Cynsational News & Links

Congratulations to Phil Binder, author of The Greatest Game Ever Played, illustrated by Zachary Pullen (Putnam, August 2006). Ages 5-up. A father-son story against the backdrop of a legendary football game.

The Boulder Public Library Teen Web offers recommendation lists, including: Adult Mysteries for Teens; Classics that Won’t Kill You; Comics…Mythology in the Making; Coping with Hurricane Katrina; Do Something; Don’t Know Much about History; GLBTQ & Advocates (Fiction and Nonfiction); Guy Books You’ll Actually Want to Read; Horror; If You Loved Angus, Thongs…; Love and Love Stinks; To Be Or Not To Be…Popular; and Who Dunit? Highlighted authors included: M.T. Anderson; Marion Dane Bauer; Margaret Bechard; Holly Black; Niki Burnham; Cecil Castellucci; J.B. Cheaney; Nancy Garden; K.L. Going; Brent Hartinger; Jennifer Richard Jacobson; Annette Curtis Klause; Ron Koertge; David LaRochelle; E. Lockhart; Stephenie Meyer; Linda Sue Park; Julie Anne Peters; Marsha Qualey; Alex Sanchez; Greg Leitich Smith; Cynthia Leitich Smith; Vivian Vande Velde; Nancy Werlin; and Ellen Wittlinger.

Fall 2006 Banned Books Book Sense Top Ten Picks: Compiled by the American Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE). Highlights include: Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (HarperTempest)(author interview) and Forever by Judy Blume (Atheneum)(author interview). Banned books week kicks off Sept. 24. See also: AS IF: Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom.

“The Complete History of Young Adult Novels” by David Lubar, a short humor article originally published in the Spring 2003 issue of the ALAN review. Visit David’s blog, Gladfly in the Ointment, and read a recent Cynsations interview with David.

How To Find an Agent by fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima (PDF file). Learn more about agents on my website.

“A School Story” by Eden Ross Lipson from Perspectives at CBC Magazine. “Eden Ross Lipson edited the children’s books coverage of the New York Times from 1984 through 2005. She continues to write and speak about children’s books.”

Linda Skeers debuts her official website. Linda is the author of Toy Makers (Lucent, 2004), The Impossible Patriotism Project, illustrated by Ard Hoyt (Dial, 2007), and Tippy-Toes Aren’t My Style (Dial, forthcoming). Surf by her guestbook and welcome her to the Web.

On Voice from Linda Sue Park’s LJ. Linda Sue unravels the mystery and emphasizes what matters most. Read a recent Cynsations interview with Linda Sue.