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January 05, 2015


Dena BatchofBooks

I'm excited you've got another one coming out! My daughter will be thrilled as well. :) I gave it to her for Christmas and she screamed (quite loudly) and pronounced it the best book ever.

Congrats on maintaining the bestseller status!


Looking forward to your next book. My 5 1/2 year old and almost 3 year old (both boys) love The Princess in Black. I've been racking my brain trying to think of similar books (both in terms of length and the bridging of that pesky gender gap), and have come up with nothing. You have found your niche! We love "twinkle twinkle little smash," and the monster whalloping, but also really appreciate the peek into the monster's side of things. Telling both sides of the story is something that is important to me, since I am trying to teach my children to have compassion for everyone, even people who do unkind things. Or eat goats.


Congratulations! But it's not surprising. We realized (thankfully, before Christmas) that it was either buy our 4 year old her own copy or pay massive library fines. :-) Everyone in the family enjoys it, though--including we parents who have to read it aloud millions of times. Thanks for doing that yourself, too!


It was so amazing to finally meet you at the Book Festival in Austin, Texas! I bought copies of PIB for all my cousins' toddler kids and according to reports they've devoured them with gusto. :D


I bought the Princess in Black and paired it with a black eye mask for my darling and mischievous 7-year-old niece for Christmas. I wish I would have taken a picture of her wearing the mask and devouring that book right in the middle of all the Christmas mayhem! Before giving the book to Lucie, though, I read it to my 6- and 9-year-old sons, and it was a total hit with them as well. We're definitely planning to add it to our own book collection, and we look forward to reading the next book in the series. So much fun!


Here is a mostly unrelated question about cover art (which I know authors don't necessarily have much control over): Why are most of the models/depictions usually fair skinned? I have really enjoyed reading the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer which have a very global, diverse feeling to me and I wonder why that's not more represented, especially in dystopian/ futuristic fiction. I imagine the future will be ever more diverse.

I really enjoy this cover art and think its lovely the artist used herself as a model, but I have been wondering about this for a while. Is it the books I choose? Is it the publishing industry? Does it reflect the diversity of the artists? Since I noticed a few of your covers do depict more diverse characters, I thought I would ask you.

Em Jackson

I am perplexed about how to explain the sentence in the book on page 1: "The breeze from the window was warm and wishy". The word "wishy" is not in Merriam Webster, Scrabble or other dictionarys.


I want to say Thank You soooo much for this book (The Princess In Black)! My daughter is in 3rd grade and getting her to read has been a constant struggle. She hates it! We ordered this book through the school book order and after each chapter she would say one more chapter and excitedly say I want to know what's going to happen! We got right on the computer because she saw the 1 on the side and wanted to order number 2, she was quite sad to see there wasn't one.

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