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Blog: Sharon Ledwith: I came. I saw. I wrote. (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Today’s blog post comes from PurpleFairy1862 who asks, “What happened when your user name came alive?”
Here is her answer: 1,862 purple fairies are trying to kill me by using a magical spell while I am in a trap.
What would happen if YOUR user name came to life? Go to the STACK Back Message Board and leave your answer for your own user name. If you don’t have a user name, it’s easy to get one — and free! Sign up now.Add a Comment
Blog: ALSC Blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Alyssa Morgan.
1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I’m the Children’s Librarian/Head of Youth Services at the Morgan County Public Library in Martinsville, IN. I’ve been in this position almost 5 years, and actually began my career here as an intern.
And yes, the library and I do have the same name.
2. Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?
I see ALSC as a way to keep in touch with other librarians across the nation. Through ALSC, I’ve gained not only great programming ideas, useful management tips, and the knowledge that I’m not the only librarian who faces triumph and struggle on a daily basis.
3. If a movie was presented of your life, who would you want to play you?
Kate Winslet or Emma Thompson. Even though I bear no resemblance whatsoever to either of them.
4. Do you have a favorite word? What is it?
5. What forms of social media do you use regularly?
I’m a Facebook fiend! I try to tweet (@LibraryLyssa) and blog (www.librarylyssa.com) on a regular basis but it usually falls on the back burner.
6. Do you have any cats or dogs or other pets?
One cat, Olivia. When I was at the shelter looking for a cat, I was holding her in my lap and another cat hopped in my lap and hissed at her. She very calmly turned around, smacked the snot out of the other cat, and went back to cleaning her paws. I knew this was the cat for me!
7. What do you like to drink? Coffee, tea, juice, water, or something else?
COFFEE! COFFEE! COFFEE!
8. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The teen librarian and I recommend it to EVERYONE!
9. Do you normally celebrate holidays? What’s your favorite?
December 4 has become a holiday at my library because there are four of us who share that date as our birthday! Cards and all sorts of sweet treats are brought in to help celebrate.
10. What would you be doing if you weren’t a librarian?
I honestly have no idea and hope I never have to find out!
Thanks, Alyssa! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!
Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org; we’ll see what we can do.
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Blog: Kelly Hashway's Blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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- Memorial Day Take time today to remember what the holiday is really about.
- Book Signing At Blairstown Elementary Last Monday I signed close to 100 books at Blairstown Elementary School. It was such a great day. This school has been so incredibly supportive, reading all of my picture books and my MG, Curse of the Granville Fortune, so I donated a copy of Mystery of Majestic Cave to the library so the student could continue reading the series.
- Editing I'm finishing up one client edit and getting ready for the next this week.
- Revising I've been working through my latest Ashelyn Drake NA contemporary romance. So far I've been pleasantly surprised by the first draft. It's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I swear when I draft I go through periods where I think I'm writing nothing usable, but then I revise and surprise myself.
- End of the School Year My daughter has a half day on Tuesday and then she's off for the summer. I can't believe another school year is finished.
- Visions of Mockingbird Point True Poison, my cover designer for the Curse of the Granville Fortune series, sent me the draft of the cover for book three. As usual, it blew me away. Can't wait until it's finalized so I can share it with you all.
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Blog: A Year of Reading (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Scholastic, May 2016
"Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.
Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.
Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.
Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week."
"Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.
Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother--before it's too late.
A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky."
Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day—until a plane struck the World Trade Center.
But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will’s father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Naheed has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she’s getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Aimee is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business.
These four don’t know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day—the day our world changed forever."
More than you ever wanted to know about the right to create merchandise (toys, games, stuffed animals, etc.) based on your book.
Blog: My Brain on Books (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I'm pleased to announce a Giveaway winner for the signed hardcover copy of THE DRAKE EQUATION by Bart King. According to randomizer the winner is:
Congratulations, Sue! Look for an email from me asking for your mailing address.
And I'm so excited because I have a new giveaway this week and it's also SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!
Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung (April 26, 2016, Scholastic Press, 272 pages, for ages 8 to 12)
Synopsis (from Indiebound): The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it. Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who's Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. She's had it with people thinking that everything she does well -- getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, et CETera -- are because she's ASIAN.
Of course, her own parents don't want to have anything to DO with their Korean background. Any time Chloe asks them a question they change the subject. They seem perfectly happy to be the only Asian family in town. It's only when Chloe's with her best friend, Shelly, that she doesn't feel like a total alien.
Then a new teacher comes to town: Ms. Lee. She's Korean American, and for the first time Chloe has a person to talk to who seems to understand completely. For Ms. Lee's class, Chloe finally gets to explore her family history. But what she unearths is light-years away from what she expected.
