IN THE NEWS
(19 Dec 2012)
Sage Blackwood’s middle-grader JINX has added a third starred review to its stars from PW and Kirkus. School Library Journal says of “this rich and fecund fantasy” that “[r]eaders will thrill to the journey with Jinx as he discovers and grows into himself.”
(10 Dec 2012)
Kirkus tapped two of our agency’s books — ABOVE by Leah Bobet and THE DEMON CATCHERS OF MILAN — as among the top 100 books of the year for teens. In its review, Kirkus said of ABOVE: “[Readers] willing to go along with this captivating exploration of both individual and collective identity will find themselves pondering its implications long after the last page.” And of DEMON CATCHERS, Kirkus capped it review with, “This one goes to the head of the class.”
(27 Aug 2012)
Kirkus lauds Michael Hall’s newest picture book, CAT TALES, for challenging youngsters with soundalike words. “Smart and accessible, charming and witty, this is one for educators and adventurers alike.” Star!
(21 Aug 2012)
Kat Beyers’ new YA book THE DEMON CATCHERS OF MILAN has caught the approving eye of the Kirkus blogfolk. It “stands out over other paranormals” because (to quote Kirkus): 1) It has a fantastic sense of place. 2) It has a strong sense of history. 3) It’s romantic without a romance. I’ll finish this tease with the Kirkus lead: “Hold onto your hats, folks!”
(16 Jul 2012)
Michael Hall’s newest picture book for 2- to 5-year-olds is “a wacky and thought-provoking read-aloud, one that’s likely to become a favorite,” says Publishers Weekly, in giving CAT TALE a starred review. Driven by puns and silly sound-alikes, CAT TALE joins Hall’s earlier bright-colored, blocky-art titles, MY HEART IS LIKE A ZOO and PERFECT SQUARE, on the ”let’s read this one again” shelf.
(27 Mar 2012)
Charles Stross’ RULE 34 is shortlisted for the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award, arguably the UK’s top award for science fiction. RULE 34 and five others were cut out into the shortlist from a lowing herd of 60 titles put forward by 25 different publishing houses and imprints. Charlie will stamp around the pen with fellow shortlistees Greg Bear, Drew Magary, China Mieville, Jane Rogers and Sheri S. Tepper until one beast is branded the award winner on May 2.
(26 Mar 2012)
Jean Sasson’s AMERICAN CHICK IN SAUDI ARABIA is the No. 1 biography for Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Sasson, author of long-time bestseller PRINCESS: Life Behind the Veil, a true-life look into the hopes and fears of women in Saudi Arabia, now shows readers how the Middle East thrilled–and repelled–this honey-haired American chick in the exciting ’80s. The e-book exclusive will be available everywhere on April 19th.
(22 Feb 2012)
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has nominated Greg van Eekhout’s THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD for its YA Nebula Award. More fully styled the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult SF/F Book, the honor will be voted on by members of the SFWA during March, and the winner (along with all of the Nebula Award winners) will be announced at the SFWA meet on May 20.
(22 Feb 2012)
And damn proud of it! Yes, damn proud that Scholastic Parent & Child magazine has tapped Annie Barrows’ IVY AND BEAN as one of the 100 greatest books for kids. Ever. The editors looked for excellence, popularity, longevity and freshness, and IVY AND BEAN got the nod. “Author Barrows seems to be plugged into the part of a kid’s brain that struggles with impulse control,” said a judge of Barrows’ Bean. The No. 1 book? CHARLOTTE’S WEB.