Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Salon: Monstrumologist

The MonstrumologistThe Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey was a ALA Printz honor book when it came out in 2010 and was a finalist for the NCTE/ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden award. It was named a Booklist Editor's choice and won numerous state awards.

The Curse of the Wendigo (Monstrumologist)The sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo was named an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, a Booklist Editor's Choice, and a Kirkus Best Children's Book.

The Isle of Blood (Monstrumologist)The third and final book, The Isle of Blood comes out this fall and then there are no more. Which would be fine, if it were a trilogy, but it's not. Simon and Schuster just isn't happy with the sales. I can't talk much about the book because I haven't read it yet, but this is a series we've held up time and again as what quality literature that teens will enjoy looks like. But apparently quality lit with reader appeal isn't what we want.

I'm not going to fault Simon and Schuster. They're a business and have to go where the money is. So... let's save the series by putting the money there. If you have $10, but a copy. If you have $20, but two copies and give one away. If you have $30, give two copies away, or all three. You get the idea. If you don't have any money, check it out from the library. (How many times a book is checked out lets us gauge popularity. It tells us if we need more copies, if we should replace worn-out copies, or if it's just taking up limited shelf-space.) But it goes beyond that. Book blog readers are book pushers. Some of us are librarians, teachers, book sellers or other people who are professional book pushers. But those of you who read book blogs just because you like books, I bet you're book pushers among your friends. I bet your family and friends turn to you for recommendations and ideas. So, try pushing this one and let's see what happens.

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1 comment:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

It's a great idea to push good literature, and I applaud this effort.

Thanks for sharing about these books.