Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sunday Quiz: Which Muppet Are You?


You are a calm and quiet person, but this does not mean you are overlooked. You are easy going and a fan of the finer things in life. Your artistic flare, leads you to appreciate the arts, especially music! People are drawn to you and enjoy your sense of style. Your hospitality is flawless as you love entertaining friends.

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Middle Grade Book Review

Lost and FoundLost and Found by Andrew Clements

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really cute book and a great view into the lives of twins. I read this for my tween book group and I think the kids will really like it. Clements sets up a great premise with the similar names, combined school folders, and the fact that the only people who really can tell the twins apart….are the twins themselves. I felt bad for them though, because I felt like the parents should know their boys better, but I suppose the story wouldn’t work as well that way. I am sure most parents can tell their twins apart, though if they are used to each one wearing a different color, as the boys in this story do, then I guess it would be easy to pull a switch on parents taking that difference for granted. It’s a good lesson for kids about lying and how those lies can snowball until there is no turning back. But I also found it interesting that the boys knew they would be in trouble, but wanted so badly to see what it was like to be only one person, instead of one of a pair, that they did it anyways. And of course the reason they lied in the first place is the very thing that gets them out of major trouble in the end. I would have liked to see a bit more about the parents trying harder, but I also liked the simple ending, which is really more of a new beginning for the boys. And really it’s about the boys accepting who they are and moving on from there.

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Adult Book Review….not much of one, though.

Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse, #5)Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As always, LOVE IT. On to the next one! Can’t wait to see Charlaine Harris at BEA in NYC!!!

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YA Book Review

Crank (Crank, #1)Crank by Ellen Hopkins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, I liked this book a lot, but I think that Burned was much better. For some reason, I didn’t feel like I could identify with Kristina/Bree as much as I have with other characters, but I have also never had a crank addiction either. Kristina/Bree’s downhill spiral was heartbreaking to read about and while I didn’t feel as connected to this book as I did with Burned, I do think that the characters were very real and I kind of liked how it wasn’t exactly a big lesson-learned ending with everyone being OK. It was dramatic, but not over-done.

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Librarian Lays Down the Law

This is awesome. And yes, this is how librarians actually feel. Also, I am in love with Parker Posey.

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That’s right people…..I’m havin’ a MORP! This is what I wrote on the Teen Page of my Library’s website.


MORP – it’s PROM spelled Backwards!



Hate Prom? This is for you. Love Prom? This is for you! Dress fancy, or not. Wear a costume. Cosplay. Whatever.

Come by yourself, with friends, or with your significant other. This is about being yourself and having fun.

When: Friday, June 3rd @ 5:30-9:00 pm
Where: The library
Who: Must be a High School Student
How: Stop by the Library to pick up your free tickets!

Plus: Free Raffle for sweet prizes! Food! Great Music! etc.

The Fine Print……..

1. Clothes are required. As are shoes. No stinky feet.

2. If you act like a jerk, you will be asked to leave.

3. Dates must be live human beings.

4. Illegal substances will be flushed and you will be arrested.

5. Stupidity is strictly prohibited.

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Midnight Farm

While on my honeymoon on Martha’s Vineyard a couple of months ago, I stopped by Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven. I love this store because it has gorgeous clothing, furniture and various other goodies. I also try to go there every time I’m on the Island to try and catch a glimpse of the proprietor, Carly Simon. So far, no luck. But some of my relatives have spotted her! I have had the pleasure of hearing her sing in Oak Bluffs with her son Ben, which was amazing.
I was hoping to purchase a copy of her picture book, also titled Midnight Farm, but was told it is actually out of print! I was a little surprised by this, seeing as Carly is …. well, famous. So I ordered a copy through inter library loan (aren’t libraries amazing?) as I apparently do not have a copy in my own children’s collection. I had read the book years ago and couldn’t really remember it. The book is written in verse (by Carly, obviously) and is illustrated by David Delamare. It was published in 1997 by Simon and Schuster.


It’s not something I would read in story time, as the text is very long, but it could definitely be a good bedtime story. In the book, twin boys (Carly’s godsons Jules & Noah) wake up in the middle of the night to find all the animals, and even plants, dancing and generally having a good time on their Martha’s Vineyard farm. If animals dressed as humans freak you out, I’d skip this one, but if you don’t mind, then you will love the beautiful paintings that accompany the words. The story is whimsical and magical and makes me think of summer and the outdoors, and wondering about that secret life that animals have when humans aren’t looking. Plus, my life-long dream is to live on a farm on Martha’s Vineyard that overlooks the ocean, so this book takes me to that place without spending millions (seriously).
I can’t say exactly why this is out of print, though the length may have something to do with it. Carly also has some other children’s books, all of which appear to be out of print as well. Even Potluck at Midnight Farmis out of print! Great recipes! (Luckily my mom has this book.)


I was told by a source at Midnight Farm (the store, not the farm and a human, not an animal dressed as a human) that Carly is currently working on another children’s book, so maybe we’ll see it soon! And I think she should send me an advance review copy, but that’s just me.

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>Why Libraries Are So Important

>Yesterday I got a call from a teacher at the elementary school. She called to let me know that she was starting her annual Caldecott Challenge (which involves getting her students to read as many Caldecott winning books as possible.) She also asked, a little hesitantly, if we had any books about families with 2 moms. I said we definitely did, because I feel that it’s really important to have them in the collection.

The classic banned book Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman; Mommy, Momma and Me, also by Newman, but in board book form; and my new favorite, In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco.

I didn’t bother to check the catalog to see if the books were in – I knew they would be. When the teacher stopped by, she thanked me and told me that earlier that day, a little girl had been teased because she has two moms. That made me so angry and so sad. But I was also happy that we had these books in our collection. Right then and there, I felt like what I do really matters. And I knew that it was because of me that we had these books, which seems vain, but it made me feel good. If I can help one little girl by having books like these available in the children’s room, then it is worth every complaint.

I don’t know what the teacher intended to do with the books. Whether she was planning to read them to her class or what. That would be great, but could be bad for her if someone ever complained. I hope she does though.

The following summary is from Patricia Polacco’s website:

In Our Mother’s House: The Story

Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don’t accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema’s house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn’t mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.

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>YA Book Review: Burned

>Burned (Burned, #1)Burned by Ellen Hopkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was blown away by this book. It was incredible. And Ellen Hopkins is an amazing writer. I’ve heard that she’s gotten some flack about topics in her books, which only makes me like her more. I was riveted from beginning to end. And luckily I won’t have to wait too long for the next book, which is supposed to be out sometime in 2012. I don’t even know what else to write. I literally said “wow” when I finished. It’s that good.

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>YA Book Review: Secret Keeper

>Secret KeeperSecret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book – it was bittersweet, but such a beautiful story about the bond between sisters and the importance of family, no matter what the cost. The characters are real and the writing made me feel like I was there in India. It was so interesting to read about another culture and the traditions that ruled the character’s lives. Even in the midst of traditions that kept women down, it is clear in this story that the women are the strong ones.

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