ALA Galley Glee

Lynn: Just two short weeks ago we were gleefully visiting the publisher booths at ALA Midwinter in Denver, looking hungrily at the wonderful new books on display. Many kind publishers noted our pitiful state and we eventually staggered to our hotel with armloads of galleys to ship home. The boxes arrived quickly and now we have opened them, gloated over the treasures inside, sorted, stacked and hauled our bounty to school to share with our book club teens. We really don’t mean to tease those of you who weren’t able to go to Denver but we thought we’d each pick out 5 of the arcs we are most looking forward to reading just to give a sense of what goodies lie ahead. We were nearly mobbed by the teens so we will have to wait for some major prizes (Fire by Cashore) which were borne off by triumphant teen readers we just couldn’t say no to. Here are the five on the top of my stack. Please note that I haven’t tried to sneak in one more in deference to Cindy’s complaints about my previous lack of restraint!

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan Gratz (Penguin/Dial March 09)

Baseball, nine generations and a favorite author – what’s NOT to like?

After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr (Houghton May 09)

Freymann-Weyr is an author who always engages my head as well as my heart and this new book, told from a boy’s point of view, sounds like it is filled with fascinating topics and themes. This author always gives me something unusual and I am really eager to see what she has created this time.

Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins/EOS March 09)

I flat-out adore Oppel’s Airborn series so I can’t wait for Matt and Kate’s latest adventure!

Monster by A. Lee Martinez (Orbit May 09)

I really enjoy Martinez’s goofy imagination and was really excited to score this new galley. Pure entertainment to look forward to.

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (Simon & Schuster March 09)

The jacket description really piqued my interest. The story is about an autistic boy who can be himself online where he posts short stories and then he has the opportunity to meet an online friend in person. I am very intrigued and eager to read this new book by Baskin that just picked up a starred review.

Cindy: I thought I’d found the upcoming book I most wanted to read, the sequel to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, but those rats at Scholastic faked me out. The display copy of volume two, Catching Fire, was a dummy with blank pages. Good thing, too, because they had two of them and if the story had been inside, exhibit goers would have been stepping over Lynn and me staked out on the booth floor reading it then and there. So, here are the galleys I did come home with that I can’t wait to read:

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (Penguin/Dial Sept. 09)

I didn’t even know there was a sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts in the works. I’m so excited. This is an early unedited copy that cannot be used for review, and it is not our intent to blog titles that won’t be releasing soon, so it will be a while before you read more about it here.

King of the Screwups by K. L. Going (Harcourt, Apr. 09)

This has a great cover and is billed as “a funny story about fathers, fashion, and faux pas.” Sign me up.

Hero.com: Rise of the Heroes/Villain.net: Council of Evil (Walker, May 09)

This is a flip book, hero story on one side, flip it over for the villain story. It has a metallic cover that will attract the Alex Rider spy fans and while you wait to get your hands on it, you can hit the website and take the hero or villain quiz, create your own superhero or villain and challenge your friends to duels. I am a hero (but you knew that already) and my name is Exile. This book appeals to my inner 12-year-old boy and looks like pure fun.

Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee (Random House, Feb. 09)

First off, Markus Zusak blurbed the book saying it is one that you want to carry “around with you for months after you’ve finished, just to stay near it.” Secondly, I love books that tug at my heartstrings and if they have a bit of mystery and magical realism, all the better.

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile (Candlewick, May 09)

I didn’t get this galley, but it is the one I want most (well, maybe after the sequel to Hunger Games). It’s a picture book about two boys who have done everything… except nothing. Can they do nothing for ten seconds? Hmm. My post-conference to do list is so long and I am so behind at home and work that I long to have this book in my hands just so I can contemplate doing NOTHING.

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. bigcheese@alangratz.com' Alan Gratz says:

    Thanks for the plug! Hope you enjoy The Brooklyn Nine…

  2. crzy4bookslaura@gmail.com' Laura says:

    Ha! I wanted to sit on the cute little couch as Scholastic and read too–they are lucky that was a fake-out! It’s amazing to me that I shipped home four boxes of galleys and have none of the books you have listed here. Thanks for the details–I’m excited to read them all!

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