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October 2003 Newsletter October 2003
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Books or Candy --- What Would YOU Pick?
Cool New Books for October
Author Talk: Ian Falconer, Author of OLIVIA AND THE MISSING TOY
Author Talk: Robert Sabuda, Creator of the new ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND pop-up book
Series Update
Reviews and Features
Poll: Do You Always Know What You Want to Read?
Question of the Month
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Books or Candy --- What Would YOU Pick?
October means your teacher will tell you all about Christopher Columbus. October means Daylight Savings Time is coming to an end. October means Halloween, which means you get to wear some amazing costume and get candy. But ah, would you trade those M&Ms for BOOKS? Hmmmmm...what do you think?

Okay...we got a tad carried away there. You don't have to answer that!

We have lots of books for you this month as treats including the new Lemony Snicket, the new Captain Underpants (how great is it that ANOTHER one is out already?), a new Spiderwick and lots lots more.

We also have a feature about all the books being made into movies this fall. Can you picture Mike Myers as The Cat In The Hat?

Sooooo...trick or treat to all of you!

-- Booker T. Worm for

Cool New Books for October
A number of familiar faces highlight this month's roundup of cool new books. Olivia, the lovable piglet, is determined to find the culprit who stole her toy; young sleuths Cam Jansen and Nate the Great are hard at work trying to solve baffling cases; and George, Harold and the rest of the gang have returned for another heart-stopping (and slimy) Captain Underpants adventure. We're also featuring two books that CANNOT be missed: the tenth installment of Lemony Snicket's wildly popular series and Robert Sabuda's amazing new pop-up version of a classic story. With selections like these, who needs a television set?
Read our Cool New Books feature for October here.
Read an interview with Ian Falconer here. Read an interview here.
Author Talk: Ian Falconer, Author of OLIVIA AND THE MISSING TOY
In this interview stage designer and artist Ian Falconer talks about his enormously successful OLIVIA books, why he enjoys writing for a younger audience, and reveals what some of his favorite books were as a child.
Read an interview with Ian Falconer here.
Read an interview with Roberta Sabuda here. Read an interview with Roberta Sabuda here.
Author Talk: Robert Sabuda, Creator of the new ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND pop-up book
In this interview Robert Sabuda, who has established himself as one of today's most innovative and inventive creators of children's books, talks about his latest creation, an outstanding pop-up version of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. He also describes the process of writing and assembling a pop-up book and lets readers know what the subject of his next work will be.
Read an interview with Robert Sabuda here.
Books Into Movies
What could possibly be better than reading a good book? Seeing that book come to life on the big screen, of course! The Cat in the Hat, Peter Pan and Young Black Stallion will be arriving in theaters soon, and fans of Louis Sachar's HOLES will be thrilled to know that the film version of the popular book is now available on home video. So whether you're in the movie theater or relaxing in your living room, we hope you have a great time watching these highly anticipated films.
Read our books into movies feature here.'s MAGGIE'S DOOR/NORY RYAN'S SONG SWEEPSTAKES
To celebrate the publication of Patricia Reilly Giff's MAGGIE'S DOOR, is running a sweepstakes where readers have a chance to win a copy of MAGGIE'S DOOR plus NORY RYAN'S SONG --- the first book to feature the Ryans and the Mallons.

In the mid-1800s Nory Ryan and her friend, Sean Red Mallon, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.'s Wiley Saichek talks with Patricia Reilly Giff about her latest novel MAGGIE'S DOOR, the companion to NORY RYAN'S SONG. Giff describes the research she conducted for both books and offers helpful advice to young people who would like to learn more about their family's heritage
Read contest details, a review and an excerpt of MAGGIE'S DOOR here and an interview with Patricia Reilly Giff.
Read more about the latest CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS book here. Read more about Spiderwick here.
Series Update
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE BIG, BAD BATTLE OF THE BIONIC BOOGER BOY, PART 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers by Dav Pilkey
When Melvin and Mr. Krupp accidentally switch brains, George and Harold must travel in a time machine to recover the one instrument that will solve the problem. But how will they be able to combat the disgusting Robo-Boogers and prevent Melvin from becoming the world's most annoying superhero? Reviewed by Tom Donadio.

With all kinds of creatures after them, the Field Guide is the only protection Jared, Simon and Mallory have. Jared is determined to keep the guide, even though Mallory wants to get rid of it. There's only one person who can help them make sense of all this madness --- their crazy old aunt Lucinda. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.
Read our Series features update here.
Reviews and Features
SWEAR TO HOWDY by Wendelin van Draanen
Russell "Rusty" Cooper and Joey Banks are best friends, causing mischief together and keeping secrets from the outside world. But when a tragic accident occurs, Rusty is forced to re-examine the nature of their friendship. Reviewed by Carlie Kraft Webber and excerpted.

A young girl struggles with the misery of having her father far away from home, as he serves a year in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.

Desperaux Tilling is a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. Roscuro is a rat obsessed with light and soup, and Miggery Sow is a slow-witted serving girl with a grand wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that ultimately will lead them into each other's lives. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle and excerpted.

HOW I SURVIVED BEING A GIRL by Wendelin van Draanen
Twelve-year-old Carolyn is a tomboy who is convinced that being a girl is nothing but one big curse --- until some major life events cause her to reevaluate her convictions. Reviewed by Carlie Kraft Webber.

THE QUIGLEYS by Simon Mason
Four hilarious stories told by each member of the unforgettable Quigley family await you in Simon Mason's first book for children --- although adults will also find themselves falling in love with the quirky Quigleys. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

The Quigleys are back in this second collection of stories. This time the family takes a vacation to France, Mum attends a skipping competition at the local village fete, Will gets locked in his empty school, and Dad manages to have an adventure without even leaving the house! Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

A IS FOR ABIGAIL: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney
Lynne Cheney, bestselling author and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, brings us the stories of the many great women who have made a difference in the history of the United States. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.

THE JOURNEY: Guardians of Ga'Hoole - Book Two by Kathryn Lasky
Soren and his friends are looking for help in fighting the evil they discovered in Book One, and so they travel to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a mythical place where an order of owls rises each night to perform noble deeds. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

Aly, daughter of the legendary Lady Knight Alanna, is sold into slavery where she must fulfill her role in an ancient prophecy that foretells the coming of a great Queen. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

When Signora Strega-Borgia invites some would-be witches to stay with her family, weird things begin to happen, especially to Pandora and Titus. Are they falling under the witches' spell? Or is the ghost of the Strega-Borgias' past coming back to haunt them all? Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT: Champion of Freedom by Kathleen Kudlinski
Kathleen Kudlinski has written an excellent biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, focusing on his remarkable accomplishments as a political leader and the tenacious spirit that kept him active in politics even after being crippled by polio. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.

STOP THAT TRAIN! by Geraldine McCaughrean
Cissy and her parents have just arrived with other settlers to stake a claim in the future town of Florence. But they must deal with a slick railroad owner, who refuses to stop any more trains at Florence. Cissy and her companions must find a way to get the train to stop in Florence --- the town's survival depends on it. Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber.
Read our reviews and features here.
Poll: Do You Always Know What You Want to Read?
When you go to the store or the library do you know what you want to read, or are you just browsing around?

I ALWAYS know what I am looking for.
I usually have an idea of what I might want to read and then go browsing from there.
I usually just look around to see what is interesting to me.
I am not sure what I do.
Answer the Poll here.
Question of the Month
Name one book that did not look interesting to you when you first saw it, that became one you really liked.
Click here to answer our Question of the Month.

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