Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Geektastic: Stories From the Nerd Herd (I couldn't find any cover art!)
About the Book: (From Amazon) Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.
With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I have been wanting this book since I heard about it a few months ago. I'm a geek, and reading stories about other geeks always makes me smile. Plus, there are so many geekdoms covered in this book, and so many awesome authors, I can't wait for this one to come out!:)
Even more geektastic:
To go with the upcoming Star Trek movie which hits theaters May 8, 2009, Genki Wear is releasing three fragrances based on Star Trek. Is it really geeky of me that I kind of want one? I love Red Shirt, which has the tag line: "Because Tomorrow May Never Come" which totally makes me laugh! Everyone has fragrances now-first Twilight, now Star Trek-what's next?
To get you feeling geeky, here's a trailer for the upcoming Trek movie-anyone else recognize Kirk from Princess Diaries 2?
Release Date: February 2006 (an oldie but a goodie!)
About the Book: Ashley is just a normal girl who wants nothing more for high school to be over. She's ready to be out of her parents house and move in with her boyfriend. Ashley is definitely not the prom going type. But when a math teacher steals the prom money, Ashley finds herself on the prom committee and sucked in to helping her best friend make this the best prom ever.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm trying to catch up on all my Laurie Halse Anderson books and so far this one tops my list! I loved Ashley and thought she was a great main character. There were so many great lines and I wish I could have quotes, but since I listened to this one on audio, it was hard to keep track.
The thing I loved most about this book was Ashley's family. I found her family to so refreshing. There's always YA books where the family is dysfunctional, the teens don't get along with the parents, or the parents aren't around, which can get a little tiring after awhile. It was great to read about a family that was fun and loving and really cared about each other. If I could, I would totally spend a day with Ashley and her family.
I did listen to this on Playaway (if you haven't checked out Playways, see if your library has them-they're awesome!) I really enjoyed this one on audio and thought the narrator was excellent. The voices for each character were distinct and matched their personality and captured the feel of the book.
Prom does have a little bit of a fairy tale feel to it, but I thinks its more of a realistic fairy tale. There's lots of humor and lots of heart, but without being sappy. Prom is definitely a re-read type of book!
Friday, March 27, 2009
L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries is coming to TV thanks to the CW. I haven't read this series, but with all the vampire buzz right now, I think this could be a big show next season. Persnickety Snark has photos of the confirmed cast so far.
The gods have arrived! Here's the latest Percy Jackson casting info:
Pierce Brosnan as Chiron
Uma Thurman as Medusa
Melina Kanakaredes as Athena-I love this one-I think she's perfect!
Kevin McKidd as Poseidon
Sean Bean as Zeus
More gods to come, but I'm liking this list so far!
The Wolf Pack (minus Leah-I don't know where Leah is yet) has been cast for New Moon. You can find the list on Stephenie Meyer's site. I think it's cool they were able to cast some unknown actors, but I'm wondering why they didn't just keep the same guys from the first movie-didn't we see a couple of them in Twilight or am I totally making that up?
Have you seen this? I'm so excited!!:)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Release Date: January 13, 2009
Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Girls in Sports
About the Book: Parker Stanhope's junior year is not starting out right. Everyone got moved up to Varsity soccer, except two players-one of which was Parker. Parker knows she should be on varsity-she's a good player, she's worked hard and all her friends are there. But now her friends are cutting her loose, she's stuck with a team of (gasp!) freshman, and her reputation is on the line.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This was a fun, quick, light read. It combines romance and sports and even a bit of mean girls. Parker is great character. I think because she's not a stereotypical jock or a typical girly girl, she'll appeal to a lot of readers.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I know I look at Amazon ratings, but even if a book has a low rating, I'm still going to read it if I'm interested in. I also like to see what the people who have given a book I really liked a low rating have to say about it. I don't know that a rating really helps in my decision of a book over a general review. I don't really look at other ratings on other sites, even though I can rate books on LibraryThing, Visual Bookshelf, etc. I think I just get too lazy to go through and rate everything.
