Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Man Booker International Prize

Finalists have been announced for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize! Awarded every two years for achievements in fiction, this year's winner will be announced May 18 at the Sydney Writers' Festival. The winner will also be honored at an awards ceremony June 28 in London.

New Harry Potter Poster!

It's still months away, but a new poster has been released for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The film is the final in the adaptation of the bestselling Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Anyone else looking forward to the final showdown?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Three Musketeers Film

The first official trailer has been released for the latest film adaptation of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. This one, scheduled for an October 2011 release, stars Logan Lerman (of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief), Orlando Bloom, and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kat, Incorrigible

Title: Kat, Incorrigible
Author: Stephanie Burgis
ISBN: 9781416994473
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: April 5, 2011

Imagine Ramona Quimby dropped into the world of Jane Austen and add a touch of magic. The result is the charming, and funny, Kat, Incorrigible. Katherine “Kat” Stephenson is learning, to her own amazement, that she’s inherited her mother’s magical talents. Her mother, a known witch, caused quite a scandal in her life, but died just after Kat was born.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Children's Choice Book Awards

The Children's Choice Book Award Finalists have been revealed!

Kids can vote online at from March 14 to April 29th. Winners will be announced in May at the Children's Choice Book Awards gala.

Here's a quick recap of the nominees

Author of the Year
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay: The Final Book of the Hunger Games
Stephenie Meyer, The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner
Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

Illustrator of the Year
Loren Long, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
David Wiesner, Art & Max
Mo Willems, Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion
Robin Preiss Glasser, Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique
Nancy Tillman, Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kat, Incorrigible

Quick sneak peak at a terrific new book for kids aged 8-12. Kat, Incorrigible is fantastic. Think of Ramona Quimby dropped into a Jane Austen novel with a touch of magic. Great fun! Full review soon!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Emerald Atlas

Title: The Emerald Atlas: Book I of the Books of Beginning
Author: John Stephens
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 9780375868702
Releases: April 5, 2011

When I first heard of The Emerald Atlas, I read that it was the start to a “generation-defining” series, and even read a comparison to the Harry Potter series. The simplest summary, featured in many of the marketing ads is just this: “the story of three children who set out to save their family and end up having to save the world.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You Know When the Men are Gone

Title: You Know When the Men are Gone
Author: Siobhan Fallon
ISBN: 9780399157202
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books

The news is spattered with stories of our soldiers, but not necessarily of their personal lives. You Know When the Men are Gone, a new novel from Siobhan Fallon, gives readers just that: a glimpse into the lives of soldiers and their families. Fallon, herself a military spouse, focuses her novel on Fort Hood, Texas.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
ISBN: 9780316098335
Publisher: Little Brown & Company

Quick Review: The poignant and heart-wrenching story of Jack, a five-year old boy who’s never been outside of Room, where he and Ma live. Jack and Ma’s story shine through in this tale of a mother’s love for her son, and a son’s devotion to his mother.