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1. Week in Review, April 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com…

Rebecca Stead will be back for the 2015 BGHB award announcements at BEA!

Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger

Not on our site, but worth a read: author Marion Dane Bauer on “The Payoff of a Lonely Childhood” (inspired by Roger’s March/April 2015 editorial “The Difference That Made Them“)

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger:

Out of the Box:

Events calendar

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2. YALSA Tweets of the Week, April 17, 2015

A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between April 17 and 23 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

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3. 2015 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award – Shortlist Announced

The UK’s 2015 Little Rebels Award shortlist has been announced – and it’s an exciting, diverse selection of eight books, featuring both new and well-established book creators.

2015 Little Rebel Children's Book Award - shortlist

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4. Quidditch World Cup Round Up–USQ World Cup 8, BQC, and More

As most of you know, it is that time of year again–time for the real, and very intense Quidditch World Cup. This year, however was a little different. Though America hosted  World Cup 8 this past weekend (April 11-12), it was the US Quidditch World Cup 8 (which became a trend on Twitter, earned it’s own Snapchat Live Story, and got a tweet from J.K. Rowling). Last year, Quidditch World Cup 7 (the IQA World Cup)–which regularly hosted teams from the UK (or another European team that won within the region), Australia, Canada, and the United States every year–saw all European and Oceanic teams refuse their bid to World Cup, due to costs and protesting against the World Cup being held in America every year when Quidditch was growing elsewhere in the world. Since then, the IQA dissolved into Quidditch Associations by country: USQ (United States), QUK (United Kingdom), AQA (Australia), Quidditch Austria, Belgium Muggle Quidditch, Quidditch Canada, FQA (France), DQB (Germany), AIQ (Italy), AMQ (Mexico), Muggle Quidditch Netherlands, NR (Norway), and QD (Turkey). (The IQA, which remains the head to the massive Quidditch Association body, also completely restructured its internal bureaucracy in 2014, along with it’s tournament structure.)

This year, each region was responsible for hosting its own National tournament, or World Cup, rather than all attending one large World Cup. Do not fear–there are still IQA’s Global Games, which hosts an international tournament between all countries. Three years ago, IQA also held it’s first Quidditch Olympic games, which we will hopefully see more of in the future. The European Games will be held in Sarteano, Italy, July 24-27, 2015.


Of the national games, the UK held it’s national cup last month, and (as mentioned above) the US finished its US Quidditch World Cup 8 this past weekend. The BBC reported on the UK tournament, saying:

Hundreds of players have competed in the UK’s biggest ever quidditch tournament, playing a sport adapted from the Harry Potter books.

Wollaton Hall and Park in Nottingham, known for being used as Wayne Manor in a Batman film, was chosen to host the second British Quidditch Cup (BQC).

Sixteen teams competed when the British Quidditch Cup was first held in Oxford in November 2013, and 23 teams have competed this time.

Ms Maidment has previously played for Nottingham Nightmares, a team from the University of Nottingham.

She initially became interested because of her love for Harry Potter, but now sees the sport as separate from the books.

“It’s like rugby mixed with dodgeball,” she said.

“There are a few injuries but we are currently working on re-evaluating the rules to minimise that, because if the injury rates continue as they are people aren’t going to carry on wanting to play it.

Radcliffe Chimeras, from Oxford University, were favourites to win the competition.

The Radcliffe Chimeras were upset by Southampton QC 1. All scores and bracket play of BQC 2015 can be seen here.

 From the BBC on the US Quidditch World Cup 8:

But the game isn’t just played by Harry Potter fans, with some of those taking part in the World Cup saying they enjoy the athletic side too:

“We have people on our team that have never read the books or seen the movies,” said University of Ottawa team founder Clare Hutchinson. “Quidditch is not necessarily all about Harry Potter anymore.”

Quidditch becoming separated from its Harry Potter roots has been a rather heated conversation amongst those in the Quidditch sphere for some time. Being on a Quidditch team myself, it is safe to say that we almost NEVER talk about Harry Potter, though I too joined because of my love for the series. The sport has become just that, a sport in and of its own right, much like basketball, soccer (football), and other athletic competitions. Despite this feeling amongst the athletes and those particularly involved in Quidditch, National and World competitions draw a lot of Harry Potter fans and spectators.

Rock Hill, South Carolina–The US Quidditch World Cup was an experience; a truly fun event for people of all ages. Opening ceremony saw 80 teams–79 United States teams (winners from Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Midwest, West, South, Southwest, Northwest regions within the US) and 1 Canadian team–parade onto the field, each behind their region’s flag, and teams holding up their college flags, much like the Olympic opening ceremonies. After a few opening words from original founder of Muggle Quidditch, USQ and USQ CEO, Alex Benepe, and the mayor of Rock Hill, South Carolina, national anthems were played–the only Canadian team single-handedly singing ten times louder to “Oh Canada” than the 79 American teams singing “The Star Spangled Banner” combined–and the games commenced.

80 teams played each other on 10 fields in Swiss-style tournament play (teams with the same record, and similar score differential played each other) for five guaranteed games, before beginning bracket play. Those finishing tournament play with a record of 3-2 had a bid at bracket play. Highly ranked teams played on fields where live streams broadcasted the games to viewers across the world, and those sitting comfortably in the VIP club house above the field.

