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Garth Nix: Inquiring Minds Interview

Cathie Sue and Adrienne were lucky to interview Garth Nix author of the Old Kingdom series at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin. His new book “Clariel” joins “Sabriel,” “Lirael,” and “Abhorsen.”


Adrienne here,

Siblings, gotta love’em. Sibling relationships in children and YA books can be supportive, contentious or even deadly. Below is a list of books that I’ve read that have siblings and the type of relationship they have with each other.

This is my definition of the types of relationships:

  • Competitive – rivalry, one-up-man-ship, usually seeking the attention of a parent
  • Supportive – they may argue but they have each others back and a listening ear
  • Contentious – one sibling seeks to undermine or hurt the other
  • Abusive – physical and verbal tormenting and threatening behavior up to and including permanent physical harm
  • Parental – when one child provides the parental support needed to other siblings when the parent(s) are physically or emotionally absent
  • Deadly – well, they want to kill each other, period
  • Untrustworthy – when one sibling doesn’t trust or believe the other

Children’s books
“Loki’s Wolves” by K. L. Armstrong (competitive)
“White Fur Flying” by Patricia MacLachlan (supportive)
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney (contentious)
“Might Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis (supportive)
“Wonder” by R. J. Palacio (supportive)
“How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy” by Crystal Allen (abusive)
“One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams Garcia (parental)

YA books
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell (contentious, supportive)
“Reality Boy” by A. S. King (absent & abusive)
“Antigoddess” by Kendare Blake (deadly)
“Adventures of Superhero Girl” by Faith Erin Hicks (competitive)
“Crash” by Lisa McMann (supportive)
“Blood Red Road” and “Rebel Heart” by Moira Young (supportive and contentious)
“5th Wave” by Rick Yancey (parental)
“Scowler” by Daniel Krause (protective)
“If You Find Me” by Emily Murdoch (parental)
“Black Helicopters” by Blythe Woolston (supportive)
“Dead to You” by Lisa McMann (untrustworthy)
“Friends With Boys” by Faith Erin Hicks (supportive)
“Bruiser” by Neal Shusterman (protective)
“Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June” by Robin Benway (supportive)

I’m sure I’ve missed a ton of titles so make sure to add your own in the comments.

The Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom or, I Thought There Would Be Cheesecake!

The Heroes Guide to SAving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue

Upcoming books:
“Ashes” by Ilsa Bick

6 folktale picture books:
“Nabeel’s New Pants” by Fascia Gilani-Williams
“The Matatu” by Eric Walters
“The Boy From Dragon Palace” by Margaret Read MacDonald
“The Greedy Sparrow” by Lucine Kasbarian
“The Flying Canoe” by Eric Kimmel
“Little Sister and the Month Brothers” by Beatrice Schenk de Reginers

The Fault in Our Stars or, Eyes of the Bluest Sky

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

2012 ALA Youth Media Awards: YALSA and ALSC.

Contact email:

“The Midnight Zoo” by Sonya Hartnett and “Going Underground” by Susan Vaught  – re-recording
“Irises” by Francisco X. Stork

Bonus: Great Gifts for All

The CYA Podcast presents…Great Gifts for All!


Noisy Nora and Morris’ Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah C. Campbell
The Stinky Chese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Various GNs: Yotsuba&!, Y the Last Man, Walking Dead

10 Little Penguins: A pop-up by Jean-Luc Fromental, illustrated by Joelle Jolivet
Stoo Hample’s Book of Bad Manners
Curse workers series by Holly Black
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Dystopian and apocalyptic: the differences –
Dystopian is a perfect world gone wrong; apocalyptic is a world rebuilt after being destroyed by tools of mass destruction whether chemical, biological, alien or warfare.

 Apocalyptic books:
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
Life as We Know It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Enclave by Ann Anguirre
Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Dystopian books:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Feed by M.T. Anderson – get audio version
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Matched by Ally Condi – series
Delirium by Lauren Oliver – series
Incarceron & Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld –series
Unwind by Neal Shusterman – series – 50+ titles, the list is from 2009 but still applicable.

YA Consultants
YALSA resources: All webinars on this page are free to YALSA members two months after their original recording.

Watch your email for YALSA webinar’s directed to state youth services consultants. The webinar’s highlight the teen services resources YALSA has available on their website. Some you may already know, but I’m sure there’s a few you may not.

International Federation of Library Associations Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

Michelle Alison Taylor’s Master’s thesis The Monster Chronicles: The role of children’s stories featuring monsters in managing childhood fears and promoting empowerment.

School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come edited by Kristin Fontichiaro

Children’s Programming Monthly: Programs & Ideas for Preschool through Grade 3.

Name of the Wind and Wisemans Fear by Rothfuss
Lamentation, Canticle, Antiphon by Ken Scholes
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Young Adult
Star Crossed by Elizabeth Bunce
Incarceron, Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Okay for now by Gary Schmidt

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Boat of her Own Making
A Tale Dark of Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin

Picture Book
Shout ,Shout it Out- Denise Fleming
Press Here by Herve Tullet
I want my Hat Back- Jon Classen
Ruby Violet and Lime by Jane Brockett
Stars by Marla Frazee
Lego Ideas Book and/ or the Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

Leviathan Trilogy
The True Meaning of Smekday
The Jeeves and Wooster novels by P.G. Wodehouse

What It Is and Picture This
Masters: Collage
The Map As Art
Modern Masters series

Improve Yourself:
The Power of Now
Man’s Search for Meaning
“Let something go”


City of Fallen Angels & TMI

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Roll call question
What are your favorite places to read?

“2012 Newbery Reading List”, by Hunt, Jonathan. January 27, 2011, School Library Journal Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery blog.

Virginia Euwer WolfeNeustadt Award winner
Monday is One Day by Arthur Levine
Which Way by Marthe Jocelyn
Go outside

DC Comics reboot of their entire universe

Anti-recommendation: Don’t watch Bill and Ted Adventures cartoon

Teen Read Month partnering with Kevin Stark of Toy and Action Figure Museum, a Color Nook for top readers of a school and public library provided by Sonic, Corp, posters and a drawing of all participants for a set of books.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Guys Read: Funny Business, or, Prison Ages You

Guys Read: Funny Business ed by Jon Scieszka

edited by Jon Scieszka, Guys Read – author website, boys literacy program website

Roll Call Question: What book have you read the most times in your life?

Cathie Sue: But Not the Hippotomas, Go Dog Go, Caddie Woodlawn, Gone with the Wind

Emily: Good Night Moon, Monster at the End of the Book, The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Hobbit, Weetzie Bat

Karl: Phantom Tollbooth, The Dark is Rising series

Adrienne: My Book About Me, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Christine

Topic: ALA Youth Media Awards 2011; ALSC, YALSA


Nova Science Now hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Cathie Sue
TV Shut off for a week

Lost by Jacqueline Davies
Silk by Caitlain Kiernan

Modern Family
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Bradley Cooper

Last Words:
Maureen Johnson at Metropolitan Library System Libraries, April 5 – 7, 2011 (Facebook)
Gene Luen Yang at Tulsa City County Library System Libraries

Upcoming Books:

6 picture books selected by Cathie Sue and Jenny

  • Banana! by Ed Vere
  • Stalling by Alan Katz
  • Two Dumb Ducks by Maxwell Eaton
  • Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
  • Big Rig Bugs by Kurt Cyrus
  • Phileas’ Fortune by Lestrade and Thirteen Words by Lemony Snicket

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

Grim Legacy by Polly Shulman