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1. Lionsgate Unleashes Official Insurgent Trailer

Lionsgate has unleashed the official trailer for Insurgent. The video embedded above features glimpses of Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Kate Winslet reprising their roles as Tris, Four, Caleb Prior, and Jeanine Matthews. The second installment of the Divergent film franchise be released on March 20, 2015. Follow this link to watch the teaser trailer.

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2. READERGIRLZ LIBRARY LOVE

Our longtime readergirlz friend, Dawn Rutherford is here with us today. She's the terrific Teen Services Coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries. Welcome Dawn

Tell us about Sno-Isle libraries 

We are an awesome library system just a bit North of Seattle with 22 locations spread over two counties.  I’ve been working here for seven years, and before that I worked at King County and also Chicago Public.  My job is to oversee all things teen at a system-wide level.  This includes our great teen website, events like Teen Read and Teen Tech Months, trainings for staff, spearheading proposals for shared programming kits and equipment, and generally supporting my Teen Contacts at each location to do the best they can for serving teens.  This year has been an exciting one.  We are currently working on a GenYZ project with the consultant OrangeBoy Inc. to craft better strategies and services for 13-29 year olds. And we just finalized our brand new Teen Service Purpose Statement which will not only focus and strengthen our services to teens (which we define as 12-18), but expands it to better serve tweens (9-12) and young adults (19-20).


Outside of the wonderful work I get to do for Sno-Isle, I’m also active in YALSA, and have worn many hats for them. 

Photo -YALSA fashion show

My favorites were co-planning an amazing Get Graphic @ Your Library graphic novel pre-conference (where I got to meet and introduce Neil Gaiman), chairing the first Great Graphic Novel for Teens committee, serving on the Margaret A. Edwards award committee that honored Francescia Lia Block, and now I’m chairing this year’s Odyssey Award committee.


The Skinny: What do you love most about your work?   
My stock answer used to be “working with the teens”, but the sad fact is that I’ve reached a point in my career where to best utilize my experience and abilities to serve teens, I don’t actually get to interact with them all that often.  I’m hoping to change this over the next year by implementing a brand new system of teen councils at our libraries, with representatives that will serve on a virtual council that works directly with me.  But even if I don’t get the face time with them much anymore, I love that I get to constantly work creatively to connect teens with libraries and all they have to offer…especially books.  I served on Spokane Public Library’s Young Adult Advisory Committee (YAAC) back in the 80s under the late great Christy Tyson, and I still cherish the connections I was able to make with library staff and other book loving teens.  Thank goodness for Facebook…not only do I still connect with some librarians and other YAAC members through that, but I’m now friends with former teens who were dear to me at previous jobs.  More than anything I love the connections I make with individuals: be it teens, library staff, authors, fellow YALSA members…and if we can share a good book, all the better!

A Mighty Librarian Roar!
Human civilization exists largely in information our species has created and shares together to make stories of how the world should be.  Storing this information externally (outside our brains) gives us tremendous room for growth and possibility, but it also sets up potential for loss and disconnection if that information is not accessible.  Libraries have grown beyond a physical place where information is stored, into a gateway to the world. Library staff don’t just help you find the right book, but help set you on the journey to the place you want to be, and the person you are aspiring to become.  And all of this happens because communities believe individual should have this sort of access and assistance, which to me is a very hopeful and beautiful thing.

Library Laughs

I was very fortunate early in my days at Sno-Isle to have made a connection Shannon Hale before she hit it big, and was asked by her publisher if I could host her and Libba Bray on their joint tour. 



Shannon Hale, Dawn and Libba Bray
[photo from flickr set: keepingfaith


I worked extra hard to plan a fun even that would be enjoyable for both the authors and the audience, because I love both of these author’s work and wanted to share my excitement with everyone.  When they showed up, it turned out all three of us were wearing practically the same outfit…black cardigans, dresses, and black boots.   We had so much fun…I still feel lucky to have gotten to know them before they both got huge :D


Pride of Programs
Hmmm.  Two of my favorite programs I’ve done are probably Book Buddies and last summer’s pilot of the Sno-Isle Super Summer Scavenganza

 
Book Buddies is a program where teens mentor struggling readers in 2nd-4thgrade over the summer.  It is a wonderful intergenerational program and not only helps kids enjoy reading more and get comfortable doing it, but it is really great for the teens, too! The Scavengana is a two month long online scavenger hunt where teams of teens were given missions each day of the summer, and competed against each other by making videos, writing book reviews, and other creative endeavors.

