Me, my shelf, + I // Caroline
Introduce Yourself // My name is Caroline, and I’m an assistant manager of subsidiary rights. I mainly work on getting our books into Scholastic book clubs and book fairs, and I’m also involved in educational reprints and foreign rights. I’ve loved books since before I could read them. In first grade, my class had a contest to see who could read 100 books by the end of the year. My best friend and I both hit the mark, and our prize was sharing a pizza lunch with our teacher. It was the best prize ever and one of my earliest proud moments!
Favorite Book of All Time // We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Listen, I love pretty much everything this brilliant lady has written. She does smart and eerie like no one else. This one in particular is about a girl who lives in a creepy house set apart from town. Years ago, nearly everyone in her family was murdered. Now, the townsfolk shun the girl and her sister because they think her sister was responsible. The writing is so startling and unsettling, and yet there’s also this incredible warmth between the sisters. I almost missed my stop a time or two because I was so immersed.
Favorite LBYR Book // I savored every word of Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion, and I was so thrilled to see it win the 2018 Stonewall Award. I also devoured Dawn Kurtagich’s And the Trees Crept In, which delivered my ideal blend of smart and spooky.
Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read for a While // The Hazel Wood. I know it just came out, but it’s been on my radar for a while. You know when you find one of those books that just screams, “I was made for you”? Yeah. So I finally got a copy, and it’s sitting on the arm of my couch, just waiting for me to hurry up and finish my library books with impending due dates.
Book(s) You Think Everyone Should Read // I just finished The War Outside by Monica Hesse, and OOO BOY I can’t wait for it to come out this fall so I can talk about it with EVERYONE. It’s about a Japanese-American girl whose family is sent to an internment camp during WWII, and it’s also about friendship and loyalty and fear and…I don’t even want to say anything else. You’ll find out in September.
A Weird Literary Fetish // I’m obsessed with stories in which a character finds home in a magical world and then has to leave, but the book, like, DEALS with that. (See: Lev Grossman’s The Magician King, Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, parts of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, etc.) As a former kid disappointed by fantasy stories that made adulthood seem incompatible with wonder, I love stories that push against this, even when they make me cry. Which is all. The. Time.
Favorite Book Cover // Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. Sometimes I pull it off my shelf just to let it fill up my soul.
A Signed Book on Your Shelf // Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When I was nine, the Harry Potter series was just starting to blow up, and I was in my first flush of fandom. Because we were in this weird moment where no one had quite figured out just how popular these books were going to be, our local high school somehow managed to book J. K. Rowling on her Prisoner of Azkaban tour. When she arrived at the gym packed with thousands of people, the first thing she said was, “Hey, where were all you people last year?” Anyway, years later, when my family had to evacuate because of a fire, my signed Harry Potter book was the first thing I grabbed.