If you haven't read The Deathly Hallows is a while, it's time to read it again! And of course, it's time to ask for a vacation day - November 19th!
The catchy song was easy to remember, and people began singing it at parties. The song found its way out of Louisville, across the nation, and around the world.I love nonfiction books that lend themselves to story time. Most kids will know the Happy Birthday song and will be interested in hearing its origin. Of course, they’ll love singing it as well! "Happy Birthday" will make a great read-aloud for older children. I often host a story hour for adults with various disabilities. It's difficult to choose books with the right mix of ease and interest. This title will be perfect for my group as well.
"...college will show you a thousand other paths." Are you sorry you took this one?" Mater startled like I'd poked her. "Not hardly!" She turned to me, her face pale and waxy in the faint light. "Life's hard, Lyza. Filled with little invisible walls you have to climb over. The walls surprise you. Or, who knows, maybe you put them there yourself to keep your parents out, but the climbing's the thrill of it. The real work. I love your pater. I love you. And this house. My sewing. And God forgive their stubbornness, my family."Lyza is afraid, but her only close friend, Jake, entreats her to go. He will be tied to a life of fishing. He wants Lyza to see more. He wants to go with her. When tragedies strike, Lyza will go to Portland; and she will find the way into her father's world, willing or not.
I headed down a shoreline road just wide enough for a horse and a body to pass each other. Trees lined either side. As darkness filled the road with shadows, I cursed myself for forgetting a lantern. The moon pitied my foolishness and lit the way.
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.An interview with winner, Jim Murphy appears in this month's School Library Journal. What makes Jim Murphy such a wonderful and interesting choice is that although he was chosen by YALSA, his books are also appropriate for younger (and older) readers, and most importantly, he is the first nonfiction author ever chosen for this award.