Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Is Rick Riordan the Hardest Working YA Author?

Good grief that man writes! Rick Riordan--author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and The Lost Hero series, among others--has recently released publication dates for his upcoming novels in his series. You can check out his post HERE.

Want to read The Serpent's Shadow but have been waiting for the paperback? Your wait is over on May 7, 2013, when the paperback version of the book will be released. Also included with it is a short story of Percy Jackson and Carter Kane. According to Riordan, The Son of Sobek is the "first place you can read that story" and is "about 40 pages of extra adventure at no additional cost."
But if you already have your copy of The Serpent's Shadow, you can still get The Son of Sobek. On June 18, 2013, you can download the e-book of the story, and it's even read by Riordan himself! Included with this purchase is the sneak peek of the next book in The Lost Hero series, The House of Hades, which isn't slated for release until Oct. 8, 2013.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Madness, Literary Style!

Check out these brackets!
Basketball not your thing? How about these brackets from On Our Minds @ Scholastic? Take a look at some of the pairings and stop by the library to fill out your own brackets. Completed brackets will be posted around the library so you can see how others would carry this through to just one winner.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Children's Choice Book Awards Voting

The finalists have been chosen, and it's time to vote! The Children's Choice Book Awards site has narrowed their selections of books, authors, and illustrators to five each. You'll see several familiar authors listed--Rick Riordan! Jeff Kinney!--and some of your favorite childhood illustrators are represented, too, like Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny and the Pigeon books) and Ian Falconer (Olivia the pig).

Click HERE to access the site and vote!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Great Books for 11-14-Year-Olds

The website Youth Literature Reviews has put together a great list of books for tweens.
So, what sorts of books made their list? Some are probably very familiar to you, like the mystery The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the coming-of-age novel Stargirl. Others might be less familiar, like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Classics like Treasure Island and The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn also appear on the list.

Feel free to visit their website and check out what they have to say about the books--and you can even leave comments about your favorites!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Recommendations on Pinterest

During the 12 Days of Christmas contest, clue #1 was "1 lovely Pinterest lady." Some of you figured out that I was the Pinterest lady, and now I'm using Pinterest as a place to recommend books! Thanks to  Alyssa Calhoun, The Wildcat Librarian, for the idea and many of her pins to pass along to you!

So. . . are you looking for a book to read and want a description to go along with it? Visit Mrs. Ellis's MS Book Recommendation page to see some options!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

And the Winner Is. . .

So many winners to announce! The Penny War is officially over, and the unofficial donation total was $296.68! That's AWESOME! The winning advisory was Mrs. Reels' group, so her students will be enjoying free items from the book fair and helping me choose new books for the library.
Mrs. Reels' advisory at the Book Fair
Thanks to all who participated! Look for those new books on display soon!

AND. . . it was also Iowa Teen Award voting time!

In a very close race, Pittacus Lore's book I Am Number Four edged out Sharon Draper's Out of My Mind, which tied with Wendelin Van Draanen's book The Running Dream.

MS winner of the IA Teen Award 2012-2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Online Book Fair

Only three days until our book fair--SO excited! If you'd like to browse and shop online, Scholastic offers many additional selections that may not be available at our fair next week. Click HERE to access our online fair; your purchases still benefit our school, and books come directly to you!

Remember, students may browse and shop the book fair from 7:45 - 3:45 from Mon. Mar. 11 - Thurs. Mar. 14. The book fair will also be open during conferences on Tues. Mar. 12 and Thurs. Mar. 14. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Penny War Update

The Scholastic Book Fair penny war is underway! In advisory groups, students are raising money to support Scholastic's All For Books campaign. Here are the totals reported as of March 6:
Students in the winning advisory will all get to choose a free item from the Book Fair, as well as suggest which titles from the Fair to purchase for our library. Let's keep those coins coming in--the Penny War doesn't end until the end of the week!