Between games, players rested in their designated team tent in the Players’ Village (an impressive sight of rows and rows of tents that we wish were bigger on the inside than the outside). Booths to visit included USQ T-shirt stand, Alivan’s Wand and Broom Closet, Harry Potter Alliance,  Harry and the Potters Wizard Rock band, and Peterson Brooms–each offering their own unique merchandise (including player trading cards from USQ). A local Medical Center sponsoring USQ World Cup 8 also had a booth, and gave out free first aid kits and sunscreen (Quidditch is notorious for it’s injuries, being a full-contact sport). Both adults and kids alike braved the heat in their Wizarding robes–most from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter–and on the second day of tournament, kids (and kids-at-heart) were able to participate in a costume contest. Afternoon entertainment was provided by Harry and the Potters, who gave an energetic live-performance between the games. With thousands of people swarming the Manchester Meadows sports facility, there was one food truck (besides a Chick-fil-A concession stand), serving carnival classic foods, with a never ending line, that magically never ran out of food.

At the end of bracket play on Sunday, the final four teams battled it out in attempts to overthrow favored-to-win Texas teams. Though the crowds cheered heavily for non-Texas teams, Lone Star (a community team from Austin, Texas) swiftly beat Maryland, and University of Texas pushed the Lost Boys (a Los Angeles-based team made up of players from many California colleges) all the way back to California. As the two Austin teams went head-to-head, evenly matched-athleticism kept the score low and tight (both teams alternately leading by one) before the Snitch was released onto the pitch. The players fought hard, sustaining injuries from torn muscles to a broken broomstick stabbing through a player’s hand. A professional Snitch kept the crowds pumped up and entertained, with a little sass and great technique for throwing Seekers. After several saves, the Snitch was caught by the University of Texas, awarding the team 30 points, and their third consecutive national title.

Throughout the course of this weekend’s events, US Quidditch World Cup 8 earned it’s own Snapchat Live story–available to be viewed by anyone with a Snapchat, and also became a trending hashtag on Twitter. Though it had many supporters, much of the hashtag trend was due to Muggles who didn’t understand how real-life Quidditch could be such a big deal, big enough to show up in their Snapchat feeds. However, J.K. Rowling came to the rescue, with a quick quip and TS Eliot quote, saying:


I feel like this has maybe gone slightly too far now…  

. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” TS Eliot

Congratulations to Texas and Southampton QC 1. Good luck to those who have yet to complete their national tournaments.

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5. Week in Review, April 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com…

Starred reviews coming up in the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

April’s Notes newsletter: 5Q for Nikki Grimes, primary poetry, bird picture books, grrl-power intermediate fiction, and gritty YA starring teen boys

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger: A new 5Q series kicks off with author T. A. Barron: “What ELSE Do You Do?

Out of the Box:

Lolly’s Classroom:

Events calendar

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6. Tonight @ Society of Illustrators: Is That Art?

Yoe-is-that-artThis exhibit of works from Craig Yoe’s original art collection has already garnered stellar accolades – tonight you can see why. And that’s not all …

I had the good fortune of seeing an early preview of Is That Art? at the Society of Illustrators a few weeks ago, and it’s a must-see for anyone who wants to connect with the magic and the power of creative design. The exhibit covers much of the first century of comics & cartoon art, and the work is displayed in ways that highlight deep connections and spark new ideas. A original Spark Plug parallel to a Peanuts strip where Snoopy is dismissed as a dog; a landmark portrait of Superman for Siegel-and-Shuster’s syndicate chief near a reflection on a woman’s dual identity by Fay King; the first Pogo newspaper strip; the original Fin-Fang-Foom-awakes page, signed by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers ….


I could go on, but I’ll leave you to discover all the wonders for yourself. The exhibit’s official opening is tonight from 5pm – 10pm at the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St. in New York City. If you can’t make it this evening (or at all, alas), you can find some consolation in the extensive Yoe! Books library, which includes lavish and faithful restorations of material ranging from kitsch to classics. One place to start: the latest Yoe! Books/IDW publication, Milt Gross’ New York, which has been receiving impressive reviews.


If you can make it to the Society of Illustrators, don’t miss its other must-see exhibits. The original art from Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is up through tomorrow (April 9), and seeing it at full size reminded me of seeing the original art for Robert Crumb’s Book of Genesis at the Hammer Museum – a revelation. As for the exhibit on Alt-Weekly Comics curated by Warren Bernard and Bill Kartalopoulos, well, that too deserves a book of its own – this exhibit is important not just for chronicling an influential, if under-appreciated genre within North American comics, but for helping us understand the world today.


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7. New Interview with Jonny Campbell, Director of “The Casual Vacancy”

J.K. Rowling fansite Always J.K. Rowling had the amazing opportunity to have an exclusive interview with the director of the mini-series adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Causal Vacancy, Jonny Campbell. Mr. Campbell gave very detailed answers to the questions proposed–subject matter ranging from his involvement and experiences with making The Casual Vacancy, to advice for those wishing to have a career in directing. Always J.K. Rowling reports:

1. How much creative control did you have when filming “The Causal Vacancy”?

The role of the director is to be responsible for the storytelling as it moves from script to screen, to visualise and breathe life into it and so you are inevitably at the controls of that creative process – not to be a control ‘freak’ (!) – but to coordinate and steer all the departments from the script and cast to locations, production design, make up and costume to cinematography. Obviously, many thousands of decisions constitute this process and many of those are likewise guided and influenced by comments or suggestions from producer and executive producers along the way.

