Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How Now Mad Cow....

Perhaps many of you have already read Libba Bray, after all she's the writer of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, which I've seen leave the check-out desk many, many times. Her new book, Going Bovine, recently won the Printz award for 2010 and so I wanted to let you guys (and gals!) know about it.
Going Bovine is written from the point of view of Cameron Smith, a down and out high school student who discovers he has the fatal brain disease, Mad Cow. His life is pretty boring at the start of the book: he's a social misfit with an incredibly popular older sister, his parents are both teachers, he's an underachiever, and has very few friends. His life changes when he starts having strange visions and convulsions. While in the hospital, Cameron is visited by an angel with pink hair and combat boots named Dulcie. She tells him that his disease has been caused by a wizard and that the same forces destroying his brain will eventually destroy the world. Dulcie tells him if he can find Dr. X he can be cured and save the world
Talk about pressure!
On his quest Cameron meets all sorts of people: Gonzo, a Mexican-American dwarf from his high school, a garden gnome who's really a Norse God, a happiness cult, an Inuit rock band and more. His journey takes him from his Texas hometown to New Orleans and Florida.
Cameron's voice is unique and very funny--I think a lot of you will relate to his pop culture references and the soul-searching he is trying to do to save himself and the world. This book will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even go a bit "mad".......
To read a free sample of this new book, go to Libba Bray's website http://www.libbabray.com/

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