We’ll I am happy to finally see the full trailer for the fault in our stars,but I have to be honest I get nervous with these movies. I also hope that this is not much exposure for Shailene Woodley, she is talented but I don’t want to see her get too big too fast.
Now for your viewing pleasure:
It was a very exciting morning for book lovers and book nerds alike. Awards were announced for the 2014 best in children’ s literature. And though some of my predictions didn’t come through, I did pick a winner.
Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!
Newbery Medal Winner
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (picked this as the possible winner. just saying)
Newbery Honor Winners
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Paperboy by Vince Vawter
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Caldecott Medal Winner
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Coretta Scott Kind Award Winner
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
Schneider Family Award Winners
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (for middle school readers ages 11-13)
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (for teens)
Printz Award Winner
Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
I have been very lucky to work with Library Media Connection (LMC) magazine as a reviewer. I enjoy being able to view titles before they come out and get the opportunity to give my opinion. I take two sides to reviewing.
1) I look from the eyes of a librarian and reviewer. I look for the quality of the writing, the character development, and the movement of the plot. I resist the urge to not read other reviews of the title until I am done with mine. I do not want any outside influences. Because I know that my opinion might be different; and I don’t want their opinion changing how I write my review. My main goal as a reviewer is, what would make me or my students pick this up?
Which brings me to…
2) I try to look through the eyes of my students. I am lucky in the sense that I oversee two libraries, it provides me with the opportunity to see a variety of reading styles and trends. And a majority of the books that I review are geared toward middle school ages readers, so I focus on how my students would react to seeing this title on my shelves. Would they want to read it? What can I say to make them want to read it? As a librarian my goal is to see more students reading for pleasure, so being a reviewer allows me the opportunity to get a jump on who to promote new titles.
So my goal for this post is to share with you some of the titles that I have had the chance to review. I will not be showing all of them, but a good amount and the ones I feel you should check out. I hope you, and your young readers, enjoy them. (sorry of the lack of cover images. My service is on the fritz today)
The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic by Uma Krishnaswami
Killer Species #1: Menace from the Deep by Michael P. Spradlin (this is part of a series)
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
The Last Wild by Piers Torday (this is the first of a series)
Good Crooks series by Mary Amato
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