The return of E. Lockhart!
In The Treasure Map of Boys, E. Lockhart's first book since National Book Award-Nominated, Tournament of Books contender The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, the author returns to another unforgettable heroine, Ruby "Roo" Oliver, who we've seen before in The Boyfriend List (2005) and The Boy Book (2006). Ruby is a girl with the most common of girl troubles--which boy should she choose? Which girls are really her friends? Why does she have to wear this coat her mom bought her with anchors on it? Ruby cracked me up with her "state of noboyfriend" and "roly-poly," her footnotes about David Lee Roth and llamas, and her coup to overthrow the nasty marshmellow snowmen sold every year by the CHuBS (Charity Holiday Bake Sale). Throughout all the slapstick, misflirts, and moments of sadness, Ruby maintains her sense of humor and sense of herself. A truly fun read.
For a representative excerpt of ex-boyfriend encounter hilarity, go here.
This week's controversy: Justine Larbalestier responds to the complaints about the race of the girl on the cover of her upcoming novel, Liar, which does not match the race of the protagonist. Any chance this will slow the trend of YA covers depicting pretty, thin, white models? One can only hope.
Publisher's Weekly reports on the controversy.
Trisha of the YA YA YAs follows up with an analysis of Asian-Americans on YA fiction covers.
(Almost every YA blogger commented on this, actually, so fish around the blogs if you want to see more.)
Finding Wonderland tells you how to design your own debut YA novel cover. Here is theirs:
(This game appears to have started at 100 scope notes.)
My debut YA novel is Cinch by Danette G. McClure. I'll pass on using a photo.