Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the store:

--On Tuesday, February 7, Adam Rex visited with the sixth grade at Gateway Middle School, where the River City Readers in Mr. Cashman and Ms. Silver's classes each received copies of his new book, Cold Cereal (previously reviewed), complete with a personalized signature and doodle.  Mr. Rex also stopped by Tower Grove Christian School and New City School to share his slideshow presentation and reading.

--Children's favorite, our very own Spike, was named an Excellent Bookstore Cat by Mental Floss.

News from the publishing world:

--A new trailer for The Hunger Games movie (based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins) was released.  We also got to see behind the scenes of the cast's cover shoot for The Hollywood Reporter.

--A behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew from Hugo (based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (previously reviewed)) was released by Paramount.

--Producer Dan Angel of the Hatchery has announced that he is developing Dark Eden by Patrick Carman as a movie series with multimedia components.

--Lemony Snicket "accidentally" leaked details on a new four-book autobiographical series called All the Wrong Questions.  The first book, Who Could That Be at This Hour?, will launch October 23, 2012.

--Shawn Levy has signed on to produce a film based on the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Robin Preiss Glasser.  Tina Fey has been offered a co-producer role.

--Waterstones announced the shortlist for its Children's Book Prize:
Picture Books
I Don't Want to Be a Pea! by Ann Bonwill and illustrated by Simon Rickerty
No! by Marta Altes
A Bit Lost (known in the U.S. as Little Owl Lost) by Chris Haughton
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (previously reviewed)
Fiction 5-12
The Windvale Sprites by MacKenzie Crook
Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
Milo and the Restart Button by Alan Silberberg
Teen Books
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher
Being Billy by Phil Earle
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Divergent by Veronica Roth (previously reviewed)
You Against Me by Jenny Downham

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