 
I really hope to do it again next year, but with some simplifications and tweaks to make it easier to run and participate in!  It was one of the most satisfying projects I’ve worked on in a long time.  We left everything up on the website, and here are some photo highlights of the teams entries.

Teen Library Scene
To me the best indicators of passion for our libraries are some of the entries for contests our teens have made for us.  My personal favorite is Emily B.’s submission from our 2012 art contest (http://www.sno-isle.org/teens/art-contest-winners/), a Harry Potter themed synchronized swim that two sisters made for our Scavenganza last summer, and this infomercialby another Scavenganza team, Dragon Army.  That our fans are willing to create such wonderful things for our library community is super exciting to me.

 
Art Contest Winner Emily B.

Andrew K. - Mill Creek: “One thing I really like about the Sno-Isle teen section, on the website at least, is that it feels like you can contribute to it, i.e. the reviews, which you seem to be the main moderator for! I also enjoy that there are lists by subject matter added and edited once in awhile, and when I was first especially looking for new books before I started using GoodReads, those lists were extremely helpful! I still check back on them once in awhile if some are updated.”

Sophie K. - Arlington: "The founders of our nation believed in self-education-the idea that every single individual ought to learn by reading books and studying the thoughts and ideas of those who have come before them. Can you imagine our nation without libraries where you can accomplish this goal? I know of no better place than a library to explore ideas, rethink your philosophies, entertain different thoughts, and change your mind. Just one person can change the world-and just one library can change a person."


 Pic of Teen Advisors

Author! Author!       
For me, the perfect author visit is one where the readers are super jazzed and have all read the book and have tons of questions for the author.  And then the author responds to teens with total respect, humor, and grace.  Some of my favorites have included the one I mentioned with Shannon Hale and Libba Bray at the Mountlake Terrace library, when we had Scott Westerfeld at the Edmonds library, a Skype interview Adam Rex did with the teens of the Mukilteo Library, and great guest visits at two different Teen-Adult Book groups I’ve co-run with school libraries:  Ben Michaelson at Tillicum Middle School, and Kendare Blake at Brier-Terrace Middle school.


Let’s Link

Blog:  Snoisleteens http://snoisleteens.tumblr.com/
Library Website: sno-isle.org/teens/ http://www.sno-isle.org/teens/

Facebook:  snoisleteens https://www.facebook.com/snoisleteens
Twitter: @snoisleteens  https://twitter.com/snoisleteens

Pinterest: snoisleteens http://www.pinterest.com/snoisleteens/

Thanks again for the terrific interview, Dawn!

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3. John Green Donates Signed Books to Ferguson Library

tfioscoverFerguson Library Director Scott Bonner recently headlined a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session. During the conversation, he revealed that John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is one of the most popular young adult books at his library.

A few hours later, Green joined in with this message: “Hi hi! John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars here. Signed copies of all my books headed your way!”

Here’s more from Mashable: “Scott Bonner, the library’s director, shared his gratitude for the gesture during the AMA, but he also divulged how his staff is coping with the increased need for services, how the library functions monetarily as well as some personal tidbits about his love for table-top role-playing games (think Dungeons & Dragons).”

In addition to this gift from Green, the institution has received over $175,000. More than 7,000 people have sent in monetary donations.

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4. Universal Pictures Options 2 Gayle Forman YA Books

Just One DayUniversal Pictures has optioned two of Gayle Forman’s young adult novels, Just One Day and Just One Year.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creators of The Gossip Girl TV show, will serve as producers for this project. Penguin Young Readers Group released the first book in January 2013 and the second book followed in October 2013.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Just One Day and Just One Year follows the story of a young couple who meet and share one incredible day (and night) together only to be separated, spending the next year looking for each other and finding themselves along the journey…The books have been described as being in the tone of Before Sunrise and 500 Days of Summer.”

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5. Cover Revealed For ‘The Wrath & The Dawn’

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The cover has been revealed for The Wrath & The Dawn.

According to BustleRenée Ahdieh’s new young adult novel features a retelling of The Thousand and One Nights. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

Penguin Young Readers Group will release the book on May 12, 2015. Follow this link to download a free eBook edition of The Thousand and One Nights: Volume 1.

