Candace Bushnell Signs for Two More Teen Novels


HarperCollins has signed Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, for two more novels for teens.  Bushnell had good success with her first teen novel, The Carrie Diaries, that focused on a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw.  Her sequel to that novel, Summer and the City, will be released on April 26th.

It is not yet known if the next two books Bushnell has signed for will continue Carrie’s story or if they will introduce new characters. 

Via EW’s Shelf Life

Book Review–Oliver by Christopher Franceschelli


Oliver by Christopher Franceschelli

This minimalist board book has an interesting novelty piece at the end.  On most of the pages there are only an egg and one line of text.  The text explains the limitations of being an egg.  An egg can roll from side to side, even stand on its head, but still it is just an egg.  Until something happens.

In this book, the final moment where the egg becomes something else is told through a non-removable ribbon that runs through two pages.  Turn the page and the egg is transformed into a chick.  The process of turning that page is fascinating and will have children turning the page back and forth from egg to chick to egg.

The book has a sturdy feel that would make it a novelty book that could survive a public or school library.  Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from copy received from Lemniscaat.

2010 America’s Most Challenged Books

ALA has announced the most challenged books of last year.  Interestingly, the ones I have read are favorites of mine.  I’m considering using the list as a recommended book list for my future reading.  Here are the books:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

  • Reasons: Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex Education, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  • Reasons: Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit

4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

  • Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

6. Lush by Natasha Friend

  • Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

  • Reasons: Sexism, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

8. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Reasons: Drugs, Inaccurate, Offensive Language, Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint

9. Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie

  • Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit

10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

  • Reasons: Religious Viewpoint, Violence