I was delighted to see an article in this weekend's NYT Sunday Book Review titled "‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Its Sci-Fi Heroine," about Meg Murray, the wonderful girl who has made such a large impact on so many readers. Beyond an analysis of Meg's character, there are some interesting facts in the article regarding women and science fiction. For example:

Thirty-two percent of adult male book buyers are science-fiction fans compared with only 12 percent of women. When Joanna Russ, one of the few successful female science-fiction writers, died last year, her obituary in The New York Times referred to her as a writer who helped “deliver science fiction into the hands of the most alien creatures the genre had yet seen — women.”

Ladies, are you in the sci-fi-loving minority? Was Meg special to you?

Another reason this article made me a little bit giddy was that it mentioned a forthcoming biography of Madeleine L'Engle by children's literature historian Leonard Marcus. You can go ahead and add that to my personal most-anticipated books of 2012 list!

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The Academy Award nominations were announced this week, and you'd have to be living under a rock to miss the fact that many of the movies were based on books. Or, as this blog post from The Guardian puts it: "Oscars' big winners will be books: Literary adaptations look set to sweep the board in Hollywood this year." We'll post more about the year's biggest books-to-film closer to the Academy Awards, but for now tell us: Which was your favorite adaptation?

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The final major news item of the week was that the Youth Media Awards were announced, including winners and honorees for the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Awards. (We interviewed two of the authors here.) Popular children's lit blogger (and librarian) Betsy Bird posted a wonderful "post-game recap" of the awards announcement on her blog, A Fuse #8 Production. One excellent point she makes is that the Newbery win for Jack Gantos was somewhat surprising because it's such a funny book, when previous winners have been much more on the earnest side of things. Read more about Gantos' Dead End in Norvelt on BookPage.com, and continue reading Bird's post here.

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Happy Friday, readers! What are you reading this weekend? Do you have any links to share?

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