Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell is one of the nominees for the 2008 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. Don't read it just because it's on the list. Read it because it's one great book. It just might win the award next year, because you just might like it so much that you will vote for it. This book has a little bit of everything in it. Tobin McCauley is from a family that puts the "dis" in dysfunctional. His siblings are known for being "bad". And the teachers keep wondering how "bad" Tobin will be in their classes this year. Seventh grade is quite a trial for Tobin. He gets into fights, refuses to dress out for P.E. , and makes a new friend. Henry is Tobin's only friend , mostly because Henry won't take no for an answer. Tobin has a lot to learn about friendship, chickens and the meaning of life. And he learns most of it from Henry and his brother. So, if you want a great new book to read , check this one out. Let me know what you think.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
"Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing."
How many children's books written today start out like that? You'll find this on the very first page of The Wind in the Willows, first published in 1908 by Kenneth Grahame. It's a lovely book, but not exactly a rip-roaring adventure, or a book whose heroes struggle with huge problems or fight against an evil galactic empire. Mole and Rat become friends, as Mole learns to appreciate a new life above ground. Mole and Rat get lost in a snowy woods, and are rescued by the formidable but kindly Mr. Badger. Toad, all money and no brains, has a new and ridiculous hobby every few weeks. There are beautiful scenes describing nature in summertime, and beautiful scenes describing a cozy life at home, with little mouse children singing Christmas carols and having mulled ale afterwards. If you'd like a book to really relax with, this classic from another era -- almost another world -- may be for you.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
It's summer time in Canada, in 1962 when the cold war is still going on between Russia and the United States. Rex Zero and the End of the World, by Tim Wynne-Jones, is almost a trip down memory lane for me. I was about the same age Rex Zero is when this story takes place.
However, I didn't have 4 sisters and a little brother to contend with. And I didn't have any really interesting monsters to hunt down either, just 2 brothers. But, that's a different story. Rex Zero is a boy with a mission. He wants to live in one place long enough to have a best friend. He wants to go to a regular school where he won't have to wear a tie. And he wants to know if the world will really end on October 23rd. Well, you know that I'm not going to tell you what happens. You'll just have to read the book to find out for yourself.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the series, will be released July 21, 2007. Place your hold by clicking here!
While you're waiting for the book to be released, check out Scholastic's website. They have a discussion board, close-up views of the new cover, trivia, and more!
They also have podcasts you can listen to discussing "the world of Harry Potter, how it changed with Book Six, and what... might happen in Book seven." You might learn something new!