Children’s authors of tomorrow?

Some eighth graders in Kutztown, PA have experienced their first taste of literary fandom after writing and then reading sci-fi books to local third graders.  Check out the story.  Very cool!

I remember writing my first book for a school assignment…it was an exciting mystery about a mummy’s curse, complete with an illustration! Nobody ever encouraged me to write any more…

—Julie

News for Sherlock fans

No, not Sherlock Hemlock (although I love him too), but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterful detective, Sherlock Holmes. Orion Publishing Group has announced that Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series and the BBC series “Midsomer Murders” and “Foyle’s War,”  has been chosen to bring Holmes back to literary life.  

Horowitz has said he will try to “produce a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original.”  According to the Vancouver Sun, this is the first time Doyle’s estate has approved a new Sherlock Holmes story. It is due to be published in England this September, and I for one will be on the lookout for it’s arrival in the US!

— Julie

Is it just me or does anyone else think…?

Is it time for Stephanie Plum to get a new job?

I just finished with Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich. Although I really, really, really don’t want to admit it, I’m ready for this series to end. I love the characters of Stephanie, Ranger, Morelli, Lulu, and even Bob the Dog but come on already…Stephanie you need to choose and move on with your life! I eagerly look forward to the new Evanovich book every  June and I always buy my own copy so that I don’t have to wait for it via the library holds. I block out a few hours and I’m off to Trenton, New Jersey with Stephanie. I laugh, I chuckle and I cheer. I love those crazy, weird characters! However, when I finished Sizzling Sixteen ….well, I was ready to shake Stephanie’s shoulders and yell at her to MOVE ON! What do you think?

 Happy Reading! ~Donna

Get your Daily Prophet here!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has opened in Universal Studios Orlando!! It looks like it an amazing experience for fans of the books (which would seem to include a great proportion of the world’s population). An interesting note is that althougth there are no doubt numerous opportunities to shop in the park, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods is the only place to buy Rowling’s books. Fun, no?

I need to start planning my trip to Florida – do you think the Floo Network operates between Cleveland and Orlando?

— Julie

Summertime, and the reading is easy…

Well, not easy, but some school districts are sending home books with students to keep as school lets out.  The goal is to prevent the backsliding that often accompanies the hazy days of summer. Especially for children who come from homes where economics means owning books is not possible, much less a priority. Something I’ve taken for granted in my home, where we’ve been very blessed with family and friends gifting us and also passing along their gently used copies of all kinds of wonderful worlds for my daughters to sink into. How amazing that these students will get to feel that excitment of having a book of their very own.

Read more: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/node/341

— Julie