Monday, January 26, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox tells a story of girl who was so loved by her parents, they did everything they could to save her life.
Excerpt: p 226
Kara was crying and screaming, desperately turning the steering wheel. We were tossed about, none of us had bothered to put on our seat restraints in our rush to leave the party. The car skidded, then rolled when the shoulder turned to cliff. I was screaming, flying. Tumbling. Glass sprayed like a thousand knives, and the world had no up or down. The fear was so complete it webbed together our screams and motion. Flying free and the sickening thud of my skull on the ground. Or was it Kara I heard, landing next to me? And then the sounds of dripping, hissing and soft moans that seemed to hover in the air above me. And finally just blackness.
I never saw Kara and Locke again.
They are my witnesses. They alone know that I didn’t drive that night.
When Jenna begins to question why she has no memory of her past he mother tries to explain:
p 118 “You were burned so badly Jenna. We tried everything. Even with all the temporary grafts, you were losing so much fluid. The antibiotics weren’t working. By the time they got you to surgery your heart had stopped twice. They had the Bio Gel waiting. They saved as much as was still viable. The butterfly, Jenna. That’s what they call it. The heart of the brain. That you still have.” (p 119)
At the end of the story, you realize that because of their Adoration of Jenna Fox, two parents manipulated science and medicine to save the life of their only child.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Have you ever kept a secret from your family and your friends? Ben keeps a secret from the people he cares about for over half the school year. But then he realizes when everyone finds out, they will be hurt he didn't tell them. He didn't tell them he would be dead in less than a year.

Ben's doctor tells him he has a terminal blood disease after getting the results of his physical. Ben decides to keep that news to himself and make his senior year the best ever. He goes out for football instead of track. Ben confronts the history teacher when he disagrees.

Ben finally realizes keeping his illness a secret is going to hurt everyone even more. The first person he tells is the town drunk.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

By Jeff Kinney, 2007
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th grade will enjoy, especially the boys AR level 5.2
Highly recommend
Take a look inside the journal of Greg Heffley. He is a middle-schooler who's mother wants him to write and so she purchases this... journal NOT a diary. He is only writing this journal so when he is rich and famous and people start asking him questions, he can hand them the book.

Greg tells readers that being liked by girls was easy in elementary school-just be the fastest runner. But in middle school it is about the clothes, how rich you are or having a cute butt. Greg figures he ranks 52 or 53 in popularity. Brother Roderick is cool and Greg just annoys him.

Very humorous, simple drawings. The third book is now available Do-It-Yourself Book !!! I do not recommend this particular book for the library since half of it is a journal for kids to write in-which they will!! Visit the website for Wimpy Kid....

Monday, November 17, 2008

Banned Books

I have been to the public library looking for several books listed as 'banned' on the ALA website. The books were listed as 'LOST.' I have a feeling these books were not returned on purpose.
What were the books and did I finally get access to them?

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Greene I purchased this book and it was wonderful!
Chocolate War by Cormier A request was placed to get a copy from another branch.

Have you tried to check out a controversial book only to find it was 'LOST'

Onslow Lejeune Reading Council

Onslow Lejeune Reading Council will meet at Carolina Forest Elementary Thursday December 11th at 5pm. We will be planning our author visit. Hopefully Jan Brett can come when she is visiting her daughter who is a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in March or April.

Jan Brett-author of The Mitten.

Do you know anyone interested in joining our group? New members are welcome! We currently have 27 members.

Twilight -the MOVIE

Hi Media Specialists... don't forget to tell your classes that the movie
Twilight is showing Friday, November 21

This is a love story but the boys are beginning to show interest.

Caution: The first three books in the series are excellent for high school and middle school.
The fourth book may not be an appropriate selection for middle school!

It deals with the two main characters having sex-but they are married, breaking the bed, and becoming pregnant. Consider selecting (not censoring) books 1, 2, 3 and not 4 if in a middle school library.

The Bailey School Kids

Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones (1990). Story does not seem dated even though it was published 18 years ago...
*3rd, 4th, 5th grades. Story moves quickly, appeals to boys and girls.
Highly recommend this series
The third grade class at Bailey Elementary was so bad, they had run off several teachers. All that was about to change when principal Mr. Davis introduced red-haired Mrs. Jeepers. She wore a polka-dotted dress with a green broach that seemed to glow. When a child began to act out, she rubbed her broach and instantly order was restored. Except with Eddie. He flew paper airplanes, chewed gum, burped and still Mrs. Jeepers remained calm. The children thought she must be a witch or a vampire. Two of the students sneak into her house one night to inspect what might be a coffin-they saw the movers haul it into the basement when she moved into the creepy Clancy house. They reached the box but couldn't open it. The next day, Mrs. Jeepers says her sleep was disturbed by burglars... was the teacher sleeping in that box? It is left to the readers' imagination.

Finally, Eddie is acting up so badly one day, Mrs. Jeepers takes him into the hall to speak to him. He returns but is very pale. He promised to never make Mrs. Jeepers mad again... her green broach never glowed the rest of the year.