Algonquin Young Readers
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A Well-Read Life Begins Here
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"I wish there was a manual on how to come out and what a young gay person is supposed to do. Like, is there a secret handshake I don’t know about?"—Sara Farizan, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. Out 10/7!
Rachel Fershleiser, head of all things books at Tumblr, on using her megaphone to promote female writers. Listen to the full interview here, or download it at iTunes or Stitcher. (via firstdraftwithsarahenni)
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This is the second year Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series has topped the list. He tells NPR’s Lynn Neary:
"I don’t consider the books to be anti-authoritarian, but I do think it is important, if you think something is wrong, to question authority — because, you know, there are villains in real life, and they don’t always wear black capes and black hats. Sometimes they’re dressed like authority figures. And kids need to know that it’s important to question them."
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers, $16.95).
This lovely cross between a fable and an action-adventure tale falls into that category known as “chapter books,” the sort of book that kids aged nine to 13 are often expected to read—and just as often grouse about.
Don’t expect much grousing about this one, though.
Ned and his identical twin, Tam, are playing in the Great River one day when something terrible happens. Tam drowns, and Ned almost dies as well; his mother, known as Sister Witch in their village for her way with herbs, healing, and the only magic left in the world, saves him by stitching his twin’s soul to his chest.
But, as we all know, the thing about magic is that it’s dangerous and has consequences.
In another part of the world, Áine is a young girl living with her parents. When her mother dies, her father also nearly dies from grief. Finally jolted back into life, he takes Áine into the woods, where he takes up a life of banditry, eventually becoming the Bandit King.
And eventually, he decides to go after Ned’s mother’s magic while she’s gone out of town, leaving Ned to protect it.
This is a very well-developed story in the classical style of fairy tales, but with a tone that includes younger readers as “in-the-know.” They will find much to like about Ned, who struggles to recover from the loss of his twin (and the sense that “the wrong boy” lived, which is shared by the townspeople and perhaps even his father), and in Áine, who is a smart and brave girl.
All the characters are fully realized, with a strong narrative laid over the bones of traditional story-telling—which has, of course, become traditional story-telling because it works so well to hold our attention.
Keep this in mind for readers who are yet too young for Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series; it will be a good addition to the earlier Harry Potter books for the too-young-for-YA readers.
It’s being advertised as Sherlock meets Doctor Who, and this avid fan of British television has to agree that William Ritter’s first novel, Jackaby, pretty much fits the bill. It’s exactly the thing you want to curl up with a cup of tea and inhale in a window seat on a rainy autumn day. Mr. Jackaby is somewhat Tennant-ish; our protagonist is equal parts Molly Hooper, Rose Tyler and herself; and the murderous plot beautifully melds modern storytelling and classic fables…