Cover Reveal: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Happy Monday, friends! Today on Pop! Goes The Reader I’m thrilled to welcome author Jill Baguchinsky to the blog as we reveal the cover of Jill’s forthcoming novel, Mammoth! Coming to a bookstore and library near you November 8th 2018 from Turner Publishing, Mammoth is a young adult contemporary novel that has been pitched as “Jurassic Park meets Dumplin’” and that tells the story of Natalie Page, a plus-size science and fashion-obsessed paleontology geek who lands the coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site she’s always dreamed of with unexpected and challenging results. I’m always on the lookout for books that emphasize body positivity at every size and I’ve been super excited about this book in particular since I first read the announcement about it in Publisher’s Weekly, so I couldn’t have been happier when Jill’s agent, the amazing Eric Smith, reached out to ask if I would be interested in helping with Jill’s reveal! The cover of Mammoth was designed by Madeline Cothren. Please read on to learn more about Mammoth including an exclusive cover reveal, a special note from the author and a chance to win an advance reader copy of the novel from Jill Baguchinsky!

About Jill Baguchinsky

Jill Baguchinsky remembers staring down the bones of prehistoric beasts during a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City when she was six. That visit spurred a lifelong fondness for paleontology that inspired the first draft of Mammoth.

Jill lives in Florida with a couple of very strange cats. If she’s not writing, she’s probably goofing off at Disney World, pretending she can knit, buying more books than she can possibly read, or teaching others how to pronounce her last name. (BAG-uh-CHIN-ski – it’s easier than it looks!)

But let’s not kid ourselves. She’s most likely writing.

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I wrote Mammoth in part for my past selves – for the six-year-old who spent hours studying a dinosaur encyclopedia, for the sixteen-year-old who searched for courage while caught in a whirlwind of self-conscious anxiety. I also wrote Mammoth for the fat girls who’ve had to find ways to shield themselves from bullies, and for the science-minded girls who’ve had to fight to be taken seriously. I wrote Mammoth for anyone who’s had to move past self-doubt and dig up their true awesomeness.

I wanted to combine all of that with plenty of solid, quirky science. My brilliant bestie, Dava, works at Waco Mammoth National Monument, an Ice Age dig site and education center. With her amazing help, I learned to dig and prospect for fossils, consulted with paleontologists and science educators, and toured labs and fossil collections. I even got to interact with elephants! (And of course I had to try real Texas barbecue. You know, for research.) It was, by far, the most fun I’ve ever had researching a story.

Finding representation for Mammoth was less fun. My last agent and I parted ways over this book; several other agents loved the story but insisted there was no room in the market for a plus-size heroine like Natalie. The first agent to say otherwise was Eric Smith of P.S. Literary during his 2017 Reddit AMA. Not long after that, I queried him, and he’s been Natalie’s most encouraging cheerleader ever since. It’s because of his hard work and enthusiasm that I’m finally about to bring Mammoth to the science girls, the fat girls, the self-doubters and the fossil geeks. I wrote Mammoth for you. And for me.

Title Mammoth
Author Jill Baguchinsky
Pages 304 Pages
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Genre Contemporary
To Be Published November 8th 2018 by Turner
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The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.

Until it isn’t.

When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.

As an extra, exciting bonus, Jill has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win an advance reader copy of Mammoth! This contest is open internationally. One winner will be chosen at random at the conclusion of the giveaway and the prize will be distributed by Jill when ARCs become available. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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21 responses to “Cover Reveal: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky”

  1. This looks so fun! As someone who was also obsessed with dinosaurs as a child and who still struggles with self-confidence this is the kind of book I wish had been around when I was 16, and I love the cover. I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of this one!
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  2. Jackie says:

    This book sounds awesome and I love the cover! I hope it does well!

  3. Karlita says:

    Wow! I loved the cover and this book sounds my cup of tea. Looking forward to read this!

  4. Jena Dawn Blancard says:

    Omgosh I am so excited for this book. I recently read Jurassic Park and Lost World so this book is definitely up my alley. I’ve always loved dinosaurs but my bf is getting me more obsessed with them. I can’t say what my favorite is because I find them ALL incredibly fascinating. I mean they’re creatures that once roamed the Earth and we’re slowly learning about them. But I will say Velocirapators are top of the list.

  5. Wow, I am so excited about this book. Love on a dig site, and standing up to an adult who thinks he can claim your work as his own? I can’t wait to read this!
    Also, I love mammoths!

  6. I am so excited to read this! We need more fat rep like this in the world.

  7. Kiley says:

    I love everything about this. Science and big girls and great story? I’m so here for this. I only wish 16-year-old me could have read it, but the 28-year-old vintage is ready!

  8. Kiley says:

    I love everything about this book. Teenaged me who freaked out over just about every dinosaur (especially the gentle giants) and needed a book with a big girl protagonist would have loved this. I still will now!

  9. Heather says:

    This looks so awesome! I like sabre-toothed cats and stegasaurus 😉

  10. Jessica says:

    I love the premise of the book and how passion for science is interwoven into the book along with body positivity and female empowerment. My favorite prehistoric animals are the brachiosaurus and stegosaurus because they’re the first ones I learned about.
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  11. Melanie says:

    This looks so good! I loved dinosaurs as a kid, still do! Live mammoths as well! Great to see more body-diverse books.

  12. Andrea G says:

    Always loved stegasaurus.

  13. Ilsen says:

    I don’t really have a favorite prehistoric animal but I guess pterodactyl because they fly? This book sounds really good though!

  14. Charlotte says:

    I love the look of this! My favourite prehistoric animal is do do’s! (if that is what theyre called haha) <3

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  15. Charlotte says:

    I love the look of this! My favourite prehistoric animal is do do’s! (if that is what theyre called haha) <3

    Charlotte |

  16. Max Baker says:

    This book sounds absolutely fantastic and I need it in my life

  17. Katy says:

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite prehistoric animal, with so many new species being discovered, my favorites change all the time… right now I’ve very partial to Diabloceratops.

    Also, I second wishing this book had been around when I was a teen!

  18. Nicole Collins says:

    Mastodons. I just like the sound of it!

  19. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Mammoths and saber tooth tigers are my favorites, especially since I saw Ice Age.

  20. Summer says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever thought about what my favorite prehistoric animal is, since I’m reading George RR Martin right now, I’ll go with a Dire Wolf.

  21. OMG How could I pick a favorite prehistoric animal? I have always loved the pteradactyl

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