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Swimming with the Big Fish

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 26, 2009

http://www.bookswim.com/

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Can books swim? Have they had lessons? Do they wear those little water wings? Should they? Well, what I do know about books is that they are fun, and you can take them with you to the beach or the pool, and make that experience even more fun. But did you know that you can borrow books from BookSwim just like you borrow videos from NetFlix, for a low, low monthly fee? And unlike those evil librarians who charge you late fees, (what? who would say such a thing about lovely librarians?) you can keep them for as long as you want without late charges. They have a fabuloso selection of contemporary books that you will actually want to read. You don’t even have to get out  of  your pjs to go to the library and check them out, or pay big bucks to buy them for yourself at the book store. You just pick out the books you want, add them to your “pool,” and then BookSwim mails them to you with no delivery charge, which is just about the nicest thing that can happen to a person these days. You read the books, and then BookSwim mails then back to you, again with no delivery charge. And now you can even rent textbooks. College textbooks. Graduate school textbooks. For cheap, people. So, I’m working on my doctorate. The school I’m attending offers to sell me two books I need for something in the neighborhood of $150 each. I manage to find one at Barnes & Noble for $50. I just found it on BookSwim. I could have rented it from them for $28.60 for 90 days, the length of my class. I’m guessing they would have frowned upon my highlighting the pages, but to save that much money, I could have restrained myself. Another book for the same class was about the same price from a B&N used bookseller as it was to rent for ninety days from BookSwim (around $62 from each place) so it pays to shop around. At any rate, you can swim on over to BookSwim and see if you have been swimming in the right book pool.

 

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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Bibliophiles…

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 24, 2009

 

The Blatant Bibliophiles met today to discuss some ideas we had on our “back burner.” Here are the results of our meeting:

  • We elected officers: President: Emilie K., Vice President/President-Elect: Mubeen A., Secretary: Brooke G., Social Chairman, Sarah D. Congratulations new officers!
  • We planned our next meetings: We will meet on Monday, March 30 during each lunch shift to discuss Absolutely, Positively Not and to make (and obviously eat!!!!)  ice cream sundaes. Please read the book (we have four copies) before attending the meeting, if you have not done so already, so that you can participate in the discussion!
  • We will meet on Tuesday, April 21 during each lunch shift to discuss The Perks of Being a Wallflower and to decorate and (guess what?) eat cookies. If you have not yet read this book, we also have four copies of it, so please stop by the checkout desk and request a copy as soon as you finish reading  Absolutely, Positively Not.
  • If you have ideas of other things you would like to do, such as going to see the movie Inkheart or anything else, please post a comment to this post. All you have to do is click on the title to get a comment box to open up; then scroll down and leave a reply in the comment box.  Remember, it will not hurt my feelings AT ALL. You’re younger and more full of ideas than I am! I am very open to suggestions! I apologize for the fact that we have a difficult time scheduling meetings that everyone can attend simultaneously. We are a busy group!

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Reading Bowl Team Places Third in Competition

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 14, 2009

 

Congratulations to the Reading Bowl team who worked diligently and battled valiantly in the county Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition Monday. Team members include: Alex D., Huma A., Megan B., Mubeen A., Paul B., Emily S., and Sky H. We placed third in the county competition with great work from all team members. Our non-senior members will be back next year to claim their rightful prize as champions!

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Let’s Resuscitate Our LibraryThing Account

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 9, 2008

Our LibraryThing account is sad because no one has entered any books in a long time. I entered a few last year as an example, and one of our Bibliophiles entered a couple, and then…nothing.  So I’m sending you a new link and directions for entering your books. Remember you can win a Barnes & Noble gift certificate for submitting reviews, so add your first name and last initial (ONLY) as a tag when you enter your review. OK, here are the steps:

  • Click on this link to go to LibraryThing
  • Log in with our user name and password. I will send this to you via email. If you don’t check your email often, ask me for it.
  • Click on the tab at the top of the page (near the left side) that says “Add books.”
  • Type the name of the book you wish to review in the search box and click on the search button.
  • Click on the title of your book in the results list that appears on the right side of the page.
  • Click on the link that says “edit book” beside a tiny pencil.
  • Click in the “tags” box to add some keywords that describe the book. You might want to look over our book list for ideas, or look at reviews of the book on Amazon. Be sure to enter your first name and last initial as a keyword.
  • Beside the word “rating,” give your book a rating of one to five stars. If you click on a star two times, you can make a star into a half star.
  • DO NOT ADD YOUR REVIEW IN THE BOX THAT SAYS REVIEW; add it in the box that says “comments.”
  • Please enter your own review, not one that you have copied from Amazon or some other source. Use your own words! The review can be very brief, just a few words, up to a long paragraph, if you wish. The review doesn’t have to be in complete sentences; it could be just a phrase.
  • Click on the “save” button.
  • Click on the “Your Library” tab at the top of the page to look at our book list and make sure that your review has been saved. Occasionally there is a glitch.
  • If you decide to change your review, you can click on the pencil to the right of your review to edit it. Be sure to save at the end of your edit.
  • You can create your own LibraryThing account (FOR FREE) to keep a list of all the books you have read for yourself if you want. All you have to do is log out, and from the sign in page, click on the link that says “Join Now” to set up a free account. Just create a user name and password, enter your email address, and you are all set! This would be a great way to keep up with all the books you have read or all the books you read starting today!

