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1. I am delighted to announce that in the paperback version of ZORA & ME the slightly demonic photo of the young girl is removed from the cover! (Those eyes were just so wrong - I don't even know how they made them look that way.) Now it's just the house and the three kids and the big Coretta Scott King badge.

2. I missed that Puffin had reissued the Nancy Springer Enola Holmes titles with these killer covers. I want them all just to line up on my shelf. Talk about pretty and cool and perfectly in tune with the stories.

3. Several folks have mentioned the upcoming release of "Penguin Threads" but wowsers - see them in the catalog and you will want them with a desperate need that is very nearly uncontrollable. ( Seriously, I could hardly read BLACK BEAUTY the first time, do I really want/need a copy of it on my shelf now? BUT IT'S SO PRETTY!!!)

4. If that wasn't enough, Penguin is also reissuing several children's classics in hardcover with new covers and, crap, I WANT ALL THESE TOO. (See this is how the book will survive - it will be so gorgeous we will have to have more and more and more.) I am loving THE SECRET GARDEN for its Indian flare but my oh my, this edition of CALL OF THE WILD is about the best I've ever seen. Wish these were out now, at all only $16.99 they would have been perfect for the Ballou HS wish list. (They will be in the US this fall.)

5. Over at Douglas & McIntyre (one of my fav publishers) Robert Wiersema has WALK LIKE A MAN: Coming of Age With the Music of Bruce Springsteen due out this fall. Wiersema knocked me out with his novella, THE WORLD MORE FULL OF WEEPING and then, as a lifelong Springsteen fan, this description really sold me:

There are dozens of books about the Boss. What's left to say? Nothing objective, perhaps. But when it comes to music, objectivity is highly overrated. Robert Wiersema has been a Springsteen fan since he was a teenager, following tours to see multiple shows in a row, watching set lists develop in real time via the Internet, ordering bootlegs from shady vendors in Italy. His attachment is deeper than fandom, though: he's grown up with Springsteen's music as the soundtrack to his life, beginning with his youth in rural British Columbia and continuing on through dreams of escape, falling in love, and becoming a father.

Walk Like a Man is the liner notes for a mix tape, a blend of biography, music criticism, and memoir. Like the best mix tapes, it balances joy and sorrow, laughter seasoning the dark-night-of-the-soul questions that haunt us all. Wiersema's book is the story of a man becoming a man (despite getting a little lost along the way), and of the man and the music that have accompanied him on his journey.

6. If you have to have a photograph on a YA cover then THE SPACE BETWEEN by Brenna Yovanoff is the way to do it. (This is one of the rare cases where a photo works - and I do mean rare. I am so sick of this trend it's not even funny.) Yes, it's a big paranormal thriller/adventure/romance but those jewel tones and that wicked design make me willing to overlook all that (and it could be fab!). Again, just flat out pretty!

7. And while talking paranormal, have you read the description for Maureen Johnson's upcoming THE NAME OF THE STAR? (First in the "Shades of London" series.) Here's a peek:

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Here's the thing - I can appreciate Johnson's writing ability and understand why her books are popular. They're funny and angsty and sweet and romancy and perfect teen reading. I'm not so good with the YA romances though (my problem, not theirs) so I don't typically read/review them but this - this sounds waaay cool. Totally looking forward to it.

8. Finally - a teen biography of Beryl Markham! I could very well pass out from sheer "she was so utterly cool and tough and smart and the first person to fly solo from England to North America" mania. Love Beryl Markham; delighted to see PROMISE THE NIGHT on the horizon. (From Chronicle - due in November, MG level by Michaela MacColl.)


OOH - the Nancy Springer books Look. Awesome. And I have to chuckle - the Zora & Me cover wasn't a big fave of mine, either. Not a fan of the big, central face-on-cover thing - even illustrated ones.

I havent read Zora and Me but will pick it up on the basis of this blog! Thank you!

I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who felt the eyes on the Zora and Me cover were demonic. Glad they changed it.

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