Happy Birthday, ladyofastolat! I am aware that you're off-line for the nonce, but hope this finds you enjoying life.
... to all my US friends! Enjoy the day of leisure.
Have you read Chaucer's entry on books yet?
Jeanette Winterson has made the longlist of the Carnegie Medal for her children's book Tanglewreck. I haven't read this yet; indeed, the excerpts that I've seen made it look like "more of same": all the preoccupations of her previous novels for adults, even some of the same catch-phrases turning up again. But I've read one or two quite favourable reviews elsewhere, and like her work (obviously, having done my dissertation on her), so feel I should give it a try.