Saturday, August 25, 2007

Weekend Reviews (I)

In today's not-a-review category, Sinclair McKay talks to Darren O'Shaughnessy (aka Darren Shan) for the Telegraph. Shan describes his writing and his mission as such:
  • "'I write very short sentences, intentionally easy to read,' O'Shaughnessy says. 'I have no interest in writing something that only academics can read and understand. I always want to try to reach the unreachable reader, to put a book into a kid's hands, without using the phrase that I hate: 'Hey kids, reading is good for you.' I think that is the worst thing you can say to reluctant readers'"

In other non-review news, the Times is holding a Young Bond competition.

Toby Clements reviews children's fantasy for the Telegraph.

Elizabeth Ward reviews new non-fiction titles for the Washington Post.

More kid-authored reviews at the Chicago Tribune.

Susan Perren considers five new books for children in the Globe and Mail, including Lynne Truss's The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes! and In the Tracks of a Panda, by Nick Dowson.

Ayanna Wilson reviews three new books about teen transitions for The Detroit Free Press.

This just in (thanks, Kelly F.): Susan Carpenter reviews A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban, in the Los Angeles Times.