Auction! Auction! Auction!

Posted in Random at 6:46 pm by Janet

If you are reading this blog, chances are very good that you know Bridget and you also know about the auction to help her pay for enormous medical bills for cancer treatment. On the off chance you don’t know Bridget or you don’t know about the auction…I have to tell you about this! Go to 32auctions.com and enter Auction ID: Bridget, Password: Rules, to bid on some great stuff for an even better cause. Do it now, in time for holiday gifts! You can even bid on my Great Lakes book, which is dedicated to Bridget and Barrett. There’s lots of other book/writing-related stuff, plus cool art and clothes and snacks. Do it now! (There’s a nice thing about it here.)


Feast or Famine

Posted in Random at 10:02 pm by Janet

First of all, Frank Portman is on to Bridget! (Scroll down about a third of the way down the page.)

I’ve been a bad blogger lately. Honestly, I haven’t been inspired. Not a week and a half ago, I was experiencing a kid lit drought that led me to–gasp!–read adult books.  Then, starting last week, the floodgates opened. Lots of new books finally came into the library. As soon as I finish The Prophecy of the Sisters, I’m going to start plowing through a big pile of long-anticipated books. Here’s what’s on the pile.

Andromeda Klein–Frank Portman

How to Steal a Car–Pete Hautman

Al Capone Shines My Shoes–Gennifer Choldenko

Catching Fire–Suzanne Collins

Notice that these books are sequels or written by established authors. Anybody have any new authors to recommend?


Writer’s Soup

Posted in Random at 10:20 pm by Janet

Last Friday night I went to that fake Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, the Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Chicago Public Library, to see Christopher Paul Curtis speak. I was so worried that CPC wouldn’t be as funny as his books. Thankfully, Mr. Curtis did not let us down. He told some hilarious stories and some poignant stories about his childhood, centered on his mother. Many of these stories inspired episodes in his books. The lecture, like some of his books, was humorous while dealing with serious topics and successful at it to boot. Thanks for being funny, Christopher Paul Curtis!

If CPC ever comes to your town, go see him!

An extra and fantastic perk of the event was seeing library school friends, coworkers, and my mom.

Coming soon, I promise: teen books with mythological tie-ins



Posted in Random at 8:59 pm by Janet

Remember that letter I got from Judy Blume that wasn’t really from Judy Blume? I got another one! This time it was from John Grisham. He wants me to give money to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Well, he doesn’t, the Southern Poverty Law Center wants me to give money to the Southern Poverty Law Center. And they are using John Grisham to manipulate me! Ah well, it doesn’t tug at my heartstrings like that fake letter from Judy Blume did. I don’t love John Grisham that much. But seriously, who is sending me these letters? Have you gotten one, too?


Whither the Superpowers?

Posted in Random at 9:41 pm by Janet

Lately I’ve noticed a number of books in which characters have superpowers that aren’t called superpowers.

1. Grace–Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Katsa has a killing/survival grace. Po’s might be fighting, or maybe mind-reading. King Leck can control your mind.

2. Savvy–Savvy by Ingrid Law. Members of the Beaumont family have a “savvy”–moving moutains, causing hurricanes, making electricity, being perfect.  

3. Fairy–How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. Rochelle has a clothes-buying fairy, Fiorenze has an all-the-boys-will-like-you fairy, Steffi has a never-getting-in-trouble fairy, and Charlie is trying hard to get rid of her parking fairy.

Fantasy fans, can you think of any more superpowers that aren’t called superpowers? Is this a fantasy convention, or is this a new trend? Why not just call a superpower a superpower? Finally, what kind of  superpower, grace, savvy, fairy, or whatever do you want?

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