Children’s bookstores are magical places. Books of Wonder is simply amazing. The original artwork from children’s books, the signed novels–the place is both a landmark and a treasure, and like walking back through the history of children’s literature. If you go to New York City, don’t miss this place, especially if you have kids or grandkids!
Also, their Edgars panel for Juvenile and YA nominees is a total blast.
Once again, the Mysterious Bookshop offered nominees and readers a lovely (and of course, mysterious) reception, this year complete with dark skies, driving rain, and howling winds to increase the spooky ambience. Truly, it was the perfect scene for a murder, but per my understanding, no bodies were discovered.
Super Max the Mighty Invincible can see a haunted house from her bedroom window. Thornwood Manor is excellently creepy, and legends say the ghost of mean old Hargrove Thornwood is just biding his time until he can exact revenge on the town of Blue Creek.
Twelve-year-old Max tries not to worry about those spooky stories. She’s a whiz with electronics, she’s turbo-charged her wheelchair, and she’s ready for just about anything. Then a hacker starts a slanderous Facebook page about her grandfather. Max investigates even though she isn’t sure she has the skills to take the electronic bad guy down.
As the messages grow increasingly sinister, lights begin to flicker in the ruined manor. Someone—or some thing—is definitely stirring within Thornwood’s rotten walls. Max knows the attacks on her grandfather and the activity at Thornwood are connected, and she’s afraid that this could really be Thornwood’s Revenge.
If it is, the awful messages are just the beginning. Max’s grandfather, her friends, and her whole town could be in serious danger.
The opening lines of Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy read, “The day my mother exploded a copperhead snake with an elephant gun, I decided I was genetically destined to become a felon or a big-game hunter. That was good, since I had tried being a ballerina, poet, artist, and musician, and I sucked at all of those.”
This was actually very true in my life, both the snake-shooting (my mom really did this), and the fact that I spent a good part of my first 8 years of life trying to find something–ANYTHING–I was good at doing. I wanted to be creative and artistic. The problem was, I was awful at just about everything I tried.
I’ve always been so amazed and impressed by people who can draw, and today, I got some sketches from a young fan who gave Footer and Peavine and Angel life on art paper, and captured Footer’s attitude, too. I added some background and art credit, and got her permission (and her mom’s) to show the world.
So completely fun! Thank you, Annie. Keep reading–and keep drawing!