I shall keep this down to three, and those three shall be right off the top of my head:
The third book in D.M. Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo series. (I thought it was going to be titled Factotum, but then I think I saw something about a series reboot in the States, so maybe it'll be called something else. (Question: HOW THE CRAP HAVE THESE BOOKS NOT CAUGHT ON HERE? ARE PEOPLE REALLY, TRULY UNAWARE OF THEIR UTTER AWESOMOSITY? Should 'awesomosity' have an 'e'? It didn't look right with an 'e'. Then again, it's not like it's a real word, so I guess I can spell it however the hell I want.)
Holden Caulfield is the embodiment of what we mean by the phrase “young adult” – too young to be a grown-up, but too wise to the world to be completely innocent. He’s caught in the in-between, and that in-between is what all young adult authors write about.
Be sure to nominate/vote for your favorite books of 2009 over at Teenreads.com by February 1. From that list, a list of five finalists will be compiled, and you'll be able to vote for the 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year.
The director of instruction for the system, Jim Allen, explained:
“What we have asked is that this particular edition will not be taught,” Allen said from his office Wednesday morning. “I don’t want to make a big deal out of this. So we listened to the parent and we pulled it.”
Well, hoo boy: thatbackfired, for a couple of reasons -- first, the challenge procedure wasn't followed (according to their policy, there should have been a written complaint and a challenge committee formed), and second, not all parents in the area share the challenging parent's views. As this commenter at the Star-Exponent put it:
“How can you censor the thoughts and dreams of a young girl? Do you not think in the diaries of eighth-grade girls at (Culpeper Middle School) they aren’t talking about their bodies? Don’t you see this is a wonderful opportunity for our children to feel like they have something in common with Anne Frank as opposed to (MTV’s) Snookie from ‘Jersey (Shore)’?”
(I think there's a double negative in there, but I'm sure you get the gist...)
We started watching the second season of The Mighty Boosh last night, so I'm feeling the need to share this clip from the first season -- because it fills me with joy. As I said on Facebook last night, I LOVE VINCE NOIR:
Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.
--J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 20
But don't let all of the Salinger coverage completely distract you from Howard Zinn. Do be sure to at least read this obit -- I read most of it aloud to Josh and we giggled all the way through it. (In a nice, friendly, happy way.)
"To the author's credit, it's a good story line, but it contains sexual content that my child, at that age, doesn't understand".
While it's certainly commendable that the parent in this case is closely involved in her daughter's life, it's unfortunate that she:
A) Seems to feel that because she doesn't want her daughter reading the book, all other parents would feel the same way, and B) Isn't accounting for the fact that this is a middle school library, and that
i) sixth graders are very different from eighth graders, not to mention that ii) sixth graders vary, too.
Anyway, the Reconsideration Committee has heard her complaint and there will be a public hearing on February 18.
A review committee has recommended that The Yearling, which was challenged by a parent for its use of the n-word, stay in Chipley High School's 10th grade Honors English program. The challenger has stated that she'll appeal the decision. As is common in cases with complaints of this nature, it seems that the challenger wants to, in some way... ignore history.
While we are probably all, at this point, somewhat used to the beauteousness that the art department at Feiwel & Friends turns out on a regular basis, this one is something special.
PREDICTION: This book cover is so very gorgeous that it will tempt so very many readers currently unaware of Ellen Potter's fantabulous storytelling, characters and general writing skillz (Yep, I am so jazzed that I resorted to pluralizing the work 'skill' with a 'z' and I kind of want to punch myself in the face for doing it but I am too happy and excited to go back and re-word...) that, with this new book, she will become the NYT Bestselling Author with Legions Upon Legions of Fans that she SHOULD be (because I have complete faith that the inside of the book will be even better -- which in this case, is saying something -- than the outside):
(I'm a little bit scared of the girl -- she looks like she could dole out Serious Death Glare.)
As many of us are extremely interested in How Cover Art Comes To Be, Ellen Potter's post about her experience with the process is worth a read. And, of course, the artist should get a standing ovation.
Holly Black's short story "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" is available for free right now at the BSCreview -- give it a read, it's very much worth it. I loved it. (Are we coming to the end of this surge of the romanticized vampire trend? OH MY GOD, I HOPE SO.)
“The character’s skin color is accurately reflected in the interior, black-and-white illustrations in all the books. While Sticky’s complexion is different relative to the other characters on the covers, the difference is subtle and therefore the jacket illustrations do indeed seem misleading.”
While that statement strikes me as somewhat... disingenuous, I do realize that it isn't really possible for Little, Brown's Publicity Director to say something along the lines of, "You know what? You're right. We screwed up. [Edited to add: AND WE'RE SORRY.]"
The book is a condensed version of the episode. Of the story's 31 pages of text and pictures, two short passages mention the same-sex couple; one picture at the book's end features the two same-sex couples and their children together; and a drawn picture of one of the couples is in a scene's background.
The two passages state: "Buster went to visit his mom's friends Karen and Gillian. They had three children ..." and "Lily's moms, Tracy and Gina, were very good cooks."
The review committee has voted 6-1 to keep the book in the school's library, and the school board will decide today whether or not to abide by that decision.