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Children’s Author Norman Bridwell Died Last Friday

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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The well-loved children’s author and illustrator, Norman Bridwell, has died at the age of 86. Of course, Norman Bridwell’s most memorable character is Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford was introduced in 1963 and has over 150 titles as well as an animated television series.

There will be two new titles released in 2015, Clifford Goes to Kindergarten and Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah.

 


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Author Kent Haruf Died Over The Weekend

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

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Author Kent Haruf died Sunday at the age of 71.  His last novel, “Our Souls at Night,” will be published next year.  Kent Haruf wrote novels set in the quiet fictional town of Holt, Colorado. This includes Plainsong, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

 


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Author P.D. James Died Last Week

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Well-known author P.D. James died last week Thursday at her home in England at the age of 94.  P.D. James wrote mysteries beloved by many readers, including her last book Death Comes to Pemberley in 2013 which paid homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

 


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Spooky Views for the Squeamish

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

ghostbustersOctober is the perfect time to pull out some of your favorite spooky movies and spend quality time cuddled under a warm blanket while the wind chases leaves around the yard.  But some of us have to draw the line at watching movies that make each leaf tap on the window sound like a creepy crawly coming to get us!  So here are a few DVDs that you can enjoy that still are spooky but probably will not keep you up at night!

Ghostbusters – (rated PG) Okay, so this one is listed as a Comedy, but it is the perfect creepy movie that isn’t too much for the squeamish.  Because seriously, that possession bit freaks me out, but I really enjoy the ghost hunting and humor!

warm-bodiesThe Sixth Sense – (rated PG-13)  Haley Joel Osment was such a adorable kid and he played the young boy in this movie to perfection.  But a certain pivotal scene (no spoilers) really sends a shiver down my spine.

Warm Bodies – (rated PG-13) Zombies; yep a sure way to make me stop watching, but really MOST of these zombies are not that bad!  This one really does have some finer points, so if the zombies have turned you off from it, give this one a second chance.

Race to Witch Mountain – (rated PG) Now we are moving on to aliens and lots of car chases.  Really low spooky levels but still a good one for October.

Nightmare-Before-ChristmasThe Nightmare before Christmas – (rated PG) Some of those animated characters are very freaky and overall it has a creepy storyline.  Jack representing Christmas?  That’s enough to give us all shivers!  But it is animated so really no need to hide under the covers.

Dark Shadows – (rated PG-13) Now vampires are another on the “really don’t want to watch” list, but this vampire, played by Johnny Depp, isn’t a typical vampire.  Yes, there are some gross things, but not that much, so grab that popcorn and blanket and watch some movies!

 


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Author Billie Letts Dies At Age 76

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

billielettsBillie Letts, author of the Oprah Winfrey-picked “Where The Heart Is,” died August 3rd at the age of 76. Ms. Letts didn’t start writing until she was in her 50s after teaching English for two decades. Her first book went on to be a bestseller and was made into a movie, partially thanks to Oprah’s endorsement.

Billie Letts’ later works included “The Honk and Holler Opening Soon” in 1998, “Shoot the Moon” in 2004 and “Made in the U.S.A.” in 2008.

 

 


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Author L. A. Meyer Died July 29

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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The well-known author of the Bloody Jack series for teens, Louis A. Meyer died on July 29 of complications from refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  The 12th and last book of the Bloody Jack series, Wild Rover No More, will be published in September.

 


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July Teen Booklist: Tune In

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

This month there is only one new teen booklist and it features Books with a Music Theme. One of my favorite books is included on the list: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I am not a big music fan at all, but I loved the characters and the storyline of this book! Piper is deaf; having her be a manager of a band might be strange, but she is willing to working hard and prove herself. But it is not easy to manage five very different personalities and look for a venue for them to play.

Below are a few of my other favorites from the list:
fiveflavors      audreywait      beattheband      areyouexperienced

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Author Walter Dean Myers Has Died at Age 76

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Well-known young adult author Walter Dean Myers died Tuesday after a brief illness.  He is the author of more than 100 books for children and teens and has been praised for his realistic writing of African American youth usually in an urban setting.  Walter Dean Myers was the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton award for Lifetime Achievement.  His books also received a number of literary awards including Monster which won the Printz award and Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness which both won the Newbery Honor award in 1989 and 1993 respectively.

“I write books for the troubled boy I once was and for the boy who lives inside me still.”

 


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New Teen Booklists

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Still looking for that perfect read to ignite your summer reading? Check out some of these great booklists!
burningblue    steampunk     spawater    lastdragonslayer

 


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New Teen Booklists for Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Looking for something new or different to read this summer?  Check out some of these great new booklists.

Love John Green’s books but waiting for your hold? Try these If You Like John Green suggestions. Another popular series this summer is Divergent by Veronica Roth. If you have read all three books in the series and are looking for more, try If You Like Divergent or Dystopian Fiction for Teens booklists. Still not the right list?  How about Action & Suspense books.

All these lists have some great suggestions to really Ignite Your Summer Reading!

nicknorah     deliruim    houseofscorpion    steelheart

 


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