I’m reading A Dance with Dragons (over 900 pages) and it will be at least five days before I finish and post a review. So, to post something between now and then, Dexter! Season six airs this October. Waiting sucks (I’ve adopted the True Blood tagline for all my favorite shows… but in truth, the wait is always worth it).


Four Year Anniversary Galley Giveaways

It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for four years already, almost as long as I’ve been in the Library profession. To mark the anniversary, I’m giving away a bunch of advance reader copies!

Just comment on this post for an entry, telling me your favortie children’s or YA book published in 2010 and specifying which book or books you are interested in receiving.

I will choose a winner radomly for each book this Sunday (7/25/10) so the books get mailed the following Monday. Be sure to include some way for me to contact you.

Scumble is the sequel to the Newbery Honor Award winner Savvy by Ingrid Law. It is slated to be released on August 17, 2010.

It is nine years after Mids’s Savvy journel and now her cousin Ledge is turning eleven.

But Ledger Kale’s savvy is a total dud–all he does is make little things fall apart. So his parents decide it’s safe to head to Wyoming, where it’s soon revealed that Ledge’s savvy is much more powerful than anyone thought. Worse, his savvy disaster has an outside witness: Sarah Jane Cabot, reporter wannabe and daughter of the local banker. Just like that, Ledge’s beloved normal life is over. Now he has to keep Sarah from turning family secrets into headlines, stop her father from foreclosing on Uncle Autry’s ranch, and scumble his savvy into control so that, someday, he can go home.

Plain Kate by debut  author Erin Bow is set for a September 1, 2010 release.

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade” — a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Girls Parts is another novel by a debut author, John M Cusick, and is slated for an August 10, 2010 release.  

David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody.

When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock.

Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend.


BEA: First Impression

Well, I crashed as soon as I returned home yesterday from Book Expo America. It was my first trip there. I grabbed a lot of galley copies and a lot of signatures. Reviews will begin as soon as my box arrives. Until then, here are my thoughts.

  • It wasn’t as big as ALA – I didn’t pick up nearly as many galleys
  • Hardcover books are given away at author signings. Nice.
  • Candlewick and Shadow Mountain Press had the most efficient setups with the nicest people and best giveaways.
  • There is always one publisher’s booth that gets it all wrong. The raspberries go to Harper Collins. They were stingy with their galleys, so you needed a ticket (who the heck knows how people got tickets) for a 15 minute pick-up window. Mostly, that booth was empty. Boo, Harper Collins. I won’t be reviewing any of your galleys because I didn’t care to pick any up. Making life difficult for those who spread the word on your books is a stupid business practice.
  • The food at the Javits Center was overpriced and terrible. If I attend next year (and I’m not sure I”m interested… ALA is so much better!), I’m packing.

The galley I’m most excited to read is by Wendy Mass.

The authors I met:

  • James Dashner – wonderfully kind and talkative
  • Brandon Mull – polite if not naturally cheery, he has some of the strangest young fans
  • Bonny Becker – just plain sweet
  • Greg Folley – aloof, typical NYC personality but polite

A New Jane Eyre Movie

The Bronte sisters are the new Austen. Jane Eyre has long been my favorite book. I never tire of new film adaptations. I’m hoping this one will include the fortune teller scene. Coming in 2011, Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and staring:

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre
(Alice in Wonderland)

Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester
(Inglorious Bastards, 300)

Jamie Bell as St. John
(Billie Elliot, Defiance)

Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax
(Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Riddick, Quantum of Solace)


Scholastic’s 2010 Librarian Preview Webcast

Starting with picture books and wrapping up with new YA fiction, the Scholastic 2010 Librarian Preview has me excited about several titles, among them: Captain Sky Blue and The Sea of Sleep. A novel on par with Pullman? Plain Kate. We’ll see.

Very excited for Empty by Suzanne Weyn. A society without fossil fuels. David Levithan had me hooked with his booktalk. 

You can watch the full preview at Scholastic’s site.