Books Books Everywhere!

cindy-lynn-booksLynn: We have a problem. It’s a totally great problem but there definitely are some down-sides to it. We have books, books, books stacked EVERYWHERE! You can hardly walk through my office. It all started with serving on YALSA committees, increased when we started reviewing for Booklist and has gotten completely out of hand now that we are blogging. Generous kind publishers send us books that we can’t wait to read. They arrive in boxes on our porches, packages crammed into our mailboxes and we haul them home by the dozens from conference. We want to read them all and although we take them into school to share with our teens, we have a shameless number stacked everywhere at home, ready to be read. At times the stacks are positively life-threatening! We definitely don’t mean to taunt or brag – we know how lucky we are! We just wish we could read faster. We also try hard not to blog about books too far ahead of their publication. Some people like to know about upcoming books, though, so we thought we’d post a list of a few of the books we’re excited about. With ALA coming soon, many of these arcs will be available in the exhibit hall. Here’s what is on the top of my towering stacks:

Hamlet by John Marsden  (August 2009)

I’ve read everything Marsden has written multiple times and I can’t wait for his take on one of my favorite plays.

Exposure by Mal Peet (October 2009)

Keeping the Shakespeare theme going here, a soccer star called Otello falls for a white pop star Desmerelda. Paul Faustino is back in business reporting a murder.

The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge (September 2009)

I fell hard for the quirky clever Fly By Night and can’t wait for this new book set on a jungle island.

Bad Apple by Laura Ruby (October 2009)

I’m not sure whether I love Ruby’s fantasies or her realistic Good Girls most, but I will read WHATEVER this gifted writer creates!

Forest Born by Shannon Hale (September 2009)

Another Bayern book – what else do I need to say?

Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (August 2009)

I adore faustian books and this one looks like a winner. We were sent this in the winter and I’ve somehow managed to avoid reading it because the pub date is August. I’m not waiting any longer!

The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence (November 2009)

Iain Lawrence is a god. This one set in 1955 tells of a young storyteller who visits her friend who has contracted polio. Her on-going story of a rampaging giant changes the lives of the listeners in their iron lungs. OMG!

Raven Summer by David Almond (November 2009)

Did I mention writing gods? Almond always challenges me as a reader. I am often baffled but I am always rewarded.

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (September 2009)

Grandma Dowdel returns. Nothing else needs to be said.

Books I am itching for but do not have to yet (it’s an addiction):

Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Cindy: My family is starting to grouse about my books taking over the house. I just give them an evil eye while thinking that if they would only move out I’d have room for more books! (Just kidding, honey!) I have three books going right now, but here are some of the new titles that are in my stacks (in addition to the ones that Lynn has listed):

ask-and-answerThe Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (September 2009)

Book one, The Knife of Never Letting Go won numerous awards and left readers hanging by their fingernails. I’m clawing my way up my stack of books to read this one pronto before my teen readers learn I have it.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray (September 2009)

Bray is hilarious in person, and I’m intrigued to read this departure from her Victorian Gemma Doyle Trilogy. The cover promises that this “dark comedic journey poses the questions: Why are we here? What is real? What makes microwave popcorn so good? Why must we die? And how do we really learn to live?” Sign me up.

Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd ( October 2009)

A foster child takes flight in what is promised to be a bittersweet, gritty, and humorous book. In the hands of this talented author we lost too soon it’s almost guaranteed to be a success.

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (September 2009)

I have an Alcatraz Warden’s mug on my desk that gullible sixth graders assume I got “on the job.” I can’t wait to read this sequel to the Newbery Honor winning Al Capone Does My Shirts.

Malice by Chris Wooding (October 2009)

I was mesmerized by Storm Thief and besotted with Poison. I can’t wait to read the newest title about three kids trapped in a deadly comic book world.

Scurvy Goonda by Chris McCoy (November 2009)

They had me at the title and the cover art, but then there’s the description of Scurvy as an “outlandish invisible pirate with an insatiable love for bacon.” How can you NOT read this?

