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Early October 2007

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Early October 2007

What's New on Kidsreads.com

Conjuring Up Some Terrific Reads

New Series Feature: RPM by Chris Fabry

Author Talk: Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Authors of THE NIXIE'S SONG

Now in Stores: ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis

Author Talk: Pam Munoz Ryan, Author of PAINT THE WIND

Author Talk: Guillaume Prevost, Author of THE BOOK OF TIME

2007 Halloween Roundup

Series Update: Araminta Spookie by Angie Sage

Series Update: Geronimo Stilton

Remembering Madeleine L'Engle

Cool New Books for September

September's New in Paperback Roundup

September's Reviews

Poll: Dressing Up for Halloween 

Question of the Month: A Bookish Halloween

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Conjuring Up Some Terrific Reads

October means...Halloween. It's still summer-like warm here in New York, so it feels odd to be thinking pumpkins. The other day my younger son started talking about his Halloween costume. He wants to be a ghost. Seriously. Last year he wanted to be a ghost, but I refused to let him cut eyes in a really big sheet that I had. Instead I made it into a toga. He still wants to be a ghost, so he suggested we just buy a cheap white sheet. I think this might be a good idea. One year my older son went trick or treating dressed as Harry Potter. At the school Halloween Parade there were lots of Harry Potters. I happen to think he was the BEST Harry Potter, but I am his mom! If any books or book characters have ever inspired your child’s Halloween costume, they can tell us about it in this month’s poll and question.

There are so many great books coming out this fall. One of them is ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis, who is one of my FAVORITE authors. I had a chance to meet Curtis a few months ago, and I confess I could not come up with ONE smart thing to say to him. Seriously. I was so in awe hearing him speak that I was tongue-tied trying to think of how to tell him how much his two books, THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM and BUD, NOT BUDDY, meant to me. ELIJAH OF BUXTON is about a boy who is the first freeborn baby in Buxton, the Canadian haven for runaway slaves. What I love about Curtis is the way he weaves stories about big issues and laces in lots of humor. You can read more about this book here.

Back to costume ideas. Does your child love racecar drivers? Then check out the first two books in a great new series called RPM by Chris Fabry. Fairy costumes are magically great. Your child might be inspired by the characters in Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s follow-up series to The Spiderwick Chronicles. Read this interview with the authors to find out more about Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. I know a lot of kids who are pretty passionate about horses and would love to dress up as one of the wild mustangs in Pam Munoz Ryan’s PAINT THE WIND. Read this interview with Ryan to find out more about her experiences researching for the book. THE BOOK OF TIME by Guillaume Prevost will give your little ones lots of ideas for cool Halloween costumes --- everybody from Vikings to pharaohs to Dracula himself appears in this page-turner. You can read more about the author in this interview. If your child is looking for a spooky costume, he or she could dress up as one of the characters from the two new Araminta Spookie books, FROGNAPPED and VAMPIRE BRAT. Does your child prefer muenster to monsters, gouda to ghosts? A mouse costume along the lines of Geronimo Stilton would be perfect! Click here to read more about the whiskered adventurer’s newest escapade.

Looking for even more ideas or just a good Halloween read? Check out our Halloween roundup. If your child is looking for a sweet treat but is tired of candy, try our Cool New and New in Paperback features, as well as our newest reviews. What’s that? Your child is NEVER sick of candy? Well, have them dig in while they read.

Do you remember reading A WRINKLE IN TIME or any other novel by Madeleine L’Engle? Her books are some of my favorites. I am very sorry to say that Ms. L’Engle passed away on September 6th. She was a terrific author and person, and she will be missed. 

I hope the new school year is off to a great start for your child. Happy autumn and, as always, happy reading. 

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

 

New Series Feature: RPM by Chris Fabry

RPM Series by Chris Fabry
Tim Carhardt is drifting through life with one goal --- survival. Jamie Maxwell believes she can and will become the first female winner of the cup. But life isn’t always as easy as it seems. What happens when dreams and faith hit the wall? In the trademark page-turner style used by Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, his fast-paced RPM books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Go behind the scenes of America’s most-watched sport to see what it’s like inside a 200-mph racecar as engines rev and lives collide. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
 

Click here to read our RPM series feature.


 

Author Talk: Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Authors of THE NIXIE'S SONG

Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, creators of the bestselling The Spiderwick Chronicleshave published THE NIXIE'S SONG --- the first installment in a follow-up series chronicling two children and their hunt for faeries, with their own copy of ARTHUR SPIDERWICK'S FIELD GUIDE TO THE FANTASTICAL WORLD AROUND YOU in tow. In this interview, DiTerlizzi and Black recall how they first met and formed this award-winning collaboration and discuss what readers can expect from Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, including new characters, an unlikely setting and scarier and more unpredictable creatures. They also reflect on what children find appealing about their books, share their thoughts on the upcoming Spiderwick movie --- scheduled for release in February 2008 --- and describe the series' official fan club, the International Sprite League.

