Same formula, same quirks, same result: Crash will very definitely appeal to McMann’s fanbase and it isn’t likely to change the minds of those who haven’t enjoyed her previous books. So, if you’ve liked her previous titles, pick it up; if not, pass on it.
The two men were initially friends: exactly the same age, and both comic writers, they moved in the same circles in 1920s London, playing on the same cricket team and contributing to many of the same publications. In 1928, they even collaborated on the adaptation of Wodehouse’s A Damsel in Distress. By the 1930s, their friendship had cooled somewhat—Wodehouse defenders cite jealousy—but it wasn’t until World War II that things became actively hostile.
Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about/traveling; print is better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime.
The whole report is downloadable, though I'm going to save that for tomorrow: tonight is all about Kevin Bacon and The Following.
I compiled the links to my posts about Alex Award winners on a Pinterest board. Same goes for the Printz award. (I'm a bit horrified about how FEW of those titles I've written about. Eeek.)
After reading this interview with Katherine Applegate, I'm even more positive that there's NO WAY I can read this year's Newbery winner, The One and Only Ivan. I'm pretty sure that I would drown in an ocean of my own tears. Either that or get so dehydrated (from the crying) that I would dry up and blow away. OR LOOK LIKE THE DESICCATED CHIPMUNK THAT JOSH FOUND IN OUR BEDROOM YESTERDAY. Ahem.