Back to a snowy Chicago after 5 beautiful days in San Diego for ALA. Truth be told I saw about a 2 mile radius around the convention center but don't feel bad for me - picked up some good books. I also saw Nancy Pearl walking the aisles by herself and stopped her to tell her that I really enjoyed her podcasts and am a big fan. She is so cute and nice.
So here is my haul from ALA Midwinter. I had limited space in the suitcase so had to be picky about my selections.
My first book from 2011 was a title I picked up at the ALA meeting in the Fall. "You Killed Wesley Payne" is a YA book to be released in February of 2011. It is send-up of noir detective stories. I liked it at the beginning and then it began getting a little too hip for me. (A person who has hung himself has pulled an "INXS". Would a YA reader get that reference?). Plus the story talks about a high school student hanging himself and features a clique called the Lee Harvies that shoot at students. It's done tongue in cheek but the story can get a little uncomfortable at times. I could see it turned into a movie with effects similar to "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World".