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6. Teaser Trailer Unveiled For ‘Insurgent’

A teaser trailer has been unveiled for the Insurgent movie adaptation. A Facebook announcement has drawn more than 6,800 “likes.” The video embedded above features actress Shailene Woodley reprising her role as Beatrice “Tris” Prior. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second movie in the Divergent film franchise will hit theaters on March 20, 2015.

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7. Melissa de la Cruz to Write a YA Spinoff Based on the ‘Witches of East End’ Novels

Witches of East EndMelissa de la Cruz plans to write a spinoff project inspired by her Witches of East End adult novels. Penguin Young Readers Group will release Triple Moon: Summer on East End, the first installment of de la Cruz’s young adult series, on July 14, 2015.

The Triple Moon story stars twin witches named Mardi and Molly Overbrook. Two characters from the original book series and the TV show, Freya and Killian Gardiner, will appear in the new books.

With Lifetime’s Witches of East End TV series facing cancellation, de la Cruz wants to take a hands-on approach to help her fans. In a statement emailed to Entertainment Weekly, de la Cruz explains: “I have asked producers if there is no hope for the show, if I can weave in some of the cliffhangers from season two so I can resolve them and bring closure. I have an idea on how to do it, but we’ll see. It’s a legal issue so it might not be able to fly.”

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8. Final Trailer Unveiled For ‘Mockingjay Part 1′

Lionsgate has unveiled the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One. The video embedded above features a “burning” message from rebel Katniss Everdeen to the villainous President Snow—what do you think?

Thus far, the trailer has drawn more than 26,000 “like” on Facebook. Throughout the past few months, several promotional videos have surfaced for this movie including two “Panem Addresses,” a clip, and a teaser trailer.

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9. Constantin Film to Reboot ‘The Mortal Instruments’ as a TV Series

City of BonesConstantin Film plans to create a TV show based on the Mortal Instruments books. Last year, the movie studio released a movie version of the first installment in Cassandra Clare’s young adult series, City of Bones.

The story for the TV show will follow the plot from City of Bones. No announcements have been made as to whether or not the stars of the film adaptation, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, will come on board for this project to reprise their roles as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland.

According to the press release, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, two filmmakers who worked on the feature film, will serve as executive producers for the TV show. Ed Decter has signed on as the showrunner.

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10. 3 Actors Join the ‘Paper Towns’ Cast

paper townsThree actors have joined the cast for the Paper Towns movie adaptation. Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, and Justice Smith will portray Ben, Lacey, and Radar.

These characters share a friendship with the lead protagonist Quentin (played by Nat Wolff). The story, based on John Green’s popular young adult novel, follows Quentin and his buddies who embark on a journey after a classmate named Margo (played by Cara Delevinge) mysteriously disappears.

Back in March, Green announced that he would take on the role of executive producer. The Wrap reports that Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner will all serve as producers for this project. Neustadter and Weber are also working on the screenplay together.

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11. Marvel to Publish YA Novel Starring The Black Widow

Black WidowMargaret Stohl will write a young adult novel starring the Black Widow.

The announcement was made during the “Woman of Marvel” panel at New York Comic Con. The book is slated for release in 2015.

According to ComicsBeat.com, Stohl feels that this project “is the badassiest thing I’ve ever been asked to work on in my life. Black Widow is the very best hot mess I know. She kicks ass, she’s more of a Wolverine than a Captain America.”

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12. Lena Dunham Plans to Adapt ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’

Lena DunhamDuring her talk at the New Yorker Festival, filmmaker Lena Dunham revealed that she plans to work on a movie adaptation of Catherine, Called Birdy.

Dunham (pictured, via) will pen the script. She also hopes to serve as the director for this project.

According to BuzzFeed, this Karen Cushman novel features a story that “is told through diary entries written by a British 12-year-old named Catherine in the year 1290. The book was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal.” Who would you cast as young Catherine?

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13. Cover Unveiled For The 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Looking For Alaska’

Looking For Alaska 10th Anniversary

Young adult novelist John Green has revealed the new cover for the 10th anniversary edition of Looking For Alaska. We’ve embedded the full image, designed by artist Rodrigo Corral, above—what do you think?

According to the press release, this special edition features an “introduction by John Green, looking back at Looking For Alaska ten years later, essay by Michael Cart, Chair of the 2006 Printz committee, deleted scenes, and extensive Q&A from John Green answering fans favorite questions, the book will offer more for readers than ever before.” Penguin Young Readers Group has scheduled a release date for 2015.

