Philip Pullman's Upcoming Books

Philip Pullman has announced a new companion to his Golden Compass trilogy.  To be released this spring, the companion book is entitled Once Upon a Time in the North.  The book details the history of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison, the balloonist and the bear. 

Pullman will also be releasing a full-length novel in 2009, called The Book of Dust

Two things for Pullman fans to cheer about!

Inkheart Trailer

Oo la la!  The Inkheart movie trailer is gorgeous!  Looks like a wonderful cast too.  Take a look for yourself.

I posted about the books over the years and know that I have lots of fans of the books reading this blog!  Take a look at the long list of comments on the Inkspell entry I made in 2005.  They are still debating Basta and Dustfinger and who is hotter.  Perhaps the movies can resolve the argument?

Golden Books

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a nice piece on the new history of the Little Golden Books.  I look forward to getting my hands on a copy to see it for myself.

Personally, my favorite wasn’t The Poky Little Puppy.  I loved every book done by Eloise Wilkin as a child and even now can find myself sighing happily over the illustrations.  Her pictures are the icon of my childhood.  How about you?  Got any undying love for a Golden Book?

Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon

Alfred Kropp:  The Seal of Solomon
by Rick Yancey.

This is the second book in the Alfred Kropp series.  Alfred Kropp is back in school being mercilessly bullied until he is kidnapped and taken out to the desert where he learns that the Seal of Solomon and its vessel contain demons of incredible power.  He isn’t the strongest person or the most coordinated, but he just may be the key to recontaining the demons who are changing the face of the earth itself.  First, he will have to learn who to trust and why he is the pivotal figure in the situation.

This is a wild ride of a book perfect for teen boys.  Its entire premise is very like Indiana Jones, but if anything it is more frightening, more vivid and faster moving.  Once a reader enters the story, there is no turning back, only turning pages faster and faster.  Yancey has mixed the perfect blend of horror, action and humor to make this a real winner of a novel.  His characterizations are strong, his pacing is phenomenal and his story is sound. 

Highly recommended for teen readers of either sex, this book will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson.

39 Clues

The New York Times has an announcement from Scholastic about what they hope will be their next hit series.  The new series is called The 39 Clues and will be a series of 10 books, each written by a different author, but following a single story arc. 

The first book, The Maze of Bones, was written by Rick Riordan.  Gordon Korman has been signed to write book 2, Peter Lerangis to write book 3, and Jude Watson to write book 4.  Riordan is also responsible for the overall story outline. 

The series will have a strong online component as well as collectible cards. 

The Maze of Bones will be released in September 2008 with consecutive books following every few months.