Tuesday, February 2, 2016

‘How to Capture an Invisible Cat’ by Paul Tobin

Book cover, 'How to Capture an Invisible Cat' by Paul Tobin. Image depicts a boy and girl on either side of an enormous cat. A leash is wrapped around all three figures and a small dog is tugging at one end of the leash. The cat is drawn and colored to be translucent, suggesting that it is invisible. A sidewalk and row of houses are depicted in the background, including within the vaporous lower body of the rearing cat.
Every Friday the 13th, sixth-grader and genius Nate Bannister keeps his life interesting by doing three not-so-smart things.

This is why a super-sized, invisible cat is tearing at the Bannister home’s roof as our story opens in Paul Tobin’s How to Capture an Invisible Cat (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, March 2016). It’s the first volume in The Genius Factor, a children’s adventure series.

The key to reducing the cat is scrambled in numerical codes that Nate placed on school classmates. He and his new (and only) friend Delphine scramble to recover the codes from their unwitting carriers.

Library yarn bombers distribute scarves

Five women, holding scarves that conceal their faces, stand next to and behind a sign that reads, 'Want a scarf / Take one / Enjoy / Fairfield Public Library'
Source of image: Fairfield Public Library
In Fairfield, Conn., the Purls of Wisdom Knitting Group and Fairfield Public Library staff knit, crocheted and sewed nearly 100 scarves and attached them to trees and light posts. As related in an essay published by the Fairfield Sun, each scarf had a removable tag that said, “Need a scarf, Please take a scarf. Hand made with love.” The scarves were attached on Sunday and by Monday morning according to the article, only 12 scarves remained.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Student IDs provide access to libraries

Cynthia M. Parkhill's Bitstrips comics avatar sits in front of a desktop computer at a classroom desk. Through a window behind her, three boys are shown running and tossing a football. The caption reads, 'American Libraries, Jan. 4, 2016: Student IDs provide access to public library collections and databases.'
Cartoon image created with Bitstrips
In many public schools, each student has been issued a numerical ID. For American Libraries Magazine​, Timothy Inklebarger highlights the practice of linking students’ identification numbers to their local public library system. The students’ numerical IDs act as “library cards” and allow the students access to books and online databases of downloadable content. Imagine it, an entire library system’s resources available for students’ use, and without the barrier of the child first having to apply for a public library card. I’m excited about students becoming lifetime users of libraries through such simplified and streamlined access.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

‘Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood’

Book cover: Red, the True Story of Red Riding Hood, by Liesl Shurtliff. Image depicts a young girl wearing a blue dress and red hooded cape. Her black hair blows free from beneath the hood of her cape. In the background is a wooded scene with a wolf peering at her from around the back of a tree trunk
I never tire of reading contemporary fiction based on European fairy tales. So often, authors come up with a fresh angle of presenting the traditional story.

Liesl Shurtliff has done exactly that with Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood (Random House Children’s, April 12, 2016). As readers may expect, Red sets out to visit her grandmother’s house — but while a wolf howls in the woods, it doesn’t dress up as Granny. Instead, Granny disguises herself as a wolf to deter nuisance visitors.

Granny’s reputation as a witch attracts various people who want spells and potions.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

‘On the Edge of Gone’ by Corinne Duyvis

Book cover, 'On the Edge of Gone' by Corinne Duyvis. Image, rendered in purples and blues, depicts the back view of a young woman standing in a city-scape. In the distance in front of her, rockets ascend vertically into the sky
Minutes before a meteor strikes the earth, Denise and her mother are granted temporary shelter aboard a “generation ship,” designed for a journey that will take several lifetimes to travel to distant planets.

Before the meteor, Denise cared for cats at an animal shelter. She attended neighborhood events that were organized by her sister Iris. But before it even struck the earth, the meteor’s arrival changed everyone’s life irrevocably.

Now ships like this are one of humankind’s few hopes for surviving the meteor’s impact.