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Friday, October 29, 2010

Poetry Friday - from Macbeth by Shakespeare

Happy haunting, everyone!

The Witches’ Spell

Act IV, Scene 1 from Macbeth (1606) by William Shakespeare

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.
Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Teens Top Ten announced!

Click here to go to the video announcing this year's winners!

Happy birthday, Kami!

Kami chose Fablehaven as her birthday book recommendation, and I was particularly excited about that since I just found out today that Brandon Mull has a brand new series coming out in March of 2011. It's called the Beyonders trilogy, and according the the ad I saw, it's going to be the ONLY fantasy book you'll need to read in 2011. Woohoo! Happy birthday, Kami.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hunger Games author to speak at Powell's!!

Upcoming Event
Sunday, November 07, 2010 12:00 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
Mockingjay (Scholastic) is the thrilling conclusion to Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy, the young-adult series that has captivated readers of all ages. Meet the author and get your book marked with the special commemorative stamp created especially for her 2010 Mockingjay tour.

Please note: Due to a hand injury, Collins will be stamping books rather than signing. She will stamp one book per customer (Hunger Games trilogy books only), on a first-come, first-served basis, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Rockin' the House!!!

Had our Summer reading XBox party today, and the winners were rockin' it. Who says libraries have to be quiet all the time??

Happy birthdays this week :)

Lots of happy birthdays this week. Come on down and take a look at some of these great suggestions!

Monday, October 25, 2010


I'm bringing my Xbox tomorrow (yes, librarians are allowed to have our own Xboxes), and the Summer Reading Rock Band party will be happening Tuesday at lunch recesses. Anyone can come watch but only those who got to the top in summer reading can play. C U there!

Pies and Prejudice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Wow! Twice in a month I've LOVED the fourth book in a series, and that just rarely happens to me. Perhaps it's a good sign for sequelage (not a word, but you know what I mean). This is the 4th in the Mother Daughter Book Club series, and the girls are getting older, so perhaps that's one of the reasons I liked it so much. Plus, it's all about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice which is just about the world's most perfect book, and I've only read it about a million times, so that made it fantastical as well. the one thing I have a hard time with in this book, as I do with other books in a series, is that it's kind of hard to remember who's who. In this book it's especially important, too, because the chapters alternate between the girls in the club as narrators, and so if you've forgotten who's who, the whole chapter's a little hard to keep up with. But it comes back pretty quickly, and the author does a good job of adding little "memory joggers" for those of us, like me, who might be a little slow...This book is definitely more for girls than boys, but I'd highly recommend the whole series to girls from 5th to 10th grades. And heck, I like them, so maybe girls of any age :)

I'm not sure if this is the last in the series, but I seriously hope not!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Library movie

Made a little movie about the library this week. Take a look and see what you think!

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman

This is sweet little book set in the South about a young girl, 12 years old, whose mother is mentally ill and whose father is primarily absent. Things come to a crisis point after a while, and CeeCee is taken to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her great Aunt Tootie who she never really even knew before. Here, CeeCee is saved by the wonderful companionship and love shown to her by a town seemingly full of only women. I enjoyed this story very much, but I would have liked to see more depth in the novel. When I compare this story to other books which share some things with this book, like The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, I find this book to be lacking in depth. There's so much potential here, for example, for CeeCee's aunt and Oletta and Mrs. O'Dell to help her really work through her issues, but they just sort of gloss over them, and I found that to be a little disappointing. The descriptions of the places were excellent, and I really loved all the main characters - there was nothing I didn't like about this book, I just thought it could have been so much more. the good news is, this is the author's first book, and I can see that she has a lot of potential, so I will look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Although this book has a 12 year old main character, I think it's a book better suited to adult readers. Available at the Multnomah County Library.

PS My book group thought this would make an excellent movie!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy birthday, Blake!

Blake picked one of my very favorite books ever - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. If you have not read the Harry Potter books, you are missing out and you should get straight down to the library and check them out! Happy birthday, Blake!

