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1. Elephants Have Wings Engaging in Community

Elephants have Wings by Susanne gervay and Anna PignataroPIGNATARO_ANNA_ELEPHANTSHAVEWINGS_FULLIMAGEWith the world so traumatised by terrorism , the world is responding with movements for change, peace, kindness.

labyrinth in Centennial ParkLabyrinth Centennial ParkThe Labyrinth – a walking meditation – opened by Governor Marie Bashir to the blessings of the Wisdom Keepers from Aunty Ali Golding Aboriginal Elder Biripi Nation and many leaders of many faiths – Sikh, Buddhist, Moslem, Roman Catholic, Unity Church, Jewish, Zen, Anglican …. and others.

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival joins Stephanie Dowrick author and minister for an Interfaith service in Sydney’ s Uniting Church:-

‘If light is in your heart you will find your way home’. Rumi

The music played and sung by Dr Kim Cunio touched the heart.

Sydney Sacred Music festival and Inetrfaith ServiceTAL CAMERAStephanie Dowrick and Dr Kim Cunio at InterfaithInterfaith at Uniting Church Pitt Street SydneyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInterfaith service Elephants Have Wings published by Ford Street Publishing.



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2. Happy Birthday, Hermione Granger!

September 19th marks the birthday of Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her age. Please join us in wishing Hermione a very happy birthday and in hoping she gets many new books as gifts!

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3. Week in Review, September 15th-19th

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This week on hbook.com…

Marla Frazee Talks with Roger about The Farmer and the Clown (outtake — “Marla Frazee, wipe that smile off your face!”)

If I Stay movie review

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger: Does one size fit all?” How well do board books and picture books really adapt to digital?

Out of the Box:

Calling Caldecott:

Lolly’s Classroom:

September children’s literature events

See overviews of previous weeks by clicking the tag week in review. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on our articles!

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4. YALSAblog Tweets of the Week – September 19, 2014

A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between September 19 – September 15 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

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5. "Though what I wanted most to do was not think about it just for a little while, try to let my mind..."

“Though what I wanted most to do was not think about it just for a little while, try to let my... Read the rest of this post

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6. More sketchbook productivity….portrait of my son, lower...

More sketchbook productivity….portrait of my son, lower left, with ACTUAL quote…I don’t know where he gets this quips from, but lately he has me howling all the time. Must be the Calvin & Hobbes exposure, or WAIT - we are both Adventure Time junkies, could be that? I hope you have seen some of this brilliance already, I’m just now getting the memo.

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7. J.K. Rowling Donates to Local Town Hall

J.K. Rowling has given a generous donation to a Perthshire community project, turning Aberfeldy Town Hall into a music and drama center. One of Ms. Rowling’s official representatives confirmed that our favorite author has donated a generous amount to the project, but is inclined to keep the specific amount confidential. The project is said to need approximately 1.5 million pounds in funding. The Courier reports:


“The refurbishment of the B-listed building will cost £1.5 million but we had a generous donation from JK Rowling. We are not allowed to say how much it is.”

A spokeswoman for JK Rowling confirmed she had made a donation to the project but declined to comment further.

Locus Breadalbane has submitted a planning application to Perth and Kinross Council which would see the space transformed into a 182-seat venue.

Documents presented to council planning department show that two existing flats in the building will be ripped out and the space used to house a lesser hall, kitchen, green room and toilet facilities.

External sheds and an older extension will be demolished, with two new building enlargements being made.

“This and local area support will be an important aspect of the funding process The next fundraising event will be a silent auction on September 20 within the town hall.”

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8. The Committee Strikes

I knew those creeps at the Committee to Protect YA would hit me sooner or later, but I didn’t think they’d hit me this hard:

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9. "George Orwell worried about information control, whereas Aldous Huxley thought it was more likely..."

“George Orwell worried about information control, whereas Aldous Huxley thought it was more... Read the rest of this post

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10. Hare Lashes Out

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11. I really appreciate getting to see other people’s...

