‘‘You don’t have to read one in order to understand the other,’’ he said.
Alexander said he hopes to return to Zombay in future books, and that the character of Rownie is at some point likely to get a proper sequel. He’s also interested in creating other fictional worlds, and said someday he might try writing a novel for adults.
Few fantasy or science fiction writers have won a National Book Award in its 76-year history. One is Ursula Le Guin, a giant of the genre who wrote for both adults and children including the ‘‘Earthsea’’ series published between 1968 and 2001. Alexander grew up reading Le Guin, and was overwhelmed a few months back when the 83-year-old author praised ‘‘Goblin Secrets’’ on her blog.
‘‘I wish I could have read it when I was 11,’’ Le Guin wrote.
‘‘At 11, of course, was when I was reading her,’’ Alexander said.