“Children ten years old wake up and find themselves here, discover themselves to have been here all along; is this sad? They wake like sleepwalkers, in full stride; they wake like people brought back from cardiac arrest or drowning: in medias res…”
-Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
I just spent a week at the AASL National Conference — a giant assembly of school librarians and authors. I had a fantastic time catching up with old friends and meeting a ton of new people. I was there to moderate a panel about Boys Reading Fantasy with Neal Shusterman, Tony Abbott, Adam Gidwitz, William Alexander, and Jon Scieszka! Here are pictures of them all dressed up as sci-fi/fantasy tropes:
It was a good time — it mainly consisted of the panelists making fun of me. As it turns out, these five authors had incredible insights into the creation and reading of fantasy. The highlight may have been when Gidwitz paraphrased some seriously brilliant Chesterton:
Up next — I’ll be signing books at NCTE in Boston! Hope to see you there!
The time has finally come to unveil the cover of my new book! The Night Gardener will be hitting stores in Spring ’14. The cover was drawn by the brilliant Patrick Arrasmith and designed by Chad Beckerman:
From the jacket flap:
This much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Auxier’s exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, it’s also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling.
The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.
If you are a reviewer, bookseller, or librarian who wants an ARC, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org