3. What is your favorite scene and character?

Krystal has to be my favourite character. Hard to single out one favourite scene, but would choose the sequence of scenes where she and her Mum Terri are reconnecting. In ep2 sitting eating some soup talking about Fats and then becoming emotionally overwhelmed that they are finally having a normal conversation as mother and daughter. Then in ep3 the moment when Krystal first hands Robbie back over to Terri before going on her date and then later sitting in the garden looking at the stars together.

5. Were there any particularly challenging scenes?

1) Howard’s nightmare – maggots and worms don’t respond to direction and they get everywhere. 2) Robbie scenes – there was a lot of violence and bad language in many of his scenes, but they were never shot while Robbie was there, even though he is in the scenes. This meant a lot of planning to film around him – effectively recording dialogue and shooting action twice over. 3) the river scenes – filming in or near water is always tricky and incredibly time consuming – some sequences were shot over several days too, which necessitated weather continuity. We were very fortunate that we had such a good summer.

8. There are a lot of political and social themes that are particularly relevant today in the UK as we are coming up to a general election. Is this something you were very aware of while filming and did it change any filming decisions?

I think the themes in this story will always be relevant, not just at this time. The fact that there was an election coming up the year after we started the project was never even mentioned as it was totally irrelevant to the story, contrary to what some people have thought. Sarah Phelps, the screenwriter does have an acute social conscience, as does J.K. Rowling, but the story is about how people react to a sudden death in a small community – the minutiae of grief – and how the ripple effect of this death passes through the lives of a host of characters. The election element is merely a side issue and a plot device to explore these peoples’ lives in public and behind closed doors. The real vacancy was not on the council, it was in their lives and their hearts.

The rest of this interesting interview may be read here, on Always J.K. Rowling.

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8. Alan Rickman and Helen McCrory on their Friendship

Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) each took a turn writing about their friendship–how they first met on the set of Half-Blood Prince and how it blossomed afterwards–in the Independent. The editorials are very heart-warming and witty. A sampling of the piece can be read below, the whole article can be read here.

Helen McCrory, 46

An actress known for her work on stage (‘Uncle Vanya’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Medea’), TV (‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘Penny Dreadful’) and film (‘The Queen’, ‘Skyfall’, the final three ‘Harry Potter’ movies), McCrory lives in north London with her husband, the actor Damian Lewis, and their two children

There are a lot of myths about Alan. That he is prickly and unpleasant – because he often plays quite cold, dry people – and that he always wears black. But he couldn’t be further from his screen personas if he tried. And I’ve seen him wear grey at least twice.

I first heard of Alan when I was at drama school. He was doing Les Liaisons Dangereuses in New York [in 1987], hailed in the papers and held up as an example by my teachers at the Drama Centre. We met in 2008, on the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Helena [Bonham Carter] and I were playing the Lestrange sisters, and Helena, Alan and I were making a spell “to the death” together.

Though he was brilliant in the part, he wasn’t so method that he swished around in his large black robe in between takes. Instead we’d have a coffee and a giggle – he has a naughty sense of humour – and I’d say, “So, what’s your power again?”

Alan Rickman, 69

An actor, Rickman made his name as Obadiah Slope in the BBC’s 1982 serial ‘The Barchester Chronicles’. He has since won awards for roles in films including ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ and ‘Truly Madly Deeply’, and reached a new generation with his role as Severus Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. He also directs at the Royal Court. He lives in London with his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, an economics lecturer

We properly met on the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in full costume. Helen with that white stripe in her hair, me with those black buttons and black contacts. Helena was there too. We had a scene with the three of us, nose to nose, having to look threateningly at each other. Helen has a huge sense of the ridiculous and with all that costume and make-up, there wasn’t a hope: we were all trying to behave like grown-ups but laughing to an annoying degree; the producers and crew got a little impatient. It’s run like an army camp there, so I was grateful for those moments of laughter.

With us it’s mostly about laughter and the odd Martini – the two tend to blur into each other. She has a much faster energy than me; she’s on the front foot and I’m not always. But I love anybody who makes me laugh, and her ability is unusually high. She’s witty in an 18th-century way; like Jane Austen, she can pick up a word, play with it and put it down again. She recently talked about lobster sauce sophistication. Where did she get that from?

‘A Little Chaos’ (PG), directed by Alan Rickman and starring Helen McCrory, is out on 17 April

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9. SnitchSeeker Give-Away Contest for J.K. Rowling’s “Very Good Lives”

In association with Little Brown Publishing, fellow Harry Potter fansite, SnitchSeeker, is giving away copies of J.K. Rowling’s new illustrated book of her Harvard Commencement address, Very Good Lives: The Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. The give away is taking place this week, and is available to U.S. residence only. If you wish to enter, please visit SnitchSeeker’s page, here.

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10. Ralph Fiennes received Legend Award at the Empire Awards

Last Sunday, Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), received the Legend Award during the Empire Awards ceremony. Having starred in more than 30 films, Fiennes was recognized for his extensive body of work–especially for his Oscar-nominated, BAFTA winning role in “Schindler’s List.” His other award winning movies include “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “The English Patient.” Ralph Fiennes has also taken on the role of director for films, such as “The Invisible Woman” and “Coriolanus.” He is also well known for his role in the Harry Potter films as Lord Voldemort, and as the new “M” in the James Bond films.  Variety reported last week,

Previous Empire Legend Award recipients include Tim Burton, Helen Mirren and Tom Cruise.

