Five Fun Facts about James:
1. I lived in a nuns’ convent for a year.
2. I participated in Japan’s infamous “Naked Man” religious festival, in which thousands of nearly-naked men fight in the cold night for some holy sticks: link
3. Until recently I played bass in a band called Brilliant Pebbles. We were described as “moon man opera,” “melodramatic video game music,” and “gypsy sex metal”: link
4. I throw costume fighting parties in which people dress up as gods and monsters and dance-fight at each other in the ring. The champion is sacrificed on an altar by tearing out their heart:
5. I fought Neil Gaiman at the American Library Association conference, and won the 2009 Newbery Award from him fair and square: link
Book by James Kennedy:
Order of Odd Fish
Jo Larouche has lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily’s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever – and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City. There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same.
Cathy’s note: I read this and found it strange and fascinating. If you like the unusual, you definitely need to pick it up.