Judy by Damien Lewis
Unshelved strip for 9/29/2014

Unshelved Goes Digital

Unshelved Goes Digital

We have a new Kickstarter selling Unshelved ebooks on adorable USB drives shaped like card catalog drawers (you can also just get the drive). If we can sell enough we'll release the ebooks to libraries to circulate for free. Even if none of this sounds interesting to you, go watch the video, it may be the best fifty two seconds of your day.

Young Adult Book Reviews plus Gene Yang interview

Unshelved Book Club

This week's Unshelved Book Club features Young Adult books about contacting an evil spirit via a Ouija board, two teens who explore New York City during a blackout, a young woman sent to prison after beating a policewoman, a young volunteer nurse during the Spanish Influenza, a teen who writes a book on what boys want, two slackers who connect during a poetry slam, a romance that starts during an OCD support group, and a world record setting family.

Plus I recently had a chance to talk to YA graphic novel superstar and Printz winner Gene Yang about superheroes, fatherhood, teaching, and his new book, The Shadow Hero.

The Green Turtle at Comic-Con

Gene A: I heard you’re teaching an MFA class?

Gene Y: I am. I’m on the faculty of an MFA for children’s writing. I’m teaching at Hamline University in Minnesota as part of their low-residency program. I fly out there once a year for about a week and the rest of the year I work with students online. This is the third year I’ve done it.

On top of your high school job and all the writing you do?

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Come hear us speak!

Gene and I are deep into our Fall Speaking Tour, and so there are lots of chances to come hear/see/feel us speak. In the coming months one or both of us can be found at:

  • Lancaster, PA
  • Fairfax County, VA
  • Baldwinsville, NY
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Medway, MA
  • Lake Chelan, WA
  • Chantilly, VA
  • Tinley Park, IL
  • Lake Villa, IL
  • Charlottesville, VA

Some of these are open to the public, some to conference attendees, some to library staff. Check out our talks & appearances page for dates and full details, as well as information about hiring us to speak at your library/conference/staff day.

The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Here at Unshelved we are big fans of Holly Black, and so we were tickled pink when this week's sponsor Scholastic Press chose to promote The Iron Trial, her new book with Cassandra Clare:

All his life, Callum has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst — and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

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Book Reviews

Unshelved Book Club

This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about Ol' Dirty Bastard, a flight attendant trying to overcome heartbreak, a young woman exiled from the court of Louis XIV, a teen in the Witness Protection Program, a contemporary Christian music star who dropped off the face of the earth, a vampire feeding frenzy during a zombie outbreak, knitting, and a girl who won't stop reading and go to sleep.

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Ava, who has large, elegant wings, longs for a normal life.

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