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Fusenews: Goodbye Goodbye, Columbus

Oh, you think the award season is done, old bean?  Why we have only but BEGUN to hand out the 2011 awards!  The Newberys, Caldecotts, and other ALA Media Awards are just the tip of the old iceberg.  There are so many others to explore.  For example, did you get a chance to really examine the 2012 Notable Children’s Books list from ALSC that was recently released?  Absolutely fascinating stuff.  Some books delight, some baffle, and some I’ve not even heard of.  To the library!  Don’t forget that the Sydney Taylor Awards were given out recently too.  Offered to books that “authentically portray the Jewish experience” there were twenty-eight for 2011 alone.  Woot!  The Scott O’Dell Award went to a book that’s a bit better known since this past Monday.  Fun Fact: That award hasn’t gone to a Newbery Award winner since 1998’s Out of the Dust.  Then on the mystery side of the things the Edgar Award nominations were released.  I adore that they distinguish between “Juvenile” and “Young Adult” books.  Icefall is a particularly clever inclusion (I hadn’t categorized it as a “mystery” but I suppose that it is in the old-fashioned sense of the term).  Heck, I’m surprised they didn’t include Dead End in Norvelt as well.  And if I’m not mistaken, at some point here the American Indian Youth Literature Awards for 2012 should be released.  Anyone know roundabout when that might be?

  • Meanwhile, other blogs have been doing their post-ALA Award round-ups as well.  There are many to pick and choose from, but I think I’ll highlight the Seven Impossible Things post that shows some prototypes from A Ball for Daisy and Travis at 100 Scope Notes who gives everything a once over.
  • Who told me about this on Twitter?  Was it you, Rocco?  Or you, Mr. Schu?  Whoever it was I’m still puzzling it over.  Basically it boils down to five words: Sweet. Valley. High. Television. Musical. Throw in Diablo Cody and the guys behind Next to Normal and . . . words, for once, fail me.
  • An excellent round-up of unexpected children’s authors over at the blog We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie.  Many of these I’ve heard of but there are certainly a couple that sounded new to me.  Eleanor Roosevelt?  I had no idea.  Don’t know how I missed this one for so long.
  • Maybe it sounds odd, but what do published authors of books for kids miss the most about being unpublished?  It’s an odd question but it sparks some really great answers over at Project Mayhem.  Great title too: Rushing towards that dream? Wait.
  • Amen, sister.  Amen.

Oh!  Remember the other day when I posted that screen shot from Mad Men and asked you guys to tell me what book was featured?  Well, those of you who said The Twenty-One Balloons were dead on the money.  I admit to you that when I saw that cover I thought the balloons were puppy faces.  My bad.  Billy Parrott blogs about the solution and even includes images that prove how right y’all were.  Clever readers.  I don’t know what I’d do without you.

I’m not particularly girly.  Make-up is not an everyday occurrence.  I don’t understand the nature of handbags or why they need to be purchased.  I like shoes but tend to buy the pairs I need one at a time rather than simultaneously.  Yet I did find this post on gowns on YA novels compelling.  Sometimes for fun I like to show historical YA novels to my friend who works with costumes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I think she’d get a kick out of this piece too.

  • I’m not a betting woman, which is good because while I thought that there’d be a big old dust-up over the Daily Mail’s piece bewailing Walter Dean Myers the real controversy that erupted recently was best summarized in the PW piece Should Authors and Agents Weigh In on Citizen Reviews? Long story short: No.
  • And from Cynopsis Kids, a l’il ole something to make the liquid in your eyeballs fizzle:
The Hatchery and Jane Startz Productions is set to produce films, TV series and TV movies based on the books by author V.C. Andrews. Dan Angel (The Haunting Hour, Dan Vs., The Ben Carson Story, Door to Door), a partner in the production company, The Hatchery, has acquired the rights to the V.C. Andrews library, including existing and all future titles, and has teamed up with Jane Startz (Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Magic School Bus) and her Jane Startz Productions, to develop projects based on the works. Some 70 of the V.C. Andrews books, including the popular bestseller Flowers in the Attic, are currently available in 26 languages in 95 countries. Author Andrew Neiderman (The Devil’s Advocate, published under his own name), has been the longtime ghostwriter of the Andrews books, taking over for the author following her death in 1986. This March 2012 will see the release of the new V.C. Andrews title, Into The Darkness, a paranormal love story.  Additionally, The Forbidden Sister will be published in fall 2012, followed by its sequel Roxy’s Story.  First Blood, a sequel to Daughter of Darkness, will release in fall 2013, followed by a new two-book series to be published in 2014. Simon & Schuster UK is the long-term publisher of V.C. Andrews.
  • Book development schtoof.  It appears that there’s a new company of that sort in town going by the name of Welcome Literary LLC.  As a librarian I’m not entirely clear what “book development” means, but the mission statement says that the company is attempting “To create smart, short, books for a Middle Grade & Teen audience that has been made to feel that if they don’t like 500 page fantasies, they don’t like reading.  As we speak five brilliant writers are hard at work on five wonderful novels with big concepts created by Welcome Literary LLC.  Manuscripts will be sent out to publishers starting in mid April.”  Okey dokey then.  They’ve got Brenda Bowen (who needs to update her blog) on board as their rep, so that’s good enough for me.
  • Daily Image:

Bookshelves always make for the best Daily Images.  This one was just so crazy I couldn’t help but report it.  PW recently decided that it was their Favorite Book Related Thing of the Week.  To wit, a coffee table that is designed by artist Lisa Finster around a stack of your favorite books.  Sure, they’ll be destroyed within a week but for a little while there you’ll be the coolest kid on the block:
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. Hi,

    I discovered your blog because you did a link to mine (Reel Girl) about a post on Lego for girls and the letter from the 14 yr old girl to Lego. I am so happy to discover it your blog! I love it. Can you recommend great blogs that focus on MG books, especially ones centered on girls? I’ve written quite about about politics and culture, but recently published short fiction for adults and am currently writing an MG book. On Reel Girl, I review and rate kids media and products for girl empowerment. I have three daughters ages 2 – 8.

    Thanks so much,

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Thanks for the kind words, Margot. As for blogs that focus on MG novels for girls, none come immediately to mind though many (including myself) will cover such things. But if anyone else knows of any, just mention it here.

  2. We don’t focus exclusively on girls, Margot, but I invite you to visit We cover all things middle grade.

    Great post, as usual, Ms. Bird!

  3. Thank you! I linked both of your blogs to Reel Girl. Will be following your posts.