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WILL IN SCARLET named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013!

Posted in Awards, Best Children's Books, Middle Grade Books, Plugs, Robin Hood, Shameless, Will in Scarlet, YA Books on December 2, 2013 by Matt

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I’m late posting this (though I did do a ridiculous victory dance on Twitter when it was first announced. But I’m happy to say that Will in Scarlet is in very good company. Just in time for the holidays, too . . . .

It’s time for YallFest Y’all!

Posted in Appearances, Life, Middle Grade Books, Shameless, Tour, Writing, YA Books on November 5, 2013 by Matt

The schedule has been posted, the streets of Charleston cordoned off, and locals are hiding their cookie jars because the authors are coming to town!

 

Here’s the schedule for this weekend’s festivities, but I’ll point out a few things I’ll be involved in below (The Storyball will be particularly nuts):

SATURDAY NOV. 9TH PANELS

1PM

CMH: THE MIDDLE GRADE STORYBALL Pseudonymous Bosch, Adam Gidwitz, Lisi Harrison, Alexander London, Lisa McMann, Barnabas Miller, Lauren Oliver, Carrie Ryan, Natalie Standiford, JE Thompson, Sean Williams (All Middle Grade Authors will be on stage!) Moderator: Matthew Cody

4PM

BALLROOM: WRITING FOR KIDS Matthew Cody, Adam Gidwitz, Lisa McMann, Carrie Ryan,, C. Alexander London Moderator: Pseudonymous Bosch

6PM

CMH: YA Smackdown SOLD OUT

Starred Review for WILL IN SCARLET!

Posted in Appearances, Middle Grade Books, Reviews, Robin Hood, Shameless, Tour, Will in Scarlet, YA Books on November 3, 2013 by Matt

I’m currently in lovely Saratoga Springs visiting the equally lovely Northshire Bookstore, but I wanted to take a moment from the road and share this very nice review from The Bulletin. They say so many nice things I’m going all blushy.

«Cody, MatthewWill in Scarlet.Knopf, 2013[272p]
Trade ed. ISBN 978-0-375-86895-5$16.99
Library ed. ISBN 978-0-375-96895-2$19.99
E-book ed. ISBN 978-0-375-89980-5$10.99
Reviewed from galleys    R*Gr. 5-7
With his father off crusading for King Richard, thirteen-year-old Will Shackley must leave childhood mischief behind him as he takes on the responsibility of governing the Shackley estate. He makes a fine start, slaughtering two wolves during a hunt with his father’s men, but when Prince John’s thugs later attack Will’s home in an attempt to force fealty, the boy flees the battle to survive. Finding refuge among a merry band of thieves (including a drunken archer named Rob) in Sherwood Forest, Will sets out to plan his revenge but is soon confronted with the possibility that injustice is not simply the fault of one bad man. The punches packed in this historical action tale are both physical and emotional, as Will discovers that the sheltered world he grew up in is a privilege for very few and a distant dream for most. Cody’s pacing is a clever construction of frenzied but focused fight sequences balanced with quiet, subtle moments of self-reflection on Will’s part. Rich characterization does justice to each of the main players here, especially the villains: their motivations are made clear and understandable so that readers, like Will, come to realize the world is a complicated place with room for good and evil and much in between. Early scenes of wolf hunting and thrilling ambushes will likely draw even the most reluctant reader in, while the careful prose and likable hero will see them through to the satisfying conclusion.  KQG

A Scurrilous National Book Tour (with updates!)

Posted in Appearances, Middle Grade Books, New Book, Plugs, Robin Hood, Tour, Will in Scarlet, Writing, YA Books on September 17, 2013 by Matt

I’ll be traveling the country this fall talking about Will in Scarlet to any vagabonds and scallywags that will listen! Below is the schedule of where you can find me and when. Be sure to check back for updates as we get closer to the actual dates!

Huzzah!

Friday, October 4th

Voracious Reader (Larchmont, NY)

Sunday, October 13th

New York Comic-Con : The Magic of Storytelling Panel – 10:45 am in hall 1A17

Tuesday, October 15th 

Lemuria Books (Jackson, MS) Signing 5:00 pm

Thursday, October 17th

The Country Bookshop (Southern Pines, NC) Signing 4:00 pm

Friday, October 18th

McIntyre’s Books (Chapel Hill, NC) School visits. Not open to the public.

