“Weird” is not a word with which to begin a Sunday morning, coffee-is-still-too-hot post. Because it still looks right if you misspell it: wierd.(i before e except after c, my Aunt Fanny.) But in any case, it’s the right word for Joe Schreiber’s (Schrieber’s?) Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, highlighted over at Peter Sieruta’s new Printz blog, Printz Picks. Peter cites a friend who had correctly predicted Going Bovine for the Printz who also thinks this one might go the distance, and I see the logic: unusual books stand out from the crowd, and when the crowd is angels and vampires and battle-scarred apocalyptrixes, a Lithuanian spy in contemporary Manhattan stands out.
Speaking of crazy European chicks, I plan to meet a few next week when R and I make our honeymoon tour of the Continent. Amsterdam, Brussels, and let’s hope we avoid the knife-wielding Little Red Riding Hood in Venice. I’ll try to keep you updated from there.