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Reading Snapshot #26

You might notice that many of these titles are perfect for sports fans.  That's because our staff has recently started a Reading Wildly campaign, focusing on a different genre each month.  We recently tackled sports fiction.

Athlete Vs Mathlete: Time-Out by W. C. Mack (#3)
The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West (#5)
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
The Contract by Derek Jeter
Double Reverse by Fred Bowen
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger (#6)
Fenway Fever by John H. Ritter
GuysRead: The Sports Pages edited by Jon Scieszka
The Kicks: Saving the Team by Alex Morgan (#1)
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin
Of Sorcery and Snow by Shelby Bach (#3)
Say It Ain't So by Josh Berk (#2)
Shoeless Joe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman (#4)
Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Always a Catch by Peter Richmond
Boy21 by Matthew Quick
Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein (#3)
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
Jackaby by William Ritter
Pop by Gordon Korman
The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi
Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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The Wizarding World of HPL

We're just one week away from our huge wizard-themed Halloween party.  The Wizarding World of the Hoover Library is Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.  If you're a library regular, you'll notice that is one hour after the library officially closes.  This party is so big it has to be after hours!  If you want to give your Halloween costume a trial run, go for it!  If you want to come dressed as one of the characters we're highlighting, you totally can!  If you want to come as your Muggle self, that's great too!  Here's a sneak peek at magical evening we have planned:

  • Harry Potter World -- The Library Theatre level will be transformed into Hogwarts.  Play Quidditch on the stage.  Make your way through the Tri-Wizard Tournament Maze.  And check out the Chamber of Secrets and the Room of Requirement.  Stop by Hagrid's hut and Trelawney's tower.  The Library Plaza will be transformed into Diagon Alley.  Get your wand at Ollivander's and your magical creature at Eeylops Owl Emporium.  Find fun at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.  Find food at The Leaky Cauldron.  And Death Eaters can get a Dark Mark tattoo.
  • Frozen -- Do you wanna make a snowman with Olaf?  Meet and greet with Elsa?  Experience even more Frozen fun?  Follow the stars.
  • Maleficent -- The Mistress of All Evil has taken over parts of the Kid Zone.  Brave her thorn maze, bottle her sleeping spell, and make a dragon.  Princess Aurora and her fairies will be on hand to add some pink to the occasion.  (Not pink!  Make it blue.)
  • Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice -- Mickey will help you make a sorcerer's hat in the picture book room.  Plus there's a castle bounce house on the patio!
  • Merlin -- Pull your balloon sword from the stone.  Master potions and tame owls with literature's original wizard in the Teen Spot.


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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Blog

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day is one of my favorite picture books . . . EVER!  Loved it as a kid, love it as an adult.  So, of course, I have to blog about the movie adaptation that hits theaters this weekend.  Some big-time stars are included in the cast -- Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner -- and the series of misadventures aren't limited just to Alexander.  The whole family has to deal with some disasters.  I'm looking forward to it.  I think it will put MY bad days into perspective.

Judith Viorst has written several books about Alexander.  Find them in the Kid Zone.

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Perfect Pair #3

It's time for the third phase in our new blog series Perfect Pair.  Think you know everything about the moon?  I bet you don't know about the powerful effect it has on people.   Let's meet October's pair!

  • What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren (2014)
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    Esther's family moves to a farm in Wisconsin when her father loses his job in the Great Depression.  It's a major adjustment -- life on a farm is hard work. Especially if your mother sees dangerous omens everywhere: in dreams, in the configuration of the moon, and in small daily occurrences. 
  • A Full Moon Is Rising by Marilyn Singer (2011)
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    This poetry book celebrates the moon via various cultures, countries, and festivals.  
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Number the Stars -- 25th Anniversary

Lois Lowry's Number the Stars was published in 1989 and won the Newbery Medal in 1990.  For the last twenty-five years, the story of Annemarie and her best friend Ellen have tugged the heartstrings of endless young people.  The story is set in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen in 1943.  Ten-year-old Annemarie becomes part of the Danish Jews rescue movement when her best friend moves in with her, pretending to be a member of her family.  And that is just the beginning.  The 25th anniversary edition of the book includes an introduction by the author, who traveled to Copenhagen to do research and conduct interviews before she wrote the story.  She also took the picture of the girl featured on the cover of the book.  If you'd like more information on the author, take a look at this webpage.  It also includes a discussion guide, writing prompts, a vocabulary guide, and an extension activity.  

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