Saturday, October 19th

Barnes & Noble (Cary, NC) Signing 4:00 pm

Sunday, October 20th

Barnes & Noble (Skokie, IL) This event has been canceled

Monday, October 21st

Anderson’s Bookshop (Downer’s Grove, IL) Signing 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 22nd

The Book Stall (Winnetka, IL) Signing 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 26th

Books of Wonder (New York City, NY) Fantastic Middle Grade Reads Panel 1:00 pm

Friday, November 1st

The Center for Fiction (New York – not open to the public)

Sunday, November 3rd

Northshire Bookstore (Saratoga, NY) Time TBD

Saturday, November 9th

YALLFest (Charleston, SC) Schedule TBD

 

Nice Early Review for WILL IN SCARLET

Posted in Middle Grade Books, Robin Hood, Will in Scarlet, YA Books on August 21, 2013 by Matt

This early review for Will just came in from Kirkus Reviews. Since you can’t see the whole thing until September without a subscription, I’ll post it here. Huzzah!

The origin story of one of the Merry Men is rousingly told.
It’s 1192. Thirteen-year-old Will Shackley, son of a lord returning from the Holy Land with King Richard I, becomes caught up in deadly political machinations when he runs afoul of the evil Sir Guy of Gisborne, loyal to the king’s usurping brother, Prince John. Wounded after fleeing his ancestral home and his beloved uncle’s murder, Will is grudgingly given haven in Sherwood Forest by a band of outlaws headed by a brute (no—not what you’re thinking). Determined to return to his father’s castle to exact revenge upon Sir Guy, now installed there, Will leads the band on a raid with treasure as its ostensible object. As the tale proceeds, Will, a deft swordsman wearing a red coat that gives him his name, finds friendship among the outlaws and begins to feel loyalty to them; he also grows in maturity as he learns that villainy isn’t as easily recognizable as he once believed. Readers familiar with the Robin Hood legend will find an unusual, perhaps unsettling, interpretation of their hero: First appearing as a drunken, irresponsible lout, Rob, too, develops self-discipline and eventually hits his stride; the story of how he comes to lead the Merry Men is plausibly told. There’s action, adventure and humor here, not to mention a fiercely proud female disguised as a boy. Characters are likable, and some modern turns of phrase don’t interrupt the narrative’s flow.
A nice addition to the Robin Hood canon. (map, cast of characters) (Historical fiction. 9-12)

Pre-Order this book!

Posted in Middle Grade Books, New Book, Plugs, Powerless, Shameless, Writing, YA Books with tags on September 11, 2012 by Matt

Hey, do you know what comes out in just two weeks? Guess? Okay, here’s a hint – SUPER, the sequel to my award-winning novel POWERLESS! (subtle, I’m not)

You can pre-order at your favorite local bookstore, or by following any of the bookstore links on the book page.

And don’t forget, Halloween is right around the corner, and that means millions of trick-or-treaters going from door to door asking you to fill their bags with copies of my books . . .
Don’t ruin a great American tradition!

First Official SUPER Fan Letter (redacted)!

Posted in Favorites, Middle Grade Books, Powerless, Shameless, Super, Writing, YA Books on May 21, 2012 by Matt

A couple of weeks ago, I ran a contest on my email newsletter to win an advanced reading copy of SUPER (what? you didn’t know about it? Sign up here to stay informed!) Among the winners was Maddie from Minnesota and this weekend Maddie sent me a very nice letter to tell me what she thought of it. So here it is (with just a little FBI-style redaction to prevent major plot spoilers!)

 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

 

Matthew Cody,

I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe I was one of the names drawn from your mailing list to read Super! I received it in the mail on Monday and quickly read to chapter ten. The next day I finished it. I really liked it. My favorite part was definitely when everyone XXXXXXXXXX, but it was funny when Georgie XXXXXXXXXXXX.

I think Super is right up there with Powerless on my reading scale. I’m rereading it again. I liked XXXXXXX dramatic XXXXXXX, and the XXXXX, and Theo Plunkett–there was lots of good suspense. And the final conclusion, XXXXXXXXXX.

I liked it so much, that I ended up drawing the front cover! ↴ All in all, Super was an awesome book!

 

Your fan,

 

Maddie