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14. Cybils Nomination Suggestions!

Wednesday is the last day for Cybils Awards nominations, and there are still eligible books that haven't been nominated that maybe should be considered. If you're looking for something to nominate, here are some suggestions that might jog your memory. See this post for information on eligibility and how to nominate.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction


Chasing Power
by Sarah Beth Durst
ISBN 978-0802737557

Published today (October 14), but still within the eligibility window.

Amazon link









The Truth Against the World
by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
ISBN 978-0738740584

Amazon link









Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
by A. S. King
ISBN 978-1478957775

Amazon link

Another book with an October 14 publication date.
William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
by Ian Doescher
ISBN 978-1594747151
Amazon link

and

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
by Ian Doescher
ISBN 978-1594747137
Amazon link

Sequels to last year's finalist, William Shakespeare's Star Wars



Mortal Gods
by Kendare Blake
ISBN 978-0765334442

Amazon link

Sequel to Antigoddess. Also published October 14, just within the eligibility window.







Circle of Stones
by Catherine Fisher
ISBN 978-0803738195

Amazon link










While We Run
by Karen Healey
ISBN 978-0316233828

Amazon link










The Slanted Worlds
by Catherine Fisher
ISBN 978-0803739703

Amazon link










Young Adult Fiction

Reality Boy
by A.S. King
ISBN 978-0316222709

Amazon link

This one came out just after last year's eligibility period. It was too late to be eligible last year, but it is eligible this year.







The Doubt Factory
by Paolo Bacigalupi
ISBN 978-0316220750

Amazon link

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

Storm: The SYLO Chronicles #2
by D.J. MacHale
ISBN 978-1595146670

Amazon link



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15. HarperCollins to Re-Issue Self-Published Kiera Cass Book

SirenCover HalfHarperCollins Children’s Books will re-issue Kiera Cass’ self-published young adult novel, The Siren. The publisher will release the book with a new cover and bonus material in Winter 2016.

According to Cass’ blog post, this allows her “to go back through with my editor and make it the story I always hoped it could be. It will sparkle in ways I couldn’t make it on my own, and that makes me crazy happy!” The book follows This story follows a young girl named Kahlen and her communion with the ocean.

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16. ‘SNL’ Airs Parody About Young Adult Film Adaptations

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a digital short that parodies three young adult movie adaptations: The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. The video embedded above features comedian Bill Hader starring in “The Group Hopper.” A Facebook post has drawn more than 12,000 “likes.” What do you think? (via ScreenCrush)

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17. The Weinstein Company Grabs the Film Rights to ‘Every Exquisite Thing’ By Matthew Quick

Matthew QuickThe Weinstein Company has snatched up the film rights to the forthcoming young adult title, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (pictured, via). Back in 2012, the film studio produced a highly popular adaptation of Quick’s adult book, Silver Linings Playbook.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story in the new book “follows a goody-two-shoes student-athlete who starts to get in touch with her wild side after reading a cult classic novel.” Little, Brown Books For Young Readers will release Every Exquisite Thing in Spring 2016.

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18. VIDEO: Veronica Roth Shares Details About the Collector’s Edition of ‘Divergent’

HarperCollins will publish a collector’s edition of Divergent on October 21, 2014. In the video embedded above, author Veronica Roth shares details about this book.

Roth reveals that she wrote two essays for this project; one is about an alternate beginning with Tobias “Four” Eaton as the star protagonist and the second focuses on Caleb Prior. Other special features include fan art, an excerpt from the Divergent movie script, and a poster.

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19. James Dashner to Pen a New ‘Maze Runner’ Prequel

James DashnerJames Dashner (pictured, via) will pen a new prequel novel for The Maze Runner series.

Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has scheduled The Fever Code for publication in 2016. According to the press release, this new story “delves into the time before the Maze, and will tell the story of how Thomas, Teresa, and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, and how the Maze itself was created.”

Publisher Beverly Horowitz negotiated the deal with Michael Bourret, vice president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Executive editor Krista Marino will edit the manuscript.

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20. TODAY Show Book Club to Read ‘Positive’ by Paige Rawl

PositiveThe TODAY Show has unveiled its next Book Club pickPositive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl.

