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Upper Arlington is in for a Treat! February 7, 2011

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Approximately two hundred lucky Granville students got to hear a talk/presentation by THE Lauren Oliver. If you weren’t one of them, head on over to Cover to Cover Bookstore in Clintonville for the 7:00 presentation and autographing, OR pose as a UA student tomorrow and sneak into their presentation.


The students (and other lucky audience members) were treated to a humorous and inspiring talk, as well as getting time to ask many thoughtful questions.

Lauren started with herself as a writer and shared many interesting personal facts along the way. Here are just a few:

Her father is a published author, as well.

Her best friends all have each other’s names tattooed on their bodies. Sorry Samantha Kingston. No one is going to be getting your name tattooed on them!

Her parents wanted her to be a lawyer. She’s really glad she didn’t take their advice.

Her words of advice:

Write every day



If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should.




Thank You Lauren Oliver!
Thank You Cover to Cover!
Thank You Sally Oddi!
Thank You HarperTeen and the fabulous editor and publicist who helped arrange her tour

Thank You Weather Gods for not snowing us out! (Sorry Lisa Klein-we’ll get you rescheduled-You betcha! You aren’t escaping that easily! )

Thank you GHS principal, librarian, and English teachers who took time to introduce your students to this great YA author, AND help them make a Brave New World connection!


Delirious for Delirium! Lauren Oliver is amazing February 5, 2011

So intrigued by Delirium. Still thinking about it long after, just like Before I Fall.

So excited to be in the countdown to having Lauren Oliver talking to some of our students Monday afternoon.

So excited to share it all with you!


ALA excitement June 24, 2010

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My daughter and I are heading out in the morning for ALA 2010 in Washington D.C. We aren’t planning to attend any sessions, but are going to the convention center to meet authors, collect autographs, and see the newest books.
On dear daughter’s to- do list:
meet Rebecca Stead
meet Laurie Halse Anderson
see the Ace of Cakes 100th birhday celebration cake
go to at least one museum and see Lincoln Memorial
find new books!

it’s going to be a great time!

Speaking of Rebecca Stead, I saw on Twitter this morning, that her award winning book, When You Reach Me, has been optioned for a movie…


Ramona Comes to Life! May 12, 2010

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I’m very excited about the possibilities this new Ramona movie, Ramona and Beezus,  provides to find a whole new generation of readers. July 2010 is the release date! I do love the tag line, “A little sister goes a long way!”


Upcoming Movies January 30, 2010

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My daughter out read me in the Percy Jackson series. This is a first for both of us! I’ve only finished the first-The Lightning Thief and she just finished the 5th-The Last Olympian– this past week.

We are both eagerly anticipating the The Lighting Thief movie release in February. She was so indignant this moring when she saw a trailer on t.v. and it did not match with what she read in the book. Despite this, we are both counting the days down!

We are also looking forward to The Diary of a Wimpy Kid (trailer just released) set for a spring debut.

I normally don’t love movies made from books, but my children’s enthusiasm about these two is catching!


A Week Flies By November 7, 2009

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We’ve had three weeks where our landline would not work.

My husband took time off Monday for them to come and fix it.

They didn’t show up.

They had called that morning and left a message on our dead landline. Duh!

They arrive Tuesday night to fix it.

The phone now works.

The internet only does when it feels like it (which is not much!).

Have to wait for another appointment for them to fix it.

While not having access to internet, I’ve reclaimed several hours from e-mail answering and blogging that I’ve spent reading. Not so much kid-lit, but adult book club kind of stuff and YA in preparation for NCTE-ALAN.

I finished up The Elegance of the Hedgehog by  Muriel Barbery. LOVE IT. A definite must read! It kept being recommended by staff developers at TC last summer. They were so right!

I finished Zombie Blondes by Brian James. Don’t ask me why. My daughter did, and all I could come up with was, “Sometimes it’s entertaining to read an easy book that is kind of silly”. On the other hand, I can see tons of middle schoolers devouring it.  It’s definitely one of those YA books that is for YA, not adults who like YA.

I finished listening to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Also YA. The first in a trilogy. I really enjoyed it, but because I was listening to it on my iPod, it took me longer than I would have preferred to get through it. I must get one of the those doo-hickeys to hook my iPod to my car so I can listen there.

I’m tearing my way through My Life in France by Julia Child and . When my book club picked this book, I really wasn’t sure I was going to read it. There is was at the bookstore Wednesday and I haven’t been able to put it down since! I shouldn’t be surprised that I love it-I do love cooking and lived in Europe myself for half a year. It has me missing those days of teaching at the American International School, grocery shopping at little stands, and trying to figure out how to stay warm in winter (but not to the extreme they had in Paris post-World War II).


