Cassandra Clare with The Clockwork Angel
Kelly Creagh with Nevermore
Alexandra Adornetto with Halo
By Kevin O’Malley, Carol Heyer, and Scott Goto
Pages: Hardcover 32 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (August 31, 2010)
For any kid who wondered what happened to the Dude and his fair maiden once they lived happily ever after, the wait is over. When their teacher requests a new story, a boy and a girl once again have different ideas of how it should evolve. Can they agree on the fate of the beautiful queen, the awesome king, and their royal superbaby when they are captured by an evil wizard?
From the team behind Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude---an award-winning favorite among kids and teachers---comes another gender role-defying twist on the average fairy tale, and this time it's a royal superbaby who saves the day.
This book was great. Kylie and I loved reading it. The story is told from two points of view because the children were given a storytelling assignment and they both had their own ideas as to how the story should go. They both had ideas as to how the story should go and in the end they were able to weave their ideas together. The illustrations were individualized for each story and then intertwined for the conclusion, which were wonderfully done. This is a great, easy read and one that we will continue to enjoy in our house and even in my classroom!
*Ok so yesterday I mentioned on twitter that in order to get Cassandra Clare's CLOCKWORK ANGEL signed you MUST buy it from Little Shop of Stories. Don't panic. You can buy it AT the event/panel from the book store and get it signed. You can also bring backlist books for signing too. As far as I know there's no limit on books but be reasonable. After all, you don't want to carry 50 books around with you all day.
*Like I already mentioned, the books will be sold at the events. Imagine, brand spankin new book from your favorite author, signed!
*Photography is allowed but don't be distracting. This is more of a pointer for me since I'll be there taking pictures and getting all overly excited. If you want your picture taken let me know your name when you see me and preferably an email so I can email it to you.
* If you're coming let me know. I am planning a meet up and would love to meet you!
So you excited to meet these awesome authors? I AM!
If you have any questions, let me know. Also check their site, Decatur Book Festival, for information as well.
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (August 31, 2010)
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
His life depends on it.
One of my favorite things to teach is anything by Edgar Allan Poe… I guess it is because it lets me know that even though he was so messed up, he still created great things so there is hope for the rest of us! All kidding aside, he was and is an American icon for literature so when this book came to my attention I had to read it. Creagh has taken the ultimate opposites (a goth and a cheerleader) and plunged them into a world where only these two could survive. I found myself frustrated with them equally and ready to move things along, but all the while enjoying the tension, angst, and mystery that was surrounding their story.
Creagh’s imaginative way of weaving Poe’s work into her novel was so well done in my eyes that I kept wondering where she was going to go next and which story she was going to pull pieces from next. It made me want to go back and reread Poe’s works and see what other clues she left within the pages for us. Poe was a genius in his own right and Creagh used that to work a mysterious, enlightening piece for her debut novel. The characters were well developed the plot was very well written. So many questions are still rolling around in my head for this one so I can only hope that she continues with this story.
Wonderful debut Kelly!! Visit Kelly here to find more goodies and make sure to get Nevermore on Friday!!
Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; an ardent maverick who criticized his fellow man. He urged that men and women ought to live more simply, and more deliberately. “The mass of men,” he famously wrote, “lead lives of quite desperation.”
Yet the scope of Thoreau’s message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbounded potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding.
In our commodified contemporary American society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau’s message is needed now more than ever.
Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau’s voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.
Illustrators Jay Luke and Ren Adams lend their talents to artistically interpret Thoreau's vision. Each quote is accompanied by an original drawing.
A collaboration of three individuals breathes new life into the immortal words of Henry David Thoreau.
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure
by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan
Pages: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (January 28, 1999)
King Arthur and his knights have a royal tangle of problems. Their rectangular table is too long and their triangular table is too pointy, but they so King Arthur and his knights have a royal tangle of problems. Their rectangular table is too long and their triangular table is too pointy, but they somehow must sit down and discuss the shape of the future. Join a knight named Sir Cumference, his wife, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius as they use different strategies to solve this quandary. Full-color illustrations.
I bought this book as a resource for vocabulary words and fell in love with it. Math is not my subject by any means but when you put a story to it, I am good!! This book puts a fun spin on the concept of circumference and understanding what it is. Math teachers would be wise to use these books (yes, there are more) in their classroom to teach concepts because some of us learn better through story!