Archive for September, 2012

This Meeting Scares Me
By September 29, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

This Meeting Scares Me

Horror isn’t frequently explored by book groups. I suspect that most readers would be happy to experience the occasional chill, tremble, or terror, but a vocal minority present in many groups just doesn’t relish a trip into the frightening or the gory or the profane. If your group might like to try this genre, where […]

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A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham

Lynn:  One morning an old abandoned bus appeared outside Stella’s house.  A hand-painted sign that said “Heaven” was stuck on the bus and the neighbors gathered around and they talked – “just a little but they talked.”  Pale Stella who usually had her thumb in her mouth was changed by the bus.  “It could be…ours, […]

The Year of the Flood
By September 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

The Year of the Flood

The Greendale Public Library’s Greendale Reads title this month was The Year of the Flood (2009) by Margaret Atwood.  A dystopian novel, it moves back and forth through time plus is narrated by three different main characters.   Adam One is the cult leader who has predicted the Waterless Flood that appears to have actually happened, […]

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What makes YA fiction so popular?
By September 28, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

What makes YA fiction so popular?

Next week, I’ll be making my annual trip to Bouchercon, a fan-favorite mystery convention, where I’ll be moderating “The Popularity of YA Books” with Joelle Charbonneau, Jordan Dane, Michelle Gagnon, and Bev Irwin. It’s no secret that YA is hotter than ever, and it’s not just for kids anymore—if indeed it ever was. But I definitely […]

Posted in: Young Adult
Web Crush of the Week: Based on the Book

Web Crush of the Week: Based on the Book

One surefire way for a backlist title to get a second life is to become the basis for  major motion picture. Midcontinent Public Library’s Based on the Book is a compilation of over 1,250 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. Utilizing the Internet Movie Database as the authority, all movies in this collection […]

Posted in: Backlist
Freebie Friday: Record your own voice Dr. Seuss app
By September 28, 2012 6 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday: Record your own voice Dr. Seuss app

Use iPad apps in your library or classroom  storytimes? Enter to win a free download of Oceanhouse Media‘s newly-upgraded “Record and Share” storybook apps. Have a preschooler or early reader who loves Dr. Seuss? I’ll bet there are a few grandmas like me who have toddler apps on their cell phone & would love to provide […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2012
By September 27, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2012

You thought you killed it in 2010. You saw it buried beneath eight feet of rotten earth in 2011. But… good lord… what’s that coming out of the fog? Just like that demon-dog who whizzed on Freddy Krueger’s grave, thereby resurrecting him, the 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge rises again. A FETID FAQ: […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Book Trailer Thursday: That's Not a Feeling
By September 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: That's Not a Feeling

How many pupils do you have? This book trailerite cartoon man has two… in each eye. We better pay attention to what he has to say. Keir’s starred review tells us that the rolly-eye doctor and apparent mythology expert is the cultish headmaster of a school for troubled teens, the backdrop for this “wonderful and […]

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Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature
By September 27, 2012 7 Comments Read More →

Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature

My book published by ALA has arrived! I couldn’t have done it without the generous support of so many in the audiobook and library community. I’m thankful that many producers, narrators, and other audiobook experts shared their thoughts with me so that readers have an insider’s look at the art of audiobook production. I’m especially […]

Common Core Questions and Answers
By September 26, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Common Core Questions and Answers

We had a terrific response to last week’s webinar, “Common Core State Standards: Getting Ready for K–8 Research,” which was sponsored by Cherry Lake Publishing. We’ve asked the webinar’s presenter, Kristin Fontichiaro, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, to address some of the many questions that came in during […]

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