THE NIXIE'S SONG: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
In this follow-up series to The Spiderwick Chronicles, Nicholas Vargas’s new stepsister Laurie introduces him to a faerie called a nixie. Unfortunately, the nixie is determined that Nick and Laurie will help find her sisters…or else. And the alternatives (fire-throwing giant, anyone?) are quite blood-curdling. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read a review of THE NIXIE’S SONG.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE NIXIE'S SONG.


 
Click here to read an interview with Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

 

Now in Stores: ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis

ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis
Elijah was the first freeborn baby in Buxton, the Canadian haven for runaway slaves. Eleven years later, he enjoys one lighthearted escapade after another --- until the day he is forced to face adulthood during a heartwrenching quest testing his spirit --- in this often humorous but ultimately moving tale. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

 

Click here to read a review of ELIJAH OF BUXTON.


 
Author Talk: Pam Munoz Ryan, Author of PAINT THE WIND
Pam Munoz Ryan is the author of more than 25 books for children and young adults, including ESPERANZA RISING, RIDING FREEDOM, BECOMING NAOMI LEON and AMELIA AND ELEANOR GO FOR A RIDE. In this interview, Ryan talks about her desire to take the classic horse stories she had read as a child one step further with her latest novel, PAINT THE WIND, and describes her experiences learning how to ride --- both in preparation for this book and to fulfill a childhood dream. She also discusses the challenges of writing from an animal's point of view, recalls an unforgettable riding memory similar to that of her main character, Maya, and shares her newfound appreciation for the landscape and wilderness that she hopes she can impart to her readers.

PAINT THE WIND by Pam Munoz Ryan
Ever since her parents died, Maya has lived with her oppressive grandmother, who mourns the death of Maya’s father with a crippling grief. When her grandmother unexpectedly dies of a massive stroke, Maya finds out she will be living with members of her mother’s family out in the Wyoming wilderness on a horse ranch. She is faced with the scary yet enticing opportunity to get to know these unfamiliar relatives --- and the horses her mother loved. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read a review of PAINT THE WIND.

 
Click here to read an interview with Pam Munoz Ryan.

 

Author Talk: Guillaume Prevost, Author of THE BOOK OF TIME

In this interview, Guillaume Prevost --- author of THE BOOK OF TIME --- explains what prompted him to write a book for children after publishing two adult historical mysteries, and describes the similarities between himself and main characters Sam, Lily and Allan. He also discusses the process of translating this novel into English from its original French, shares some of his favorite authors who have helped shape his writing and reveals what readers can look forward to in the second volume of this series.

THE BOOK OF TIME by Guillaume Prevost
In the first installment of Guillaume Prevost's trilogy, 14-year-old Sam Faulkner begins his quest to find his missing father, who left for a business trip and hasn't been heard from in more than a week. What Sam discovers in his dad's antique bookstore will change his life and test his courage. But will it help him find his father? Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read a review of THE BOOK OF TIME.

 

Click here to read an interview with Guillaume Prevost.


 

2007 Halloween Roundup

Witches and ghosts, princesses and goblins. What will be YOUR costume of choice on October 31st? At Kidsreads.com we love this time of year --- not only do we savor the cooler weather but we also look forward to the tricks, the treats and (of course) those spooky stories. Enjoy these books under a blanket with a flashlight --- some are frightening while others are funny, yet all of them will get you in the mood for Halloween!
 
Click here to read our 2007 Halloween roundup.

 

Series Update: Araminta Spookie by Angie Sage

FROGNAPPED: Araminta Spookie #3 by Angie Sage
Araminta is determined to find out what happened to Barry Wizzard's frogs, which have disappeared. Of course, it's not going to be easy, especially when dealing with a crazy character named Old Morris, a dangerous shark and a demanding aquarium show audience. Reviewed by Paula Jolin.

-Click here to read a review of FROGNAPPED.

VAMPIRE BRAT: Araminta Spookie #4 by Angie Sage
Araminta thinks something horrible is hiding in the deep, hidden passages of Spookie House. Could it be a werewolf? Add to that the arrival of Uncle Drac's creepy nephew, Max, and Araminta knows things will never be the same. She comes up with a plan to figure out what Max is up to --- and also to capture the werewolf. But will it work? Reviewed by Paula Jolin.

-Click here to read a review of VAMPIRE BRAT.

 

Click here to read our Araminta Spookie series feature.

