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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: Sparkly Vampires and Presidential Fowl

  • Two Blue Rose Girls visuals for you.  Recently, author/illustrator Meghan McCarthy has been receiving alien dolls.  They are, not to put too fine a point on it, adorable.  Here’s one.  The other visual is author/illustrator Grace Lin’s recent photo shoot for an up-to-date author photo.  Check out the red background.  Nice.  I think Grace should go with photo #1, but that’s just me.

  • Remember just how mad everyone was a year or two ago about that teen novel Cathy’s Book?  This was a title that was going to include product placement in its story.  Lots of books for kids mention products, but this was one of those cases where the author was going to do it because a corporate sponsor wanted it done.  Well, the paperback has cast aside the Cover Girl mentions for the paperback edition. 

"A drawing in the hardcover edition, for instance, shows Cathy wearing “Cover Girl lipgloss ‘Demure,’ ” and “Waterproof Mascara —’Very Black’ ,” but it appears in the paperback version without any makeup noted. And at the end of the hardcover edition, Cathy talks about wearing “a killer coat of Lipslicks in ‘Daring’ “; in the paperback she just says, “a killer coat of lipstick.”

And you wonder why I don’t review teen fiction.  In a New York Times article called In Book for Young, Two Views on Product Placement the Times’ resident kidlit reporter Motoko Rich also looks at the upcoming Mackenzie Blue from Harper Collins.  It doesn’t particularly matter since author Tina Wells didn’t put any placement in the book (though she seems freakily open to it).  Still, I was very fond of Roger Sutton’s response to this bizarre statement on the part of Harper Collins publisher, Susan Katz: “It gives us another opportunity for authenticity.”  What he said.  And man are his commenters on the ball.  My favorite comes from this Anonymous type person – "Will Max have a Coke in his very own room waiting for him and it was still cold in the next edition?"  Kelly’s take
is nice too.

No more to say, I should think.  Thank you, Pixie Stix Kids, for bring it to my attention.

  • Regarding a certain photograph: Are they going to CGI them up like Angelina Jolie in Beowulf?  At this point, how could they not.  Them’s not danged diamond skinned enuff by my book *spitoo!*  Thanks for the link, Leila.

  • Ever wondered what the ugliest literary prize is?  Galleycat ponders three choices.  Two here, one here.

  • The jury picks for the Norton Award are out.  These include:  The Lion Hunter by Elizabeth Wein, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, and The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu.  One out of three ain’t bad (translation: I have read one of these three books).  Thanks to Gwenda for the link.

  • Half a year ago my aunt, who runs a high school forensic speech team, asked me for suggestions for monologues.  I, of course, offered up now-Newbery winner Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!  Looks like I chose well.  Here’s what Aunt Judy had to say about the choice:

Yes indeedy, "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!" has been a source of great delight and success for the St. Francis High School Speech Team, this season.  My very best student . . .  performed three selections from it (the Varlet’s Child, the Shepherdess, and the Beggar Boy) as her poetry piece at the Northern California qualifying tournament for the National Catholic Forensic League, and took First Place in Oral Interpretation of Literature!  This earns her the right to compete with it at the Grand National Tournament in Appleton, Wisconsin, over Memorial Day weekend.  Hooray!!!

Whoop!  Take ’em down, girl!

  • And yes.  You may buy this for me for my birthday.

Heaven knows where I’d put it, though.  Thanks to BB-Blog for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. tongue-in-cheek says:

    You want a baby? Fuse, I think you can make one on your own, with some help, but I don’t we can buy one for you.

    : )

  2. Heh. I suppose I could have also have been referring to that apartment. Look at that window and those bookcases! Sign me up, pronto.

  3. Gail Stucky says:

    My daughter (who is coached by her parents–her dad is the head coach at a small Ks HS; I’m his assistant), upon my recommendation, also performed 3 selections (Isobel, Shepherdess, Barbary the mud-slinger)from Good Masters for forensics. She won the league championship and took 2nd in the state of Kansas. The piece never placed worse than second all year. Wonderful stuff for oral interpretation: great range of emotions, accents, etc. We had a great time creating distinct characters for each poem.