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As some of you may know, April in National Poetry Month. Let's see if we can get some poetry suggestions!

I highly encourage our online-only members to join us on this one... I'll be posting my contribution shortly. :)

The in-person meeting is Monday, April 28 at 7pm at the Bloomington Borders.
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Becca: "Thanks to the new faces who came to our latest meeting the other night - it was fun to get to it and chat with everyone and talk about books about love. We had boy/girl romance, teacher/student love, familial love....it was a good representation of the topic!

Our next meeting is going to be on a rather interesting topic - weather! Since this time of the
year is very tumultuous weather-wise, it should be interesting to dig up books, fiction or non-fiction, about weather. I'm thinking about books with tornados/storms/blizzards in them, the "I Spy" weather series, etc.

We will be meeting on Tuesday, March 18 at 7pm at Borders. That's the Tuesday right after spring break, so y'all should have some time to catch up on your reading over the break and then be able to discuss it right away as it will be fresh in your memory!"


I, for one, hope to read a weather book and comment on it here, if any of our other remote members are willing to join me. :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Becca: "Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17th at 7pm at Borders cafe. Our topic is going to be romance - this can be romance in the literal form or stories that explore other kinds of love as well - love for family, love for friends, love for pets, etc."

Happy Valentine's Day, all!
 
 
 
 
 
 
November's topic: Books that have been turned into movies. As we found out, a ridiculous amount of kids' movies become books, so finding them wasn't hard. People have even compiled lists.

Between the four of us, we covered
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot,
Shrek, by William Steig,
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Breshares,
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and Donna Diamond,
and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg,
all of which are pretty recent additions to the movie world.
Most were pretty accurate in their adaptation to the silver screen, although the Polar Express had no dialog (or frightening Tom Hanks clone) and certain elements were glossed over or eliminated in The Princess Diaries and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for time and consumer-friendliness.

No meeting in December, but happy holidays to all!

Next meeting: January 16, 2008, 7pm at the Borders cafe on the Eastside.
Topic: Novelizations (Clueless, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars)... or, books that have been made into movies, round 2.
You may have a different moderator by then... if anyone is willing to take over that goes to meetings on a regular basis, let me know!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Becca and I were the only ones to show at the meeting in October, so the meeting was understandably short. Since the topic was historical fiction, Becca brought a number of the American Girl books, her favorites from her own childhood. In retrospect they seem a little preachy, particularly the small books, but little girls still like them, and they're good introductions to the personal side of the American revolution.
I read three: My Daniel, about the dinosaur rush in the Dakotas during the early 20th century; Jump Ship to Freedom, about a slave boy's journey to free himself and his mother, a great exposition on the slavery debate in the constitution; and So Far From the Bamboo Grove, an autobiography from a Japanese woman who fled Korea as a girl when WWII made the county no longer safe - for a mature audience, there being some pretty awful realities of war depicted.

As a reminder, the next meeting is Tuesday, November 27 at 7pm at Borders. Topic: books that have been made into movies, of course with extra credit for those that also see the movies. Hopefully more people will show up this time!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The meetings that last two months have had fairly low attendance, so there weren't as many books reviewed.
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March's meetingCollapse )

Next month's meeting will simply be our favorite YA/kids books. We'll be meeting at Borders on the Westside on Tuesday, May 1st at 7pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello, all! I'll be taking over from abbydarling in updating the blog, although I hope you'll forgive me if I'm not as punctual.

We had a meeting on Jan. 22nd at the Monroe County Public Library meeting room, with five people attending: Laura, Becca, Shanna, Mary, and Katy (me). Our topic this month was teachers or schools, as a major subject or setting.

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On other notes, a few other recommendations popped up: Uglies, Pretties, and Specials by Scott Westerfield; Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer; Runaway, by Wendelin Van Draanen (author of Shedderman); Every Little Bird that Sings, a Golden Kite Honor award by Deborah Wiles.

A volunteer opportunity came up in the IU Day Care Center, reading to the little kids for a couple hours every week. If anyone else is interested, email Becca for the contact info.

As a final note, next month's meeting is author-based - Lois Lowry, to be exact. Also, the meeting day has changed to Wednesday, so it'll be Feb. 21st at 7pm.

Happy Reading!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey all,

Sorry it's taken me so long to get this post up from November, but (as you can imagine), life has been pretty crazy.

ANYhoo.