Empire’s editor-in-chief Morgan Rees commented: “When you look at the body of work he has given us, both on screen and behind the camera, he has achieved so much. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more. Ralph Fiennes is truly an Empire Legend.”

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11. Luke Newberry as Newt Scamander?

As reported previously, the casting list for next year’s first release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, remains a mystery. However, that doesn’t stop speculations and rumors. A few weeks ago Dr. Who’s Matt Smith was the hot topic of discussion on possible leads for the films. This week it is Luke Newberry. The In the Flesh star is a self-professed Harry Potter geek (like the rest of us), and actually filmed scenes as Teddy Lupin for the “19 Years Later” segment of the eighth film–these scenes ultimately did not make the final cut. Even though Luke said that it would be an honor to be considered for the role, he refuses to make any confirmations on the subject, one way or the other. Radio Times reports:


#LukeforNewt! That’s the Twitter campaign started by Luke Newberry fans (some of whom may or may not work in the RadioTimes.com office) who think he’d be perfect for the part of JK Rowling’s magizoologist Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter movie spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“Of course! It would be incredible just to be considered for that role,” he tells RadioTimes.com. “It’s a world that I’m familiar with and love – I love Harry Potter – so yes I’m very grateful to my fans for thinking of me, it’s a great honour… Yes, yes, I’d love to!”

When asked whether any formal approaches have been made, Newberry refuses to be drawn but it wouldn’t be the first time he’d been considered for a role in a Potterworld movie. 

“That was the most exciting week of my life and to get the chance to play Teddy Lupin was just amazing,” says Newberry. “[It was] gutting [having my scenes cut]! It was my dream! But I was technically there, on set.”

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12. MuggleNet Live Coming to London!

Our close sister-site, MuggleNet, is hosting MuggleNet Live–the largest Harry Potter Expo in the UK–in London, April 18, 2015. There will be many special guests at this amazing Harry Potter event. According to MuggleNet, there will be 19 special guests, including 15 Harry Potter Actors, such as: Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), and Natalia Tena (Tonks). Other guests include Harry Potter Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, Art Director, Gary Tomkins, and Graphic Designer, MinaLima. There are only about 100 tickets left to this exciting, and magic-filled experience, so hurry up and buy your ticket! The banner for the even can be seen below!


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A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between April 3 and April 9 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

Tweets of the Week April 3, 2015 (*Note: the format for this week's Tweets is a link to Storify - some technical difficulties are being resolved.)

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14. April Fool’s round-up: it’s hard to make anything outrageous any more


See I tolja, it’s hard to be funny about this stuff any more with satirical sites the Onion and Clickhole, let alone ACTUAL sites like Daily Caller, Upworthy and thenTaboola promising 10 celebrity dogs who have aged badly at the end of everything we read on the ‘Net. A few people tried. io9 of all places had the old DC, Marvel Announce Merger story, albeit with some nice characterization:

“It’s like pie,” said Paul Levitz, President and Publisher at DC. “All these great flavors thrown into a bowl, mixed up with a bit of sugar and nutmeg, and now they all taste great together.”

Isaac Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel, nodded in agreement from the back of Levitz’ head. “I think it’s the best for all parties concerned,” he said in a half-rasp, now utilizing the same vocal cords as Levitz. “This merger is something we’ve been looking forward to, for ages. And now it’s here.”


The now leaderless, anarchic confederation known as the Outhouse announced that Heidi MacDonald—that’s me—would be taking over as editor in chief following Christian Hofer’s ankling a month ago.

“We’re really glad to have Heidi on board,” said Outhouse Ace Reporter Jude Terror at a hastily convened April 1st press conference. “I think that she brings a level of respect and professionalism that, frankly, we could really use. Sure, associating with us is likely to drag her reputation down, but as long as we meet somewhere in the middle, it’s a net gain… for us at least.”

According to Terror, MacDonald’s tenure will begin immediately, “as soon as she reads this article and finds out she’s got the job. Yeah, maybe we should have asked her first. Well, I’m sure she’ll say yes.” “I mean, could you say no to this face?” Terror asked, making his best attempt at puppy dog eyes, but looking more like he was suffering from a bad case of indigestion. “Could you?! Don’t answer that.”


Bleeding Cool unleashed a string of posts that were so indistinguishable from their actual content that a few hours letter they had to make sure everyone know they were jokes:

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15. Celebrate 25 Years of Valiant With an Anniversary Convention Tour

Ladies and Gentlemen we are officially in convention season! After celebrating Emerald City Comicon last weekend, it’s already time for WonderCon! Luckily Valiant is headed to the Anaheim Convention Center to take part in the festivities alongside comics fandom. The publisher is bringing along a few giveaways and prizes to the upcoming event. A tease at Bloodshot: Reborn #1 is going to be distributed in Valiant’s booth numbered #405.

Also shared is the following teaser image drawn by Tom Fowler celebrating the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour. The art features a group of heroes owned by the superhero company with Archer & Armstrong, X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Bloodshot, Dr. Mirage, Faith, Livewire, Quantum and Woody, and Vincent Van Goat.


