School Library Journal's BookExpo America 2009: ‘Catching Fire’ Tops the Kids' Books Buzz List talks to real! live! people! about what books they "have" to read.
Who are these real! live! people!? Well, me for one. "Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan (Simon Pulse) also topped the list for Liz Burns, a youth services consultant for the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped. “Leviathan was one of the two books I waited online for to get signed,” says Burns, also the voice behind the popular kid lit blog, A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy."
And lookee here...another familiar name to Tea Cozy readers, Carlie Webber. "By far, the book my colleagues and I talked about the most was Catching Fire,” says Carlie Webber, a young adult services librarian for New Jersey’s Bergen County Cooperative Library System. “We’re dying to know what happens next, and a lot of us librarians are having friendly arguments as to whether Katniss will eventually ride off into the sunset with her longtime friend Gale or with Peeta, her fellow Hunger Games winner.”"
And there is also Laura Lutz: Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Delacorte), who breaks out of her Gemma Doyle trilogy with her latest book, a laugh-out-loud comedy about a teen diagnosed with Mad Cow disease and whose quirky cover has “captured the attention of even the adult selectors I work with,” says Laura Lutz, a children's materials specialist at New York’s Queens Library and the blogger behind Pinot and Prose.
OK, I think any more quotage and I'll be in trouble with the copyright police. Go over and check it out for yourself. I know I'm shifting books on my TBR pile!
© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy