The last days of the holiday…

cindy-at-tikihutCindy: For those of us heading back to school jobs, summer is quickly drawing to a close, or has already. I start a week of 8-4 professional development tomorrow morning and am reminded today of my favorite end-of-summer quote. It’s posted below and hails from Hilary McKay’s fiction book, The Exiles. We posted about this book last year, but it’s a fun series worth promoting again for those of you who missed it the first time around. I need to add this one to our Commonplace Page in the Info section of our blog. Have you looked at those book excerpts…or our lists of favorite book and library quotes? Take a trip over to the left frame of the website and browse around. Leave us your favorite in the comments here to be added to our lists.

“The last days of the holiday, like fairy gold counted in the sunlight, disappeared as fast as they were numbered. The shining wealth of summer that had been theirs to squander dwindled to a few dull-gleaming days. Ruth, Naomi, Rachel and Phoebe began to spend them with the distraught recklessness of those who see the end of the world.”

Lynn: Even when I was still a middle school librarian I had very mixed feelings about the start of the school year. Like Cindy I wanted to cling to these wonderful days of swimming, bike rides and picnics. On the other hand I loved the excitement of a new school year. I love the energy of the fall season, the gorgeous leaves, the brisk cool weather and all the activities. These days I am even more mixed in my emotions. Sadly I am still missing my job and it is downright painful to watch my friends go back to school without me. Balancing that is the fact that my twin grandsons are returning to school too. After having them with me all day for the summer, I am feeling a little giddy with the realization that I will have all day to myself! Don’t get me wrong – there is a LOT to be said for bug-hunting expeditions, afternoons at the pool and building legos but the thought of reading quietly on the patio, eating lunch without someone spilling and taking a bike ride without butterfly nets and a bug cage has a lot of attraction!

Enjoy the last golden days of summer. All too soon you’ll find me at the bus stop with the boys. I’ll be the one waving goodbye as the bus pulls away – smiling and weeping all at the same time.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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