Chloe's voice is pitch-perfect. You will feel you are listening to an actual twelve-year-old girl gripe about her parents and school. Her family history is wild and crazy, but makes for a fun, fast-paced read. Chloe's friendship with Shelly reminds me of actual friendships I had in junior high. And it's always refreshing to read a story in which the main character has two loving parents. Plus, this is a lighthearted, humorous novel that nevertheless delves into deeper issues of prejudice and racism. Today's kids need this book more than ever.
Favorite lines (from page 66): "The notes spilled out of the violin strings like beams of sunlight, and I got that tingly feeling I always get when I'm playing something as well as I can play, except I was just playing a scale!"
Giveaway details: I have a SIGNED hardcover copy to give away. To enter, you must be a follower of this blog and you must comment on this post. US mailing addresses only, please (so sorry!). If you mention this giveaway on social media, please let me know and I'll give you extra chances. This giveaway ends at 10:00 pm EDT on Sun June 5 and the lucky winner will be announced on Monday June 6, 2016. Good luck!
Blog: places for writers (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Rescue Press invites entries for the Black Box Poetry Prize, a contest for full-length collections of poetry. Open to poets at any stage in their writing careers. Judge: Douglas Kearney. No reading fee; however donations are appreciated and go toward publishing the winning manuscript(s). Authors who donate $15 or more receive a Rescue Press book of their choice. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
Blog: Shannon Whitney Messenger (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Here's this week's MMGM links (sorry if I missed anyone--we lost a kitty today, so my brain is a little shot)
- Mark Baker wants everyone to solve THE MYSTERY OF MEMORIAL DAY. Click HERE to see why
- Andrea Mack is spotlighting JUST LIKE ME. Click HERE to see why.
- Got My Book has a post on the benefits of audiobooks HERE. And a review of THE IRON TRIAL if you click HERE.
- Greg Partridge is raving about ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK. Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--CICI RENO: #MIDDLESCHOOLMATCHMAKER. Click HERE for details.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.
If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.
Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!
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The University of Toronto’s speculative fiction journal, The Spectatorial, is currently looking for fiction, poetry, articles, essays, graphic fiction, novel excerpts, book/movie reviews, etc. Particularly interested in topics that touch upon other cultures and marginalized groups, whether it’s discussing literature no one has heard of from another country, or addressing social justice issue in a speculative work. Articles 500-1200 words, or pitched proposals for topics of interest. Deadline: ongoing.Add a Comment
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Entries are open for the Bartleby Snopes 8th annual Dialogue Only Contest. First prize: $300 minimum (higher if 50+ entries received). Compose a short story entirely of dialogue — no narration — that delivers a powerful and engaging story. Length: 2000 words max. Entry fee: $10 for unlimited entries. Deadline: September 15, 2016.Add a Comment
Blog: RANDOM WRITING (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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The only chance I’d have all weekend to get out on the lake was early, early Saturday morning.
Sleep in an extra hour . . . get out on the lake . . . sleep in . . . get out on the lake . . .
Yeah. There was no contest.
My first stop was to check on the nesting loon, as many campers mentioned hearing them call Friday afternoon. Just seeing her on the nest, had me breathing a sigh of relief.
I snapped a couple photos, and just when I’d decided to move along, she rose back to push the grasses up against her egg.
I sure hope this one hatches!! It would be wonderful to have a loon chick on the lake again.
I dipped my paddle in the water and turned to head down by the state park area of the lake (there’s a cove down there that’s always humming with birds when the sun comes up) Suddenly, I noticed something splashing in the water on the shoreline. Using my camera like binoculars, I zoomed in just as it took off . . .
Sure wish I’d seen it sooner to get photos of it bathing!
I followed . . . at a respectful distance of course. The eagle landed on a branch and hung its wings to dry.
He preened for quite awhile. As I looked around, I realized the nest was in sight from his perch.
They are ever watchful of their little ones.
It was such a beautiful morning to be out on the lake, gliding along, listening to nature rising with the sun. I’m looking forward to many more mornings just like this one . . .Add a Comment
Blog: Koosje Koene (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I am a big believer that outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens. I don’t just believe it does, I know it does.
Here’s a little example of a recent experience in facing creative fears:
The other day I had a delicious meal and ate Dutch asparagus. Those white asparagus come from the south of the Netherlands and can be harvested only for a very short season so every year. So these beauties are celebrated on the plate. All the more reason to draw them too!
So I did.
Although that comic-style recipe illustration doesn’t quite match the rest of the page, I loved working on this and it could be the basis for a version 2.0, an illustrated recipe to send to They Draw And Cook for example.
The eventual purpose (if any) didn’t matter, because I was just enjoying the process of drawing in my sketchbook.
Now it definitely needed color, that was for sure.
So my brush hovered over my color palette, deciding whether to go for a safe color or something different. I wanted a contrasting color and looked at the red watercolor in my palette and thought: red can be quite aggressive, it’s kind of scary.
