This week I’m celebrating a couple of events at Green Bean Books we recently had.
The first was our Family Book Club. Our pick this month was Jackaby and we were fortunate enough to have its author William Ritter join us for the discussion. I’m glad there were new faces to hear about my current YA series. The conversations ranged from strong female protagonists in children’s literature, original character ideas and their developments, The Imitation Game, and working on bad drafts. It was just so interesting to hear William talk about his work and his influences whether directly or indirectly. And as usual we wound up with great book recommendations from one another!
There will be a new YA book coming out in September that I think will be a big hit-
by William Ritter. Fans of Sherlock Holmes (especially the Benedict Cumberbatch portrayal) will enjoy this first in a series debut that mixes mystery with more than a splash of the supernatural. A runaway suddenly finds herself far away from home and working for an eccentric detective. Ghosts, banshees, and blood-thirsty monsters are just some of the things that they must deal with. Likable (and familiar feeling) characters, clever dialogue, and plenty of action make this a must-read for fall!
Even though it’s Abigail Rook’s birthday, readers are the ones who get a gift with this novella featuring our intrepid adventure, her boss- the supernaturally gifted Jackaby, a treasure map, goblins, and vegetables. A smart move for fans of this smart, spooky series until the next installment comes out!
Quick Twitter Review: Finished Beastly Bones by @Willothewords! Jackaby is my current fave #yalit series. Smart supernatural fun. Read it!
And so the problem is BB doesn’t come out til Sept so I have to wait even longer for the next book! Such is a reader’s life!
New characters and dinosaur bones are thrown into this mix in the sequel to Jackaby. Not to mention: shape-shifting cats running loose in the city and a mysterious monster killing inhabitants in a small village.
But something even more sinister is brewing closer to our main characters than they could imagine…
Relationships are deepened. The dialogue remains sharp. The stakes are higher.
The second event we held was Educator Night where we recommended some new titles for K-8 school teachers and librarians. We’re always thrilled to help them discover books which they can use in their lessons or that will get kids to enjoy reading.
My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is the first episode of Colby Sharp’s and Travis Jonker’s new podcast The Yarn.
What are you celebrating this week?