The Best Literary April Fool’s Day Pranks


The Best Literary April Fool’s Day Pranks

Switch all the book jackets on their books or replace their books with completely different books.

Convince them there’s a sequel to their favorite book that everyone else has already read.

Change all their phone contacts to the names of literary characters or authors.

Make up a bestselling novel that doesn’t exist and tell your friend everyone is reading it for your book club.

The best in-book prank from one of my favorite books, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

Scout recalls a story about a past Halloween where a group of children sneaked into the house of two deaf old ladies, Tutti and Frutti Barber, and transferred all of the furniture into the basement. The Barbers were convinced their property had been stolen until bloodhounds failed to pick up a scent leading away from the home.

What’s your favorite in-book prank or April Fool’s Day prank?

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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