Should I keep rating books or just write a review? I'd love to hear what others have to say.
I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic. . . .
I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.
I awakened in the same place but in another time—to a stranger's soft kiss.
I couldn't help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn't know this would happen.
Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!
Now I'm stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels. . . . The good news: My parents will freak!
Think you have dating issues? Try locking lips with a snoozing stunner who turns out to be 316 years old. Can a kiss transcend all—even time?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here's the Rules:
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!
He bit back a smile, dribbling the ball. "Well, well, if it isn't the love of my life."
"Yeah. About time you realized the effect I have on you."
-The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro page 89
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Friday, March 20, 2009
- Catherine Hardwick of Twilight fame is apparently in talks to direct the Maximum Ride movie, based on the James Patterson series. Catherine is also attached to direct the movie version of the soon to be released novel If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Looks like not directing New Moon might have turned out to be a good idea, Catherine!
- A movie version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid is in the works. There's even an open casting call for "slight and skinny" and "not overly cute" 10-13 year-old-boys. Know someone who should be the Wimpy Kid? You can submit your audition tape here. I've been trying to get some of the fifth graders I visited recently to audition!:)
- Lionsgate has picked up the rights for Suzanne Collins Hunger Games. The author will be writing the script for the movie and from some articles I saw it looks like they're shooting for a 2011 release.
- The Percy Jackson movie has its first three lead actors. The movie is being directed by Chris Columbus of Harry Potter 1 & 2 fame.
Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson as Grover (he looks so much older than what I pictured!)
Alexandra Dadarrio as Annabeth (Sorry, I couldn't find a good picture!) One press release lists Annabeth as 18, which is much older then her 12 years in the book!
- Alex Flinn's wonderful novel Beastly has a movie in the works. Rumors are that Zac Efron could play the Beast character and Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester could be opposite him.
Honestly, I think she's too pretty for the part! But Zac Efron fits the character of Kyle/Beast pretty well.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Release Date: July 7, 2009
About the Book: Beatrice Shakespeare Smith lives in a theater. She's not an actress, but she knows every part. The Theatre Illuminata is the only home Bertie has ever know. But one mishap too many has the Theater Director determined to send Bertie on her way-unless she can prove that she is a valuable part of the Theater. Now Bertie must fight for her home while unlocking the secrets of her past...
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, I'll try to control my gushing and fan girliness over this book, but Eyes Like Stars is amazing!!! This has to be one of the most creative, imaginative, beautiful novels I have read. I loved the setting of the Theatre Illuminata and the idea that all the players of every play lived in the theater and were able to be called upon whenever they are needed (and sometimes when they're not needed!)
Lisa Mantchev has managed to capture the magic of the theater in this stunningly written novel. I honestly can't believe this is her debut. All the characters are so richly drawn and detailed and I could hear various voices for everyone as I was reading. Everything was so vividly written, I could actually see the see the story unfolding as a play in front of me. The fairies offer fun comic relief, whereas the tension between Ariel and Bertie provides plenty of drama. The dialog is witty and snappy and lots of fun. This was a book that I literally had to tear myself away from and force myself to go to work and sleep-I never wanted to stop reading.
Shakespeare does play heavily into the novel, but you don't need to be a Shakespearean scholar to follow along and recognize the characters. Also, Lisa Mantchev does an excellent job filling the reader in on the important details of each part, without it losing the flow of the story. There are several plays and characters that make appearances throughout and discovering each one is part of the joy of reading this novel.
As someone who has been heavily involved in theater, I loved the subtle details about theater life that only theater people really and truly understand-the arguments over props vs. sets, the actor's egos. :) But even if you've never had any experience in a theater, there is sure to be something you'll love in Eyes Like Stars.
