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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the store:

--Wednesday, April 18, the River City Readers in Ms. Dixon and Ms. Evans's classrooms were treated to a visit from author Barbara Wright, after which they received a copy of her new book, Crow (previously reviewed), which Ms. Wright signed for them.  We also have signed copies of Crow available at both stores and online, while supplies last.

--World Book Night is Monday, April 23.  Join us for a ReadMOB at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of the Gateway Arch.  This year, the books given away will include Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (previously reviewed), The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (previously reviewed), The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (previously reviewed).

--Join us on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Left Bank Books--Central West End for the April meeting of Teen Reads, a book group for ages 12 to 18, where we will discuss The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  May's Teen Read, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, will be 20% off at both Left Bank Books locations and online starting after the meeting and continuing through the month of May.

News from the publishing world:

--Pottermore, the Harry Potter-themed web portal, opened to the general public on Saturday after a lengthy beta-testing period.

--The Moth Diaries, a film based on the young adult novel of the same name by Rachel Klein, opened to limited release on April 20.

--Winners were announced for the 2012 Minnesota Book Awards, including:
Children's Literature
BookSpeak! Poems about Books by Laura Purdie Salas
Young People's Literature
With or Without You by Brian Farrey

--An e-reading platform for kids, Ruckus Reader, was launched by Ruckus Media.

--Winners were announced for the 2012 Canadian Library Association's awards.  They include:
CLA Book of the Year for Children
The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson
Honorable Mentions
Dragon Seer's Gift by Janet McNaughton
That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore
Young Adult Book Award
All Good Children by Catherine Austen
Honor Books
Karma by Cathy Ostlere (previously reviewed)
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
Honorable Mentions
Small Saul by Ashley Spires
Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (previously reviewed)

via Shelf Awareness.

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