FIGURE IT OUT soon

I figured out who my new favorite author is. Sara Pennypacker! After I read a review in School Library Journal, I read Clementine. Then I took home The Talented Clementine. Then I checked out Stuart's Cape and Stuart Goes To School. I LOVED these characters! They are strong contenders for fans of R.Q.(Ramona Quimby), H.H.(Henry Huggins), J.B.J.(Junie B. Jones), J.P.(Joey Pigza), F.D.D.(Franklin Delano Donuthead), and G.B.G.(Gooney Bird Greene).

Presidential Summer Reading

Apparently The Stranger, by Albert Camus was not the only intellectually challenging book on President Bush's reading list this summer. Adam Gopnik, writing in the Aug. 28 New Yorker, names two others on what he describes as "An amazingly strenuous list, actually." The bonus books were American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, by Richard Carwardine. Whether Bush has actually read either of these books is unclear to me. But even if he has, that's only three for the summer - two short of the five books required to finish the AADL Summer Reading Game. Better luck next year, Mr. President.

Teens Trapped - in your e-mail

Summertime encourages lighter reading, and for some teens, Underworld by Catherine MacPhail may be a good choice. Sign up at DearReader.com to get excerpts by e-mail - or check out the book from the library. The story is intriguing: Zesh, Liam, Fiona, Angie, and Axel hate each other at school, but when they are trapped together by a rock slide, well, changes happen. MacPhail is a prize-winning author who lives in Scotland. When her book came out last year, it received mixed reviews. School

Book Bits - Lost and Found

Where's My Sock? Are you a loser? You could be a finder too? Read this book together to find a clever solution to a common problem.

School's Out.. Time for Summer Reading

Summer Reading

YES! Finals are over, and the dust has cleared. Come in to any AADL branch and sign up for the teen summer reading game. We will be giving away fabulous prizes and free books, so pick up the cute little cubist pamphlet and try some of these new books at the library. (this is a page with ALL the new fiction at AADL as of May, kids through adult)

Lists Lead to Summer Reading

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For help putting together your own personal best 2006 Summer Beach Reading List, here's an option: Click the Research tab above, choose AADL Select Sites on the left, then pick Books and Reading. Presto - lots of links to lists of books you very well may want to read this summer. Use these lists to make your own list. Remember, if you check these books out from the library, you can set up your account to keep track of your personal reading history. Very easy, very fun, very likely to keep you making more lists and reading more books in our Summer Reading program, which starts June 19.

On Beauty and Obsessions

I have a confession. I am prone to obsessions. One of the targets of this obsession is Zadie Smith. I had never heard of Zadie Smith until the release of her highly acclaimed novel White Teeth. I picked up this book because of the title. It's like someone out there knew about one of my other obsessions: teeth. After White Teeth, I looked around for other things by Smith and took to reading interviews. Then I got wind of The Autograph Man. This book wasn't as well-received as White Teeth, but I devoured it.

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