If you're unfamiliar with Story Sleuths, please click on over. Allyson and her blogging partner Meg Lippert, who teaches Writing for Children at the University of Washington, read and analyze respected new children's books as writers, searching for tips and ideas about how to improve their own writing. I think of their blog as a combination book club for writers (comments are welcome) and master workshop on writing. In the last two months, they featured Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Rebecca Stead's novel When You Reach Me.
During the first week of December, Meg and Allyson will look at two picture books, Snow Day by Komako Sakai and A Penguin's Story by Antoinette Portis. Then Allyson and I will finish out the month with A Season of Gifts. Next month, they'll be taking a look at a new anthology of YA short stories, Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castelluci, and featuring John Green, Libba Bray and M.T. Anderson.