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SSCO’s Does This Book Have a Hook? February 25, 2009

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It was a good, but long day yesterday. Working backwards from now I: slept (a little), met my newest niece Emma (all of two days old), and  attended ‘Does This Book Have a Hook?’ at SSCO. LOTS of adrenaline, which is probably why I’m not sleeping anymore. 

SSCO hosts two events that offer teachers, media specialists, curriculum coordinators, and intervention specialists the opportunity to 

review fiction and nonfiction literature for upper elementary through young adult readers. 

Participants keep each book they review to add to their school or classroom library collection.

So, what awesome books did I peruse and acquire?

Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll by Matt Haig (not a great cover, but a sequel to the first Samuel Blink which was fabulous!)

Queste by Angie Sage (Book 4 of the Septimus Heap series)

Freefall by Anna Levine (had read a review at Abby the Librarian recently that sounded interesting) 

The Book of Jude by Kimberley Heuston (set in 1989 during Prague Spring, deals with mental illness)

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (disturbing subject, but had read some good reviews)

Gone by Michael Grant (first two pages sucked me in-apocalyptic story)

Tracking Daddy Down by Marybeth Kelsey (*)

Vet Volunteers: Storm Rescue by Laurie Halse Anderson (my daughter loves the series)

Vet Volunteers: Say Good-Bye by Laurie Halse Anderson (ditto)

Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst (loved the first book, had read great reviews of this one)

Call of the Wild by Jack London (my husband’s favorite classic)

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (had looked for this several years ago and hadn’t like the editions I found then)

Go Long! by  Tiki & Ronde Barber (fourth grade boys will eat this up even though I don’t love celebrity authors)

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (It won the Printz award for Pete’s Sake)

Tulep O’Toole What I Really Want to do is Direct by Trudi Trueit (is that really her name?)

Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine (already knew and loved this book)

Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka (do I need to say anything? Jon Scieszka?)

Dragon Road by Laurence Yep (I like his historical fiction and this has a basketball twist)

The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer (*)

Magical Kids by Sally Gardner (*)

The Knaveheart’s Curse by Adele Griffin (*)

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston (*)

I am strategic in how I approach the event. The books are laid out, this time by genre, and you are allowed three at a time to review using their provided form. You finish three, you get three more, etc. Since I obviously enjoy reading and also enjoy giving books away to teachers as “door prizes” for inservice events, I felt that using the strategy of starting with books that I was familiar with thanks to other people’s blogs or familar with the author’s previous work was my best bet. Quantity did play into my decisions. 

So of the 22 books I ‘reviewed’ I only have 5 (*) that were selected by cover and inside flap.  Only one of those five made me shudder once I started flipping through it (Sorry Robert Weston). Zorgamazoo has a catchy cover and title, interesting use of fonts and illustrations and then…

THE WHOLE THING IS WRITTEN IN RHYMING COUPLETS-UGH!!!!!!!!!! All 281 pages. What was the publisher (and author) thinking? If someone ends up loving this book, let me know, but two pages of rhyme was punishing enough! 

What am I going to start with? I’m Thinking Gone, but we’ll see…stay tuned.