Pictures of Hollis Woods on TV

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff is being made into a TV movie by Hallmark.  Sissy Spacek is going to star as Josie.  No premiere date yet.

YA Debut Award

YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) announced a new award for first-time authors writing for teens called the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.  The award can be given to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories or graphic novels, but the author must not have published in any format before.  Sweet!  A whole new award to speculate about, and even better, this one will get everyone reading new authors.

How Can They Read That Fast?!

Slate has recycled an article about how professional reviewers can review books so very quickly.  The article has a new intro on Harry Potter but is really about Bill Clinton’s My Life.  Part of what I love about blog reviews is that we post about books that we feel merit the mention.  I know that when I start reading glowing reviews they are being written because that blogger feels passionately about the book.  Not because it was assigned.

There is a sort of natural quality control that happens.  While I do accept free books from publishers, I only review a fraction of them on the blog.  Only the ones I love.  Or in the case of one special book about a stuffed rabbit, the ones that others love but I don’t.