Book Review: Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters #3)

This series both fascinates and frustrates me. Impeccably researched and presenting as true a portrait as possible of what life was like for the very real Kopp sisters in the nineteen-tens, this series bring social issues to the forefront in a way few other mystery series do.

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In My Mailbox

This is my first week participating in the In My Mailbox meme - partly because I can't resist yet another way to list the books in my life and partly because I actually received some books in my mailbox this week, thanks to the amazing Holly Ruck, my former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt rep and current … Continue reading In My Mailbox

Christmas Picture Book Round-Up

A round-up of new Christmas-themed books out this Fall 2011. 'Tis the season, after all.The Third Giftby Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline9780547201955, Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), $16.99From two extraordinary talents, a beautifully crafted picture book for the Christmas season.The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas … Continue reading Christmas Picture Book Round-Up

Fall 2011 Picture Book Highlights: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Previously in my capacity as Children's Department Manager for the Odyssey Book Shop, I had the opportunity to look over publisher's catalogues at the new books for each season. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Fall 2011 catalogues, so decided to revive my seasonal picture book highlights series.Disclaimer: I have not … Continue reading Fall 2011 Picture Book Highlights: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd, The Unicorn’s Tale by R.L.LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The Unicorn's Tale: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 4by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy9780547482774, $14.99, Houghton Mifflin Harcout, Pub. Date: April 2011 In book four, Nathaniel has a lot on his mind. With the hope that his parents might still be alive somewhere, all Nate wants to do is find his traitorous cousin, Obediah Fludd, and … Continue reading Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd, The Unicorn’s Tale by R.L.LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd: The Wyvern’s Treasure by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The Wyvern's Treasure: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 2by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy9780547316185, $16, Houghton Mifflin HarcourtWhen Nate & Aunt Phil return to England, they find their house trashed and Cornelius, Aunt Phil's dodo, traumatized. A strange man ransacked their house - but looking for what? They don't have much time to stop to … Continue reading Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd: The Wyvern’s Treasure by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book of the Day: Steady Hands:Poems About Work by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy

#6 in the HMH Book of the Day series:Steady Hands: Poems About Workby Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy9780618903511, $16, ClarionThis hardcover picture book harkens back to the post I did earlier about picture books for adults (Part I is posted, Part II is coming soon). Published by Clarion Books just … Continue reading Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book of the Day: Steady Hands:Poems About Work by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy

What I Learned From My Fall Internship, Part 2

One of my recent projects has been to conduct a sales analysis of award-winning titles for the Coretta Scott King awards and the Pura Belpre awards across the three Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprints: Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, and Clarion.Having some experience with sales figures from my previous career as the children's book buyer for the Odyssey … Continue reading What I Learned From My Fall Internship, Part 2

What I Learned From My Fall Internship, Part 1

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Let me tell ya - it works!After literally months of job searching, cover letter-writing, resume-restructuring, informational interviews, actual job interviews, nail biting, and losing sleep, I have an announcement to make: As of Monday, October 4, 2010, I will be the new Sales Assistant/Receptionist for Beacon … Continue reading What I Learned From My Fall Internship, Part 1

Picturebooks for Adults, Part I

Going through the slush pile a few weeks ago, I came across an artist who layers photographs and clipart pieces to create ethereal digital collage artwork. I wish I could show them to you, but unfortunately the artist doesn't have a website. While the project wasn't right for Houghton Mifflin, the illustrations were beautiful, and … Continue reading Picturebooks for Adults, Part I