Just a few things in the news today...
Here's the PW announcement of Sarah Dessen's ninth book, Along for the Ride, which is set to come out in June. It seems like such a long time away, doesn't it?
Also, have you guys heard about the new clause Random House is sticking in their contracts with children's authors? It's called a morality clause, and basically what means is that if you do anything damaging to your rep as a children's author, they have the right to withdraw your advance and terminate the contract! Can you believe that? Sure, no one really likes to hear about children's authors doing something that you wouldn't want their readers to know about, but for heaven's sake! They can't control authors like that! What do you think?
Since we're on the subject of kids books...a middle school teacher from a parochial school (my alma mater, actually) asked for reccomendations for her tween (fifth and sixth grade) girls. One of them was reading a Clique book (It's Not Easy being Mean), and the teacher felt that it wasn't appropriate for this particular school's settings. What I need from you guys: reccomendations of books that would be appropriate for these girls, not to baby-ish, and not too mature, but anything from any genre that they would enjoy. They are smart girls, but some just aren't mature enough for the raw emotion of a lot of young adult books. Also, while I we have nothing against books like the Clique series, they're just not what I'm looking for. On the other hand, I personally wouldn't hesistate to reccomend Mary Hogan's Susanna series to them.
Any reccomendations would be welcome! Thanks a bunch!