Have You Been Sent? New book from The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix August 25, 2009

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IMG_2480 Cover to Cover hosted Margaret Peterson Haddix (read her interview with me from last winter) to celebrate the release of her newest book Sent: The Missing Book 2.

This great author did a little reading for us from the book and then answered questions from the audience.

Fun things I found out from the Q & A:

The Missing series is planned for 7 books (just like Shadow Children) tenatively titled

1-Found: The Missing book 1







  • She is currently working on the 10th and final The 39 Clues book. It’s a little challenging when she hasn’t seen the final drafts of book 8 or 9. The every 3 month book release for the series makes for tough deadlines!
  • The Shadow Children television pilot/series has been put on hold indefinitely due to the writer’s strike and then the recession
  • While she chose to drop the lawsuit with movie The Village there have been some summer reading programs where kids read Running Out of Time and then watched The Village to decide if she’d been wronged.
  • She is really looking forward to reading The Hunger Game‘s sequel Catching Fire (blog post) and Graceling’s (blog post) sequel Fire by Cristin Cashore.


Duh to both of us for covering up the title! What were we thinking?

Here’s my copy of Sent. Now, do I let a student read it first since I just started The Sorceress?

The kids and I also picked up a paperback copy of Found (for my daughter) and a copy of Found and Sent for our friend Christopher.

Yet another great author event from Cover to Cover (best children’s bookstore ever!)


Great Reading in July July 26, 2009

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I haven’t been blogging much lately between getting my daughter to camp and having my son think her being gone means he is now an only-child whose whims I have nothing better to do than fulfill! On the other hand, I have been getting some great reading done.

Recently read:

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen-short, quirky, not quite sure what I think of it. I wouldn’t rush out to buy it in hardback. mudshark

Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan-see 100 Scope Notes or A Year of Reading review. Wow! An amazing book.edwardseyes

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (See PBS Parents Booklink’s article about the author Rick Riordan) Loved it! Surprised I hadn’t read it before. Even more surprised that my public library does not have ANY of the series. (I’ve been told they are there in the YA section-I will verify, but sure that I must be wrong) If I was an intermediate or middle school teacher, I would definitely want to read this aloud before the movie is released February 12, 2010.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (see Jen Robinson or semicolon‘s review) or check out the series’ website, The Curiosity Chronicle. Hate to say that I really had to make myself finish this book, although the last fourth flew by.

Beautiful Stories of LifeThe Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold by Cynthia Rylant (I had bought it because I love Cynthia Rylant and worry that kids don’t know some the “older” myths, fables, and fairy tales. Thought it would be good to read-aloud to my own children. It was a great coincidence that I started reading The Lightning Thief- right after this book. I love that The Lightning Thief will get kids familiar with many of the Greek myths that otherwise might not be that interesting to some readers.)

Recently won from a Twitter contest: The new released Slugger series=4 books so far= (formerly known as Barnstormers) by Loren Long and Phil Biloner-I do love the new covers! Thanks Children’s Book Review!

Recently viewed: While at the movies with my son this weekend (G-Force in 3-D, what else?) previews for both book related movies Where the Wild Things Are and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs were being featured. Obviously they are taking the picture book at a starting point for the movies, but hmmm….are movie writers out of original ideas? Is it cheaper for studios to option books and adaptations? I wonder… Also recently viewed on DVD, Coraline. Creepy, but not as scary as I bet it was on the big screen!

Currently Reading and upcoming reads:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (recommended by Lucy Calkins)

A Quick Guide to Making Your Teaching Stick by Shanna Schwartz (re-reading in preparation for an upcoming workshop class I’m teaching)

Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff (re-reading for Mother-Daughter Book Club)

20 Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (had to stop reading it because it made me keep crying)

Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino (How can you resist a title like that?)

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti (YA-picked up in NYC)

What I REALLY want though is a new BestBookIHaveNotRead to jump all those and take me to a new world. I’m on the look-out. It must be time for a trip to Cover to Cover!


Where the Wild Things Are Trailer April 1, 2009

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Check out the new trailer over at Apple’s site for Where The Wild Things Are

It did give me goosebumps and I love the promo’s music!


Hotel for Dogs-A Childhood Favorite that didn’t disappoint March 2, 2009

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I loved the book Hotel for Dogs as a child and read everything by Lois Duncan. I was a little worried the movie would be a big bore, but the kids could hardly wait to see it. They haven’t both wanted to go to the same movie in a long time. 

Not only was the movie entertaining, but from a parenthood standpoint, it was very touching to look over to see both my son and daughter snuffling when the siblings were separated through foster care. See they do love each other! 

I’m not a big fan of books turned into movies, but this one is worth seeing with your kiddos!