Saturday, October 27, 2012

Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy
Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me, winner of the 2009 Newbery Award, has written another fun-loving book with a settle message.  The many twists and turns at the end made the book even more intriguing.  It is realistic fiction, as Georges has to deal with many things; his dad lost his job, his family must move to an apartment, he has to face making new friends as well as dealing with classmates that aren't always so nice, his mom has an issue (no giveaways here), and he must deal with a liar and spy.  My graduate school book club read this for our elementary/middle school selection.  I have passed it on for my public library middle school book club.  It is a great one to use for book clubs, if you can keep everyone from reading ahead.  The  mystery will keep the kids guessing all the way through.  The many twists at the end are surprising, and the lessons learned will spur on some great discussions.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hello all!

I am finally back!!!  I have finished my Master's of Library Science and have acquired a position at our local public library.  I am loving it.  I have been reading a ton, but not blogging.  So, I am back to it.

First of all, I want to send a big thanks to SYNC, who gave free audiobook downloads to our young adults (or anyone else) who wanted some books to listen to this summer.  Each week, I could download a classic and a young adult book for my listening pleasure.  I enjoyed it very much.  I am hooked on listening to a book when I drive anywhere.  Why not?  It keeps the blood pressure down when I am stuck in traffic because I just get more listening time!!  The plan is to have more available next summer, so check in with them.

I have lots of books to blog about, but I can tell you that it is much harder to blog this long after reading them!  I think I will have to pick and choose which ones to write a review about, while I try to keep current from this point forward.  I also think my blog will take a turn toward including both young adult books (because I love to read them) and picture books (because I work with the preschool to elementary kids at the library). 

It's great to be back!!