I really appreciate getting to see other people’s sketchbooks. It’s sometimes refreshing to see un-edited or less-edited thoughts in their raw form, and in visual symbols so it’s more vague and confusing than if it was spoken. Or sometimes clearer. I think you may possibly understand what I’m saying? So I’ll be reciprocating often, here.

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12. Self explanatory. Today. Every day.

Self explanatory. Today. Every day.

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13. Icon work for a video game that teaches complex math strategies...

Icon work for a video game that teaches complex math strategies to jaded middle schoolers. #educationdoesntnecessarilyhavetosuck

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14. Gorilla Snax

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15. Sometimes I like to draw on my clothes. Sometimes I get a little...

Sometimes I like to draw on my clothes. Sometimes I get a little carried away with that.  (Yes-Dress is red marker on white raw silk / vest is black marker on white cotton)

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16. Hopefully self-publishing this as a Kickstarter project in the...

Hopefully self-publishing this as a Kickstarter project in the next year, unless some publisher of graphic novels begs me to produce it first. I’m open to that.

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17. Tattoo design! Look for this on my friend Katy’s leg,...

Tattoo design! Look for this on my friend Katy’s leg, she’s walking around the general Seattle area…

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18. fun with shapes…..sacred geometry and all that

fun with shapes…..sacred geometry and all that

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19. Strange name – brilliant place with bush, writing at BREWONGLE on the Hawkesbury River

Brewongle Environment Education CampDriving out of Sydney, crossing the Hawkesbury River on a punt, heading into the bush – one of Australia’s treasures – to speak to young people. Fantastic!

There are education department schools in the bush where kids from all over the country can come to discover indigenous bush tucker, environmental secrets of the land, trek, tell stories – the Writers’ Camp happens once a year and 4 authors go bush.

Multi award winning Simon French who was one of the founders of the writing camp at Brewongle Environment Education Centre was there of course.

Deborah Abela and James Roy came this year and there was me. Even award winning illustrator Donna Rawlings dropped in.

James Roy brought his ukele and Steve – one of the fabulous staff – brought his guitar and kids joined in.

School house at BrewongleI was in the old school house 1878 – how fantastic is that!  I didn’t use the cane, but put the fire on with Queen Victoria’s photo looking over us all.

Brewongle Writers Camp Hawkesbury RiverDeborah Abela and Donna Rawlings at BrewongleYoung people are so insightful, so much to share and it was wonderful as always.

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20. RAW Exposure: Business & Marketing for Photographers

I have launched a new business and marketing training platform for photographers! It’s called RAW Exposure. For the last couple of months I have been working hard to create content for this new platform.

I remember how hard it was to get my photographs noticed in the early days, and what a struggle it was to generate an income from my work. Subsequently, through persistence, hard work and experimentation, I have figured out the strategies and techniques that work in today’s market. Through RAW Exposure, I will share my learnings with you.

RAW Exposure: Business & Marketing for Photographers

I will regularly update the new website with business and marketing tips, tutorials and resources. For example, this article: “10 Tips for Getting More Instagram Followers.” If you would like to receive these articles in a free email newsletter then you can sign-up by clicking here.

I have also created the following in-depth training products:

50-page Ebook: Build a Profitable Photography Business for Nature and Travel Photographers

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This ebook covers all aspects of how to break into the nature photography and travel photography markets. It is illustrated with numerous examples from my own career.

The ebook has been split into 5 sections:

  • How to take photos that will get noticed
  • Where are the money-making opportunities?
  • How to sell different products (for example, prints, stock photography, workshops and virtual products) and the pros and cons of each
  • An introduction to marketing
  • How to take the leap to becoming a full-time photographer

You can find out more and download a free preview chapter from this ebook here: Business Ebook

40-lesson E-course: Marketing for Photographers

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This is a comprehensive 40-lesson e-course on marketing for photographers. It has been created with all photographers in mind, regardless of your speciality or the current position of your business.

