The End of the World…

Cindy: It’s that time of year…two weeks left until I return to school. Where did the summer go? I did get to go to ALA in New Orleans and catch up with library world friends, and had the good fortune to entertain author Lisa McMann, Holly Black and K.T. Horning at my tiki bar. But as the days dwindle down I am grasping at the remaining time and for the sake of our new readers will share one of my all time favorite book quotes from Hilary McKay’s enchanting The Exiles:

“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:  That has to be my favorite end-of-summer quote and this year I am appreciating it even more.  Our wonderful trip to France came right out of the middle of the summer and while everyone here was sweltering, France was having an extremely cool summer.  We spent the month in sweaters, jackets and long pants intensifying my feeling that this summer has been extraordinarily short!  So join us in savoring these last golden weeks of summer.  Eat a ripe tomato off the vine, count fireflies, take a late-night swim, ride the roller coaster and don’t forget to read on the beach!

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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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