Twenty years after basing her first novel, Beauty, on the tale of Beauty and the Beast, Newbery-winning author McKinley revisited the same fairy tale in this remarkable book. At the same time this book expresses her love of roses, her wistfulness in leaving behind one home and one country for another, and some of loves profoundest mysteries, which she had experienced in her own recent marriage.
Our May Author Takeover is by Cat Clarke, whose latest YA novel, "Girlhood", is a darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief. Set in a boarding school in Scotland, the familiar halls are the perfect place for "Potter" fans to escape to in this compulsive, addictive read. Yet there are some sinister secrets that threaten to tear friendships apart.
Our April Author Takeover features Aliette de Bodard talking about something the "Potter" fandom knows all about: warring Houses. Join Aliette as she discusses her own House wars and the continuation of the beautiful "Dominion of the Fallen" series.
Our new Author Takeover comes from New York Times–bestselling author of "The Lunar Chronicles" Marissa Meyer, with her new novel, "Heartless". The "Potter" fandom knows all about characters with a predetermined fate, and we're well used to the idea of the Chosen One. In Marissa's "Heartless", we have a vision of Wonderland like none you've seen before.
When Mary Adams sees Millais’ depiction of the tragic Ophelia, a whole new world opens up for her. Determined to find out more about the beautiful girl in the painting, she hears the story of Lizzie Siddal – a girl from a modest background, not unlike her own, who has found fame and fortune against the odds. Mary sets out to become a Pre-Raphaelite muse, too, and reinvents herself as Persephone Lavelle.
The first of our March Author Takeovers comes from Gemma Fowler. Her new novel, "Moonlight", is an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller with a contemporary voice. Gemma would be pleased as punch to find herself on the highest tower of Hogwarts. Her soul is still and always will be 13 years old, and her characters embrace teenage rebellion and refusal to blindly comply with authority, much like our Golden Trio.
Our final February Author Takeover comes from Lisa Williamson, whose second novel, "All About Mia", is out now from David Fickling Books. In this standalone after her first book, "The Art of Being Normal", Lisa now turns to look at family dynamics and the structure of sibling personality types.
Just imagine: what would your year look like if you read only marginalized authors? What would the world look like if we all did the same? And how many books do you read each year, anyway? If it’s more than 30, I challenge you to pick up every one of these. I know you can do it!
Today, our Author Takeover is by Sharon Gosling, whose Scandi Noir YA horror novel, FIR, is out now as part of the RED EYE series from Stripes Books. Set in the middle of an isolated ancient forest in Sweden, FIR has a menacing and claustrophobic atmosphere that haunts the misadventures of a family stranded, surrounded by the might and magic of trees.
To celebrate book lovers everywhere, this month we have a series of Author Takeovers. The first comes from the hilarious Maz Evans, whose book, "Who Let The Gods Out?", is a new, exciting, and brilliantly British, Percy Jackson-esque adventure – the first in a series centered on the Olympian gods.
This month's Author Takeover comes from Alwyn Hamilton discussing the trials and tribulations of writing a second book. The characters from her first book, Rebel of the Sands, return with Traitor to the Throne. We have three copies up for grabs for readers in UK & Ireland, find out more below!
Fourth grade at the Classical School shows every sign of being hard on Leon, who lives with his mother in the wacky hotel where she works. Lacking somewhat in fine motor skills as they call it in teacher-language (in other words, a klutz), Leon is worried about meeting the schools standard of nimble fingers, nimble minds. Thats before he gets a fourth-grade teacher who is absolutely gaga about needlework, and who runs her …
The middle book of the Bastables trilogy once again proves Edith Nesbit to be a world-class humorist with a special touch for depicting the way children speak, feel, and behave. Another set of summer-holiday misadventures proves so side-splittingly funny, it's like discovering the British Mark Twain. And though there is no actual magic going on, as in so many of Nesbit's beloved books, the children make amazing things happen wit…
The third Borrowers book picks up where Afield left off. Of course there isn't much left for Tom to tell Kate, so that storyline is left behind as soon as the adventure gets underway, and at the end (instead of returning to the framing narrative, or even suggesting it as in Afield) the "big people point of view" shifts to Mrs. Driver the cook and Crampfurl the gardener back at the old house where it all started. Structurally thi…
Teens who loved Leon and the Spitting Image may also enjoy this adult novel by the same author. Like Kurzweil's juvenile fiction, this book combines a wealth of informative trivia with quirky characters, offbeat humor, and a murder-free mystery whose ultimate lack of a solution is balanced by the satisfaction of seeing the main character grow and develop.
Edith Nesbit's first children's novel is also one of her best-known and most popular. I have found references to the Bastable children in books by Edward Eager and C.S. Lewis. Set in the London suburb of Lewisham in about 1899, it is a story so warmly and wittily told, filled with such delightful characters and memorable events, that it seems filled with magic even though nothing at all "supernatural" ever comes into it.
This 1904 book, now available in a splendid facsimile edition from Dover Publications, is part of an essential collection of world folklore for English-speaking children of all ages. Gorgeously illustrated by Henry Ford (not to be confused with the automobile manufacturer) and translated or adapted by members of Langs family circle, the tales in this volume are often the only, to say nothing of the best, version available in ou…
This version of the Robin Hood legend, from the novelist who brought us the award-winning The Hero and the Crown and such book-length fairy tales as Deerskin andSpindles End, is an enthralling & uplifting account that combines believable detail from Richard Lionhearts England with compelling emotional insights into the characters of Robin and his merry band. It is a story full of danger and adventure, pain and sorrow, love sto…
When Robin at Interrobang contacted me to ask if I would review the publishers newest book, he appealed to my deepest and strongest instincts: vanity and cheapness. Vanity gave its thumbs-up as soon as Robin mentioned that the books author, Panama Oxridge, was a fan of the Book Trolley and had asked particularly to have me review Justin Thyme. Cheapness agreed the moment Robin offered to send me a free copy of the book. And no…
This is part of a series of twelve multi-colored Fairy Books that may be the greatest collection of world folklore and fairy tales in the English language.