Creators at the show include James Asmus, David Baron, Joshua Dysart, Ryann Winn, and Fred Van Lente. The first Valiant panel is for beginners labeled Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here. This gives new readers a chance to jump in on the fun in the Valiant Universe, and takes place on Friday April 3rd at 3:30pm at Room 208. The next panel is the Valiant 25th Anniversary Celebration where fans will hopefully learn more about the mysterious Book of Death down at the show. The panel takes place on April 4th at 12pm at room 211.

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16. Review: there’s life(lives) in the old(young) Doctor yet in Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor Issue 1

Cover_AWritten by: Cavan Scott

Art by: Blair Shedd

Publisher: Titan Comics

As Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor issue one opens you find yourself staring deeply into the eyes of Christopher Eccleston. The striking, and the nearly photo realistic panels, slowly pull back to reveal the Ninth Doctor. A voice over from a companion – most likely Rose Tyler – explains that the Doctor shouldn’t still be surprised by the infinite mysteries of space and time with all the traveling he’s done. And yet he is. Amazingly, after all we’ve seen since the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who, the Ninth Doctor still manages to surprise comic readers and Whovians alike with his singular interpretation of the long running BBC franchise’s lead character. He’s curmudgeonly, but when he smiles it’s like the sun peeking from behind a dark cloud. In many ways he is the most optimistic of the modern Doctors, while also being the most troubled. So far all aspects of the character are well formed in this first issue of Titan’s ongoing Doctor Who Ninth Doctor series.

Writer Cavan Scott told us in an interview that this was a natural point to tell new stories about the Ninth Doctor because there is an obvious gap between episodes The Doctor Dances and Boom Town. But it stands to reason that every time the Doctor vworp vworps away, one could technically find a gap in which to set a new adventure. Still, it’s a solid choice to put the story here with the companion ‘dream team’ of Nine, Rose and Jack Harkness. The fan-favorite group, which sadly saw little in the way of screen time for all their chemistry together, is just as winning here as their televised counterparts. The Doctor hopes to show off Excroth: one of his many “favorite” planets. But when the TARDIS arrives at Nine’s coordinates they find themselves amid a field of floating meteors. Puzzled, the team are soon beamed aboard an enemy ship against their will and interrogated by a rather large and threatening robot. The robot pursues the group throughout the large enemy ship, at first taking them for emissaries of the race engaging in a pitched battle with the ship.

Not much more becomes apparent before the end of the book as to why these rather large robots are fighting a strange race of Centurion-centaur robots in the ruins of Excroth. But that’s okay. What I really loved about this book, other than the fact that the Nine-Rose-Jack dynamic was very well represented and scripted, was that it didn’t try to cram too much exposition and story set-up into one issue. Instead we get character development, which to me sets this story early on in the unseen adventures of this TARDIS-team. The Doctor is still calling Jack Rose’s “boyfriend,”  whereas by Boom Town Jack is flirting with Nine openly, who seems to enjoy it. Titan has really hit it out of the park with their Tenth and Eleventh Doctor comics (the latter being my favorite screen-to-page adaption) and the interplay so far between these three characters tells me it is well poised within those ranks.


Many of the panels by artist Blair Shedd are lovely to behold. Where he gets it the most right for my money is in the multi-panel action scenes. Several of these use splash pages, overlaid with panels of standard action as well as silhouettes. These look great and move at the speed of the story’s fast-paced action. My only quibble is that while photo real, the art seems to stymie the action in several places. The body positioning sometimes looks a bit awkward, like a randomly paused frame of a film. Still, Shedd must be praised for how lifelike his drawings of the characters are. If fans of the series are pining for more stories from series one of new Doctor Who, they will pine ever the harder for seeing these faithful images of their beloved characters. The story of issue one ends on the companion-in-peril cliffhanger that is as much a part of Doctor Who as the Daleks. Count me among the Whovians now pining for the next issue of this ongoing series.


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17. Interview: we talk Doctors, Secret Wars and Hitchhiker’s Guide with Ninth Doctor issue 1 writer Cavan Scott

Ninth Doctor issue 1 coverIn 2005, few believed that a modern re-launch of the BBC adventure series Doctor Who would be successful. The show broadcast it’s last episode just before Christmas, 1989 after running for 27 years. In reviving the show for a new audience, the casting of Christopher Eccleston was a masterstroke, as the actor was known for his more serious roles in both television and film. Eccleston burst onto the scene as the Ninth Doctor, grabbing former pop-star Billie Piper’s hand and telling her to “run!” Eccleston parted ways with the show after only one season, something never done before or since in Doctor Who history. This left fans of Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor hungry for more. When Titan Comics announced they’d be releasing new Doctor Who comics,  fans reportedly stuffed their email inbox with pleas for the release of a Ninth Doctor comic series.

We spoke with Cavan Scott, writer of the new Ninth Doctor Comic series about what it was like to bring Nine back to life in a new story featuring fan favorite companions Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness.

Edie Nugent:  So, first question: why did you choose this particular moment in the Ninth Doctor’s timeline for your story?

Cavan Scott: For two reasons. First of all, it seemed the only natural gap in the series. Most of the episodes lead straight into each other, like one continuous story. Here, between The Doctor Dances and Boom Town, we have a definite gap where lots of stories are said to have happened that we never saw. Handy!

Secondly, we wanted Jack in there, mainly because we never saw enough of the three of them in the TV show.

Nugent:  I had that thought instantly upon seeing where this story occurred: the fans will be so excited, because this group and moment were so popular.