If something is scary… Do it anyway!
All the more reason, actually.
It might surprise you how much you can accomplish, when exploring the unknown or unpredictable.
And besides: what is the worst that could happen?
My father taught me something valuable, which he learned from his mom: to remind yourself that “your life doesn’t depend on it”. This is especially true when it’s just a drawing!
So I decided to make that red paint bleed all over the page and then also added a layer of red color pencil to deepen the color. And I love where it brought this page.
It may be too bright, and the red doesn’t reflect the delicate flavor of the dish, but it looks great as a sketchbook spread.
What scares you? Go and do something with it. Today.
Oh and if this asparagus drawing tastes like more: join my 4-week online class on illustrating recipes in June. Click here to learn more and sign up!Add a Comment
Blog: Cartoon Brew (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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The Walt Disney Company loves to acknowledge anniversaries and milestones, except for this one.
The post On This Day 75 Years Ago, Disney Animation Changed Forever appeared first on Cartoon Brew.Add a Comment
They've announced the shortlist for the (Australian) Miles Franklin Literary Award.
There's still quite a wait until they announce the winner of the A$60,000 prize -- on 26 August.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Basma Abdel Aziz's The Queue, just out from Melville House.
Some nice related coverage in The New York Times today too, as Alexandra Alter reports that Abdel Aziz and other Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in the Dystopian Novel.
Blog: Children's Book Reviews and Then Some (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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It starts out with just an acoustic guitar being ramdomly strummed in the corner of a room, as if Robert Pollard hasn’t quite worked out the song that the rest of the band — who are filing into the room and grabbing their instruments — are going to play next.
Suddenly, he finds a riff, and “Tractor Rape Chain” explodes into full-blown technicolor glory, guitars perfectly interlocked, drums right on the spot, and everything right with the world. Maybe this is low-fi, but it sure isn’t a song that was accidentally recorded.
This time, when the guitars pop-in-and-out of the mix, it’s for emphasis, not because there was a problem with the recording.
Meanwhile, Robert Pollard alternates verses about a relationship coming apart with a chorus about the furrows a tractor makes in a rapeseed field, sung at the very top of his range.
Parallel lines on a slow decline
Tractor rape chain
Better yet, let’s all get wet
On the tractor rape chain
Speed up, slow down, go all around in the end
I don’t know if that’s supposed to be some kind of metaphor, or if those were just some words that fit the melody that came to his head. Probably the latter.
All I know is that I loved guitar sound on the verses and the stop and build to the chorus. And I really loved the long, arcing melody line of that chorus, how it soared at the beginning, but somehow got almost sad by the time it was over.
And when he got hung up on “Speed up, slow down, go all around in the end”, so did I. That would be the part that I would sing over and over in my head after any time I listened to Bee Thousand.
“Tractor Rape Chain”
“Tractor Rape Chain” performed live in 2014
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The post Certain Songs #551: Guided by Voices – “Tractor Rape Chain” appeared first on Booksquare.Add a Comment
Blog: Write What Inspires You (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom.
May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.
In union with people of goodwill of every nation, embolden us to answer the call to work for peace and justice, and thus, seek an end to violence and conflict around the globe.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
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Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist Add a Comment
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Baixo Bebê – praia do Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
Dia 8 de maio de 2016, mães e filhos se reuniram para prestigiar o novo livro da dupla Andrea Viviana Taubman (escritora) e Sandra Ronca (ilustradora), editado pela Editora Jovem.
Sol suave, brisa fresca do mar, muitos amigos e sorrisos, cercaram a sorridente autora que traz nos olhos o brilho da delicadeza essencial para tratar de temas delicados. Neste, ela fala dos sentimentos que nos temperam quando nos fazemos mães. Um ponto de vista especial, e de extrema entrega. Medos, esperanças, sonhos, expectativas sobretudo de que a felicidade seja o destino.
As imagens da ilustradora Sandra Ronca traduzem de forma doce a narrativa de Andrea Taubman, e sentimos cada pincelada como um toque de amor.
Como conheço Sandra e Andrea pessoalmente, sei que é exatamente esse o criar das duas. Toques de amor, registrados agora para sempre pelo editor e professor Alcides Goulart, da Editora Jovem.
Para adquirir o seu exemplar:
Fotos de Thais Linhares, maio de 2016. Luz do mar.
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Blog: Monica Gupta (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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कार्टून – मेरा देश बदल रहा है भारतीय जनता पार्टी के दो साल पूरे हुए नही कि जश्न आरम्भ हो गए… नया गाना मेरा देश बदल रहा है रिलीज किया गया… बात ज्यादा पुरानी नही है जब अच्छे दिन आने वाले है बच्चे बच्चे की जुबान पर था पर शायद वो नही आए … कोई […]Add a Comment
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The media streaming giant has set a summer release date for "The Little Prince."
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