This selection marks the first time this book club will focus on a nonfiction title. Participants are encouraged to share messages and pictures on social media with the hashtag #PositiveProject.

According to the press release, “NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager will join Rawl for a Q&A session about her memoir at The Atlantic and MAC AIDS Fund’s Town Hall on Activism on Friday, November 14. The Town Hall on Activism convenes leaders around the country for a discussion on social justice and philanthropy to inspire positive action.”

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21. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Gets Banned in Riverside Middle Schools

tfioscoverJohn Green’s The Fault in Our Stars has been banned in the middle schools within the Riverside Unified School District (based in California).

Vanity Fair reports that a parent named Karen Krueger raised a complaint against the popular young adult novel because she “felt the morbid plot, crude language, and sexual content was inappropriate for her children.” Krueger convinced a committee of educators and guardians put it to a vote which resulted in this act of censorship.

Green shared his reaction to this situation on Tumblr. He claims to feel both happy and sad; the sadness comes from a desire “to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.” What do you think?

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22. Lions Gate Invites Female Filmmakers to Make ‘Twilight’ Short Films

twilightcoverLions Gate will host a contest for aspiring female directors to create short films based on characters from Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight saga. The participants will consult Meyers’ 2011 encyclopedic tome, The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.

Deadline reports that five winners will be selected to receive production advances to finance their short films. The five installments of “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga’” series will be released exclusively on Facebook in 2015. From there, fans will vote on which filmmaker deserves a grand prize which includes cash and career opportunities.

Here’s more from The New York Times: ”A group of female panelists, including the Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and Ms. Meyer, will select the winning shorts and mentor participants, Lions Gate said. Other panelists include the actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen; Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first Twilight movie; the film producer Cathy Schulman; and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed Frozen. Certain contest details, including the length of the shorts, are still being worked out and will be made available on Tongal.com, a crowdsourcing platform.”

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23. Cover Revealed For New Krista Van Dolzer YA Novel

The Sound of Life & Everything

Children’s books author Krista Van Dolzer has penned a new young adult novel. She unveiled the cover for The Sound of Life and Everything on her blog.

Artist Rose Wong created the design—what do you think? Penguin Young Readers Group will release the book on May 05, 2015.

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24. ‘SNL’ Airs Parody On ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a digital short that parodies The Fault in Our Stars movie. The video embedded above features comedienne Sarah Silverman and cast member Taran Killam starring in The Fault in Our Stars 2: The Ebola in Our Everything. A Facebook post has drawn more than 13,000 “likes.” What do you think? (via Deadline)

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25. Carl Hiaasen on Bringing Skink to Teens

SkinkCover#1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen talked recently to Newsday about bringing Skink — the beloved vigilante ex-gov of Florida whose unique brand of swamp-justice has made him a star of six Hiaasen adult novels — to YA readers “before he got too old and cranky.”

Long listed for the 2014 National Book Award, Hiaasen’s first book for teens, Skink No Surrender, features the ragged, one-eyed renegade helping 14-year-old Richard rescue his teenage cousin Malley, who has run off into trouble with an older guy she met on the Internet.

Why Skink for kids? Hiaasen told Newsday:

“Skink knows his way around the wilderness. That’s the kind of person you want with you if you’re trying to do a rescue. He’s his own scruffy version of SEAL Team Six. Kids like characters who can sometimes defy authority if it’s for a good cause. Skink is not a model citizen. But he does have character traits. He does have honor. He does have a strong moral compass. These are all good things for kids to find in a character. I’ve had people show up at book signings dressed as him. They’ll have a shower cap and an eye patch.”

When asked how he managed to capture and maintain the voice of a 14 year old writing in first person as Richard, Hiaasen answers, “I’m lucky because I’ve got a built-in test market in the family. One of the things that you learn as a reporter, or you better learn, is you learn to listen. Driving kids around in a car, you listen to how kids talk, the cadence, what they’re talking about.”

In Skink No Surrender, Newsday’s Beth Whitehouse notes, Hiaasen emphasizes the importance of the environment and protecting species. Skink hands Richard a copy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

Silent Spring is an important book. It’s as important a book now as it was in the ’60s. I’m not proselytizing about it. If five kids go read that book, those five kids are going to be changed by it. But I don’t do it in a preachy way. I do it in a casual way.”

Carl Hiaasen has read his audience right. Skink No Surrender is set to debut on the New York Times bestseller list this weekend.

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