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 . . .
I met Jonathan Auxier at the American Library Association's conference in New Orleans this summer, where he told me (and a couple other BookPage editors) about his debut novel, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes. In the story, Peter Nimble is a blind orphan who is the greatest thief in the world.
When we got back from New Orleans, we checked out the book—and our children's editor liked it so much, she included a review in our September issue, and an interview with Auxier in the August 10 issue of our children's e-newsletter. (Head's up: A new issue is coming out tomorrow, so sign up now if you haven't already!)
Here's an excerpt from the interview, conducted by Kevin Delecki, a Library Manager in Ohio who has also served on the Caldecott Book Award Committee.
Kevin Delecki: Tells us about the world Peter Nimble finds himself in after discovering the Fantastic Eyes.
Jonathan Auxier: Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes takes place in a moment of history when the lines between magic and science were being blurred. Strange, exotic lands were being discovered and becoming known—but with that comes a loss of mystery. The central metaphor in the book is that of a half-finished map: the moment a new island or country gets charted by cartographers, it becomes reduced in some indefinable way . . . and that's sad. In the story, I wanted to take that map metaphor and make it literal. So when Peter Nimble sets out for uncharted waters, he finds himself in a place where the rules of logic and science still don't apply—a place where the impossible is still possible.
What children's books have been capturing your imagination lately? Will you read Peter Nimble? It's on sale now.
Happy publication date to one of my favorite teen authors, Jackson Pearce! I got to know Pearce's work when her second novel, Sisters Red, was a top pick in BookPage.
To follow-up on BookPage's review, I did a Q&A with Pearce. Want proof that I actually read the book? See the photo on the right. (I have very few pictures of me doing what I do best—sitting around and reading books—so I cherish this one, which was randomly snapped on a friend's phone a year and a half ago.)
Sisters Red is a modern telling of Little Red Riding Hood, with a twist, and Sweetly, Pearce's new book, is a modern Hansel and Gretel—also with a twist (think werewolves). I interviewed Pearce about Sweetly at the American Library Association. Watch below for information on Pearce's inspiration, the book's memorable setting and why she loves libraries (please excuse the background noise . . . ALA can get rowdy!):
Any books coming out this week that you're especially excited about? Have you read any of Pearce's books?
If any fairy tale could get a modern twist, which would you like it to be (and who would you want to write it)?