What’s not to like about this charmingly informal take on the “author interview”?
Patrick Ness has revealed the cover of his new book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, a story which asks the tricky question, what if you weren’t the Chosen One?
What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
A superbly animated Betsy Bird, School Library Journal blogger at Fuse8 and now co-author of
Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature talks to Rocco Staino about the book (in the first video) and about her Newbery and Caldecott predictions (in video two – in which we also learn that she is a big fan of UK author Frances Hardynge’s Cuckoo Song)
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, page-turning adventure series to hook a young reader aged 9-11, the Secret Breakers series by H. L. Dennis (billed as ‘Da Vinci Code For Kids’) is definitely worth considering.
The sixth and final book in the series, The Circle of Fire, was published in the autumn but all the Hodder-published titles should still be available.
Published in Floris book’s Picture Kelpies: Traditional Tale series, this is a very satisfactory retelling, sumptuously illustrated, handsomely presented and attractively priced. Recommended for all children’s and school libraries but also as an individual gift.
And here is a video showing Philip Longson at work on the illustrations for Tam Linn: