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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

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Here are your clues:

  • The cover features a map
  • The book has something to do with a game show
  • It’s already gotten some Newbery buzz
  • The author’s first book was about winter

ETA: Anna is our new Super Bookseller Sleuth! To see her answer…

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Right Now in Speculative Fiction

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is September 14-18: it will be devoted to spotlighting blogs that talk up books and promote reading. Plus, there will be giveaways and awards. You can vote now for your choice to win categories like Best Speculative Fiction Review Blog and Most Chatty.

Tweeting writers will want to use this Twitter guide for writers, which includes a great tip for easily finding out whether a person you follow is also following you, as well as a discussion about how much you should share in your tweets, (among other tips).

Harry Potter: 44. Hamlet: 7.  How much are your favorite books worth? This essay on the much-used Accelerated Reader school program laments the uneven approach to getting kids interested in reading.

Those handwritten notes stuck to bookstore shelves can influence buyers to pick up certain books. Publishers Weekly’s “Shelftalker” herself gives some interesting tips on how to use shelftalkers. Most notable to me: hand-written shelftalkers may work better than printable ones that come from outside sources (such as writers’ websites).

The New York Times spotlights something that could have come straight out of a futuristic novel: vertical farms. Global warming and population increases may end up severely limiting our farmland, but no problem–we’ll just build tall structures that make use of hydroponics to grow food year-round. From a distance, these leafy towers would look like “gardens suspended in space.”

Just when you were thinking the prolific James Patterson should take a vacation comes the news that he has  signed a deal to write 17 books by 2012, including both adult and YA novels. No word yet on how this is humanly possible…

HarperTeen has launched a new interactive books series for readers aged 13 & up: read an excerpt of The Amanda Project: invisible I. You can take part in the search for Amanda both by reading the novels and by participating online. Some readers will even have their online writing published in the books or the e-zine.

And if you’re itching for some free books, remember to enter our current giveaway of THE AMETHYST ROAD and THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD (ends Sep 21), and the Fantastic Book Review’s giveaway of 3 urban fantasy books of one winner’s choosing (ends Sep 13).

cheryliconParker Peevyhouse

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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

Last week’s winner, Martha Flynn, provided your new clues:magnifying_glass

  • This book is the first in a series
  • The title of the series has something to do with a shape
  • The author hasn’t come out with anything for about a decade but should have a new book soon
  • The cover has half a face
  • There’s going to be a TV series based on one of the author’s other books

More clues!

  • It’s about a secret society–of witches
  • The shape mentioned in the title of the series is a circle
  • The author’s more famous books are “diaries”

ETA: Jason is our new Super Bookseller Sleuth! To see his answer…

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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

Here are your clues:magnifying_glass

  • This is a brand new fantasy novel by a debut author
  • It’s the first in a series about some kind of kingdom
  • The author has a very short name
  • The title has something to do with a mythical creature
  • The girl on the cover looks like she’s about to pull a Crouching Tiger

ETA: Martha Flynn is our new Super Bookseller Sleuth. To see her answer…

CLICK HERE

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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

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Last week’s winner allegore has provided the clues for this week. And here they are:

  • This book has something to do with tattoos
  • It’s a series and there are vampires – but it’s not Twilight
  • I think it takes place in a big city – at least that’s what’s on the cover

Good luck!

ETA: Liz Encarnacion is our new Super Bookseller Sleuth. To see her answer…

CLICK HERE

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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

Last week’s winner Liz has provided the clues for this week. And here they are:magnifying_glass

  • The cover is really dark, maybe black or dark blue?
  • It’s a sequel, and I always get confused about which book is which because the titles and covers are so similar.
  • I think there’s water on the cover, or some kind of liquid.
  • The plot has something to do with sleeping.

Good Luck!

Update: Charlotte is our new

Super Bookseller Sleuth

Way to go, Charlotte! To see her answer…

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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

Steve has provided the clues for this week. Not only was he last week’s winner, but he has also joined our blog as a contributor, so you’ll be seeing a lot more of him. Here are the clues:magnifying_glass

  • This book is based on a British movie. Or maybe a TV series?
  • One of the characters is named after a part of a house. Window? Chimney? Door?
  • The author is a very famous, award-winning writer, but I don’t think this book won any awards.

More clues!

  • I think a map might be involved in the story. And perhaps tunnels.
  • Parts of the book are quite grave, like the author’s latest novel, but parts are quite funny.

ETA: Liz Encarnacion is our new Super Bookseller Sleuth. To see her answer…

CLICK HERE

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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

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Thanks so much to everyone who tried to help out last week–we’re still looking for the answer if you want to give it a go. This week’s clues were provided by Super Sleuth Beth. Ready to play?

  • It’s a book by a famous author, but it’s old–I think it was published maybe 50 years ago?
  • The author also wrote a very popular series of kids books, I think some have been made into movies? But this book is for adults, not kids.
  • It’s based on some myth.
  • The title has something to do about faces

ETA: Steve is our new Super Bookseller Sleuth. To see his answer…

CLICK HERE

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Stump the Bookseller — The Unauthorized Version

Over the last few years, as I’ve worked on my new book, I’ve been haunted by the memory of a book I read as a kid and, as I wrote my quest post the other day, I realized why — it’s a story of travel. So I suspect that in some ways it probably inspired TFQ, at least distantly.

I would love to look up again to see why it has had such a hold on me over the years. I know there are alternate resources for this, but thought it might be fun to try here, since ya’ll have been SO fast with the answers, and now that you’re warmed up on our previous Stumps. A signed copy of your choice of my books will go to anyone (the first) who can positively identify it so that I can, I hope, find a copy.

What I can tell you:

  • The MC is a young man — teen or early 20s
  • He travels alone into an area that was somehow off limits — the outlands, the bad lands, the border lands…?
  • At least some of that travel involves an area that in my mind’s eye is a swamp
  • The most memorable (to me now) character that he meets is a reclusive old female (not sure if she was actually human or not), but what I remember most about this character was how her drooping, dangling, um, mammary glands were described as dugs. And it seems like she did a fair bit of sobbing. (I would, too, under the circumstances.)
  • I read it in the 1970s (1975 or thereabouts), though it may have been out for a while by then. Please don’t laugh at my age, I can’t help it.
  • I was reading a lot of Andre Norton, Ursula Le Guin, and Anne McCafferey then, so it may even have been one of theirs.

Answers? Or at least books to chase after? 

joniicon  — Joni Sensel, who will be forever grateful and probably be able to concentrate better if this thing would stop tickling the back of her mind

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Stump the Bookseller

It’s time for another round of Stump the Bookseller, in which you show off your sleuthing skills to help find a particular novel of speculative fiction for young readers. You don’t have to be a bookseller to play, but the winner will be bestowed with the title

Super Bookseller Sleuth

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Ready to play? Here are your clues:

  • I’ve heard this book has amazing illustrations
  • There’s a man in a suit on the cover
  • I think it has something to do with aliens
  • The author just put out a book of short stories about suburbia

Give us your guess in the comment section!

*Special Note: Next week’s Stump the Bookseller will be hosted by Joni Sensel and the winner will receive a prize.

ETA: Beth is our new Super Bookseller Sleuth. To see her answer…

CLICK HERE

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