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I Confess! I’m Addicted to Confessions of a Shopaholic!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 1, 2008

http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/kinsella/

Sophie Kinsella — Official Site for the Author via kwout

If you are not a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, I have just one question for you–what rock have you been under? First, you’ve got to find a copy of Confessions of a Shopaholic and read that before the movie comes out in February. Yes, I said the movie! Remember Isla Fisher from the movie Wedding Crashers? Cute and perky Isla is starring as Becky Bloomwood. Perfect casting! The Shopaholic series is all about Becky and her quest to spend more money than the national debt in one shopping spree after another. Sure it’s a lot of fluff, but it’s fun fluff. And sometimes we need that! The movie trailer looks fantastic! You can check it out on Sophie’s website. After you’ve read Confessions, you’ve got to read Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic and Sister, and Shopaholic and Baby. If you haven’t overdosed on Sophie by then, she has several stand-alone books that are also great–Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, and Remember Me. OK, I confess, I’m a Sophie Kinsella-aholic, so I’ve read them all–and they’re all great chick lit. Sorry, guys, find your own guilty pleasure! The Shopaholic series is her best work, so get started on Confessions of a Shopaholic today. 

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Author Judy Blundell Wins 2008 Young Adult National Book Award

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 20, 2008

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The 2008 National Book Awards were presented yesterday and author Judy Blundell was the winner in the children’s literature category for her novel What I Saw and How I Lied. Ms. Blundell won out over other teen authors Laurie Halse Anderson for Chains; Kathi Appelt for The Underneath; E. Lockhart for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks; and Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now. Other YA authors judging the event included former winners Holly Black, Lemony Snicket (also known as Daniel Handler), Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, and Cynthia Voigt. What I Saw and How I Lied is about a teenage girl who falls in love with a handsome young ex-soldier from her stepfather’s company and finds herself in a complicated web of lies. At the awards ceremony last night Blundell told the audience of around 650 people that she has written over 100 books as a ghost writer and romance novelist, but that this is the first written under her name. She thanked her editor, fellow author David Levithan, for giving her her voice and for encouraging her to write something of her own. As a recipient of the National Book Award, Ms. Blundell will receive a check for $10,000. Prizes were also awarded in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. You can read an article in School Library Journal for more information.

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Celebrate November with the readergirlz!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 3, 2008

The readergirlz divas began their website to celebrate gutsy girls in life and literature (Sorry, guys, we love you, too, but…there is no such thing as readerboyz; maybe we’ll have to look into that!) Since November is election month, the readergirlz are celebrating the power of their collective voices and asking us to join them with these events:
1. Their election pick: Long May She Reign, by Ellen Emerson White, a powerful and relevant novel that explores the life of a president’s daughter kidnapped by terrorists. Don’t forget to join the readergirlz for an online live chat in the readergirlz forum on November 18 at 9 PM, EDT.
2. Be sure to check out the readergirlz Voting Manifesta by readergirlz diva Mitali Perkins. Mitali has also written about politics in her book First Daughter: White House Rules. Her blog includes information about potention first daughters.
3. You can check out the readergirlz and their personal statements about voting on MySpace or on their new blog, or become their fan on Facebook.
4. Don’t forget that November is also Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Author Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize and Rain is Not My Indian Name, and author Joseph Bruchac, author of Sacajawea, will be featured on the readergirlz MySpace Forum on November 6 at 9 PM EDT.
5. Get ready for a blog scavenger hunt! More details to follow soon! Check the readergirlz website for details!

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Welcome to New readergirlz Diva Melissa Walker

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 31, 2008

Our friends at readergirlz have a brand new diva. Author Melissa Walker, whose book Violet in Private was featured on readergirlz in August, just joined the website as its latest author diva. Other books in her Violet series include Violet on the Runway and Violet by Design. The series follows Violet through the ups and downs of the fashion world. If you can wait until May, you can read her next book, Lovestruck Summer. Sounds like a perfect beach read! Melissa is from New Zealand, where she attended an elite finishing school for girls. She earned a BA in English from Vassar and now lives in Brooklyn. She is a former ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. Watch for the Violet books in The Unquiet Library. Not only do the readergirlz have a great website, but now they have a brand new blog. Be sure to check it out at http://readergirlz.blogspot.com/. You can also catch them on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Check out the readergirlz website for details.

