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25 June 2007 @ 05:20 pm
books soon, I promise  
I left DC at the crack of dawn (actually even before dawn cracked) and am now in South Carolina for the NCTE Literacy Institute. It is rather warm here (an understatement), but so are the people. I have almost finished reading a book. Lately, books have had to take a back seat to all the audio listening. It was a nice break to sit in a plane and read for an extended period of time. If I can keep my eyes open after dinner, I might try to knock out the last 100 pages of GUINEVERE'S GIFT, an ARC I am reading.

I promise to post photos from ALA as soon as I get back home. Stay tuned.

For those I missed at ALA, I really was in meetings all day every single day. I long for the good old days when I just went to the conference to "play."
Current Mood: hothot
(Anonymous) on June 26th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
British authors
I just attended the conference in SC and thoroughly enjoyed hearing you and your list of books. I teach high school seniors and am looking for a novel (not too long) by a British author that will appeal to boys. Any ideas?

Jane Sandel
Salem High School
Salem, VA
professornanaprofessornana on June 26th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: British authors

Wow, that was fast. I have a few authors to recommend. I love some of Aidan Chambers' books, especially his story collections (DANCE ON MY GRAVE). I wonder if THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME might be too much? I would suggest looking at some of the books that have won the British equivalent of our Newbery, the Carnegie Award: http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/awards/juv/carnegie.htm

I have read Mal Peet's books and find them interesting. David Almond's books are fabulous Iloved Skellig and Kit's Wilderness and Clay). Terry Prachett is good for fantasy/humor. I hope this is of some help.

(Anonymous) on June 29th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: British authors
I'm a guy, and I highly recommend Lord of the Flies, which is a classic, albeit a Dead White Male, but I loved how dark it was when I was in 9th grade.

For a more recent one (and a decidedly male perspective), how about Black Swan Green?