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Destined-to-Be-a-Classic-Book Friday–Authors, uthors everywhere, but not a drop of ink…

With apologies to Willy Wonka, who owes apologies to Samuel Coleridge…

Today’s featured book is Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. This is the sequel to Seraphina, a fantastic high fantasy book about the conflict between dragons and humans. In Hartman’s fantastically constructed world, dragons can take on human form, sometimes making it difficult to know who is who. And Seraphina throws everything off by being half-human and half-dragon, though very few people know it.

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I haven’t read Shrh1adow Scale yet, but it will likely be on my spring break list. And I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel Hartman on Monday when she was at Children’s Book World in Haverford. She was funny and interesting and insightful and has been a Terry Pratchett fan since she was a kid.

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If you’d like a chance to hang with an author, this coming Thursday, March 26th, at Children’s Book World will be AWESOME!! Gayle Forman, who wrote If I Stay, will be there with my very favorite author A.S. King. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, on Tuesday they announced that Libba Bray, who wrote last summer’s summer read Going Bovine, is going to join them! It’s possible that Mrs. Selinsky and I both squealed like teeny-bopper Justin Beiber fans when we found this out. The event is at Children’s Book World in Haverford (right across from the Haverford School) and begins at 7. I may be a little late, but I will definitely be fangirling that night.

New Book Wednesday – Ghostly Edition

We need a little supernatural something-or-other for the Halloween weekend, right? So, here’s Cornelia Funke’s Ghost Knight.

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I loved this book! I listened to the audiobook a while ago when this won an Odyssey honor. Suspenseful. Funny. All around awesome. Cornelia Funke also wrote the Inkheart series, so you know she does fantasy really well. (And for the record, Inkheart is one of the top examples of “never judge a book by its movie.”)

And since some of you are into this now, thanks to Mr. Betteridge, you can check out my Goodreads review.