Scott: Well, I hope so. They’re such a well-oiled machines when we see them in Boom Town too. They’ve obviously been adventuring together for some time.

Nugent: You have a lot of dialogue describing the “science” of the situation up front. Do you have a real interest in the science part of science fiction?

Scott: That question makes me smile because I have an ongoing ‘debate’ with Doctor Who book author Nick Walters where I insist that Doctor Who is fantasy and he throws things at me shouting that its science FICTION!

You know, in this case I didn’t even think about whether there was a lot of pseudo-science in the book. I was just trying to capture the tone of the original series, where they throw a lot of pseudo-science around. I think with Doctor Who, you need to make it sound plausible even if some of the science is dodgy!

Nugent: Nine is showing his most chipper self in this book, is that due to being flanked by the ‘dream team’ of Rose and Jack? Or has he just progressed in his emotional healing from the Time War by this point?

Scott: I honestly think that Doctor number Nine is chipper for the most of the time we see him – or at least he’s trying to give the impression that he is. A lot of people pigeon-hole him as an ‘angry’ Doctor, but he spends a hell of a lot of time smiling and even cracking really, really bad jokes.

Trust me, we’ll see his angry side as the book continues, but I wanted to show the fact that he is enjoying himself again.


Nugent: Sure, but there’s a real difference in tone here from, say, Dalek for instance, which is only 4 episodes earlier.

Scott: Well, the situation in Dalek is pretty grim. Certainly, we see a ‘lighter’ Ninth Doctor in The Empty Child to The Long Game. I think the resolution of The Doctor Dances would have helped as well. There we see the Doctor at his most optimistic. I definitely think he’s enjoying life with Rose and Jack.

Nugent:  This story had a real “hitchhiker’s guide” feel to it, was that intentional?

Scott: Not at all! In fact, I didn’t realise it was there! Never a bad thing though, especially as Douglas Adams’ City of Death was apparently one of the templates for 21st Century Who.

I’m intrigued now. Which elements did you think were Hitchhikers-esque? (Is that a word? It is now)

Nugent: The story set up: they’re beamed into the hold of a sluggish and war-like race, scanned repeatedly to determine who they are, then saved from death only to be sentenced to it a moment later. Reminded me of Ford & Arthur’s first stop after hitch hiking off the earth into the Vogon ship. No poetry from your war-bots though.

Scott: I think the Lect would be particularly bad poets. All those ‘Directives’ and ‘Possibilities’ in their speech patterns will never touch the soul!


Nugent: Your credits are so diverse–was it exciting to be able to tell a self-contained, more adult television episode-style story? Was your approach to the material different as a result?

Scott: It was. In a lot of ways writing the comic was similar to writing Doctor Who audio plays, definitely when I was structuring the plot for all five issues, I went about it the same way as my audio work, working out the big set pieces, working out where the cliffhangers sit.

But – and this is a huge but – the fact that it’s a comic has left me giddy with excitement. Writing a long-form American style series has been a dream for me ever since I first picked up a Marvel UK reprint back when I was a kid.

Nugent:  And what comic was that, do you remember?

Scott: I do. It was Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars issue one. I knew superheroes from TV and films and, even though I was a massive comic fan, it was largely British humour weekly titles. That first issue of Secret Wars literally changed my life, or at least my interests. It opened my eyes to the Marvel universe, which led me venturing into a comic shop and seeking out US comics, both for Marvel and their Distinguished Competition.

Oh, and it had Alpha Flight as the back up strip which introduced me to John Byrne, who I became obsessed about!

Nugent:  That’s a lot of continuity to absorb for a first ever comic experience! Sort of like Doctor Who…

Scott: I think that’s what appealed to me. i like continuity and diving into new universes. It’s why I’ve been enjoying picking up the Valiant books recently.

Marvel’s Transformers comic was another major hook for me. Basically, the UK weekly soon ran out of original US material and so started slipping in extra stories between the US issues – which of course were part of the Marvel Universe too. And the Doctor Who universe for that matter, as Death’s Head first appeared in Transformers and then slipped into Doctor Who and then into the main Marvel U.

You’ll be sorry you asked me about that now! I could talk about this stuff for ages!

Nugent: Well, it is somewhat timely. Are you following the announcements from Marvel about the new Secret Wars? As a comic writer AND fan, you probably have different perspectives on it.

Scott: With a huge amount of nostalgia! I’m certainly intrigued to see what’s coming. The continuity geek in me is having a whale of a time spotting references in what’s been released so far. The writer in me is having heart palpitations about what they’re trying to pull off. I’m looking forward to it. I’m a sucker for these big game-changing events. Again, it’s John Byrne’s fault for Man of Steel!

Nugent: I noticed lots of moments in your story where Rose reaches for the Doctor’s hand & is pulled away. Is this an intentional after-the-fact foreshadowing of the separation from the Tenth Doctor in Doomsday?

Scott: Heh! It might just be. It might not be the last time you see that motif in the series either.

Nugent: So far you’ve written for Doctors: Three, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten and Eleven. What Doctor would be your top choice to write for next?

Scott: Well, I wouldn’t say no for a chance to write for the current model – but really I’ve got a hankering to complete the set. In fact, I’ve written for another incarnation that I can’t mention yet. Spoilers!

Nugent:  Speaking of spoilers, are there any tidbits you can give our readers regarding events still to come in your Ninth Doctor story?