I highly recommend this to all readers, even readers who typically shy away from fantasy. This didn't feel like a typical fantasy to me, so I'm sure it will attract even those who don't usually read in that genre.
Also, I LOVE the cover. This is one I will be buying because I loved it so much and because I need to have a copy with that cover!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I am willing to accept most types of books, but I focus on young adult and middle grade fiction. My favorite genres are romance, paranormal, historical, science fiction and fantasy, although I am open to other genres. I will accept books from all publishers. I do not accept self-published books and some independent books at this time. I will accept emails from authors and publishers for review requests, but only respond if it is a title I am interested in.
I can not guarantee a positive review, but will be open and honest in all my reviews. I will also not guarantee a review of every book I receive. I will notify authors and publishers when a review is posted if provided with contact information.
In addition to blogging, I work full time as a librarian. I am also heavily involved in work for ALA and my state library association. This means I have a lot of commitments outside of my blog that must come first. I love blogging, but I want to keep reading an enjoyable fun activity, so I may need to take a break for work or personal reasons at times and I may need to read something outside of my review pile once in awhile. Please understand that I want to keep blogging fun and manageable, so there may be delays in receiving a review and I apologize for those delays.
Please send all questions/comments to greenbeanteenqueen (at) gmail (dot) com
Release Date: July 7, 2009 (YAY! It got moved up!!!)
About the Book: (This is Book 2 in The Immortals Series, so there may be spoilers in the synopsis):
Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning.
In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I was super excited to read Evermore and I was thrilled when I got an ARC and was able to review it a few months before it came out. Bad part of that is now I've been waiting for what seems like forever for Blue Moon to be released! I am very much addicted to the world Alyson Noel has created in Evermore and am eagerly awaiting Damen and Ever's return-so of course, a happy dance was in order when I found out the release date has been moved up a month to July!
Immortal by Gillian Shields
Release Date: August 4, 2009
About the Book: Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.
Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I actually had not heard anything about this book until it popped up on Amazon under Blue Moon with the "customers also bought" display. It sounds like a dark gothic romance ghost story so I was excited to stumble upon this one. Plus in the author bio it says she taught at a school where there were rumors of a ghost of a young girl could be heard crying in the night. Just the perfect thing to make me want to add this to my ever growing wish list.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Worst movie adaptations: The recent release of Watchmen based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore got me thinking about what I thought were the worst movie adaptations of books. What book or books did a director or directors completely ruin in the adaptation(s) that you wish you could "unsee," and why in your opinion, what made it or them so bad in contrast to the book or books?
My pick is the 1995 TV Movie of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Mixed Up Files was my favorite book when I was in fifth grade. It was also one of the first book I listened to on audio (on cassette!) I would listen to the book every night before I went to be for weeks and was always checking it out from the library. The idea of running away and living in a muesuem like Claudia and Jamie do just seemed so fabulous to me-and then you add in a mystery about art??? I was hooked.
So when my mom opened the TV Guide two years later and said "look what's going to be on!" I was speechless. (Which for 13 year old me was something that never happened!) I was so excited-I couldn't wait. My favorite book would now come to life and Lauren Bacall was Mrs. Frankweiler-she was just like I pictured.
But when the movie came on later that week, after all my excitedness and eager anticipation, I was sadly dissapointed. (I think I even cried) They ruined it! They changed parts, they left parts out, the characters weren't what I had pictured. Claudia and Jamie were annoying and the mystery totally fell flat. Plus, where the magic of living in a museum-it got lost in the script and it didn't seem nearly as cool this time around. Partly I was so annoyed because it was a made of TV movie (how good could it end up being?), but mostly I felt cheated. My favorite book ever and this movie didn't keep the spirit or the fun of the book.
In college, I finally watched it again when my roommate's sisters were over and they were reading the book. Now years later, I didn't remember what exactly had made me so mad with this adaptation, but I knew it wasn't the same. I won't watch the movie again and I'll take the book version over the movie any day!
