Shoshana Flax: Wishin’ and Hopin’

From: Walk the Ridgepole
August 06, 2012 at 07:22PM

Every so often, a young customer will ask if we have “anything else” by Rebecca Stead. These customers have usually read and loved When You Reach Me (and its oft-referenced A Wrinkle in Time), and may or may not have also read First Light. “Her next book, Liar & Spy, comes out in September,” I tell them. If I’m really feeling evil, I wiggle my eyebrows and add, “I’ve read it. It’s really good.”

They want it. They want to reach out and touch it without summer having to end. I commiserate with them as I hand them other character-driven fantasies (Breadcrumbs Breadcrumbs Breadcrumbs), and I grin to myself over how much they care. This isn’t an adult concerned with what kids “should” be reading or what gift for a child will please the child’s parents. This, like so much of the purest book joy, comes right from the kids, and if my memories of awaiting the next BSC Super-Special serve me correctly, those kids are going to part-enjoy every second of their agonizing anticipation.

A large cardboard sign just went up in the kids’ section, announcing the arrival of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7: The Third Wheel. As you might imagine, kids are noticing.

The book comes out in November.


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