It's been a big year for fans of Maggie Stiefvater. The final book in her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Forever, came out in July . . . and just last week she released a new stand-alone book, The Scorpio Races. This novel is about a couple of teens who risk their lives in dangerous horse races on cliffs.
Trisha and I had the opportunity to meet Maggie at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans this year. Trisha talked to her about leaving her characters from the world of Shiver behind, and Maggie told us a bit about her research for The Scorpio Races.
Best part of the interview: When Maggie tells us how she had the opportunity to have a romantic day of sightseeing with her husband while she was on tour in Paris—and instead she whisked him off to go look at cliffs as research for the new book.
I linked to this video back in July, but I wanted to share it again in case any of you need reminding about The Scorpio Races. Other news: Today on Publishers Marketplace it was announced that Warner Brothers has bought the film rights to the novel.
Here's the interview from ALA:
Just for fun, check out this awesome stop-motion trailer that Maggie created for The Scorpio Races:
Have you read, or will you read, The Scorpio Races? We'll let you know if we hear any more details about the movie . . .
Inspired by blogger/travel-writer-turned-novelist Ransom Riggs's collection of fantastical and grotesque vintage photographs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is already on the way to making it big. The movie rights were recently acquired by Fox after a rather heated auction, and if it's anything like the following creepy trailer from Quirk Books--which features some of the 50 twisted black-and-white photographs that punctuate the book--then I can't wait.
Sixteen-year-old Jacob's world shudders to a halt when his yarn-spinning grandfather suddenly dies, sending Jacob across the pond to seek answers on a remote island off the coast of Wales. The secrets found within the ruins of Miss Peregrine's orphanage suggest that perhaps the peculiar children (one of whom was Jacob's own grandfather) were hidden away for a reason . . .
It's one of those great crossover books that both teens and adults will love. I took a gander and had serious trouble putting it down.
What do you think? Sound like a good book?
How about as a movie?