Monday, March 16, 2009
1. What can you tell us about the moonstone?
Allie: Wow! It’s hard to know where to begin. The whole moonstone drama was totally unexpected. One minute, I was just your average teenage girl trying to survive her freshman year. Then, within twenty-four hours – whammo - I fell off a ladder onto an electric fence, acquired a guardian angel and the town witch gave me the moonstone and insisted I’m a Star Seeker meant to save the world from evil. What’s even weirder is that the moonstone has all sorts of magical functions. But, since it doesn’t come with an owner’s manual, it’s up to me to figure it out what they are. Bottom line: be careful what you wish for. Magic powers come with a lot of baggage!
2. What’s it like growing up in a small town like Peacock Flats, Washington?
Allie: Since I live in the middle of an orchard, it’s pretty fruit intensive (make that boring). Most all of the grown-ups are obsessed with apples…the spraying of apples…the thinning of apples…the picking of apples and most importantly…the price of apples. A person can’t even enjoy the weather if it’s not good for the apples. Of course, living in a small town, everybody knows your business which can be a real pain in the butt. When I started hanging out with Junior Martinez, the whole town felt compelled to give me advice. Yeah, we were a real hot item, sorta like the Peacock Flats version of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
3. You’re a pretty strong, spunky girl. Why do you think you’re so good at standing up to school bullies like Cory Philpott?
Allie: I guess you could say I learned to stick up for myself at an early age since I got teased a lot. My mom and I live in a twenty-four foot travel trailer parked next to a cow pasture and my clothes aren’t exactly a fashion statement. Until recently, I didn’t even know my dad’s name. I can’t figure out why, but I seem to attract friends who can’t defend themselves which means I have to step up and do the job. But, after doing battle with a couple of scary guys who were after the moonstone, Cory Philpott is a piece of cake!
4. I know your Mom, Faye, really likes to watch talk shows (especially Oprah). If you had to be a guest on a talk show, which one would you pick and why?
Allie: I always figured Faye and I would be a natural for Dr. Phil, maybe a show with a title like “Dysfunctional Mothers and Daughters: When the Child Becomes the Parent.” But, since I don’t think a camera crew could squeeze inside our little trailer to capture our unguarded moments, it’s probably not gonna happen.
5. Your best friend Mercedes seems to think every boy has a crush on you. What boy would you say has a crush on Mercedes?
Allie: Excellent question and one I’ve thought a lot about. Here’s my working theory: Personally, I think Cory Philpott torments Mercedes because he’s got the hots for her. Besides being personally obnoxious, Cory has never outgrown the stage boys go through when they think it’s cute to be mean to girls they like. Of course, Mercedes is such a romantic, she’s holding out for someone who looks like a daytime drama star. Like that’s going to happen in Peacock Flats!
6. You’ve had a lot happen to you recently. Is life finally taking a break or is there more craziness in store?
Allie: Actually, life was calm during the summer months, but I was pretty down because of what happened at the warehouse and I really really can’t stand Faye’s new boyfriend, Brain Dead Roy. He’s an underwater welder and, in my opinion, he’s lost more than a few brain cells due to oxygen deprivation. My relationship with Junior has changed drastically. One of old man Bradford’s daughters moved back to Peacock Flats with her seventeen-year-old twins, Nicole and Beck who have some unique powers of their own. (By the way, Beck’s a hunk!) The moonstone continues to alternately fascinate and puzzle me. My new adventure is called Moon Rise and will be out in June, 2009.
7. If you had to switch places with any book character, who would you switch with?
Allie: Definitely not Bella in Twilight. Hey, the whole relationship thing is hard enough without hooking up with the undead. The character I’d like to switch with is Mia in The Princess Diaries. I could handle being Princess Allie of Genovia for a few days and let somebody else empty the garbage and do the dishes. Does that make me sound shallow? Probably.
