Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Artist and author Jon J Muth enchants readers with his books, including the Caldecott Honor book Zen Shorts. Last year he was selected as the Children's Choice Illustrator of the Year.
Featuring pandas Stillwater and Koo and siblings Karl, Addy, and Michael from Zen Ties, Jon’s beloved characters -- along with a couple of new friends -- help us celebrate books and reading in this year’s poster!
Thanks to Scholastic Book Clubs, the poster will be distributed free of charge in schools during April and May.
Posters are available from the Children's Book Council at no cost beyond shipping.
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Beauty by Robin McKinnley
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.
When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"
Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple: Beauty and the Beast.
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
by Jessica Day George
Blessed—or cursed—with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servents. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.
by Juliet Marillier
High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle's hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm. But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives.
Though he's there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena's sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom—an impossible union it's up to Jena to stop.When Cezar's grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can't imagine—tests of trust, strength, and true love.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
by Vivian Vande Velde
Old as dirt,
dirty as dirt.
Ugly as sin,
mean as sin.
Don’t let the old witch catch you!
Could Isabelle have been stolen by the old witch of the woods, or has she lost her memory as the result of an accident? And what about the baby the witch stole right before the villagers attacked? Did either the witch or the baby survive the fire the villagers set?
Vivian Vande Velde has always been a favorite of mine with Dragon's Bait, Companions of the Night, The Conjurer Princess, and Being Dead being in the top four. She does not disapoint in this fast pace mystery. The story starts with a young girl running through the woods and as she runs she realizes she does not know who she is- she does not even know her name. Could she be Isabelle the long lost daughter stolen by a witch? Is the wicked witch really evil? How do greed and jealousy shape our lives? This book answers all these questions and leaves the reader wanting to know more about the characters. I highly recommend this book and with only 158 pages it is a fairly quick read. I especially love that this idea came from looking at pictures of people the author did not know. Authors are inspired by many things and this is one that I really liked... You can find the pictures on her website. I provided a link below.
From her website
The idea for Stolen came from an image of a girl I don‘t know.
Let me back up: I’ve seen, when I’ve been asked to lead writing workshops, that it can sometimes be difficult for people to just jump in and make up a character. I’ve found that one way to get workshop participants started quickly is to provide them with a picture. “Tell me about this person,” I’ll ask. “What is he afraid of? Tell me a secret about her that even her best friend doesn’t know.”
For this exercise, I don’t want to provide pictures of my friends or family (I’d rather not hear someone say about my grandmother: ‘I think she looks like a serial killer…’); and I don’t use people from magazines (because sometimes it’s hard to disconnect an actor from the roles he’s played, or a famous person from the events that made her famous). Instead, I use pictures of people nobody is likely to know. Some of my pictures are ones I’ve bought in antique stores or flea markets, others are from internet sites where “found” pictures are posted. These are pictures that have been left behind when someone moves out of a house, or that have been used as a bookmark in a book sold at a second-hand shop, or that have been picked up by someone collecting trash along the side of a road. There are hundreds of pictures to choose from; but for my workshops I choose faces that I find interesting--faces I believe people could think of as a character with a story to tell.
Stolen started because I found one of those pictures so haunting that I decided I wanted to try my hand at making up a story about her.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
White Cat by Holly Black
May 4, 2010
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
August 3rd 2010
When Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-year-old vampire queen, wakes up a human teenager at an ultra-cliquey prep school, she must choose between embracing the humanity she’s always craved and saving her new friends from her vicious coven. The first in a sizzling new YA series. Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish. Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
1. ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren MyracleReasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drugs
Monday, April 19, 2010
With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.
Friday, April 16, 2010
National Bookmobile Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Good Neighbors, Book One: Kin
Rue Silver's mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her. But it's not as straightforward as that. Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was. And her father didn't kill her mother -- instead, he broke a promise to Rue's faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue's mother to be flung back to the faerie world. Now Rue must go to save her -- and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world.