The book fair during conference week was a success. If you did not get to purchase books this time, it will be back in February. Save your money so we can make the February Book Fair the biggest ever. Thanks to all the parents and students who helped make this fair so much fun. Zombies this time, can’t wait to see what they come up with for the next one.
Coming of age is the transition between childhood and adulthood. Many authors explore this transitions in different ways. These novels are sometimes set in historical settings, modern day and in futuristic settings. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a popular example of a coming of age novel as is the Harry Potter series. For titles you might enjoy check out this Coming of Age Novels.
I hope everyone is having a lot of fun this summer. Please remember to read among all of the other things you are doing. I am reading and have discovered some new series. I hope if you have not tried them you will check out the new series page I am adding to find out what great series we have at Tapp. In addition to the series title and list of books, I will include websites. Have fun and discover new books. If you have found a really great book that we do not have at Tapp, share and maybe we can add it to the media center. I have to finish this quickly before I get run over by a wild cat.
Summer break will be here soon! I cannot wait to start my summer reading. I hope everyone is planning to read at least 10 books this summer. Please visit my blog often for reading ideas and fun websites to help you choose books and have fun with reading.
There a couple of sites where you can record the books that you read. This is helpful in keeping a list so that you can remember what you read and the types of books that appeal to you.
Shelfari (www.shelfari.com) and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com) allows you to build a virtual bookshelf of books you have read. It allows you to share this information with friends.
Come back often to see what I am reading and the fun stuff out there for you to explore.
If you like Harry Potter, check out this site: http://www.pottermore.com/
The Death Catchers
by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Lizzy Mortimer has two serious problems. She must finish her English assignment and save the world. She is shocked to find out she is a Hand of Fate and can foretell the death of people close to her. It is really surprising to find out the she has to protect King Arthur’s Last Descendant. Each chapter has a different literary technique explained as it pertains to the story. I also loved Lizzy’s mom, she is a librarian on a mission to find the perfect book for everyone she meets.
Welcome back. I hope you had a wonderful, restful holiday. I also hope you read some while you were celebrating. I read five books over the break and started five more. I ended the year having read 109 books and have set the goal to read 200 books this year.
As I was reading the book Dead is Not an Option I came across this wonderful quote:
"I knew I could trust her. She was a librarian, after all. It was their job to save lives with books." -Marlene Perez
Please be sure and read for at least 30 minutes each day of the break. I have all students scheduled to come in and check out books before we get out for the holiday. If you have overdue books, please locate them and bring them in so you can checkout a few more for the break.
The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Fern and her twin Sam are very different. Sam fits in with the kids at school, while Fern is an outcast. Sam is blond, Fern is dark haired. As strange and mysterious things start happening around them, Fern's differences become more evident. Why are birds being found dead? And what does the sinister vampire have to do with Fern and who she is? My pick for a best book of 2008.
The above is a review I did for the Otherworldlies in 2008. One of my favorite books of all time. Finally the sequel to this books has arrived. The Siren's Cry is just as exciting as the first. Fern is an Otherworldly and an Unusual. She now has to find another one of the Unusuals who she has dreamed about. He is being kept in a cage, she must discover why and how to rescue him. She is still coming to terms with finding out she is adopted and one of the Otherworldies (vampire to you and me). She must still learn how to fit in with her family of Normals as well as the world of the Otherworldlies. Friends on both sides are there, can she rely on them for help?
Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez
This is the fifth book in the Dead is series. Daisy and her friends are now seniors at Nightshade High and are waiting on their college acceptance letters. As the year advances, there starts to be tension between the vampires and the werewolves. How will the other paranormals come out in the conflict? Will they have to choose sides? Daisy again has to help solve not only this mystery but how to unenchant Lil (the jukebox) and her pig boyfriend, all while wondering why she has not been accepted into any college.
This is one of my favorite series. It has everything, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and more. Fast and fun to read.