8. If you could have any power, what would it be?
Allie: Because of what’s happened to me recently, I’m naturally cautious about wishing for additional powers. That being said, I think it would be a blast if I could make myself invisible on command. Just imagine the fun you could have! Who knows? Once I figure out all the moonstone’s settings, maybe I’ll get to try it out.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Whenever we go out to eat, I take a book with me so I can read while we're waiting for a table. My fiance Andy makes fun of me for this and hates that I do it because I "ignore" him. I tell him he gets my attention all through dinner, so he can give me the 10-15 minute wait to read a book, especially since I'm reading books for review!
Last night we went to TGI Friday's and when we walked through the crowd of waiting people to put our name in I noticed a guy standing against the wall reading a book while he was waiting. (I think he was late teens-early 20s, but I'm not for sure. He was reading a mystery.) I laughed as I pulled mine out too and said "See Andy? I'm not the only one who does this!" Reader guy laughed too and said "yeah, there's nothing better than reading while you're waiting for a table or waiting for your food or something." I replied that I read everywhere too and we went on reading while everyone else at Friday's stood around bored. I love when book lovers unite!:)
So now I'm interested in finding out where you read? Anywhere unusual?
Friday, March 13, 2009
Winner of a copy of Across the Pond: Erika Lynn
1st Winner of The Year the Swallows Came Early: MJ
2nd Winner of The Year the Swallows Came Early: Carlene
Winners, let me know where you'd like your prizes sent and I'll get them sent your way! Congrats!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Genre: Regency Romance (and time travel!)
Release Date: June 11, 2009
About the Book: Callie is on a class trip to London and she's miserable. When she overhears a group of popular girls talking about how they plan to sneak in a club that night, Callie is determined to join them. But first she needs something to make her cool-Prada heels! Callie is a huge klutz and one step in those three inch Prada heels send her tumbling over-and waking up in 1815! There Callie gets mistaken for a long lost friend of Emily. Callie soon gets mixed up in family scandal, engagements, and high society-and she can't seem to keep from butting heads with the arrogant (but very hot) duke Alex.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book was so much fun-I loved every minute of it! Callie is a fun modern girl and Regency England just isn't sure what to do with her. I loved the authors ideas of how a modern girl would react to the customs and society of 1815. Callie's adventures were creative but felt realistic. I mean really, what would a modern girl do about corsets and the lack of indoor plumbing?
I really enjoyed the interaction between Callie and Alex. Mandy Hubbard gives a perfect nod to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and their relationship was loads of fun to read.
The thing I loved the most was that the story jumped right in! I get annoyed when books tell you in the synopsis that something will happen, but it takes pages and pages to even get there. (How many pages in Twilight does it take Bella to figure out Edward is a vampire when we already know?) Callie lands herself in 1815 by the second chapter-which means most of the story has a historical setting and the action starts from the beginning-I love that!! (Thank you Mandy!)
This was a fun delightful read that readers of romance or historical fiction will enjoy. I can't wait to read more from this fabulous new author!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, to say thanks for making this blog a wonderful success, I am hosting a new contest!! The contest will run between now and April 1, to celebrate the start of a new blogging year.
I am giving away three prizes this time.
The grand prize is a pack of books (the first three books I ever reviewed on my blog) and a $10 gift card to Amazon.com The books are:
Second & Third Place Prize: $10 Gift Card to Amazon.com
So, how do you enter? (Much like always!)
