Archive for the Children and YA Category

“Scat” – the latest title for young readers by Carl Hiaasen.

Scat - Carl Hiaasen

Scat - Carl Hiaasen

Signed First Editions are now available to order.

“Once again, Hiaasen has written an edge-of-the-seat eco-thriller. When their unpopular biology teacher goes missing in a suspicious fire during a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, Nick and Marta don’t buy the headmaster’s excuse for her absence and decide to do some investigating of their own. Eco-avengers; an endangered, hunted panther; illegal pipelines in the Everglades; and an underachieving student with the nickname “Smoke” all play a part in this gripping novel.  ” – School Library Journal

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family.

A graduate of the University of Florida, at age 23 he joined The Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team.

Children and Young Adult titles

(www.vjbooks.com, Sept. 2008)

Did you know that some of the bestselling authors of adult fiction also write for younger readers?
 
Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry, Rick Riordan, Clive Barker, Robert B. Parker, Elmore Leonard, Clive Cussler, and Carl Hiaasen are just a few of those turning their remarkable abilities to tell a story to a younger audience.
 
I must admit that more than one of these books have found their way onto my reading table, and we have shared all three of the Peter Pan books by Pearson/Barry with our kids.  They were exciting, and a pure delight to read aloud.
 
For the young and the young at heart, these books make great gifts and are a welcome addition to any collection!  On our link “Children and Young Adult” we’ve given you a little background on just a few of these creative and inspiring authors.
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Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book

(Publisher’s Weekly, Sept. 29, Dave McKean)

A lavish middle-grade novel, Gaiman‘s first since Coraline, this gothic fantasy almost lives up to its extravagant advance billing. The opening is enthralling: “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.” Evading the murderer who kills the rest of his family, a child roughly 18 months old climbs out of his crib, bumps his bottom down a steep stairway, walks out the open door and crosses the street into the cemetery opposite, where ghosts take him in. What mystery/horror/suspense reader could stop here, especially with Gaiman’s talent for storytelling? The author riffs on the Jungle Book, folklore, nursery rhymes and history; he tosses in werewolves and hints at vampires—and he makes these figures seem like metaphors for transitions in childhood and youth. As the boy, called Nobody or Bod, grows up, the killer still stalking him, there are slack moments and some repetition—not enough to spoil a reader’s pleasure, but noticeable all the same. When the chilling moments do come, they are as genuinely frightening as only Gaiman can make them, and redeem any shortcomings. Ages 10–up. (Oct. 2008)

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Mystery Writers of America Names 2009 Grand Master Award

(marketwatch.com, Nov 20)

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced that the organization will name James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton its 2009 Grand Masters in honor of the Bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth next year. Not since 1978 has the organization presented dual Grand Masters.

MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery genre and was established to acknowledge important contributions to the genre, as well as significant output of consistently high-quality material. The awards will be presented at the 63rd Annual Edgar(R) Awards banquet on Thursday April 30, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

According to MWA executive vice president Harry Hunsicker, the Edgar Awards — or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known — are named after Edgar Allan Poe, whose 200th birthday will be marked next year. “One of the great pleasures of my tenure at the helm of MWA has been informing two of the most talented writers on the planet that they have been selected as (more…)

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