Oregon Battle of the Books

Small group teams for the state OBOB competition are now forming. Mrs. FB and your LA teachers have flyers. WOMS competitions will be in February and the regional competition will be in early March. Get 4-5 people together and join the fun!

Here are this year's books:

After Tupac and D Foster
by Jacqueline Woodson
o Realistic Fiction
Airman by Eoin Colfer
o Mystery
Chasing Lincoln's Killer
by James L. Swanson
o Nonfiction
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
by Nancy Farmer
o Science Fiction
Elephant Run by Roland Smith
o Historical Fiction
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
o Fantasy
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
by Rick Yancey
o Fantasy
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
o Historical Fiction
First Light by Rebecca Stead
o Science Fiction
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
o Fantasy
Heart of a Shepherd
by Rosanne Parry
o Realistic Fiction
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
o Mystery
by Ingrid Law
o Fantasy
Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
o Science Fiction
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
o Mystery
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
o Realistic Fiction

Birthdays, birthdays, and more birthdays!

Hope everyone had a great celebration! There are some good recommendations here, so take a look and come on down and check one of them out.

Happy Teen Read Week!

Make a comment on any blog entry and get a prize in the library!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Poetry Friday - "Read to Me" by Jane Yolen

I love this poem by Jane Yolen. So simple, and so right.
Read to me
by Jane Yolen

Post removed due to poem author complaint :(

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I got to meet President and Mrs. Carter!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to go to Plains, Georgia and meet former US President and Nobel Prize winner Jimmy Carter. It was an amazing weekend. I was so thrilled to get to meet him. To prepare for our visit, I read three books - two by him and one about the Carters in the White House. They actually SIGNED that book for our library. It was super exciting! Here are some short reviews of those books.

The Carters - Cass Sandak. I thought this book was quite interesting. It was short but had a lot of background on Mr. Carter and his family before the presidency and then during and a little bit after. Since I was fairly young when he was President, I learned a lot in an easy to read format.

Christmas in Plains
- Jimmy Carter. This was a great little book that focused on Christmas traditions of the Carter family. What I really liked about this book was that there was so much information about growing up on his family farm in the story and other places around Plains, that when I got there I sort of felt like I knew what I was looking at. It was really cool.

Our Endangered Values - Jimmy Carter. this is a recent book written by Jimmy Carter which talks about his politics and also his personal beliefs and his religion. It was definitely a book for grown-ups. I thought it was fascinating, and I especially liked how he talked about living a life that supported his personal beliefs but still worked within the confines of a separation of church and state. He is a man of great integrity and moral values. I admire him incredibly and still can hardly believe I got to hear him speak and meet him personally. Amazing!

Final Four - Catch up COMPLETE! Pjew :)

Whew - I have had a busy day of blogging, but I'm finally caught up, and that feel good. Hope you find some books in all the reviews posted today that catch your fancy, as there are books from a wide variety of genres reviewed here.

Only the Good Spy Young is the latest in the Cammie Morgan Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. Love her! Love Ally Carter and love Cammie. Would also love to BE Cammie, also called the Chameleon because she's so good at blending in. It's not often that I love the fourth book in the series more than the others, I mean REALLY never happens, but in this case it did. Cammie just keeps getting smarter, ally Carter's writing just keeps getting better, and the tension just keeps mounting. Boys and girls will love this series because of the spy school angle. Highly recommended. Ally Carter's blog is also quite fun.

Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks is one of the best books I've read this year. It's seriously about a group of reformed vampires who've taken an oath not to fang people any more and live on guinea pig blood. Now one of their own has been killed, and the group that never has anything interesting happen to them - and forever can last a REALLY long time when things are that boring - has all kinds of action and suspense on their hands. A rollicking great mystery. Set in Australia.

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick. An intense story of an 18 year old soldier who sustained a traumatic brain injury in Iraq. He's trying to figure out what happened to him, and it's a difficult journey. What he remembers doesn't jive with the story his friend in his unit that he was with just before the incident happened. Searingly powerful. Pair with Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers.

