Thanks to those of you who’ve written to inform me that Extras is on the NY Times‘ Notable Children’s Books list for 2007. There are only six books on the list, and only three or four of them are arguably YA, so it’s certainly an honor.
Congrats to the other five authors who made it:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. (Little, Brown)
And awesome and funny tale of life on the rez, much deserved winner of the National Book Award (full disclosure: I was on the jury, as disussed here).
By Shaun Tan. (Scholastic)
An amazing worldess graphic novel/picture book about the immigrant experience, as mentioned in my post here.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By J. K. Rowling. Illustrated by Mary GrandPrÃ©. (Scholastic)
Um, I think you know this one.
And for the littlies in your life:
How to Be a Baby . . . By Me, the Big Sister
By Sally Lloyd-Jones. Illustrated by Sue Heap. (Random House)
A picture book from the POV of the older sibling.
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella
By Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. (Holt)
A mega-multicultural picture book version of Cinderella.
I really enjoyed the Times‘ description of Extras . . .
The finale to Westerfeldâ€™s thought-provoking Uglies series, set in a postindustrial dystopia, continues its dissection of a culture transfixed by beauty and celebrity. In the future, everyone tries to raise his or her â€œface rankâ€ within the fame economy, using personal hovercams, as if would-be star and member of the paparrazi at the same time. There is also plenty of hoverboard derring-do as a band of outsiders confronts a new menace.
Is it just me, or does the term “derring-do” is seriously underused?
WARNING: All future posts on this blog will contain the phrase “hoverboard derring-do.”