As for titles that I don’t have and want? I need Lynn to hurry up and share our copy of the new Grandma Dowdel book. And, I’m lusting for Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee, a new graphic novel that I’ve heard Jen Hubert of Reading Rants raving about. Other than that, I’m all ears. What upcoming books do YOU know about that I should add to my exhibit quest next month at ALA?



About the Author:

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.

12 Comments on "Books Books Everywhere!"

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  1. I’m hearing great things about Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn so am eager to get my hands on it. And then there is Linda Buckley-Archer’s conclusion to her Gideon trilogy, Time Quake — want it! I’m sure there are many others, but those two come to mind.

  2.' Angela says:

    Augh, so jealous!

    However, I have read Leviathan, it’s pretty awesome. And I heard Libba Bray give a reading of Going Bovine back during NYC Teen Author’s week and the excerpt was HILARIOUS (I wrote a little bit about it here – haven’t written up my Leviathan thoughts – I figured I’d wait until closer to its publication).

    As for what I’m looking forward to, omg I NEED The Ask and the Answer. And I hadn’t heard about John Marsden’s Hamlet, but it definitely sounds like somthing I need to keep an eye out for!

  3.' Laura says:

    You two are so funny! I love the picture. I’m waiting for Liar by Larbalestier, Front and Center by Murdock, Going Bovine by Bray, Scarlett Fever by Johnson, Leviathan by Westerfeld, and sooooo many more! Can’t wait to do some exhibit hall scouting! 🙂

  4.' Laura says:

    Oh, and I also love Marsden–heard about him first from you two at MAME a few years back!

  5. Laura…is Scarlet Fever coming soon? I loved Maureen Johnson’s first one, Suite Scarlet, but then, I love all of Johnson’s books. And if Front and Center is another sequel to Dairy Queen, I’m with you on wanting that too. I don’t see the stacks getting any shorter! Glad you liked the photo. I was giggling the whole time I edited it. Lynn looks like she is on tippy toes to see over her stack!–Cindy

  6. Cindy, thanks for the shout-out, but Outlaw: the legend of Robin Hood is published by Candlewick, not First Second. Some of my must reads? Levithan’s Love is the Higher Law is out in August and our favorite guy Brian Katcher has a second novel out in October called Almost Perfect which has me drooling: boy falls for girl. boy kisses girl. boy finds out that girl…is a boy. Can’t wait–but my official review book pile is so big it’s killing me. I know your pain!

  7.' Laura says:

    Cindy: Maureen Johnson has ARCs, so I’m hoping very soon–not sure of the date though (HOPING VERY SOON!) and, yes, Front and Center is another in the Dairy Queen series. I love them! I do love a picture that makes even the people in it laugh! I’m not sure the stacks ever get shorter, they just change and rotate 🙂

  8. Jen, thanks for correction on the Robin Hood GN. I double checked online, and I came up with Walker as the publisher so I’ve updated the post. If I’m wrong again, please let me know. I have the Katcher and the Levithan and am eager to read them both. They should have been in my list above.–Cindy

  9. I have the hardcover of Outlaw, and Candlewick is listed as the publisher. Weird!

  10. I am bowing to your hardcover in hand. What do I know? I’m glad you corrected my inaccuracy, but at this point I don’t really care WHO published it, I just want the book! 🙂 –Cindy

  11.' Amelia says:

    Thank you, thank you for letting me know about Al Capone Shines My Shoes! I didn’t realize a sequel was in the works.
    I see Tamora Pierce is someone’s stack as well. 😀

    Andrew Clements has a new one coming out in two weeks, Extra Credit about pen-pals.
    This Book is Not Good for You by Pseudonymous Bosch (third in the series)
    Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson (third in Alcatraz series)

    It’s already out (published May 2009) but Spirits in the Park by Scott Mebus is at the top of my “Must Read List,” because I absolutely LOVED his debut novel Gods Of Manhattan.

    I need to bookmark this blog, because you ladies are great!

  12.' Sam Hart says:

    Hi Jen and Cindy,

    Outlaw is published in the UK by Walker Books and in the US by Candlewick, their sister company – so you’re both right.

    More info (and previews) here:

    Hope you do enjoy it, cheers.

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