"He's wrong about that," Mr Willy Wonka said quietly. "The first stop is most certainly not Chicago."

Quentin Blake illustration via The Guardian.

Quentin Blake illustration via The Guardian.

At the Guardian, a never-before published chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

"I wonder how Augustus Pottle and Miranda Grope are feeling now?" Charlie Bucket asked his mother.

"Not too cocky, I shouldn't think" Mrs Bucket answered. "Here – hold on to my hand, will you, darling. That's right. Hold on tight and try not to let go. And don't you go doing anything silly in here, either, you understand, or you might get sucked up into one of those dreadful pipes yourself, or something even worse maybe. Who knows?"

Little Charlie took a tighter hold of Mrs Bucket's hand as they walked down the long corridor. Soon they came to a door on which it said:


New YA: August 10-16.

New hardbacks:

Resurrection (Blood of the Lamb)by Mandy Hager

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone: A Novelby Adele Griffin 

A Blind Spot for Boysby Justina Chen

Random, by Tom Leveen

Every Second Counts, by Sophie McKenzie

Isla and the Happily Ever Afterby Stephanie Perkins 

Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles)by Jessica Spotswood

Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?by Liz Kessler

Apple and Rainby Sarah Crossan


August 3-9.

July 27-August 2.

July 20-26.

July 13-19.

Roald Dahl book pulled off Australian supermarket shelves.

Upon reading the headline—Aldi takes Roald Dahl book off Australian shelves over the word 'slut'—I yelled "I PREDICT: REVOLTING RHYMES, THE CINDERELLA STORY!" and was insufferably smug (<--Josh's description) when I found out that I was right:

The supermarket chain Aldi has withdrawn Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Revolting Rhymes from its Australian stores following a complaint on its Facebook page.

An Aldi spokeswoman said the book had been pulled after “comments by a limited number of concerned customers regarding the language used in this particular book”. Other books by the legendary British children’s author will continue to be stocked, she said.

Speaking of Kirkus...

...while setting up for this weekend's BIG BOOK SALE, I came across a copy of Jean Fritz's Will You Sign Here, John Hancock, flipped through, and LO AND BEHOLD, found the INFAMOUS GRAVESTONE drawn by Trina Schart Hyman:

If you can't make it out, it says: "Virginia Kirk Us A nasty soul is its own reward 1765-1776"

If you can't make it out, it says:

"Virginia Kirk
A nasty soul
is its own

OBVIOUSLY it's going home with me.

Today @KirkusReviews...

...I talk about Simmone Howell's Girl Defective, which is AWEEEEEEESOOOOOME:

As Sky puts it in the prologue, Girl Defective is “the story of a wild girl and a ghost girl; a boy who knew nothing and a boy who thought he knew everything. And it’s about life and death and grief and romance. All the good stuff.” That’s a pretty gutsy statement for someone to make about her own story, but Sky (through Howell) delivers the goods. Since finishing it, I’ve been clutching my ARC to my chest, counting the minutes until I can buy a copy of the hardcover.