Thursday, January 24, 2013

In this corner…

We’re honored to lace up the gloves for SLJ’s 2013 Battle of the Books. Our fighter is ready, and so are his corner men.

No Crystal Stair likes its chances very much.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Stars against darkness

I confess to a little bit of trepidation about the two Carolrhoda Lab standalones in spring 2013. They are not .  .  . cheerful. Fortunately:

The Twelve-Fingered Boy (Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy) Cover“Jacobs’ storytelling has the effortless velocity of early Dean Koontz, and his prose is textured with hard-boiled grit: each kid’s supernatural flexing causes nosebleeds and vomiting, not to mention the realistic mangling of innocent people. An expertly spiced stew of attitude, humor, horror, and grief—and with a movie-ready plot to boot. Sequels? Probably. Let’s make that hopefully.”*
–Booklist, STARRED.

The Sin Eater's Confession Cover“Bick’s compelling tale manages to be a blistering confessional and a page-turning whodunit (or maybe what-really-happened) all in one. Ben’s thoughts on sexuality, the dangers of rumor, individual freedom and personal responsibility, among other topics, will resonate with teens, who won’t mind the lack of a tidy end.

“Readers won’t be able to look away even if they find they don’t much like—or trust—Ben.”

–Kirkus, STARRED.

Trepidation, assuaged.

*Such hopes are not misplaced.