Mitten, Mitten. Who Will Get The Mitten?

Every year the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association gives the Mitten Award to a children's book that a committee of youth services librarians deemed best of the year.
The 2005 Mitten Award Committee has announced its list of finalists. The winner will be chosen from this list and announced at the MLA Fall Conference on October 12, 2006.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Littman
Hidden Child by Isaac Millman
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman
Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

Which one do you think deserves The Mitten?

It's Roald Dahl Day today!

Did you know that Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916? To celebrate what would have been the author's 90th birthday the UK is holding the first ever Roald Dahl Day! Some of Roald Dahl's most famous books include The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Dahl also recounted hilarious tales from his childhood in Boy: Tales of Childhood.

If you would like to learn more about this famous author, check out the author's official website, the Roald Dahl Museum or the Roald Dahl Foundation.

The Illusionist

Edward Norton (Fight Club and The Italian Job), stars in a new movie generating a lot of Oscar buzz. In The Illusionist (based on a Steven Millhauser short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist, from his collection, The Barnum Museum: Stories), Norton plays Eisenheim, a magician in Vienna in the early 1900s who uses his tricks to woo the lovely Sophie (Jessica Biel) who lives in high society’s stratosphere. Rich in atmospheric detail and 'things are not what they seem' nuances, The Illusionist is old fashioned cinematic entertainment at its best.

International Thriller Writers, Inc. Awards

International Thriller Writers, Inc AwardsInternational Thriller Writers, Inc Awards

2006 is the first year this fledgling organization of International Thriller Writers bestow awards to honor the best of the best among them.

The stellar membership includes such names as Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner, Alex Kava, David Liss, along with the usual suspects of Dale Brown, Janet Evanovich, Tess Gerritsen, David Baldacci, and the like.

2006 BEST NOVEL
THE PATRIOTS CLUB by Christopher Reich

2006 BEST FIRST NOVEL
IMPROBABLE by Adam Fawer

2006 BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
PRIDE RUNS DEEP by R. Cameron Cooke

For up-to-date news and reviews, subscribe to the organization's free newsletter. Click here for a list of Must-Read thrillers.

Fun Fantasy

Are you about 10 years old and like to read Fantasy? Guess what? I REALLY liked the following titles so I'm letting you know!!
Brainboy And The Deathmaster by Tor Seidler, follows Darryl, a twelve-year-old techno-genius, who finds himself the star of his very own life-threatening video game. YIKES!
The Skull Of Truth by Bruce Coville, follows Charlie, a sixth-grader with a compulsion to tell lies. Charlie acquires a mysterious skull that forces its owner to tell only the truth. Hoo BOY!
You might like 'em too!

Kid Bits - Home

Preschool Storytime Programs begin the week of September 11, and will run for 6 weeks in a row. This week at Malletts Creek and Pittsfield will be stories about "My Home". Here are a few titles to try ... We Were Tired of Living In a House by Leisel Skorpen, The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater, From Here To There by Margery Cuyler, {b:b1033647| A House Is A House For Me] by Mary Ann Hoberman, and Lizard's Song by George Shannon.

2007 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads finalists

Three finalists for the 2007 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads have been chosen. Click on the link below for more information about each title.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell (2002)

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man who would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder (2003)

Better Together: Restoring the American Community, by Robert Putnam (2003)

Let us know what you think!

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #33

Reyna Grande’s debut novel Across a Hundred Mountains is a stunning and poignant story of migration, loss and discovery.

Under desperate circumstances in a Tijuana jail, young Juana Garcia and teenage prostitute Adelina Vasquez met and their heartbreaking stories intertwined in the novel's alternating chapters, and re-crossed years later in the most unexpected ways. Starred review in Publishers Weekly.

A 2003 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, Grande was born in Guerrero, Mexico. With an insider’s perspective, she puts a human face on one of the most controversial issues of our time – Mexican immigration to the United States. A writer to watch, she is currently at work on her second novel.

In Memoriam: September 11

On the fifth anniversary of this unprecedented event in American history, the Library remembers with the exhibit New York, September 11; a staged reading of the "The Guys" by the Purple Rose Theatre Company; a panel discussion for survivors and families; a community forum with a panel of experts from the UM Department of Psychiatry; plus dozens of books and videos.

college 101

If you're just starting college, thinking about it or looking back, you might find these novels about college life entertaining if not totally realistic.

In Making Stuff Up, by Bill James, passions and rivalries erupt in a creative writing class. The president of the college tries to smooth things over while struggling to keep the college afloat.

Blue Angel by Francine Prose is a hilarious and cynical portrayal of college life, especially writers and English departments. She satirizes the pervasive feminist interpretation of literature by the women's studies teachers and empathizes with the disillusioned creative writing instructors who are resigned to reading some awful student work.

Elinor Lipman has also presented a farcical account of college life in her newest novel, My Latest Grievance, the story of Frederica Hatch, the precocious daughter of two activist professors who are also dorm parents at a small New England women's college.`

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