Gossip Girl "Most Promising Pilot"

Looks like the CW has officially picked up Gossip Girl for the 2007-2008 season.  The article is filled with praise: 

With its teen-angst theme, easy promotability and strong pedigree,
“Gossip Girl” had emerged early on as the most promising pilot at the
CW this year. Based on the popular “Gossip Girl” series of books, it
was penned by “The O.C.” creator Josh Schwartz and the show’s Stephanie
Savage.

From all of the positive comments I got on this blog from teen girls who love the series, it looks like it should be VERY successful.

Online Diary

I missed the fact that Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney was published first online!  Very cool!  You can read this Yahoo! article about its success when it launched on Funbrain.com.  The article says that it may be one of the most widely read new children’s books with 40 million reading it on Funbrain!  It is now available in print, and when I took a copy home for my 10-year-old son, he finished it in one sitting.  This is one that definitely belong on a list of books to hand to boys.

Top Books for Boys

Times Online has a list of the top books for boys.  It is a rather confusing list of adult titles, children’s titles and even picture books.  I would go through and mark the ones I’ve read, but it’s not that many of them.  As I scan the list, I see lots of fantasy, but also humor and nonfiction.  As I read a list like this my mind always blanks on things that are not on it, but I’d like to see more graphic novels.