“… make reading one of his deep and continuing needs …”

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

Maya Angelou

From the bestselling Maggie Stiefvater – for teens – The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

http://bit.ly/Rh860g

“Nevermore” by James Patterson – enjoy beautiful banner, watch the trailer

ONE LAST CHANCE . . .

FOR MAX, FANG, AND DYLAN . . .

BEFORE IT ALL ENDS.

In the beginning, there was maximum ride …a girl. A fighter. A leader. A superhuman with a mission to save the world. She’s gone to the ends of the earth seeking her destiny. And now, the end isn’t near …it’s here.

http://bit.ly/Sq2KmV

Teaching books

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”

— B. F. Skinner

For Young adults – The Hollow People

by Brian Keaney
 
FROM THE BOOK JACKET:
 
“Dante looked around, making sure there was no one who might overhear him. Then he leaned forward and, lowering his voice, said, ‘I still have dreams.'”

“It was the most shocking thing Bea had ever heard. ‘Dr. Sigmundus says that disturbances of the mind which come to people when they sleep are the result of a psychic illness,’ she replied.”

“It was what she had been taught at school, and for as long as she could remember.”

In Tarnegar, a sinister island where the laws of the mysterious Dr. Sigmundus hold sway, dreaming will get you locked up, branded a lunatic and a danger to all who know you.

Dante is a lowly kitchen boy. Bea is the privileged daughter of physicians. They aren’t meant to meet or share ideas or, most dangerous of all, their dreams. But with the arrival of a notorious prisoner to the island’s asylum, their worlds collide. Together they begin to question whether the promises they’ve based their lives on have been spun from lies and illusion–and if now is the time to break them.

“The Hollow People” opens a window on the unseen worlds that surround us. It is the first installment in The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus. => http://amzn.to/qP3zzS

From Margaret Wild – The Dream of the Thylacine (with curriculum notes)

The Dream of the Thylacine

Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks 

This arresting and beautiful picture book from Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks is a shimmering encounter with the Tasmanian tiger, a lament for a lost species, and a compelling evocation of the place of animals in Nature.

For more about the book plus acess Curriculum notes => http://bit.ly/mxTf4p

Should Young Adult Books Explore Difficult Issues?

On Saturday, the Journal’s Meghan Cox Gurdon, who covers kids books for the paper, wrote a story called “Darkness Too Visible” in which she argued that fiction aimed at young adults in recent years had become rife with pathologies. “[K]idnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part of the run of things in novels directed, broadly speaking, at children from the ages of 12 to 18,” she wrote. => http://on.wsj.com/kUUeID

A creative thirst for life in the wild

THERE’S only one thing Graeme Base really fears and that’s the thought that one day he might wake up from his dream life and have to get what he calls ”a proper job”. The confession comes with a chuckle. For someone who has published 13 books since 1983 and been involved in projects that range across theatre, television and music, he’s more like a workaholic than a man of leisure.

=> http://bit.ly/lUdkHF

Bec Kavanagh – Choosing Books for Your Classroom or Library

Bec Kavanagh has worked in the book industry for almost a decade, during which time she founded A Thousand Words Festival, a festival celebrating children’s books. Bec is a freelance writer and reviewer and speaks as a curriculum specialist for Booked Out Speakers Agency.

Choosing books is a tricky job. With limited budgets and time, how can you be sure that you’re choosing books that students will actually read?

Once upon a time genres were so broad that you could buy all the science fiction books in the world and yet still miss the mark with the type that kids are actually reading. But the last decade has seen a boom in more specific sub-genres, which are an ideal tool to use in the library. It is much easier to direct students to books you know they’ll like once you have identified the trends in their reading. Below are some genre guidelines to get you started. => http://bit.ly/jEhmY0

End of the world as we know it

YOU may have missed it, in the face of the apparently inexhaustible appetite for paranormal romance involving vampires, fallen angels and werewolves, but in the past few years another very different genre has been quietly gathering strength in young adult literature. http://bit.ly/jabEHb