 

Series Update: Geronimo Stilton

THE MYSTERIOUS CHEESE THIEF: Geronimo Stilton #31 by Geronimo Stilton
Can Geronimo find the notorious robber of Stilton cheese while somehow persuading the Stilton Cheesemakers' Association to allow Geronimo's family to continue to use their last name? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read our Geronimo Stilton series feature.
 
Click here to read a review of THE MYSTERIOUS CHEESE THIEF.


 

Remembering Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L’Engle, the author of over 60 books for children and adults, passed away on September 6th. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City. During her long life, she lived in the French Alps, South Carolina, Connecticut and finally back to New York. Before becoming a full-time author, L’Engle worked as an actress --- where she met her future husband --- and as a general store owner. She had three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her books won many accolades, including the 1963 Newbery Medal for her sci-fi/fantasy novel A WRINKLE IN TIME. During her acceptance speech for the Newbery, L’Engle said, “A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

Click here to read more about Madeleine L'Engle.


 

Cool New Books for September

September’s roundup of Cool New Books features the long-awaited return of the bestselling, award-winning series The Spiderwick Chronicles. A brand-new cycle has begun with THE NIXIE'S SONG, as Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Other highlights include INTO THE MIST, the thrilling prequel to the Land of Elyon trilogy by Patrick Carman; THE SEEMS: THE GLITCH IN SLEEP, John Hulme and Michael Wexler’s first book for young readers, in which a 12-year-old boy must risk everything in order to save the world from falling apart at the Seems; and WHAT-THE-DICKENS, a transporting tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of skibbereen --- aka tooth fairies --- and the universal need to believe.
 
Click here to see our roundup of Cool New Books for September.


 

September's New in Paperback Roundup

September’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, the riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's bestselling PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS; SUNSET, the conclusion to Erin Hunter’s Warriors: The New Prophecy series; THE SILVER DONKEY, a tale of friendship, bravery and hope from award-winning author Sonya Hartnett; and THE DOOR TO TIME and THE LONG-LOST MAP, the first two books in a fast-paced series full of mysteries, puzzles and codes that fans of CHASING VERMEER and The Spiderwick Chronicles will especially savor.
 
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for September.


 

September's Reviews

WHAT-THE-DICKENS: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy by Gregory Maguire
Playful, thoughtful, irreverent and wise, WHAT-THE-DICKENS is a fantastic new offering from Gregory Maguire, a master of fairy-tale reinvention. In his latest, Maguire reconsiders the lore of the tooth fairy, doing so with a playful tale set in the midst of a dire contemporary situation. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

COVER-UP: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein
Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are fully aware that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their drug tests and that the Dreams' owner is trying to cover up the results. These two teens are sitting on the biggest sports scandal of the decade. What they don't know --- yet --- is how to prove it. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS by Deborah Wiles
Twelve-year-old House Jackson --- star pitcher and team captain of the Aurora County All-Stars --- has been sidelined for an entire year with a broken elbow. He's finally ready to play, but unfortunately the team's only game of the year has been scheduled for the exact same time as the town's 200th-anniversary pageant. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

THE TIGER'S EGG: The Wednesday Tales No. 2 by Jon Berkeley
Jon Berkeley's second novel in The Wednesday Tales continues the fantastical and often comical story of orphan Miles Wednesday, as he sets forth on another strange adventure in pursuit of the truth. Reviewed by Patsy Side.

THE MYSTERIOUS EDGE OF THE HEROIC WORLD by E.L. Konigsburg
Amedeo Kaplan is the newcomer in a Navy town where new kids are nothing special. When he steps off the school bus and makes friends with William Wilcox, Amedeo starts down a path that could lead him to his secret dream --- to discover something no one else has ever known. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

SCHOOLED by Gordon Korman
For decades, Gordon Korman has written consistently strong novels for middle-grade children. His latest, SCHOOLED, is no different. It’s a humorous book about peace, love and modern values, and it will make kids think --- when they're not too busy laughing out loud. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

OUTRIDERS #3: EXPEDITION TO PINE HOLLOW by Ed Decter
Cam Walker and his friends soar back into print with their third awesome adventure. For this expedition, the Outriders plan to revisit an ancient tower deep in the State Forest one last time before a mining company destroys it. And, like every other Outrider quest, this exploration explodes with excitement, mystery and danger. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.


 

Click here to read September's reviews.


 

Poll: Dressing Up for Halloween 

Do you usually dress up for Halloween?

Yes
No
No, but I want to


Have you ever dressed up as a character from a book?

Yes
No
No, but this sounds like something I would like to do

I don't dress up for Halloween.
 

 

Click here to answer our poll.


 

Question of the Month: A Bookish Halloween

If you could dress up as any literary character for Halloween, who would you be?
 

Click here to answer our question.


 

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