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Elsworth This is a book about a young woman who gets a heart transplant and then has a bit of a personality transplant as well. For example, she now loves purple lollipops when she never did before an she's drawn to ice skating. Her heart, it turns out, was that of a young figure skater who died in a skating accident. The story is told in alternating voices of the young skater (now dead and not happy about it) and the young recipient. It's well crafted and brings home the point of why organ donation is so important without being preachy. The story culminates in a meeting between the donor's family and the young woman who gets a new heart - and she's taken to the family's home by a new boyfriend. Lovers of Lurlene McDaniel especially will love this story.

Ancient, Strange and Lovely - Susan Fletcher

I must be one of the luckiest librarian in town, because I'm actually friends with the lovely Susan Fletcher, author of the Dragon Chronicles series. Her most recent in the series, Ancient, Strange and Lovely is just that - ancient, strange and lovely. But it's also the opposite of ancient, although I'm unsure what that word actually is, because it takes place in the future. So I guess maybe futuristic.

14 year old Bryn's mother is missing, and her father has gone off in search of her, leaving Bryn and her sister behind. Bryn and her sister have the ability to ken with birds, basically they can communicate with them through thoughts, so you know they're pretty special. I think that's a cool ability! Anyway, while Bryn's parents are both gone and cannot be contacted, Bryn finds a large egg in the basement, and when the egg hatches it turns out to be a dragon! This leads to a lot of wild results, including traveling by herself to Alaska to try and find her father ad mother herself. Whether Bryn will be able to keep the dragon safe is a big question.

The book has a serious ecological theme to it as well, as Bryn's mother has possibly found a way to fight at least some of the pollution that is destroying the planet in this near-future setting.

This book has quite a lot of high-level vocabulary and requires some inference about futuristic situations, descriptions of people, etc., so it is best for stronger readers. Dragon-story lovers will definitely want to read this book,either as part of the series or as a stand-alone.

More catch-up on reviews

Again, these will be short and sweet so I can get them up!

One Night - Margaret Wild This is a novel in verse about a young woman who has a one night stand with a boy and then decides she wants to raise the baby. This book portrays a lot of heartache as she lives with her decision but ultimately has many moments of hope as well. Alternating voices make this a unique book.

Rubber Houses - Ellen Yoemans A novel in verse about a young girl, Kit, whose brother Buddy is diagnosed with cancer. She and he both love baseball, so Kit thinks about their relationship in those terms. Powerful and emotional.

Alibi Junior High
- Greg Logsted IF you're a fan of Alex Rider, Artemis Fowl, Cammie Gallagher and the like, this is a great book for you. 13 year old Cody has lived with his CIA operative dad all his life, basically in deep cover, and he's suddenly sent to live with his aunt. this means regular school, regular clothes, regular friends. Not that he knows anything about how to do that. what he knows about is secret surveillance, beating up 7 guys in five minutes, identifying weapons, etc. A 13 year old James Bond is alive and well in Connecticut. Also requires some suspension of disbelief, but there is good action and suspense that middle school students especially will love.

I So Don't Do Mysteries
- Barrie Summy Sherry's just 13 and her mother just recently died in a police operation that went bad. Sherry does NOT do mysteries. But what's a girl to do when her ghost mother who smells like coffee and her ghost grandfather in the form of a backyard bird basically beg her to help them? Go to San Diego and figure out who's trying to poach the rhino, that's what. And maybe even get a cute boyfriend in the process. Fun little mystery with an interesting plot twist and some good moments of suspense.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
- Julie Halpern Jess has known for a long time that she was a nerd, but she still had some friends. Now she's realizing those friends aren't really who she wants to hang around with, but who's left? Band geeks and Dungeons and Dragons players, that's who. but is she really ready to be THAT geeky? Fun book that high schoolers will probably "get" more than middle schoolers will.

