Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Librarian/reviewer preview: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Many thanks to Victoria Stapleton and the wonderful folks at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the invitation to their Spring 2008 preview on October 31. Little, Brown previews are always plentiful with food, Diet Coke, fun conversation with editors, and books that look interesting. A quick rundown of what I can't wait to read:

  • The part of me that wanted to be a goth when I was a kid can't wait to read ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley. From the flap copy: Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is. Even worse: she's dead. I've been a fan of Roman Dirge's Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl for years and am so excited to see another book for those of us who are, for want of better description, pink goths. See the site: And the most exciting thing about this book: THE FINAL COPIES WILL HAVE FOIL ON THE COVER. Yes! I love foil!

  • In the Small by Michael Hague. From the flap copy: A blue light flashes. With in seconds, every human being is fewer than six inches tall. Mother Nature begins to exact her revenge on mankind. Dystopian YA novels have been really hot this past year, and this graphic novel looks like it will be an amazing addition to that genre. Although the art in the galley is black and white, the few sample pages in color at the front are absolutely phenomenal, haunting and horrifying.

  • Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, author of the National Book Award-nominated Story of a Girl. From the flap copy: As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also each other's only friend. So when Cameron disappeared without warning, Jennifer thought she'd lost the one true friend she'd ever had. Guaranteed to be heartbreaking, insightful, and true, if Story of a Girl is anything to go by.

  • Little, Brown's newest project is a manga imprint, Yen Press, headed by Rich Johnson, formerly of DC Comics. I'm personally not much of a manga reader but I'll be checking these out just because the premises of the series sound like wacky fun. Some of the books I picked up are: Black God by Dall-Young Lin, Zombie-Loan by Peach-Pit, and Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning by Kyo Shirodaira and Eita Mizuno.

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