Everyone here at borg.com is pretty excited this week to hear that Elizabeth C. Bunce (who reviewed The Closer, Major Crimes, and Grimm here this week) is featured on Oprah Winfrey’s 2012 Kids Reading List for her second novel, StarCrossed, a high fantasy adventure about a thief on the run who stumbles into a Renaissance era revolution. Oprah.com revealed its newest annual list this month, and StarCrossed is one of 25 books recommended for teen readers. Other selections include The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, 2009 Newbery winner The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and 2012 Eisner winner Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Elizabeth is one of only a handful of writers to have two books on Oprah’s Kids Reading List. Her first novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, the national award-winning retelling of Rumplestiltskin set in a haunted woollen mill, was included on the first such list in 2009.
StarCrossed is the first installment in Elizabeth’s Thief Errant series. Her 2011 release Liar’s Moon is the fantasy noir sequel to StarCrossed, featuring the continuing adventures of intrepid thief Digger as she returns to her home city at the brink of war. Good news abounds, as Elizabeth also learned this week that Liar’s Moon will receive the Kansas Notable Book medal from the State of Kansas later this year. This is Elizabeth’s third book to receive this recognition. Her books have been recognized by the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Public Library, Cybils, all major book review publications, and several other states. Elizabeth is currently working on her fourth novel.
If you haven’t seen Elizabeth’s books yet, here are book trailers for her first three novels:
So if you like to read fantasy, don’t take our word for it, check out the thousands of online reviews for her books, such as those found at book review websites like goodreads.com, where you’ll find 7,500 ratings by readers of Elizabeth’s novels. A Curse Dark as Gold, StarCrossed, and Liar’s Moon are available at a library near you, and discounted hardcover, paperback, eBook, and even an audiobook version (for A Curse Dark as Gold) of her books are available at Barnes & Noble, Powell’s City of Books, Amazon.com, neighborhood bookstores, and other online retailers.
This is excellent news and a much-deserved recognition for one of America’s brightest young authors of fantasy novels.
I’ve read all of Ms. Bunce’s novels and each is chock full of rich characters, intriguing plots, and white knuckle suspense.
The thousands of readers and reviewers who have enjoyed “A Curse Dark as Gold,” “StarCrossed,” as well as “Liar’s Moon,” will be equally thrilled with this announcement.
Congratulations to Elizabeth C. Bunce.