Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kirkus Fall Supplement! My Rats and others get a Shout-out!

My rats are fat and happy today!
Illustration copyright Omar Rayyan
So, just when you think it's a hum-drum day, something really nice happens! Today, Kirkus Reviews released their Fall Preview Supplement! Nightshade City was mentioned in the Debut Fiction Kids & YA Section, along with other great books, such as The Duff (Kody Keplinger), MATCHED (Allie Condie), Zora and Me (Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon) and some other fantastic kid's titles, that I'm just dying to read!!!

From the Kirkus Fall Supplement:
Nightshade City, Hilary Wagner
Holiday House / October / 9780823422852 / $17.95
The smell of a rat, who’d have thought it would be so sweet? “Why rats?” says Hilary Wagner of her debut. “Well, I’ve always loved animals, especially the strange and creepy ones. When doing research for Nightshade City, I discovered how misunderstood rats are. They are quite intelligent, able to come when called by their names and even lick their owners like dogs to show they love them. They can laugh in ultrasound when tickled, and they dream, too.” Of course, there are also dastardly rats, depraved and sadistic rats, like Killdeer and Billycan, who stage a bloody coup to gain control of the Catacombs, once a democratic, thriving rat metropolis. But better rats will have their day, a growing band of revolutionaries sharply drawn with rich histories and adventurous, vivid characters, all in a fully imagined fantasy world with some important dangling threads that promise good things to come. (Ages 10-14)
 
Okay, so what fall debuts titles are you looking forward to?

24 comments:

  1. I'm in the process of reading Nightshade City, and loving it so far.

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  2. Woo hoo, Hilary! That's amazing - congratulations!

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  3. what a shout out! so awesome!

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  4. Eliza, that knocks me over the moon! It's so rewarding to hear that! :)

    Thanks Talli and Amie! It's been a crazy, agonizing, fun, scary and pretty much terrifying ride so far!!!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  5. What a pleasant surprise that must have been!! I'm so tickled for you! :)

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  6. Wow, that's a very cool surprise! Nicely done.

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  7. Congrats Hilary! It must be so amazing to see that in Kirkus!

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  8. Congratulations!!!

    Wow! Can't wait to read it.

    Shelley

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  9. Congrats on the great shout out. It's wonderful to see how much promo your debut is getting. Can't wait for this book to hit the shelves!

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  10. Awesome! I am so excited for you Hilary. Can't wait to read it.

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  11. Hurray for Hilary!

    What fall book am I looking forward to? Why yours, of course.

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  12. DL,Tricia, I needed it today--for sure! :)

    Lydia, Yes! If someone had told me I'd be seeing this 1.5 years ago, I'd have thought they'd gone nutso! ;)

    Story! Thanks, lay-dee! :)

    Dawn, thanks for your support! I can only hope for the most part it's good attention my debut gets! GAH!! :)

    GP! So good to hear from you! I hope I see you in November, which crazily is not that far off!

    Kathryn, could you have said anything cooler than that??? I think not! ;)

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  13. Reading that reminded me of the pet rats we had as kids. They were so smart and could always get out of their cage by working together. It's kind of creepy thinking back on it now. Congrats on your success!

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  14. Candice, thank you! I did a lot of research on rats and they are so remarkable! They use their tails almost like an extra leg. They use it for balance and it's why they run across clothes lines and wires without every falling. Pretty cool!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  15. Congrats! What awesome news.

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  16. Thank you, Natalie!!! w00t, for good news! ;)

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  17. NIGHTSHADE CITY is on my must read list! Awesome review! I'm so excited that there is going to be a book out there for mg boys. Girls will read it too, but there are so many books geared specifically for girls. I hope you guys are exploring the male aspect of your marketing plan. :)

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  18. Argh! I can't believe I missed this more great news, but honestly, I'm not the least bit surprised.

    BTW thanks for introducing me to Jen Blom Hilary! She's loads of fun. Too bad POSSUM SUMMER isn't coming out this fall.

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  19. Your beautiful face in my comments lured me over here. Wow! I'm honored you visited my blog. Your book sounds incredibly interesting...and VERY unique!

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  20. Sharon, we absolutely are! Leave no audience uncovered! :)

    Matt, tomorrow is going to be awesome! Jen is the bestest! Me heart her!

    Stephanie, you are too cute! And I think your blog is great!!!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  21. Hey Hilary, I just stumbled upon your blog and new book website. It sounds like a very original story and I look forward to checking it out! Good luck with everything!

    C. Taylor Brown

    www.chriswasbrown.blogspot.com

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  22. Thanks, Chris!! It's all very exciting and I'm so glad you found my blog! I'll be sure to check yours out too! :)

    --Hilary

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