Scott: Well, there are going to be suns and romans and floating octopi and dinosaurs and masks coming off. And lots and lots of more great art from Blair!

Ninth Doctor issue 1 is available in comic stores on April 1st.


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18. Alan Rickman in BAFTA Interview and Upcoming Projects

Alan Rickman is known for not being the subject of many interviews. However, BAFTA seems to be lucky. Rickman’s interview is to be a part of BAFTA’s “Life in Pictures” event–where many big name stars (such as Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, etc.) sit down for talks with BAFTA. The event is April 15. The Variety reports:

Rickman began his acting career in theater, where his credits include a Tony nomination for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” His feature film debut came in the 1988 alongside Bruce Willis in “Die Hard.” Since then he has appeared in more than 40 films, including the Harry Potter series, “Sweeney Todd” and “Love Actually.”

Rickman was awarded a BAFTA in 1992 for his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” In the same year, he was also BAFTA-nominated for his lead role in “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” He received two further BAFTA nominations in 1996 and 1997, for “Sense and Sensibility” and “Michael Collins,” respectively.

Rickman made his directorial debut in 1997 with “The Winter Guest,” starring Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law. He recently directed and co-wrote his second feature film, historical drama “A Little Chaos,” in which he also stars with Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci. The film premiered as the Closing Gala at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, and opens in the U.K. on April 17. Focus Features recently removed the pic from its release schedule in the U.S.

Rickman will next be seen in “Eye in the Sky,” co-starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Colin Firth and Barkhad Abdi, and will reprise his role as the Blue Caterpillar in “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.”


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19. Matt Lewis Helps at an Acting Class at Grammar School at Leeds

Matthew Lewis took a trip back to his hometown to work with students in an acting class at Grammar School at Leeds. He and his brother, Anthony, to help judge a competition at the school. Matt expressed a lot of praise at the talent of the students, saying that the experience was exciting for him and he was impressed by the work and creativity of the participants. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported:

The pair visited the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) to host workshops and teach pupils about preparing for television and stage auditions.

“It has been really nice to get back up to Leeds. We were both really impressed with the standard of work and creativity. TV and film is such a different discipline and it was nice to try and break that down and see how the students handled it and they all did really well. There is so much stuff that I know now, that I just had to pick up along the way. So we try and teach the stuff that we would have found useful when we started out.”

The performing arts school was launched in Leeds last year by his brother Anthony, 31, at the Yorkshire College of Music. It follows on from the success of Totally Lit College in London, and is aimed at 11 to 19-year-olds.

Artistic director Anthony is also an actor and has starred in Emmerdale, The Syndicate and Torchwood and has more than 20 years’ experience in the business.

He said: “It was fantastic for GSAL to invite Matthew and myself. After years working, it’s great to pass on some of our knowledge to the next potential batch of young actors. The students all really took on board the advice and we had some great feedback. It all went really well.”

“The purpose of the workshops was to look at a different style of acting to the theatrical work that the students were familiar with.

“Using mine and Matthew’s experiences working over the years, we explained the main differences between working to a large audience and then playing to a camera, which is a far more intimate experience.

“We also discussed the practical side of working as an actor.”

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20. YALSA Tweets of the Week - March 27, 2015

A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between March 27 and April 2 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

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21. Week in Review, March 23rd-27th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com…

Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger

March 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: trailblazing women, Earth Day 2015, National Poetry Month, folklore from around the world, and sporting life

Not on our site, but worth a read: Elizabeth Wein invokes Roger in her BoB decision

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger:

Out of the Box:

Lolly’s Classroom:

Events calendar

See overviews of previous weeks by clicking the tag week in review. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on our articles!


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22. J.K. Rowling’s Wonderful, Polite Discussion on Dumbledore with Fan

In the recent days, even after Jo tweeted that she didn’t take offense to a fan’s question on Dumbledore’s sexuality, many news sources are still praising J.K. Rowling for her “great come back,” her amazing “shut down,” her “burn” of the fan’s opinion that she did not see Dumbledore as gay, always seeing a possible connection between Dumbledore and McGonagall. As J.K. rowling said herself, the question was not offensive, it was “gentle” and “her response was very sweet.” The media continues to misrepresent the following Twitter interaction between Jo and fan, @anakocovic21:


@anakocovic21 Tweeted in reply “Amazing answer…Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!!”

After fans following the conversation began rallying for Jo’s response, with the perspective of the response being a quick quipped “shut down.” Jo defended @anakocovic21, saying:

A minority of people are rushing to judgement without the facts, so here they are: did NOT ask an offensive question!

My reply to her question was gentle and her response was very sweet. Read the full conversation here:

. LOTS of people saw Dumbledore and McGonagall together. You aren’t alone!

Given all the poor media attention, Ms. Kocovic appears to have shut down her profile, at least from the public eye. (On the plus side, she gained a new follower: J.K. Rowling.) Here at Leaky, we hope to spread the truth about the Twitter conversation between Jo and @anakocovic21, and help stop the spread of this media-fueled smear campaign.

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23. Reminder: J.K. Rowling’s “Very Good Lives” To Be Published Next Month

As reported previously here on Leaky, J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Address is being printed in book form. All proceeds of the little, yet powerful, 80-page book will go towards Lumos, as well as university-wide scholarships for potential Harvard students. The book is available for preorder, and will be published April 14, 2105. Amazon’s summary of the book reads:

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of VERY GOOD LIVES will benefit both Lumos, a charity organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.

