Moving to a new city in the middle of high school and mid-year is a challenge for any teen. For Paige Turner it’s an opportunity to discover herself.
Each year the American Library Association sets one week aside to celebrate the freedom to read which has become known as Banned Books Week. Librarians are often at the forefront of censorship battles. But they are not the only ones affected. Most often it is children and ordinary citizens that suffer when their freedom to read is compromised. This year, just in time for Banned Books Week, First Second Publishers released a graphic novel that grapples with these topics. Originally serialized at Saveapathea.com Americus is now a published graphic novel .
It was sometime last year that Resistance by Carla Jablonski landed in my mailbox. To be honest, I fell into the old cliché… don’t judge a book by its cover. I just didn’t want to read it. For whatever reason, this didn’t appeal. I’m so glad I got over myself, because I would have missed a fabulous story. Then to my delight, I found out that Resistance wasn’t a one volume story. It was slated to be a trilogy. Part 2, Defiance, was released in July.
What a week for mother nature! First an earthquake that was felt all the way to New York City, prompting the evacuation of City Hall and many other buildings throughout the city. Now Hurricane Irene is baring down on the East Coast. A hurricane, which forecasters say, will match the characteristics of both hurricane Gloria (1985) and Floyd (1999).
Sometimes, when you pick up a book, you aren’t sure what to expect. Is it supposed to be funny, serious, or spooky? Sure, it’s been well reviewed, but what’s it all about and is it really that good? When I finally picked up Anya’s ghost I was surprised to find a mixture of all three and yes, it really is that good.
Finished all the current Rick Riordan books? Looking for some more Greek Mythology to satiate you or your child’s curiosity? Then if you haven’t gotten lost in George O’Connor’s Olympian series, it’s only the start of August. There’s still a whole month left to summer vacation, so it isn’t too late!
I have a confession to make. Until this week, I had never read the Little Prince. I know it seems sacrilege for a librarian to admit she never read a classic, but the title never interested me as a child and as an adult I could never be bothered. Until I agreed to review the adapted graphic novel version. After reading the first few pages, I knew I had to go back to the original to review this title with justice.
It’s official. Summer is here. I know. I know, it’s been here for a week, and weather wise, a bit longer, but today was the last day of school in NYC and so now I can say it: its summer. And with onset of summer come thoughts and memories of camp. So, when I recalled that I’d never reviewed Brain Camp, I thought, that’s the best way to start my summer vacation!