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Picnic at Random
If you’ve never been to a preview before: it’s a chance for the editors to tell people about upcoming, exciting titles. Editors give quick descriptions and show cover art — not quite a booktalk, but almost. Publishers are also often generous enough to pass on ARCs of some of the titles they talk about.
Karyn and I were lucky enough to see the Random House preview. They’ve got a lot of great stuff coming out this spring. When any of us are able to make it to a preview, we promise to summarize what we hear about with an eye to the Printz.
Titles we think are worth tracking down:
Scarlett Dedd (Cathy Brett): This sounds potentially hilarious (“she kills not just herself but also her family. What? These things happen!”), and I’m interested to see how it treats such a dark subject with humor. I have to confess, I’m a sucker for a good cover, and this is a great one.
Sisters of Glass (Stephanie Hemphill): We noted this in the last post; it’s coming out next month. Set in Venice, told in poetry, it sounds like it will be a beautiful and delicate reading experience — much like blown glass.
Dust Girl (Sarah Zettel): We’ve got a mix of history and fantasy/SF, all linked together by folk songs. That, obviously, is how we roll in the Dust Bowl.
Seraphina (Rachel Hartman): This got a blurb comparing Hartman to Robin McKinley. What more do you want to know? Courtly politics, intrigue, dragon-human relations. Plus, Karyn’s already tracked it down!
The Unbearable Bookclub for Unsinkable Girls (Julie Schumacher): Membership in a book club leads to…murder? We have been assured that there’s snark and drama galore in this story of a disastrous mother-daughter book discussion group.
Happy Families (Tanita S Davis): This is the story of Ysabel and Justin, twins who learn that their father is transgendered. Between you and me? This is the book that I walked out of there the most excited to read.
Intentions (Deborah Heiligman): First fiction from Heiligman. Described as a “juicy page turner”.
Other titles that may or may not be Printz-ly: Wonder (R.J. Palacio) sounds fantastic, but quite young. It’s definitely one of their big titles of the year and I’ve also heard a lot of great things about it. Candace Fleming’s On the Day I Died is a book of interconnecting short stories told by the inhabitants of a Chicago graveyard but also seems to skew younger. OK, I”ll admit it; I really like that cover, too!. And I’m totally looking forward to Jersey Angel (Beth Ann Bauman), which I’ve heard is red-hot.
So which of these tickles your fancy? Have you already gotten your hands on any of them? Tell tell!
About Sarah Couri
Sarah Couri is a librarian at Grace Church School's High School Division, and has served on a number of YALSA committees, including Quick Picks, Great Graphic Novels, and (most pertinently!) the 2011 Printz Committee. Her opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, GCS, YALSA, or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @scouri or e-mail her at scouri35 at gmail dot com.
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