The trailer for David Arnold’s debut novel Mosquitoland (Viking) is intriguing and bare. It becomes more intriguing still when you throw in the Booklist starred review. As narrator Mim takes a runaway-odyssey to reach her unwell mother, joining “memorable, inventive characters” along the way, “Arnold never lets up on the accelerator of life’s hard lessons,” wrote reviewer Gail Bush.
Boyle, T. C. (author). T. C. Boyle’s love and mastery of language are matched by a vehement imagination and a profound fascination with the glory and ruthlessness of nature and the paradoxes of humankind. How can a species be at once so brainy and so destructive? Boyle’s virtuoso short stories fill 10 volumes, and he now has 15 novels to his name, some linked to controversial historical figures, such as Alfred Kinsey in The Inner Circle (2004) and Frank Lloyd Wright in The Women (2009). Boyle is equally inspired by the struggles of less-well-known individuals, such as the hardy few who attempted to settle California’s Northern Channel Islands, the inspiration for When the Killing’s Done (2011) and San Miguel (2012).
Cindy: It’s hard when best friends move away. The title page spread of Herman’s Letter (2014), by Tom Percival, has a messy pile of photos and ticket stubs from all of the fun that this bear and raccoon have had together over the years. When Henry the raccoon has to move away, the friends are “devastated but they promised to write to each other and to stay best friends forever.”
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Williams-Garcia, Rita (author).
Apr. 2015. 304p. Amistad, hardcover, $16.99 (9780062215871). Grades 5-8.
First published February 1, 2015 (Booklist).
Readers of One Crazy Summer (2010) and P.S. Be Eleven (2013) have spent quality time with the Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, in both Brooklyn and Oakland. Now, in this final installment of the trilogy, the girls are Alabama-bound to visit with grandmother Big Ma and the rest of the kin.
One book or many? It’s a question I debate with my colleague Andrew Smith, who leads one-book discussion groups at Williamsburg Library. I prefer themed book groups that bring multiple books to the table for each meeting. Ultimately, either solution can be effective. Sue Dittmar, a wonderful librarian from St.
Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the second post of our Publishing U series, agent Suzie Townsend offers her take on a commonly asked question—and her client, Alexis Bass, explains how she wrote the query that caught her agent’s eye.