Celebrating John Corey Whaley’s NOGGIN

On Tuesday (April 8th) the highly-anticipated sophomore novel from Printz Medal and William C. Morris award-winning author John Corey Whaley finally hit shelves! Warning: Heads may roll Yeah Yeah Yeahs-style when reading the crazy weird premise of Noggin:


Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

Now, I was hoping to interview Corey on how he conceived such a weird premise, but when I caught up with him I was really struck by his appearance…

"Photographed" by Jeremy West.

“Photographed” by Jeremy West.

ADAM: So, uh, I see you’ve had some work done since publishing Noggin on Tuesday.

COREY: You know, change is always good. I thought I’d pull out all the stops and go full Noggin, hence the whole my head being attached to a kangaroo’s body. Get it?!

ADAM: Sure, but why not put your head on someone a little more human and cool, like Dylan O’Brien or Jennifer Lawrence?

COREY: Well, I’d never want to disembody those two doobers (doobers = beautiful people). Plus, now I have this awesome pouch in which I can carry extra copies of Noggin. And yes – I have the cartoon-style kangaroo pouch that isn’t disgusting inside.

ADAM: You’re regretting not just getting another tattoo, aren’t you?

COREY: Next time I’ll quit while I’m A HEAD.

ADAM: (sigh)

If you want to check out Corey’s crazy amazing new book, let us know in the comments whose body you would like to reattach your own head on to! (This giveaway is US only, sorry, but you should totally still get in on the question fun!)

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Oh, and here’s a bonus video from Austin Powers full of head puns. You’re welcome!

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17 Responses to Celebrating John Corey Whaley’s NOGGIN

  1. Christina K. Apr 11 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Voldemort’s because he really needs a less creepy face, especially if he wants to be all nefarious. It’s like a serial killer getting all shify-eyed in a bar. Total giveaway!

    Thank you 🙂

    • Adam Silvera Apr 11 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      This is GENIUS, Christina! I’m off to go rewrite all my Harry Potter fan-fiction now.

  2. Brooke Apr 11 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Oh gosh, I’m not sure. I think a famous sports star, like a gymnast? Or maybe a genius 🙂

    • Adam Silvera Apr 11 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Yes! Throw my head on Michael Phelps’s shoulders, please.

  3. Anita Apr 11 2014 at 7:13 am #

    You guys crack me up. Looking forward to reading NOGGIN.

  4. alicia marie Apr 11 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Hmm maybe someone like superman so I’d be able to fly and do all kinds of other superhero stuff : )

    • Adam Silvera Apr 11 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      I went the superhero route too with Mr. Fantastic!

  5. Chris Bailey Apr 11 2014 at 8:09 am #

    In selecting my new body–maybe Serena Williams, because I do love some tennis–my own noggin served up that Nora Ephron title, I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK. Can’t wait to read NOGGIN!

    • Adam Silvera Apr 11 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      NOGGIN is so good, Chris! Get on that pronto!

  6. Anmiryam Apr 11 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Hmm, I think my preference would be to have my consciousness instilled in a new body complete with a new head, but if it would be my head on someone else’s body it would be someone long and lean like Tilda Swinton or Uma Thurman.

    • Adam Silvera Apr 11 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      Can’t go wrong with KILL BILL Uma Thurman!

  7. Matthew MacNish Apr 11 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    If this book is anywhere near as good as Where Things Come Back it’s going to be phenomenal. Or … it already is. You know what I mean.

    • Adam Silvera Apr 11 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      NOGGIN is my J.C.W favorite, but I still read WHERE THINGS COME BACK at least once a year. Due for my third reread soon! Enjoy NOGGIN, Matthew!

  8. Jonathan G. Apr 11 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    THEO JAMES. All the way!

  9. G. Donald Cribbs Apr 11 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I’d attach my head to Raistlin’s body, even though he’s a fictional character from the Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. That would be badass.

  10. Donna Apr 11 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    Nancy Pearl. The coolest librarian on the planet! She has her own action figure for crying out loud! Actually, maybe I should wish my face to be on the action figure itself!

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