+1 for every comment you leave between now and April 1st
+1 if you leave me a comment on this post telling me about a book blogging I need to check out and add to my list of blogs to read (can be your own)
+2 for following my blog
+3 if you post about this contest somewhere else
Open to U.S. residents only please
Thanks for being so awesome and good luck!! Winner will be posted April 2.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
"He'll be famous...a legend...I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in the future ... there will be books written about Harry -- every child in our world will know his name!"-Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
I love this quote because it really sums up the whole Harry Potter phenomenon, and it was written in the first book in the first chapter before J.K. Rowling really knew that what she was writing to be true in her wizarding world would become true in the real world too! That just amazes me every time I think about. I think that's the main reason this is my favorite quote from Harry Potter. I have a ton of other quotes I like from the series too, but there's just something really special about this one.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Here's what I read in February:
1. Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells (My TeensReadToo.com Review)
2. Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman (my review)
3. Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger (my review)
4. Across the Pond by Storyheart (my review and author interview)
5. Water Steps by A. LaFaye (my review)
6. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder (my review)
7. Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman (my review)
8. Moonstone by Marileen Brothers (review to come)
9. Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Mudock (review to come)
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This picture is from a tour of the Salt Lake City Public Library Main Branch at the ALSC Conference I attended last year (yep, I got paid to meet authors and tour libaries and learn about cool library stuff!)10:30AM-Arrive at work, straighten up New Books and check that XBOX is on before heading out to the Reference Desk.
10:30AM-1:00PM-Work on adult reference desk. Typical questions asked:
Can you help me find a book about (fill in the blank)?
I want to place a hold on several DVDs?
Can you look up a phone number for me?
I'm doing a research project and I need to find three book sources, and I need them all by tomorrow!
1:00PM-Go on lunch break!
1:30PM-Return from lunch and open Teen Office, Answer various teen questions:
Can you help me find a new book to read?
My son/daughter is new to reading books in this section-can you recommend something they might like?
Can you please hook up Guitar Hero?
Do you have any glue/scissors/tape/markers I can borrow for my project?
Can you help me find a book to use on my school project?
I also spend a lot of my afternoon roaming the YA department and letting adults know it's the teen space!
1:30PM-2:30PM-Look at week ahead and get plans started for any upcoming programs. (I have at least one program a week). Make printouts, list of supplies and activities for program.
3:30PM-4:30PM-Check Amazon, TeensReadToo.com and various YA blogs for upcoming releases, read reviews and check on our library's ordering status. If there's several we haven't ordered, I'll make a suggestion to order them. Update teen booklists with new and upcoming titles. (This is a valuable part of Reader's Advisory, which is my favorite part of being a librarian!)
4:30PM-5:30PM-Check and respond to various e-mails and read up on YALSA and PUBYAC e-mails, make note of program suggestions and book lists I want to use. Check mailbox for any mail or new magazines. If new magazines, change out new issues with old and take back issues to Periodicals for filing
5:30PM-6:00PM-Move TV into StoryHour Room for Anime Club Meeting. Put out paper, pencils, and any craft or snack we have that month.
6:00PM-7:00-Teens arrive for Anime Club. Talk about what we've been reading/watching. Watch this months anime (usually two episodes)
7:00-Clean Up and Head Home
Friday, March 6, 2009
-Where did you get the idea for The Year the Swallows Came Early?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: When I sat down to write the book, I had two ideas in my mind. The first one was that I wanted to include the swallows and their annual migration to San Juan Capistrano each year. And the second one was that I wanted to write about my grandmother and her unfinished manuscripts which she left to me when she passed away. I am not really the type of writer who uses an outline. I had a general idea of where I wanted the story to go, but really, the story fell into place as I wrote it.
-Groovy's great-grandmother was a sci-fi writer as well as your grandmother. I know that you gave Groovy your grandmother's name-did any other characteristics you gave her come from your grandmother? How much did her writing influence you?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: Mostly, the grandmother in the story is the same as my own grandmother. My grandmother collected owls, and wrote only late at night. She talked about strange phenomenon, and noticed things most people don’t. I did this because I wanted to honor what my grandmother had done for me, and all the encouragement and support she gave me over the years.
-Groovy's mom reads her horoscope every morning. Are you an avid fan of horoscopes as well? Have you ever had any of them come true?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: I don’t read my horoscope. But for the story, I read a lot about the different personality traits that are associated with each sign, and I picked the ones that fit my characters. I wanted Mama, in the beginning of the story, to believe in something other than just superstition. She changed quite a bit, though, in the end.
