Reporting: Harper Collins Fall 2007 Library Preview (Part Two)
Table #3 and the editors were now settling into their roles. At this table were the books of Joanne Colter, Karen Nagel, Laura Geringer, and Jill Santopolo. The official sequel of this table is the newest Echo Falls mystery Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams. Fans of the series will want to know that this particular book is working on a kind of Hansel and Gretal theme. Hmm hm! I don’t pay much attention to YA normally, but it’s hard to ignore a book with a naked Francesca Lia Block on the cover. Yes, it’s Blood Roses and it has a helluva bookflap quote on it. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to pick up a cover and now it’s too late. You’ll just have to seek out that one on your own. The book contains short stories about different kinds of changelings, which is a mighty good idea.
Fans of Kate and Jim McMullan (of the I’m Dirty and I’m Mighty vein) will be pleased to hear that they’ve just made a dinosaur title by the name of I’m Bad. We saw the whole thing and it’s pretty cute. You can just see the marketing possibilities, of course. McMullans + dinosaurs = $$. There’s also a new Jerry Spinelli book coming called Smiles to Go. It sounds a lot like Donuthead, though, so we’ll see if it lives up to the description, "A proton dies and a boy’s life goes haywire." Absolute Brightness is by James Lecesne is by the director of the short film Trevor which won an Academy Award some years ago. Armistead Maupin apparently says that the main character is, "The Scout Finch of the new millennium". Back to the picture books, I did not actually mean to pick up a copy of Bugtown Boogie by Warren Hanson since the idea of bugs dancing to jazz is so old that there are Disney shorts about it. Still, a quick flip through and I found myself really liking the rhyme schemes. We’ll see if it plays in Peoria.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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