have a furry companion to go with me. 🙂

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

  6. Christina Kit.

    This list is so fun! If it’s in the voice of the narrator, then no wonder you loved this book. It’s original and cute 🙂

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