-Since Groovy wants to be a chef, she has to try all sorts of recipes. If you could have Groovy come to your house and make you any meal, which would it be? Do you like to cook too or is that just Groovy?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: I love this question! I actually don’t really love to cook. I do cook because I have a family, but I usually make the same nine things. Every once in a while, though, I find something new to make. My newest recipe in the biweekly cycle is breaded pork chops from Giada DeLaurentiis. I saw her make them on the Food Network one day.
If Groovy came over to my house to make us something, I’d ask her to bake us a chocolate cake, and then make her sloppy Joes with sweet onions (page 171 in the book). I’d pick these recipes because I know my two boys would eat them!
-What can you tell us about your next book?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: I am working on a companion book to Swallows, and I am writing an historical fiction book.
-Swallows play an important part of your book. Are you a bird watcher? Do you have a favorite bird?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: I have watched the swallows return to the San Juan Capistrano mission/area for many years. They come back every spring on March 19, which is St. Joseph’s day. Since The Year the Swallows Came Early has been released, friends have given me drawings of swallows, gold charms of swallows, swallow postcards, etc. So probably, my favorite bird is a swallow. They’re actually kind of messy birds, but the way they always return to the same spot is such an amazing occurrence that I’ve fallen in love the romantic idea of them symbolizing a promise that will never be broken.
-If you could live inside any book, which would it be and why?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: I’d either live inside The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson because you could jump around to whichever poem you wanted depending on what kind of mood you were in, and you’d probably be wearing some pretty fancy clothes most days. Or To Kill a Mockingbird because I’d love to have a big brother like Jem.
-What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Kathryn Fitzmaurice: I would tell new writers to join a critique group, and take writing classes. There is no better feedback than a room full of peers who are also trying to write. They can hear what you’re trying to say, and help pull out of you the parts you may have trouble explaining. I would also suggest that they attend writing conferences. I do these same things myself, as I am still an aspiring writer with a lot to learn.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Put an "X" next to the books you've read
Put a "+" next to the books you LOVE
Put a "*" next to the books you plan on reading
Tally your "X"s at the bottom
Share with your friends!
1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams
2. Kit's Wilderness / David Almond
3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie *
4. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson *
5. Feed / M.T. Anderson
6. Flowers in the Attic / V.C. Andrews
7. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher X
8. Am I Blue? / Marion Dane Bauer
9. Audrey Wait! / Robin Benway X
10. Weetzie Bat / Francesca Lia Block *
11. Tangerine / Edward Bloor
12. Forever / Judy Blume * I have to read for grad school
13. What I Saw and How I Lied / Judy Blundell X+
14. Tyrell / Coe Booth
15. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares X
16. A Great and Terrible Beauty / Libba Bray X
17. The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot X+
18. The Stranger / Albert Camus
19. Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card *
20. Postcards from No Man's Land / Aidan Chambers
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky *
22. And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie
23. Gingerbread / Rachel Cohn *
24. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist / Rachel Cohn and David Levithan *
25. Artemis Fowl (series) / Eoin Colfer *
26. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins X+
27. The Midwife's Apprentice / Karen Cushman *
28. The Truth About Forever / Sarah Dessen *
29. Little Brother / Cory Doctorow
30. A Northern Light / Jennifer Donnelly *
31. Tears of a Tiger / Sharon Draper
32. The House of the Scorpion / Nancy Farmer * I think this is another one for school
33. Breathing Underwater / Alex Flinn *
34. Stardust / Neil Gaiman X
35. Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden
36. What Happened to Cass McBride / Gail Giles
37. Fat Kid Rules the World / K.L. Going
38. Lord of the Flies / William Golding
39. Looking for Alaska / John Green *
40. Bronx Masquerade / Nikki Grimes
41. Out of the Dust / Karen Hesse * I have to read for class
42. Hoot / Carl Hiaasen * I have to read for class
43. The Outsiders / S.E. Hinton X
44. Crank / Ellen Hopkins X+
45 The First Part Last / Angela Johnson
46. Blood and Chocolate / Annette Curtis Klause *
47. Arrow's Flight / Mercedes Lackey
48. Hattie Big Sky / Kirby Larson X
49. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee X
50. Boy Meets Boy / David Levithan
51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks / E. Lockhart *
52. The Giver / Lois Lowry X
53. Number the Stars / Lois Lowry * I have to read for class
54. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie / David Lubar *
55. Inexcusable / Chris Lynch
56. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things / Carolyn Mackler X+
