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Coming soon, September 22, is ’s next book, Going Bovine. Libba is best known for her gothic-y romantic, supernatural books about Gemma Doyle. Very much a departure from the English boarding school books, Going Bovine is a great addition to the Libba Bray shelf. 16 year-old Cameron wants to skate through life with a minimum of effort. All is going well until he finds out he is sick and going to die. And, yes, he has Mad Cow Disease. There is hope, though. A punk angel named Dulcie (really an angel? A hallucination?) tells him there is a cure but he must go on the road trip to end all road trips to find it.
Going Bovine is so great. Funny, sarcastic and heartbreaking, you will fall for lonely Cam on his trip to Disneyland (and a trip to lose his virginity before he dies) in a big way. Accompanied by a Garden Gnome who is actually a Berserker dwarf trying to get home, Cam’s story is one of the best of the year. I can’t wait to read it again – I lent my copy out to another bookseller - and can’t wait to talk to her about it! Don’t you love books that do that? Ages 14 and up. Random House.