The Juvie Three - Gordon Korman. Gecko, Arjay, and Terence are three juveniles in prison, and they're given one last chance to live in halfway house as part of a very special program. There are LOTS of rules with this program, and if they break any of them, that's the end of them. They're off to the big house for good.

The social worker who has set up this whole program is Doug Healy, and the man has the patience of a saint. He's got a little personal stake in this as well, since he was sort of like these guys when he was young. Unfortunately, Mr. Healy is involved in a little "accident" and develops amnesia. Will the boys be able to keep the secret that he's not at the house with him? Will he ever recover his mind? What if he doesn't? Requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, but it's such a good story, you really don't mind.

Catching up on my reviews

These will be short and sweet because I got way behind with posting since school actually started. I've been doing lots of reading, though! Feel free to ask me about any of these books for a better description.

Forgive My Fins
- Tera Lynn Childs. A fun story by the author of Oh. My. Gods. this stroy revolves around a young woman who's actually a mermaid living on land. She's madly in love with the wrong boy and can't see that the right boy is there the whole time. When she finally figures it out, it may be too late. fish references are a little overdone but it's a cute story.

Jinx-Margaret Wild. After two of her boyfriends die, Jen is pretty sure she is a jinx, so she changes her name. Through the help of those around her, she works through her grief. This novel i verse has some tough moments.

Story of a Girl
- Sara Zarr. Deanna's father has never forgiven her for making a bad choice with a boy. It's thrown the whole family into chaos, and is a pretty bleak situation. Slowly, though, Deanna and other members of her family find hope and a place to start again.

Because I am Furniture
- Thalia Chaltas This was a very difficult book to read, although it's a fast one because it's told in verse. 13 year old Anke's father abuses her and her two siblings, but she feels that her father loves her least because he only abuses her verbally. This is a very powerful book and shows how twisted up things can get for people who are stuck inside a horrible situation. Anke finally gets the courage to make a change when she sees her father abusing a friend of hers. Very mature subject matter.

happpy birthdays!!

More great book suggestions from some of our favorite Libras. Hope everyone had a great birthday. Enjoy the suggestions!

Three books in two days

Again, catching up, but a few weekends ago I had a bonus couple of days where I powered through some books, and that's pretty much what I did in between card games and walks in the woods. We LOVE weekends like that! Here are the three books I read

The Great Call of China - Cynthea Liu; Elephant Run, Roland Smith; True Love, the Sphinx and Other Unsolvable Riddles, Tyne O'Connell.

The Great Call of China is a Students Across the Seven Seas book, a series of books about students who travel overseas as part of a school exchange program. In this book the main character travels to China. Cece, the main character in this story was adopted from China when she was just two. In her program she has to write a paper about a cultural phenomenon, and she decides to write about China's one child policy and how bad it is, as she is sure that's why she was left as an orphan. But as is the case quite often in the effort to do good research, she finds out that things are not always as they seem on the surface. A quick easy read with a little romance thrown in.

Elephant Run is an OBOB book that's set in Burma during World War II. I didn't even know WHERE Burma was, let alone know anything about the country or their involvement in WWII, so I thought this was a really interesting story. I also really liked learning about elephants and how they were used in Burma. This was a very suspenseful story, and although it's not one of my top favorite Roland smith stories, it's a really good novel.

True Love, the Sphinx and Other Unsolvable Riddles
This story is also based on a school trip, although I don't know which schools are going on trips that take cruises down the Nile River in Egypt...certainly not mine. This is a boy/girl romance story - or actually a kind of lack of romance story when said boys can't get the girls they want - an experience that's completely, shall we say, foreign to them. It has some funny moments in it, and students will probably like it more than I did. Fans of Gossip Girls and the like are sure to enjoy it. Better suited for high school than middle school.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

birthday girls galore!

Lots of lovely ladies with fabulous book choices this week at WOMS. Hope everyone had a great celebratory day.