Monday, June 30, 2008

The Bone Magician

When The Black Book of Secrets came out, I snatched it right up because I loved the look of the cover and the black pages. But the book was even better than the cover. The story was awesome. She is an awesome storyteller. And The Bone Magician does not upset as a second novel.

This book is another tale set in the dark town of Urbs Umida. But this time we are watching dead bodies, witnessing resurrections and paying to see beasts and magic shows. And catching a killer. The silver apple killer, to be exact.

I found The Bone Magician to be addictive. I couldn't put it down. I loved how she wove the two stories together and brought up familiar characters from The Black Book of Secrets in the end of The Bone Magician. I can't wait to go back and read the first one and pick up clues, once again.

If you haven't read The Black Book of Secrets, do it! The Bone Magician doesn't come out 'til later this year so you still have time to read the first one before it does.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Oh. My. Gosh. I love Jon Scieszka. He (also) spoke at a pre-conference I recently attended in Anaheim, CA. He is so dang funny. He read snippets from his new (out in the Fall) book Knuckleheads. His humor is so dead-pan. He cracks me up.

Anyway, I was LUCKY to score a copy of the ARC and read it in about an hour. It has very short chapters about his life "growing up Scieszka". He had 5 brothers. They caused their parents much grief.

I did not know that he grew up in Flint, MI. Being a Michigander myself, I think this is way cool.

Well, the book is fantastic. It is just a short memoir piece aimed at the younger set but worth reading no matter what age you are. I think this book will be a huge hit even though it is sort of in a world of its own amount youth non-fiction. I keep telling people it reminded me of Haven Kimmel.

So. Read it. As soon as you can. I've already given my copy away but I made the reader promise she would return it to me upon completion. And if not, I will hunt her down!

The Clique Summer Collection #1: Massie

I had the pleasure of hearing a few "tween" author's speak at a pre-conference in Anaheim, CA during ALA's Annual Meeting. Lisi Harrison, author of the ever-popular Clique series was one of the presenters. She talked about how she used to work at MTV and how the culture there was the inspiration for the Clique girls' lifestyle.

She recently finished a "summer series" companion to her Clique books. Each of the girls has their own book. As an incentive to attending the program, we received a copy of the first book in the series titled Massie.

It was a fun, quick read. Massie causes trouble as usual being the self-centered brat that she is. She becomes a cosmetics salesperson for a new line of Beautiful makeup. But her idea of the best sales pitch is not in line with the company's philosophy.

The book was very different from other Clique books that I've read because the other girls in the Pretty Committee are off doing their own things. Still, it should please the readers to know that Massie gets her way (as always) and Lisi Harrison has worked her name-dropping, glamorous lifestyle magic once again.