Trisha posted about Meg Wolitzer's March release The Uncoupling back in September (look for a What We're Reading preview in the coming weeks), and now we have more news from this acclaimed novelist. From a press release from Penguin Young Readers Group:
Meg Wolitzer . . . will publish a children’s novel entitled The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. The novel, scheduled for publication in September 2011, tells the story of three unique seventh-graders whose lives intersect at a national Scrabble tournament, where each has a very different reason for attending and for needing to win.
I consider myself something of a Scrabble addict (if a mediocre player), so I can't wait for this one. Stefan Fatsis's Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble is one of my favorite nonfiction books, and even though I don't play bridge, I got a kick out of Louis Sachar's fictional story of kids at a national bridge tournament. Sounds like The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman will combine the best of both.
Also in BookPage: Read an interview with the author about The Ten-Year Nap, Wolitzer's 2008 novel about a group of women who leave their careers to be full-time moms.
Just two days after I blogged about Starcrossed, the high school Greek tragedy billed as “a Percy Jackson for teenage girls,” another huge YA deal goes through. Dutton Children’s Books (a Penguin imprint) has paid six figures to publish The Catastrophic History of You and Me, by debut novelist Jessica Rothenberg. Rothenberg is an editor at Razorbill, another Penguin imprint. Here’s more on the plot:
In the book, a 15-year-old girl who literally dies of a broken heart must pass through five stages of grief before she can move on to the afterlife...and restore her faith in love.
When I was a pre-teen, I had a fascination with tragic stories—for a while there, anything by Lurlene McDaniel was a must-buy from the book fair. Sounds like heartbreak and mortality still haven't gone out of style.
Will you (or your teen) pick up The Catastrophic History of You and Me (out fall 2011)?