"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, June 20, 2016

Play Senet with the Boy King!

Summer's here! Don't let your kids sit around the house doing nothing! Instead, how about letting them...

Learn to play the ancient
Egyptian board game,
SENET,
with none other than King Tut himself!

I had so much fun creating my Scratch game ESCAPE FROM KING TUT'S TOMB in Scratch to go along with TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, I decided to create a game to go along with the upcoming sequel.



Introducing the Scratch game PLAY SENET WITH KING TUT, the companion game for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD.

If you have no clue how to play Senet, don't worry. I didn't know how to play either before I coded this game. Sure, there are rules on my website, but I'd suggest just playing the game in easy mode to learn. It's the easiest way.



Note: The game is in Beta release, so please let me know if you find any bugs. 

Second Note: King Tut is really good at this game, and he wins a lot. Good luck winning!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD has a cover!!!

I'm crazy excited to share this amazing cover for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD which is coming February 28, 2017!



Pre-order Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World from


# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-0765390820
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-0765390844

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Paperback Release Day for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

Happy Tuesday!

In case you've been holding out for the paperback of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, your wait is over! I'm so pleased to announce that the paperback is now released!

You can find out all about the book, including buy links, on my website!



Buy Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life from










# ISBN-13 (paperback): 978-0765383723
# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-0765334688
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-1466814752

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Book News!

I'm so excited to announce that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is getting a sequel!

Here's the scoop from Publishers Marketplace:

P. J. Hoover's sequel to TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, in which the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut skips out of middle school to find his guardian, but as luck would have it, he has wound up in an age-old mess of godly proportions, to Susan Chang at Starscape, for publication in Winter 2017, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (NA).

Whoo hoo and long live the (immortal) Boy King!






Sunday, September 27, 2015

Win a Classroom Set of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

Aside from being a super fun read that kids (and adults) are loving, did you know that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is great for use in the classroom? Well, it is! In fact, there is a ton of great curriculum to go along with the book sure to please kids and educators alike.





Here is your chance to win an entire hardcover classroom set of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!



p.s. did I mention that TUT is on several state lists including the Texas Lone Star List, the Spirit of Texas list, and the Tristate Books of Note List? It's also a Mackin Compendium title. You can read more about TUT here.

It's easy to enter to win. I promise you. And there are ways you can get multiple entries.


HOW TO ENTER TO WIN A HARDCOVER CLASSROOM SET OF TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE:

1) Inquire with me about school visits. I love to do school visits, and I would love to visit your school. So send me an email and let's get the dialogue going! (You can read more about my author visits here.)

2) Snap a fun #readtut picture! This one is easy. This one is fun. What's the craziest thing you can do while reading TUT? Where's the craziest place you can be? Take a picture, put it out on social media with the hashtag #readtut, and tag me if you can so I can see what you've come up with! In addition, each person you can get to do this will get you another entry. So get your students on board, your parents on board, your principal on board!
(If you don't have social media, email me the picture(s), and give me permission to post it!)

3) Create a TUT book trailer! For each student who creates (and shares if possible) a book trailer, you'll get three entries. Send me an email to let me know where I can check out these awesome trailers!

4) Book talk TUT to your students! This includes showing them my website, the book trailer, and overall getting them pumped about the book. Send me an email to let me know. I'd love to hear their reactions! Also, after I hear from you, I'm happy to send along some signed postcards for your class. Just let me know how many you need and where to send them.

5) Your choice! Come up with some creative way to share TUT with the world and you totally get another entry! Just let me know what it is. And you can totally do more than one of these!


Fill out the google form below. Then, for any of the entries that you email me, make sure they also have your school name and your name so I know they are connected.

CONTEST IS OVER! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!


Thank you for the awesome, continued support and #readtut!

* Open to US only
* Open to 4th grade and up
* Up to 30 books are available for the set
* Open until November 6th, 2015


#readtut on a nut!
Thanks to librarians Kay Hawkins, Morgan LeFevre, and Patty Voga for the fun picture!


Wednesday, September 09, 2015

#READTUT

TUTWhat's the craziest thing you can do while reading TUT?

* Take a picture of yourself doing it (keep it clean!!! be safe!!!)

* Post it, and use the hashtag #readtut

* Tag me @pj_hoover





lifting weights
#readtut while pumping iron

Raggidy Ann
Raggidy Ann likes to #readtut

trampoline
#readtut while bouncing on a trampoline


Let your dog #readtut


biking
#readtut while riding a bike

reading
#readtut while chilling out

hanging
#readtut while hanging from a bridge


grooming
#readtut while grooming dogs

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back-To-School Austin Book Signing




Hey Austin Friends,

Who's ready for back-to-school? I am! And in celebration, I will be signing books tomorrow at the Arboretum Barnes & Noble!



WHEN: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 2:00-4:00
WHERE: Arboretum Barnes & Noble
WHAT: Book Signing



Please stop by and see me! I love love love seeing familiar faces.

Also, for those with kids in 5th-8th grade, TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE has been selected for the Lone Star Reading List which is required reading for many schools. I bet your kid would adore having a personalized, signed copy :)

See you there!