The e-course provides step-by-step instructions on how to set-up all aspects of your marketing strategy such as your website, newsletter and social media channels. It will teach you strategies and advanced techniques for gaining exposure, for example, how to get published in newspapers, how to get more website traffic and how to grow your social media following. Where appropriate, video tutorials will be included to illustrate certain lessons. Each lesson will give you tools and clear action points to help you achieve the lesson objectives.

Find out more here: Marketing E-course

One-on-one Training Packages

I am also offering a limited number of one-on-one business and marketing training packages. Options include private email Q&As, personalised strategy reports and consultations calls with myself.

Find out more here: One-on-one Training Packages

I look forward to hearing what you think of RAW Exposure. Remember to subscribe to the new newsletter if you want to receive free tips, giveaways and resources.

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21. PotterCast 254: Live from LeakyCon 2014!

It’s a PotterCast! This time we were LIVE from LeakyCon 2014, and we have a special co-host in Mark Oshiro!

Join John, Frankie, and Melissa to discuss the new Wizarding World, all the fun of LeakyCon 2014, and more. Also: we are making a real effort to get PotterCast back to its regular posting schedule again and are looking for editors. If you this this can be you, email us at staff@pottercast.com!

You can listen to PotterCast by subscribing on iTunes right here, or by downloading the episode directly.

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22. Introducing a New Rating System

In light of my 8th anniversary earlier this week, I've decided to implement a new feature I've been kicking around for awhile: a new rating system.

At the time I set up my blog, my out of 10 rating system was one that made the most sense to me, since I really don't like giving half stars on the 5 star scale that is common on Amazon and Goodreads reviews.  I was mostly trying to give an objective view of the book's merit overall, not necessarily how I felt about it.

Now I find my perspective about how I focus on the books I read is changing, and I really look first at how much I enjoyed the book, and then on how much merit it has.

Therefore, I am introducing a new system to how I rate reviews: the Leaf System.  Details about the ratings will be shown below and added to the About Ratings page of the blog.  Reviews completed before this date will still be show in the old style, so I don't expect to convert old reviews to the new system.

So here's the details on the new system.  Books will be given a rating from 1 to 5 leaves:

5 leaves: I Really Enjoyed It

These books are books that I would easily recommend to others and/or think about often.

4 leaves: I Liked It

These are books that are good, recommended, and worth reading, but have something missing that make them not worthy of 5 leaves.  These books are good, but probably not re-reads.

3 leaves: It Was Okay

These are books that are just okay, and have both good and bad qualities to them.  I don't regret reading these books, but am not necessarily excited about them.

2 leaves: I Didn't Like It, But You Might

These are books that that I did not enjoy, but you as a reader might like them more than I did.  This is the rating that I reserve for books where I can see the merit of a book, and how it might be enjoyable to a certain type of reader, but it just wasn't my thing.

1 leaf: Not Recommended

I expect these reviews will not show up here very often, just because if I didn't enjoy the book that much, I usually won't take the time to write a review for it.  But in the case that I do write a review for these books, that's what the 1 leaf rating is reserved for.  These are books that I do not recommend in any way.

In addition to a leaf rating, there are 3 additional "awards" a book can earn based on the following criteria:

The Gold Leaf Award

These are books that are rated 5 leaves and have something else about them that just makes them super spectacular, the best of the best.  A gold leaf award is similar to the old 10/10 rating.  These are books that probably will end up being on my Favorites list for awhile to come.

The Sprinkle Award

Sprinkles remind me of cupcakes, and like many cupcakes, these books are all sugar and fluff.  Not much substance there, but it was fun to consume it anyway.  The sprinkle award is granted to books that are not necessarily literary substantial or great, but more for pure entertainment purposes.

The Up All Night Award

This award is given to books that are what I like to call "compulsively readable"; those books you tear through, edge-of-your-seat suspense, can't put down, etc.  In the end, books with this award may only get a 3 leaf rating, but they definitely kept me going all night while I was in the middle of them.  

So there you have it, a (hopefully) simplified version of the rating system.  Or it seems simplified to me at least, so that's why I'm going to try it out for awhile.