At our November meeting, we discussed banned/controversial/issues books. I can't find my notes from that meeting, but books we discussed included the following:

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Alice McKinley series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Skin by Adrienne Vrettos
and
Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

For our December meeting, we had a casual get-together at Borders and people brought holiday books to share. Since I didn't write any of them down, I'm not going to make a list, BUT I will give you the list of books I shared. These were some of my favorites from 2006 and I highly recommend them.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
and
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

I highly recommend all those books. Go read them now.

I also said I would post some stuff about book blogs and book review blogs. Two of my favorites that review a lot of kidlit are:

Bookshelves of Doom and A Fuse #8 Production. They are both done by librarians and contain lots of reviews of children's and YA (and some adult) books, as well as news tidbits dealing with kidlit, banned books, etc. Jen Robinson's Book Page is another good blog- she does a weekly roundup of news from lots of different kidlit sites. All of these blogs have links to many other blogs, so it's easy to create a long list of favorites.

I thought there was a wiki with a comprehensive collection of kidlit bloggers, but I think that maybe I was thinking of this site instead: Children's Book Reviews. This is a wiki that compiles book reviews from bloggers' sites. You can search by age range or for specific titles/authors. The blogs I have linked to in this post all have extensive lists of links to other blogs on their sites. I highly recommend checking them out and finding some favorites of your own to keep up with.

Annnnd just because I can: John Green's blog. *swoon*

:)

And with that, I am out. I'm currently exploring job possibilities and I will most probably not be here next month. So the book club will be turning over a new leaf and I'm not sure what will happen to this blog. I guess that's up to y'all.

Happy reading, everyone!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our October meeting was held on Monday, October 23 and we talked about scary and/or Halloween-themed books. I didn't have my notebook with me, but I tried to keep a list of the books we discussed... if I missed anything, feel free to comment and fill in what I missed!

Mary started us off by talking about Strange Happenings by Avi and Clay by David Almond.

Gwen told us about An Autumn Tale by David Updike and Rosemary's Witch by Ann Turner.

Kate brought in one of her favorite Halloween books, Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi and Gris Grimly. She also talked about Tithe and Valiant by Holly Black and Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

Becca talked about The Haunting of Swain's Fancy and Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber (which, by the way, is a series: Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins and Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville).

Heidi showed us A Newbery Halloween, which is a collection of stories/excerpts from Newbery-winning authors. There's also a Newbery Christmas.

Krista read Invasion of the Road Weenies by David Lubar and When Nobody's Home by Judith Gorog, which is a collection of horror stories about babysitting (CREEPY!!).

Bobby shared The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley and Barkbelly by Cat Weatherill (which is British!). He continues to recommend Walk Two Moons as a readalike for everything. ;)

Abby (me!) read Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, which is a collection of hilarious poems with awesome illustrations, and All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories by Vivian Vande Velde (which was SCARY!!!).

It was a great meeting and we talked about some cool books. It was really nice to see everyone who was able to come!

Next meeting is Monday, November 27 at 7pm at MCPL. The theme is controversial and/or banned books. Some suggestions would be "issues" books, for example books about teen sexuality, violence, abuse, etc. Orrr you could look at the list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000. Have fun! See you next week!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our September meeting was held on Monday, September 25 at MCPL. The topic was Young Hoosier Book Award nominees. This award was started in 1974-1975 in order to motivate students to read more newly published books by allowing them to vote for a favorite. Books are nominated by a committee of Indiana Media Educators and they are suggested by teachers, librarians, parents, etc. Each year students vote for their favorite books and the award winners are announced in May. Last year over 73,000 students voted and they chose the following winners for 2005-2006:

Picture Book: My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza (whom Bobby met one time!)
Intermediate: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Middle Grades: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

And here are the books that people read for the book club meeting:

Picture Books

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown

Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

Souperchicken by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. (Possible Vegetarian Agenda?!)

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen (based on a true story from Mayfield, IN)

Intermediate Books

The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull. This is a biography of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss!). We commented that the illustrations are completely different from Dr. Seuss's art. A similar book that Bobby mentioned is The Journey the Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden.

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan. (This was also on the Middle Grades list.) Possible readalikes include Walk Two Moons and The Princess Diaries (as far as learning about and embracing a new culture).

The Ghost of Cutler Creek by Cynthia DeFelice (third in the Ghost series by this author.)

Shredderman: Attach of the Tagger by Wendelin Van Draanen (second in the Shredderman series).

Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

Say What? by Margaret Peterson Haddix (first chapter book)

Middle Grades

High Heat by Carl Deuker

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (award winner in 1991)

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt


It was a great meeting and I think everybody had a good time! Next meeting will be October 23 at 7pm and the topic is Halloween/scary stories/ghosts, monsters, witches, etc.