This weekend I am doing something very special and I would love to invite you to join me. I am participating in the first Annual National Readathon Day to support the National Book Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports literacy for children and adults in this country and celebrates literature.
You can participate in this great cause by joining my team,The Smart Cookies, pledging to read from 12 pm until 4 pm on January 24th and asking friends, family and all lovers of books to sponsor your efforts. If you can't read with us on Saturday, you may choose to donate towards literacy and The National Book Foundation through my page.
Most importantly, please don't take your ability and freedom to read whatever you like for granted; read with those you love as often as you can!
Thank you for your support!!
We had so much fun at our Mock Newbery panel discussion; thank you to all those who participated!
The results of the "Official" WLA/WLS Mock Newbery were:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
El Deafo by Cece Bell
A very diverse and lovely little selection! I'm looking forward to watching the Official ALA Youth Media Awards results on February 2nd!
Join us on Thursday, January 15th to chat about possible Newbery books!
Our next Librarian Book Club will be on Monday, November 10th @ 4:30 pm. We're meeting at Elements in White Plains. Everyone is welcome; please spread the word.
We will be discussing:
by Ann M. Martin
*"Martin has penned a riveting, seamless narrative in which each word sings and each scene counts." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Rose is a character we root for every step of the way. She is resilient, honest, and, in her own odd way, very perceptive; a most reliable narrator." – The Horn Book, starred review
*"Though Rose's story is often heartbreaking, her matter-of-face narration provides moments of humor. Readers will empathize with Rose, who finds strength and empowerment through her unique way of looking at the world." – School Library Journal, starred review
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
From School Library JournalGr 9 Up—Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an old-money family, headed by a patriarch who owns a private island off of Cape Cod. Each summer, the extended family gathers at the various houses on the island, and Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat (the four "Liars"), have been inseparable since age eight. During their fifteenth summer however, Cadence suffers a mysterious accident. She spends the next two years—and the course of the book—in a haze of amnesia, debilitating migraines, and painkillers, trying to piece together just what happened. Lockhart writes in a somewhat sparse style filled with metaphor and jumps from past to present and back again—rather fitting for a main character struggling with a sudden and unexplainable life change. The story, while lightly touching on issues of class and race, more fully focuses on dysfunctional family drama, a heart-wrenching romance between Cadence and Gat, and, ultimately, the suspense of what happened during that fateful summer. The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come.—Jenny Berggren, formerly at New York Public Library
September 29th was a great night to be in New York City for there were no less than 4 Sorensen sisters in the same place! Over dinner we had fun talking about all important topics such as the best TV show to binge watch, where is Paul Bettany lately, and why it's okay that I own so many copies of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
One of my sisters, who shall remain nameless, was under the mistaken impression that His Dark Materials was not that important or well-known and while I'm sure that my personal assurance that the Brits know what many Americans seem not to, that Pullman's books (particularly The Golden Compass/Northern Lights) are VERY important, I stumbled across some additional evidence that I would like to share now.
Please listen to this fantastic phone interview with Philip Pullman (courtesy of The Bibliofiles -9/20/14) in which you will hear that in fact, The Golden Compass is the best book written in at least the last 70 years, a little snippet of Sally Lockhart read by the author himself, and the future Book of Dust (which will indeed have Lyra in it).
I recently had someone ask me at the Public Library for a good book to read with her kids about moving. I happened to have just read a brand new book on the topic and told her about it and with a little effort, thought of some other lovely books as well.
Bad Bye, Good Bye
by Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by Jonathan Bean
by Norton Juster
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Mo Wren, Lost and Found
by Tricia Springstubb
This book is a sequel, but I think it stands alone just fine (but do read the first book, What Happened on Fox Street, when you get a chance just because it's really good.
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