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June 8, 2007
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British bookmakers are so certain that Harry Potter will die in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” that they have stopped taking bets on his fate…

Guess who’s the second best bet to be Harry’s killer. From The New York Times, via PowellsBooks.Blog

I can’t find it on the Office of Intellectual Freedom site (so not user-friendly; when there’s a section on how to navigate the site, isn’t that a clue?), but the list of the most challenged books of 2006 is in, according to the YALSA blog. On the list:

  • The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler*
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
  • Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

PW‘s Children’s Bookshelf has a recap of popular galleys/ARCs from BEA, featuring the expected names (Stephenie Meyer, Libba Bray, Sherman Alexie, Nick Hornby, et al.). Then there’s The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, which has a huge print run (200,000 copies), and is described as “historical chick lit set in 1899 Manhattan.” Full description and eye-catching cover at amazon.com. Ooh, I hope this’ll be at ALA, too!** Plus, a peek (sort of) at Susan Beth Pfeffer’s The Dead & the Gone, the follow-up to Life As We Knew It: “The mandatory evacuation of the Borough of Queens will begin on Saturday. All municipal services will end by Friday, July first.” But we have to wait until next May to read the rest.

In today’s issue of Shelf Awareness, a recap of the children’s and YA highlights from BEA. Wednesday’s issue included a summary of the “How Libraries Buy” panel.

* Shameless plug: Check back the week of June 17, when we interview Carolyn Mackler as part of the Summer Blog Blast Tour.

** Okay, and The Sweet Far Thing.

Update: Found the 2006 list of most challenged books. See here or here. And the list came out in March. Did I just miss it?

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