Friday, July 29, 2011

Attention Book Groups

Do you need a new Book Group To Go bag for your book group? We have a great new historical fiction title for you -- Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.

Here is a description: Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain's son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows his subsequent ivy league education and efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite. Fiction

All Book Group To Go bags contain 12 books, discussion questions and information about the book and the author for your book group.

Monday, July 18, 2011

One World Many Stories

The theme for the children's Summer Reading Program this year is "One World Many Stories" - a great reminder to teens and adults alike that learning about other cultures through literature is enriching and entertaining! Check out some of these titles that work great as both Young Adult fiction and Adult fiction.

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier - about an Indian-American girl growing up in New Jersey.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - the story of Amir, a young boy from Kabul, who befriends the son of his father's servant set against a backdrop of tumultuous events.

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper - slave trader's enter fifteen-year-old Amari's village in remote Africa and destroy life as she knows it.

Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa - Violet Paz is American born, but half-Cuban and half-Polish by descent. Her grandmother insists that she have a traditional quinceanera to celebrate her 15th birthday and she learns about tradition, family, and self-discovery.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - Arnold leaves the Spokane Indian Reservation where he grew up to attend an all-white high school and deals with issues such as racism, poverty, and following of traditions.

Friday, July 15, 2011

First Trailer for the new Hugo Cabret movie!

The much loved book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick is now a movie, directed by Martin Scorcese! The movie, called "Hugo", is coming out in theaters in November 2011, and the first film trailer has just been released. The visually beautiful book, winner of the 2008 Caldecott, looks like it is going to be just as stunning in motion picture. Check out the trailer here, and don't forget to re-read the book before seeing the film!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Find Your Perfect Personal Summer Read!

Still searching for the perfect beach read?

Check out this snazzy toy courtesy of the folks at! It's a Summer Reading List generator! Tell them what you want, what sorts of things you like, and vwa-la! It gives you a reading list!

Beach days are sneaking away quickly--make sure to cache in on as much summer reading time as possible!