I know, I know - NYC trip; summer 2010 buying appointments; book fairs; book talks; event planning; oh yeah and then there's my actual home life. I have had to jam so many books into my days that I do not actually have time to stop and review them, which completely sucks.
I can tell you a little bit about one book I love and can't wait for, though, because they picked my blurb for it for the Spring Kids' Indie Next List:
Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve
(Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780803733626)
"Polly Peabody lives on a magical rhubarb farm where diamonds grow and rain falls on a schedule. But when the rain stops falling, the plants begin to wither and the tourists stop coming. Polly's belief in the magic has always been unwavering -- is it enough to bring the farm (and her shaken family) back to life? The only thing more magical than the rhubarb farm itself? This book." --Melissa Posten, Pudd'nhead Books, Webster Groves, MO
I was so excited to see it included - I LOVE THIS BOOK and cannot wait to sell it. See the preview of the whole list here!
(Be back soon, I promise.)
I am really happy to say that a blurb I submitted was picked for the Summer '09 Indie Next List, a preview of which you can read here. The book is THE RED BLAZER GIRLS (my review), and my blurb reads:
The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780375848148 / 0375848142)
"Sophie and her friends must use cunning, luck, and an awful lot of math to figure out the puzzles that will lead them to the next clue in a decades-old scavenger hunt and enable them to find a priceless artifact -- before anyone else does, of course. This is, I hope, the start of many adventures with The Red Blazer Girls." --Melissa Posten, Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
The book came out April 15th, and you can order it from an independent bookstore at Indiebound!
The preview of the Fall 2008 Children's Indie Next List (formerly the Booksense Picks) is up here and features my brief review of Robin McKinley's upcoming book Chalice.
This is the second time I've made the list (the first was for Maureen Johnson's Girl At Sea) and I am just as excited - no, more excited, because I have loved McKinley for so long - as I was then.