Thursday, January 07, 2016

Round Up of the Round Ups!

Over the holidays, Frostborn and Nightborn popped up on several Best of the Year lists, while Skyborn got some love as well.

Frostborn makes the" My Favorite Books of 2015" on Stainless Steel Droppings: "Anders expertly weaves mythological detail with contemporary styling to create an intriguing world that he populates with characters that should appeal to young female and male readers…as well as those of us who remain young at heart....The entire time I was reading Frostborn I was thinking about how much fun this book would be to read aloud."

It also makes the Reading Hedgehog's "Best 2015 Reads of All." They say: "(4/5 strawberries) The best new Middle Grade fantasy adventure I've read in a long time. It feels like a fairy tale straight out of Norse mythology."

Aleksandra's Corner listed Nightborn at #7 on the Top 10 of 2015: Best Books I've Read in 2015!
Aleksandra's Corner also lists Skyborn as #9 on the Top 10 of 2015: Top 10+ Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2016!

Rita Allen, of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Library (Tennessee), has an article in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette in which she suggests, "For middle grade readers, I would suggest Lou Anders' "Frostborn," about a boy who would rather play the game "Thrones and Bones," than work on the family farm. Then, he meets a mythical beast and goes on an adventure that changes everything."

And the Librarian of Snark reviews Nightborn saying, "the characters are immensely relatable, the
action is non-stop, and the pacing is excellent."

Board Game Geek created an official page for the Thrones & Bones boardgames. This thrills me no end!

SF Signal calls Justin Gerard's cover for Skyborn "utterly stunning."

Frostborn is reviewed is from T-Bird Times, from Harmony Middle School (Overland Park, KS): "Immediately after reading this book, I wanted to read the next one. Fantasy and action is a mix that can keep people reading for hours, especially if the story is as creative as this one. Lou Anders was able to create a land full of people who were different from humans in the real world, but still had relatable problems that could pull readers closer to them. Thrones and Bones discusses real problems in the world such as bullying and making your own choices, but it was written in a way that could make sense to kids of many ages. This book is definitely a good read for anyone looking for fantasy or adventure books that they can relate to."

And finally the Alabama Book Festival is linking to my blog summation of last year's event on their homepage.

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