Words of Wisdom

"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."
--C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars

Some of us have become hard-core John Greene fans after reading The Fault in Our Stars. We all agreed Hazel and Augustus were amazing characters whose life predicament made them wise beyond their years. Susan commented that she thought it was a book about living, and I agree. This book squeezed a lot of love, hope, and dreams into a little ya book.

Next Book

THE APOTHACARY by Maile Meloy 

A mysterious apothecary. A magic book. A missing scientist. An impossible plan.
It's 1952 and the Scott family has moved unexpectedly from Los Angeles to London. There, fourteen-year-old Janie gets a homesickness cure from the neighborhood apothecary and becomes fascinated by his defiant son, Benjamin Burrows—a boy struggling with his destiny, who isn't afraid to stand up to authority and who dreams of becoming a spy.
When Benjamin's father disappears, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's ancient book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping those secrets out of the hands of Russian spies. Discovering transformative elixirs they never imagined could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending nuclear disaster.

Maile Meloy is the author of the story collection Half in Love, and the novels Liars and Saints, shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize, and A Family Daughter. Meloy’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, and she has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta’s Best American Novelists under 35. She lives in California.

May 17 at 7:30. Location to be determined....

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Can I Move to Norvelt?

I was so fascinated by the community of Norvelt. Was there once such a place? I did some digging and discovered that, indeed, a homestead movement was spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. Originally called Westmoreland Homesteads, Norvelt was established in 1934 and was made up of 250 homes. The town provided housing, work, and community to unemployed workers and their families during the Depression. The thought that America was once this compassionate to those in need brings tears to my eyes. Check out the link for more info and pix!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

First Meeting Huge Success!

Some hardcore kids book fans made it to 706 Greenwood last Wednesday night. Thanks for coming Cathleen, Gbemi, Erin, and Kristine! I know so many of you are trying to fit this group into your schedules, so know that you will have a solid and enthusiastic bunch to welcome you when you are able to join us. Wednesdays are hard for a couple of people, so the next meeting will be on a Thursday. Erin will be hosting on March 15. Details to follow.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos was SOLD OUT following his Newbery Medal win last month! Because most of us were unable to get our hands on it, we decided to discuss it at the next meeting. I was lucky enough to finish it, and adored it. I was then psyched to read a memoir of his teen years called A Hole in My Life. What a great book to recommend to older teen boys! Amazing.

I am so happy more of you are determined to join bklyn kids books. I think it is going to be incredibly rewarding and a lot of fun.

Next Meeting MARCH 15, 2012!