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Peach Bowl Books, Anyone?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 29, 2008

Are you trying to read the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Nominees, but you’re not sure if the media center has them in our collection? Or suppose we have books you’re looking for, but are they available right now? Well, you can click on this link to search the online catalog. You can type in the name of a specific book, or better yet, look for the entire list of nominees. To see the list, click on the link to Exit Destiny Quest, then click on Resource Lists, Public Lists, and then scroll down to click on Peach Book Nominees 2008-2009. To the extreme right of the list, you’ll be able to see if the book is checked “In” or “Out.” You can come by the media center to place a book on “hold” if you want us to reserve it for you. Then you can be the next person in line to check out your selected book. If you are participating in the Reading Bowl, I have lists of the books, along with summaries, to help you decide which book to read next. Here is the link to my Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl links again, if you want to find out more info, Reading Bowl participants.

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So You Think You Want to Be a Reading Bowl Star?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 22, 2008

So you’re interested in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, but you need more information! Well, you’ve come to the right place. I have bookmarked several places on my delicious website so that you can go to these sites and learn more about it. Click here to see what I have bookmarked. Be sure to let me know if you’re interested in participating. We have a great group of readers so far! You can also talk to Mr. Bradford. The most important thing is to start reading the books from the Georgia Peach Book Award list. If you can only go to two of the sites on the list, go to the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) Peach Book Award site, or to the Dekalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl site. Those are the two best sites for information. Please see my notes on the delicious page about things to look for on the GLMA site, such as the list of books and the “book talks.” The book talks can help you decide which books you are interested in reading. On the Dekalb County site, be sure to click on the “sample questions high school.” Here is a list of the books, along with a very brief summary and a link to the authors’ websites:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.Sherman Alexie. (2007). Little, Brown
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
http://www.fallsapart.com/
Absolutely Positively Not David LaRochelle (2005).Arthur A. Levine Books
Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, “Playboy” pinup-displaying heterosexual.http://www.davidlarochelle.net/  
American Born Chinese . Gene Yang .(2006) .Roaring Brook Press
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.http://www.humblecomics.com/about.htm  
Boot Camp .Todd Strasser. (2007) Simon & Schuster Children’s Pub
After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents. br>
http://www.toddstrasser.com/
The Boyfriend List .E. Lockhart .(2006). Delacorte
Ruby Oliver, a moderately popular fifteen-year-old who has suddenly become a social pariah, begins seeing a psychiatrist and makes a list of all her past boyfriends in an attempt to understand where her life went wrong.http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/  
Copper Sun . Sharon Draper .(2008). Simon Pulse
Two fifteen-year-old girls–one a slave and the other an indentured servant–escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida,a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.http://sharondraper.com/  
Epic .Conor Kostick .(2007) Viking Children’s
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their familieshttp://conorkostick.blogspot.com/  
Gingerbread .Rachel Cohn.(2003) .Simon Pulse
After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse’s problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.http://www.rachelcohn.com/  
Impulse . Ellen Hopkins. (2007). Margaret K. McElderry Books
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada’s Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.http://www.ellenhopkins.com/  
Keturah and Lord Death . Martine Leavitt .(2006). Boyds Mills Press
When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.http://www.martineleavitt.com/bio.php/  
Life As We Knew It .Susan Beth Pfeiffer. (2006). Harcourt
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.   
Notes From the Midnight Driver. Jordan Sonnenblick .(2007) .Scholastic PaperbacksAfter being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing,love, and forgiveness.http://www.jordansonnenblick.com/  
Plain J.A.N.E.S. Cecil Castellucci .(2007). DC Comics
After a bombing in the city, Jane’s parents move to a suburb where she befriends three outcasts–all named Jane–and starts a group called People Loving Art in Neighborhoods, which tries to enrich their community with art but instead is viewed as a threat.http://castellucci.livejournal.com/  
Right Behind You Gail Giles .( 2007) .Little, Brown After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but has trouble fitting in and finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood.http://www.gailgiles.com/Welcome.html/  
Rucker Park Setup.Paul Volponi .(2007) .Viking Children’s
While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.’s father and the police what really happened.http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/159737.Paul_Volponi/  
Side Effects . Amy Goldman. Koss .(2006) St. Martin’s Press
Fourteen-year-old Isabella is a typical teenager. She is concerned with friends, school, and gaining weight until the fateful morning that she discovers the enlarged glands in her neck. With the subsequent diagnosis of stage-four Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she enters the netherworld of cancer./http://www.amygoldmankoss.net/  
Sold. Patricia McCormick. (2006). Hyperion 
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.http://www.pattymccormick.com/index.php?mode=objectlist§ion_id=115/  
A Thousand Splendid Suns . Khaled Hosseini .(2007) .Penguin Group – Adult Division
A novel set against the three decades of Afghanistan’s history shaped by Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban, which tells the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, who grow close despite their nineteen-year age difference and initial rivalry as they suffer at the hand of a common enemy: their abusive husband.http://www.khaledhosseini.com/  
Twisted . Laurie Halse Anderson .(2007). Viking Children’s
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again,he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.http://www.writerlady.com/  
Uglies . Paul Westerfeld. (2005) .Simon Pulse
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn’t like.http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/  

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