Friday Round-Up

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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

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3 thoughts on “Friday Round-Up

  1. Your recommendations for your friend heading south sound fantastic!…especially Nothing Daunted. And I’ve never read The Book Thief, though it’s been on my list for a long time. Thanks for putting more to-read books on my pile. 🙂

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