Friday, March 6, 2009

YA Road Trip?

So, I just found out from E. Lockhart's blog, that David Levithan has organized a YA Book Festival in NY, in the third week of March. The events look utterly incredible-- a YA author rock show (Thursday night), authors reading things they wrote in their teens (Monday), and an EPICALLY HUGE signing festival on Sunday (the 22nd). You can find the whole list of awesomeness right here.

I'm pretty sure we don't have any Misfits in the NY area, but I for one am definitely grabbing a Chinatown bus down from Boston and attending the book signing. I can't get off work to go to the other events. I know there are a ton of Misfits here in the Boston area, and while I'm sure most of you can't get off work for something this silly, I thought it would be well worth letting everyone know. And I also wanted to offer to bring down books to get signed for anyone interested.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Testing your knowledge

Put your brains to work!

Matthew was recently talking about a book he remembers reading as a child, but can't actually remember much about it, other than he liked it (the fact that he could come up with any details about it was shocking to me, as he doesn't recall much from his childhood and he can't even remember that his third grade teacher was MY GRANDMA!). Here's what he remembers: The story was a mystery about a boy whose family goes to spend the summer somewhere. At the house they are staying in, there is the ghost of a young boy who lived 100 years or something prior to the time the story is set in. Matthew says the setting is in the country and felt like it was set in the 40s or 50s (and he would have read this in the early 80s). It is entirely possible he is misremembering all of this, but he's got me determined to track it down. I initially thought it sounded maybe John Bellairs-ish, but am not finding anything that seems to match that. Any ideas?