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Sunday Quiz

Here’s an easy one – I got all of them correct, though a couple almost tripped me up. General children’s lit questions. Enjoy!

http://www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/ForChildren/Childrens-Literature-Trivia-17216.html

Nancy Drew cover from http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com

Cheers,
Miss Molly*
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Middle Grade Fiction Review (Audio Book)

Liesl and PoLiesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved, loved, loved this story! I listened to the audio recording, read by the incredible Jim Dale, and basically it got to the point where I would make up reasons to drive somewhere so I could keep listening to it. It’s wonderful fantasy with a classic fairytale feel. The story is perfectly woven, bringing plots and characters together seamlessly. Filled with magic, misadventure, ghosts, extremely evil step-mothers, love and friendship. Definitely a new favorite!

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Mock Newbery

Well, I’ve been MIA for a few months but one of my New Year’s Resolutions (which is actually all of my old ones that I never, um, resoluted?) is to actually post MORE on my blog. Or, at all, as the case may be.

Anyways, this email I just received from one of the Youth Advisors from MLS (Massachusetts Library System) was definitely post-worthy, as it confirms what I thought when I first read See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Am I biased because Jo was my AMAZING writing professor who was an inspiration to everyone in my masters program? Perhaps. HOWEVER, that does not make her novel any less Newbery-worthy. In my humble opinion.

See You at Harry's Cover Image

I only hope MLS is OK with this…..!

“Greetings,
 
We are all eagerly awaiting the results of all the ALA Book Awards on Monday, January 28! 
 
In the meantime, a small but tenacious group of your peers have been reading and discussing their picks for the Newbery Award since June, using for communication a moodle’s discussion lists and sometimes chat (when it worked). The “Committee” is made up of 9 school librarians, 3 public, 1 academic, and 1 other.
 
And here is the Short List! 

2013 Mock Newbery Short List:

 

Crow by Barbara Wrights. Random House Books, 2012

The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure. Candlewick, 2012

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Scholastic, 2012

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood. Scholastic, 2012

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead.  Wendy Lamb Books, 2012

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. Putnam, 2012

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis. Wendy Lamb Books, 2012

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Harper Collins, 2012

One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Candlewick Press, 2012

Son by Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin. Little Brown, 2012

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.  Dial, 2012                                 

Wonder by Patricia Palacio.  Knopf Books, 2012

  Enjoy!”

See? How cool is that?

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Harry Potter Club

At our Harry Potter Club this month we made these really cool Lumos/Nox lightswitch plates that I found via Pinterest. A very talented person made the original picture on her computer and printed it out to put on a lightswitch plate. I took the picture of her finished product and printed it out (making it the correct size for my plate) and glued it on. 🙂

I purchased the plates at Walmart – they are pretty cheap. I bought a few regular ones, oversized and ones with the large opening in case any of the kids had those in their rooms. They all had the normal ones at home so we used all regular oversized. 🙂

I printed them out for the kids and had them cut them out. (I cut out the middle for the switch with the exacto knife.) Then they used elmers glue to glue the picture onto the plate. Once that was done, we used modge podge (which is the greatest thing ever) and a sponge brush to cover the entire plate, including all the edges to seal the paper on. When they dried, which was pretty quick, they are hard – shelac-like.

They had the option of painting their own picture on the plate, but they all wanted the pre-made one. Fine by me!! Less mess to clean up.

While we waited for them to dry, we did some Harry Potter Trivia (from the first & second books.)

Lumos/Nox lightswitch plate

 

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BEA is Almost Here!

Super excited to be traveling to NYC to attend BEA (BookExpo America) bright and early Tuesday morning! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Stephen Colbert at the Tuesday Author Breakfast (boo) but I have tickets to the Wednesday Children’s Author Breakfast (with 2 of my favorite authors: John Green and Lois Lowry!) and also to the Thursday Breakfast featuring Kirstie Alley and special appearance by Jimmy Fallon! (my secret t.v. boyfriend.)

Lots of authors I’m excited to see and LOTS of galleys I cannot wait to get my hands on! Maybe I’ll even have some to give away….perhaps. 😉 I will use some of the autographed copies for summer reading prizes for the kids and teens at the library – some I’ll keep just for me!

 

(images from PW.com)

I’ll be going with my library director and another librarian I work with. (And contrary to popular belief, Librarians DO know how to party!)

And luckily I now have a new phone – yes, I broke down and got the iPhone 4. (Not the 4S – couldn’t quite rationalize the extra $100.00) But this phone is better than the laptop I am currently typing on so I am very happy to have it! Plus, the BEA mobile app works great on the iPhone – so excited to use it! I’ll try to post pics while I’m there using – yep! – my new phone 🙂

Just did a bit of shopping for the trip (Target & Banana Factory Store – best 2 stores around!) And thanks to my very good friend and popular author of  Shop Talk – the blog from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art I will be attending as a VIP, which I think gets me free coffee in the VIP lounge. I will definitely need it!

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Book Signing with Jo Knowles!

A few weeks ago I received my copy of See You at Harry’s – Jo Knowles’ newest novel!

    

I was so excited because I have been waiting so long to read this book and I was not disappointed. This is an amazing middle grade novel – Jo’s first in this age-level. Her past 3 books have been for teens/YA. Though each of her novel’s is unique, they all have a small piece of her heart within their pages. I was lucky enough to hear her read a few passages at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA. Jo always speaks so eloquently and candidly about her writing, and this was no exception. I am so excited to have my copy autographed and it’s has moved up to the “Autographed Copy” shelf  in my bookcase 🙂

And maybe I’m biased after having Jo as my writing professor, but I think this is one of the best middle grade novels so far …..perhaps a Newbery contender? We’ll see!

(my review of See You at Harry’s coming soon via Goodreads)

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Sunday Quiz

Can you name the Roald Dahl Children’s Books?

created by Ben
Tough one! Some I didn’t know at all. I’ll have to read them now 🙂

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