Where did the week go? This one truly got away from me – a blur of students and classes and errands and reading interesting news from the book world. Here are a few dispatches that crossed my screen this week:
Ghost Knight, a new novel by Cornelia Funke, will be released on May 1, and it sounds like it has all the makings of a popular summer read – ghosts, an old murder to solve, and two children as its heroes.
Fancy Nancy is joining the ranks of literary detectives. Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth will be released on April 3. I love her pink trench coat! And look in her pocket: that’s not an iPad, but an old-fashioned composition notebook peeking out…
The director of Downton Abbey, Brian Percival, has signed up to direct a film version of Marcus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief. I admit to being a fan of Downton Abbey – even though I know it’s a soap opera with great clothes. My favorite character, however, is Anna and since she’s a maid, she doesn’t even get to wear the beaded dresses!
Looking all the way to next fall, I can already predict my first order of the 2012-2013 school year – Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Ian Falconer’s Olivia books are always popular but the charming pig combined with princesses…this may require a very rare purchase of two copies!
For a friend who is packing her beach bag and heading south, here are a few books you may want to tuck into your carry-on:
Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner
The Irresistable Henry House by Lisa Grunwald
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden
Then Again by Diane Keaton
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin