Lynn: I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it took me a while to work Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick 2013) up to the top of my reading stack. I know how important the subject of bullying is but shamefully my escapist-reader tendencies kept diverting me this summer. Fortunately I was getting […]
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Cindy: I’m embarrassed by how much I didn’t know about Bob Marley. I have visited Jamaica twice, listened to his music for decades, purchased a 4-foot carved statue of him this spring to feature at our backyard tiki bar and hosted a grad party for my daughter with a Jamaican/ rasta/ reggae theme. I should […]
According to Publishers Weekly, Sherry Jones’ Jewel of Medina will be published in the U.S. by Beaufort Books (“Beaufort to Publish ‘Jewel of Medina’,” by Jim Milliot). You may remember Beaufort as the house that picked up O. J. Simpson’s If I Did It. So clearly, it’s a matter of principle with them.
For authors and would-be authors, a valuable reminder that, when basing your characters on real-life people, you should change more than just the names. Like their gender, for instance. Or your mean-spirited worldview. (“Director: Library Diaries Author Invaded Patrons’ Privacy,” American Libraries) Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina will be published after all, in Britain […]
Cindy and Lynn: We are safely home from #alaac14 and all we can say, is that if we ever have to return to Las Vegas for an ALA conference, we want a super hero like Gene Luen Yang’s The Shadow Hero to accompany us. You’ll have to get the stories from others. Forget the cliche, […]
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, a list of top teen audios from the American Library Association’s YALSA division, will be finalized during the upcoming Midwinter conference. I’ve copied the (huge!) list of nominations below, plus you’ll want to check out the past lists on the Amazing Audiobooks website: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/amazing-audiobooks. And here are more than a […]
March has brought a lot of things this year: basketball, 80 degree temperatures, a green river (if you live in Chicago, that is), and lots of awards for youth literature! The Ezra Jack Keats Award winners—chosen for their ability to impart “the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature […]
Cindy: I usually hate celebrity picture books and I’m not usually wishy-washy on book opinions, but One Love (Chronicle Books 2011) has me dithering and looking for other opinions. Can we talk? Full disclosure: I am a Bob Marley fan. I have a tiki bar in my back yard with a 4-foot carved statue of Marley […]
After getting a ton of ink in 2008 (much of it electric ink right here at Likely Stories), Sherry Jones’ controversial Jewel of Medina hasn’t made much news this year. Now, however, in a story with a tabloid-worthy headline (“Muhammad child bride novel author condemns UK ‘censorship’,” by Alison Flood) The Guardian reports that Jones “has […]
Well, I’m back. I had a great time at the Montana Festival of the Book. There were many memorable moments, but I’ll restrict myself–due to fatigue and an imminent conference call–to two. First, during the “When Commerce and Controversy Collide” panel, devoted to discussion of Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina, the panelist seated immediately […]