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As of September 30th, 2014 I will be retiring from Mockingbird Books. I will be available as a children's book group monitor for after school programs. You may reach me at sue@suenevinsbookseller.com

 

Currently I have just finished-I have just finished rereading the Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher. She is one of my favorite British fantasy writers of all time. These books are set hundreds of thousands of years in future on our planet Earth or is it? I will not be a spoiler. The themes in this series are wonderful for kids 12 years and older. Similar themes are dealt with in more gentle manner in the newest series by Tony DiTerlizzi: his third book is out now, book # 1 is A Search For Wondla followed by A Hero For Wondla book # 2. I truly enjoy both authors for a summer read for children and grown ups alike.

Last summer, 2011 I read Scott Westerfeld's third book Goliath of the Leviathan series which will be out in September 2011.Its the best of the three books, and this series will delight any streampunk reader ages 12 and older (boys and girls equally). Westerfeld is powerful writer and should not be missed from your summer's reading list!

In the last 2-3 months I have reread or/and have loved the newest books by the following authors in alphabetic order:Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson; Agent Q or Smell of Danger by M T Anderson; Payback Time by Carl Deuker; For the Win by Cory Doctorow; Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly; Island of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer; Ester Friesner 's Sphinx Queen; Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl; Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett; Dirt Road Home by Watt Key;Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart; Kraken by China Mieville; Exposure by Mal Peet; Boneshaker by Cherie Priest; Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff; Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian; Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt; Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld; FireHouse Horse by Diane Lee Wilson;This Full House by Virginia Euwer Wolff; Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson; I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. These authors are usually recommended for young adults or readers older than thirteen years old!!

 

In 2006, I read Kirsten Miller's first book, Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City. Her writing style was so fresh,and rewardingly joyful to read especially for children ages 10 - 14. The girls love this series and all three books are available now! We are still selling this series in large numbers!

I will be checking my email inbox once a day every day. If you need to reach me, immediately, please call Mockingbird Books, 206-518-5886.and after September 30th,2014 call 206-999-2926.

email is Sue @ suenevinsbookseller.com

I have already mentioned a few times, I love a book challenge. I can find the perfect book for the most demanding relative or friend. My only request of you,the challenger is: please ask the following three questions of this demanding relative or friend.

First, what is your all time favorite movie?

Second, what is the passion in your life? (If for a child - what does the child love to do?)

Third, and finally, what truly upsets you? (again if for a child - what does your child hate?)

With these three answers, and after a little research, I will discover the book which they will love to read. A child will ask for another book, when they have finished my recommended book of choice.

What I am reading now

Sometimes, I read for the more mature tastes and my selections are not for children under 18. Be forewarned. I give most books my 50 page test, before I stop reading them.

Michael Connelly is one of my all time favorite authors, and I always await his next book with high expectations, and he never fails to deliver a well written and pleasurable read. "Reversal,"another Harry Bosch will be out in August 2011 in paperback.

My favorite fantasy and Science Fiction authors are Charles De Lint and Connie Willis. The new fantasy authors to make my top ten list are Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Catherine Fisher, S E Grove and Lev Grossman.

Also I have just finished the last Inspector Rebus book by Ian Rankin book, EXIT MUSIC: he is my favorite Scottish writer to date. This series travels thorough the life of Inspector John Rebus from the 1980's to current day. With Rankin's books you will travel thorough the growth of Scotland as a separate identity from England and its rebirth in terms of economics with an independent government.