Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thank you Best Week Ever for feeding my cat video addiction.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
And now it's time for a recap:
The Hunger Games wins! Theeeeeee Hunger Games wins...SLJ's Battle of the Books
YALSA contemplates the virtues of extending the definition of "young adult" to include actual young adults. LibrariYAn is intrigued (I've talked about this before). Librarilly Blonde disagrees.
Rutgers SCILS minted a batch of new librarians, including Librarian Boredom's Sara, Purple Polka's Kristi(e) (who also unveiled a saucy new blog look) and, of course, yours truly! Congratulations to all the new librarians!
Summit Entertainment releases the "official" New Moon posters, which actually feature Jacob! (Thanks to Best Week Ever for the link.)
In a case of "is it real or is it not?," a "teen" is running a banned book library (sans Twilight) from his/her locker. Cue librarians arguing over whether a possible fake teen with a fake banned book locker library helps or hurts the library profession and the cause of banned books. Really?
And coming up this week, Alicia goes to BEA with the sole intent and purpose of getting an ARC of Catching Fire. I'm sure I'll get a slew more ARCs that I'll love and devour, and yes, I'm meeting up with several friends, and that's great and all, but let's be honest: Katniss is my real reason for attending.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
- Middle grade and YA authors - ranging from the smaller, lesser known to the more well-known - create 10-question scavenger hunts for one or more of their books (booklist and questions available on the site)
- Librarians register their libraries and promote the contest to their teens (promotional materials and suggestions included on the site)
- Teens choose any book from the list, and give it a read
- Teens answer the questions and turn 'em in to the librarian
- Teens who answer 8 of 10 questions correctly are entered into a contest to win a $50 bookstore gift card
- Every month, one teen wins
- If one of your teens win, you get a tote filled with books, and they get to buy books!
I'm particularly excited about bringing this to my school since the outgoing librarian already told me how much the sixth graders enjoy the annual library scavenger hunt. I'm seeing this contest as a possible segue from that lesson to a less formal, optional, student-driven activity. Woot!
It seems fun and easy, and a great way to get kids reading, and turn their attention to books other than those on the best-seller lists. Obviously, I'll play a role in that as well, but I think that this contest will be a great springboard. Maybe it'll even inspire students to create scavenger hunts for their favorite books, which others can complete for fun (maybe even prizes?).
Sunday, May 10, 2009
So fanfic writer LadySybilla wrote her own book, Russet Noon, which continues the Twilight saga from Jacob's point of view. She went out and got herself an ISBN and started pre-selling the novel, complete with "accidentally" stolen cover art (see image, copyright Charli Sieger, 2004, on left) on the Internet back in early March for the low, low price of $9.99.
But oops! Seems nobody explained the finer points of copyright law to LadySybilla. She was under the impression that it was perfectly permissable to take Stephenie Meyer's characters, put them in her own book, and make money buckets of money. Once it was brought to her attention that that's now how it works, she seems to have consulted with some lawyers who basically said "Um, duh!" and she pulled the book and now plans to release it for free on the Internet, one chapter at a time, beginning in September.
I don't even know what to say about this other than:
1. How did I totally miss this until Leila over at Bookshelves of Doom brought it to my attention?
2. Did LadySybilla really not think there was anything wrong with this?
3. Does LadySybilla really think that Stephenie Meyer would be ok with this and that "she laughs at the whole situation," as she stated in this interview?
4. Is anyone else so intrigued by this controversy that they're actually looking for to September and the chance to read the first chapter
For more on the Russet Noon controversy, check out:
...the "Official" website, which sadly, has mostly been taken down due to that pesky copyright thing.
...the history of the controversy as extensively chronicled and footnoted on fanhistory.com (and where I did much of my research for this post).
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wednesday's match-up decides the winner of SLJ's Battle of the Books, and judge Lois Lowry better not screw it up!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Last week the parade route traveled to Long Branch, NJ to the NJLA Conference where I learned lots about Tweens from self-proclaimed (deservedly so, might I add) Goddess of YA, Teri Lesesne, fandom and vlogging and heard words of wisdom from a "new to me" YA author that I'm determined must date my sister.
Today I went back to Long Branch and ran. A lot.
Tomorrow I'm headed to Italy, where I'll be belatedly honeymooning for the next two weeks. I'm packing a few books for the plane (including Soul Enchilada, Flygirl, Castration Celebration, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) so hopefully some reviews will follow.
In the meantime, I've set up a few posts to keep you company while I'm gone. Alas, I was only able to crank out enough to satiate your blog thirst through next Sunday. As such, there'll be some radio silence ahead, but don't worry, I'll be back soon!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Cold Hands, Warm Heart
by Jill Wolfson
Release Date: March 31, 2009
ARC supplied by publisher
I received this ARC back in early March, but had a bunch of other books that I had to read first. When it arrived I took a cursory glance at the cover, noting the title and art, and didn't even bother to flip it over to read the jacket copy. I made an assessment based on the above that the book was just another teen novel about either vampires or werewolves or both, and that I'd get around to it later. I judged a book by its cover, and darn it, I was wrong. It was only when the processed book arrived at the library ready for shelving that I flipped it over and found out I was wrong. How was I to know it would turn out to be a gripping realistic fiction novel telling the literally heart-wrenching tale of one family's loss that would give other families a second chance at life?
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I began reading as my flight took off from Newark and didn't stop until I finished, reading almost my entire flight to Houston. This isn't your typical YA realistic fiction focusing on heartbreak. It wasn't the finest piece of young adult literature that I've ever read, but it was a compelling story and I really found myself invested in Dani's character and pulling for her both to romantically (Yes, there's a cute, angst ridden teenage boy in need of a liver!) and medically. It felt honest and true, and I liked that it wasn't treading over those same old plot lines - tragic accidents, teenage suicide and the like - that lately, it seems, have bit written to death (no pun intended). This was a story about loss, but more so about hope.
Oh, and the story was also chock full o' organ transplant information! This both intrigued me and left me pondering a bit about those individuals - children, parents, brothers, sisters - awaiting organ donation, and how I might be able to give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor*. I can see teens reading this and getting involved in promoting organ donation, taking a step back against how they may see/treat other teens who are chronically ill and in need of organ or tissue donation, or even just inspire someone to give blood. If you're interested in learning more (and you will be after you read this book!), check out organizations like Donate Life America (which also sponsors this touching and educational site), UNOS or the government's OrganDonor.gov website for more information.
* Full disclosure: I went to the MVC last week to renew and spent several minutes going back and forth about whether or not to identify myself as an organ donor. I ultimately decided against identifying myself as an organ donor on my license, because I once saw an episode of ER (or maybe it's an urban legend?) that convinced me that if something horrible happened to me and I wound up in critical condition and my license said I was an organ donor, that doctors would let me die in order to get my organs. It's stuck with me and made me quite paranoid. And yes, I realize that's ridiculous. That said, I fully intend to make sure my family knows that despite what my license says, I do want to donate my organs.