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23. YA Authors are amoung the Top Earning Authors


This fun fall illustration was sent in and created by Lisa Fields.  She is an illustrator based out of New York City, who is represented by CATugeau Artist Agency.  She says she loves to focus on facial expression and color in her work.  LisaFields.com

Seventeen World’s Top-Earning Authors: Veronica Roth, John Green And Gillian Flynn New on List

Young adult author Veronica Roth‘s ranks 6th on account of her “Divergent” trilogy which sold a combined 6.7 million copies in 2013, earning her around $17 million from print and ebook sales between June 2013 and June 2014. She also benefited from the book’s 2014 film adaption, which grossed $270 million at the global box office. At just 26, Roth is the youngest newcomer on the ranking, and one of seven women on the 17-person list.

37-year-old newcomer John Green’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” propelled him to an estimated $9 million yearly paycheck before taxes and fees. The YA love story, which follows the trials of two cancer-stricken teens, has sold well over 1 million copies in the U.S. and spawned a weepy summer blockbuster.

Green is tied for 12th place with Gillian Flynn, who joins the rankings for the first time due to the continued success of 2012′s “Gone Girl.” While not a YA book, it is a New York Times bestseller that sold 1.2 million copies in 2013; a movie version starring Ben Affleck hits cinemas this year.

A 2012 Bowker Market Research study suggested 55% of YA books are bought by people 18 and older. Adults aged between 30 and 44 accounted for 28% of all YA sales, and the books are purchased for their own reading the vast majority of the time.

“The category has reached adult audiences and really become okay to read,” said Lori Benton, VP Group Publisher at Scholastic Trade Publishing. “Harry Potter was the very first one to reach that audience – it was quickly embraced by children, and just as quickly by adults.”

With $14 million in earnings, the original young adult tour de force, J.K. Rowling, ranks 8th on our list. She continues to earn from back sales of her iconic Harry Potter series, while Pottermore – a proprietary website she setup to sell Harry Potter ebooks – makes her a pretty penny. Unlike most authors, Rowling never signed over the digital rights to her books, so she sells directly to readers, earning far more from these digital sales than most authors do through ebooks.

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Here’s the List:

ALEX CROSS and MICHAEL BENNETT series: James Patterson 90,000 million. His books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States.

INFERNO: Dan Brown 28 million

JEWELS OF THE SUN: Nora Roberts 23 million due to paperback and e-book sales.

A PERFECT LIFE: Danielle Steel 22 million

POWER PLAY: Janet Evanovich 20 million

WIMPY KID: Jeff Kinney 17 million

DIVERGENT Series: Veronica Roth 17 million

SYCAMORE ROW: John Grisham 17 million

DOCTOR SLEEP: Stephen King 17 million

HUNGER GAMES: Suzanne Collins 16 million

HARRY POTTER: J.K. Rowling 14 million

GAME OF THRONES: George R.R. Martin 12 million

KING AND MAXWELL: David Baldacci 11 million

THE HEROS OF OLYMPUS: Rick Riordan 10 million

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: E.L. James 10 million (Sold 29 million copies in 2012 the U.S. alone. Sales dropped off in 2013 to a combined 1.8 million, but an upcoming movie could boost 2015.

GONE GIRL: Gillian Flynn 9 million

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: John Green 9 million

You too can join the list. All you need to do is write a great book, get a great Agent, how finds a great publisher, make all the Best Book Lists, sell it to a Hollywood Studio who brings it to the big screen then becomes a blockbuster hit and repeat year after year. So keep writing, because you don’t have a chance to make that happen any other way.

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24. Letters from You…

However badly he behaves Mortimer is still finding friends… Some readers will always remember Joan Aiken for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, or her heroine Dido Twite in later books in the Wolves series, but many of the letters that still arrive from her fans are about Mortimer – the ‘feathered fiend’ who worries the […]

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25. My son. One of the best things I ever made. I had some help, of...

My son. One of the best things I ever made. I had some help, of course.

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