57. Dragonsong / Anne McCaffrey
58. White Darkness / Geraldine McCaughrean
59. Sold / Patricia McCormick *
60. Jellicoe Road / Melina Marchetta *(I have this one checked out right now!)
61. Wicked Lovely / Melissa Marr *
62. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer X
63. Dairy Queen / Catherine Murdock X
64. Fallen Angels / Walter Dean Myers
65. Monster / Walter Dean Myers
66. Step From Heaven / An Na
67. Mama Day / Gloria Naylor
68. The Keys to the Kingdom (series) / Garth Nix * One I have to read for class again
69. Sabriel / Garth Nix
70. Airborn / Kenneth Oppel *
71. Eragon / Christopher Paolini *
72. Hatchet / Gary Paulsen
73. Life As We Knew It / Susan Beth Pfeffer X
74. The Golden Compass / Phillip Pullman
75. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging / Louise Rennison X+
76. The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan X+
77. Always Running: La Vida Loca / Luis Rodriguez
78. How i live now / Meg Rosoff
79. Harry Potter (series) / J.K. Rowling X+
80. Holes / Louis Sachar *
81. Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger X
82. Push / Sapphire
83. Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi * I have to read this for one of my grad school classes
84. Unwind / Neil Shusterman
85. Coldest Winter Ever / Sister Souljah
86. Stargirl / Jerry Spinelli *
87. Chanda's Secrets / Allan Stratton
88. Tale of One Bad Rat / Brian Talbot
89. Rats Saw God / Rob Thomas * -Yep, Rob Thomas creator of Veronica Mars, I need to read this
90. Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
91. Stuck in Neutral / Terry Trueman
92. Gossip Girl / Cecily Von Ziegesar *
93. Uglies / Scott Westerfeld X
94. Every Time a Rainbow Dies / Rita Williams-Garcia
95. Pedro and Me / Judd Winick * -I have to read this for school too
96. Hard Love / Ellen Wittlinger
97. American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang X+
98. Elsewhere / Gabrielle Zevin *
99. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak
100. The Book Thief / Markus Zusak
Man, only 23 read-that's so sad! But I do have 34 on my TBR list, so hopefully I'll get to some of these soon.
Which ones have you read?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Waiting for you by Susane Colasanti
Release Date: May 14, 2009
About the Book: At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The plot sounds great and the cover makes me think of a good summer read that's not super light but still full of romance. Plus, the story with DJ and his podcasts sort of reminds me of Sarah Dessen's Just Listen, which I loved!
One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin
Release Date: May 26, 2009
About the Book: Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy moves back to town—reckless, beautiful Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you’d want to dip your fingers into it if you weren’t careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. How could she possibly say no to Audrey? With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time in her life, something feels right. But Finn can’t be the girl who does this to her best friend . . . can she?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, when I first read this summary, I was confused with all the names that got thrown out there, but I think if I get past the names and learn who's who, this book could be great. I haven't read C.K. Kelly Martin's other offering, I Know It's Over, but from the reviews I've read, it's a great read. I'm looking forward to reading this one as another good summer read-plus it comes out just after my birthday!:)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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