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24. Emma Watson named #1 on “99 Top Outstanding Woman 2015″

AskMen is known for posting lists with themes such as “The Top 99 Most Desirable Women.” This year, claiming to be “better than that,” they changed their theme to give notoriety to outstanding, inspirational women. Emma Watson was voted as the number one most outstanding woman, according to the list. AskMen gives criteria used to make the list, by posting a video on their site below the article, the video titled “How We Chose the Top 99?”. AskMen writes why Emma is outstanding, saying:

Hermione Granger is courageous, loyal and moral to a fault — she embodies the best of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. So it’s fitting that the little girl who was cast to play her back in 1999 would grow up to become a woman not so different from the fictional heroine she embodied. The 24-year-old Watson has noble pursuits in mind. Her alignment with the United Nations’ HeForShe campaign has made her the face of feminism right now, and she’s helping change the way men think about women. Now that’s power.

Emma Watson is so many incredible things at once — rich, successful, famous, stylish, beautiful, intelligent, personable, kind. And yet, rather than be content with a life of luxury, she’s thrown her back into a serious social issue in an effort to shift the way our society treats women. — James Bassil, AskMen Publisher

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25. Interview: We talk Europen graphic novels with Titan’s new editor Lizzie Kaye


Last week Titan Comics announced it had hired Lizzie Kaye,  formerly of SelfMadeHero, to the position of editor for their European graphic novel line. We talked with Kaye within a week of her jumping on-board the Titan Comics team about her new gig and Titan’s expansion into the bande dessinée market.

Edie Nugent: Congrats on your new position as editor for Titan’s European graphic novel line. How does it feel to step into those shoes after many years with indie publisher SelfMadeHero?

Lizzie Kaye: Thanks, it’s wonderful to have joined Titan, it’s a company that’s doing really interesting things and moving in a great direction. Obviously, it’s a bit of a change from SelfMadeHero, in terms of the kinds of books each company puts out, but I’m excited by so many of the titles we have coming up and can’t wait to see other people getting excited by them too!

Nugent: You have a background in literature. How you feel you’ll be able to draw on that knowledge in bringing bande dessinée to Titan readers?

Kaye: I think it’s most useful in that studying literature results in you being well-read, which leads to a good understanding of pacing, character, and plot.

This is something that the European market deals with differently than the US/UK market, as the standard length of an album is normally 48 pages. When they have the luxury of that page count, creators can take their time building characters and revealing the plot at a slightly slower pace.  A lot of, though by no means all, BD series are designed from the outset to be at least three volumes, so you could almost consider them as neat, three-act plays.

It also helps in that the European market operates within a slightly different outlook, and BD are often filled with literary references, even if the subject matter itself may not explicitly be so. For example, the series The Chronicles of Legion, the first three volumes of which are out now, with the fourth coming soon, is ostensibly a vampire story. But it’s also more than that. It draws heavily on the origins of gothic literature (before vampires could sparkle!) as well as using devices traditionally found in that literature, such as a story within a story and a layering of narratives. Form my perspective, a literary background helps in that I can see the references, and therefore am able to judge the tone and direction of the story, and consider how that may translate to a market less familiar with seeing those devices used in a sequential art format.

Nugent: Three-act play, it sounds almost like a more Manga way of telling a story. Do you think the BD market exists in that place between monthly single-issue sequential storytelling and the more fast-paced, multi-volume format of Manga?

Kaye: That is one way of looking at it. BD readers can sometimes have to wait a long time for the next volume of a series they are following. It’s important from the outset that the narrative is tightly constructed, and that the characters are memorable, in order to retain the reader. I don’t necessarily think it exists in a place between monthly single-issue releases and manga, more that it uses the medium of sequential art for a different kind of story-telling that is less episodic in nature.

Having said all that, there are of course a number of series that go into much longer runs, Samurai, the first four volumes of which will be released by Titan as an omnibus later in the year, being one of them.

Nugent: Titan has released BD’s of Snowpiercer, which was a French graphic novel-turned-movie starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Elric, which is based on Michael Moorcock stories, and now Void. How does Titan decide which BD’s to put on the publishing slate? 

Kaye: A lot of factors come into play when we’re choosing which titles to put out. There are certain books that we’d love to see in the English speaking market that we specifically seek out based on our own love of the stories or creators, such as the upcoming Lone Sloane series by Philippe Druillet, and my own personal favourite, The Nikopol Trilogy by Enki Bilal.

For others with creators that might not have had as much exposure in the English speaking market, we take a lot of time to consider the artwork, the story, the length of the series, and how we feel readers might react to it. There are a lot of incredible BD series out there, luckily, so we have a rich seam to mine, and we want readers to really love what we offer them.

Nugent: What series would you recommend to readers just starting to explore what BD’s have to offer?

Kaye: That’s a tough one, as there are so many great stories out there! It depends on each reader’s specific interests, and that’s the beauty of the BD market, it caters for all readers.

I think Elric is a great starting point, because it is so incredibly beautiful, each page is a joy to look at. It’s a good introduction to the more European artwork style, which tends to be a little looser and fluid with a more painterly aesthetic. Titan also has a wonderful new series coming out now called Masked, which is a European take on the Superhero genre, and would be a great entry point, too, and the artwork in that would probably be a little more familiar.

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