National Book Award Nominees!

The National Book Award Nominees have been announced!  I can not tell you how ecstatic I am about these nominations.  And I didn’t even write the books-  I just read them!



Featuring 2008 National Book Award Finalists:

Laurie Halse AndersonChains (Simon & Schuster)
Kathi AppeltThe Underneath (Atheneum)
Judy BlundellWhat I Saw And How I Lied (Scholastic)
E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks(Hyperion)
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Alfred A. Knopf)


I have already read Chains, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and The Underneath (and absolutely loved them all).   What I Saw and How I Lied is on my shelf and just moved up on my review pile with this endorsement!  I guess that means I need to get my hands on The Spectacular Now!

Sale at Chronicle Books

I received an email today from Brandon at Chronicle Books and he asked me to share this with my readers:

Chronicle Books in San Francisco is having a promotional sale from now through 10/17 on a selection of children’s/YA Halloween titles, which you can find out more about at  It seems to me that many of the titles we’re offering — from a picture book like Frank Was A Monster Who Wanted to Dance to the collection Scary Stories — might be interesting to your readers. The sale details are: 25% off selected titles, with free shipping if the customer enters the promo code HALLOWEEN08 at checkout.


So if you are looking for some Halloween titles, be sure to check out Chronicle Books!

Don’t Forget to Nominate!

Nominations for the third annual Children’ s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (the Cybils) CLOSE TODAY!  Have you nominated your favorite book published between January 1, 2008 and October 15, 2008?  You only have a few hours left!

This year, awards will be given in nine categories (Easy Readers, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Novels, Non-Fiction Middle Grade/Young Adult Books, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Poetry, Young Adult Novels). Anyone can nominate books in these categories (one nomination per person per category). Nominated titles must be published between January 1st and October 15th of this year, and the books must be in English (or bilingual, where one of the languages is English). To nominate titles, visit the Cybils blog before the end of Wednesday!

There is a separate post available for each category – simply nominate by commenting on those individual posts.