Archive for September, 2009

Inside the Audiobook Studio: Sara Zarr
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Inside the Audiobook Studio: Sara Zarr

These  fantastic videos show the recording of  YA novel Once Was Lost, with great interviews and on-location footage. The multi-talented Sara Zarr not only writes terrific titles such as her National Book Award finalist The Story of a Girl, she also narrates her own audiobooks, as she did for Sweethearts, The Story of a Girl, […]

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M.T. Anderson’s 2009 Printz Speech
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M.T. Anderson’s 2009 Printz Speech

There’s no question that the Printz Honor–winning Octavian Nothing duet presents readers with an intellectual challenge. In his National Book Award acceptance speech for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Volume One: The Pox Party, Anderson himself described the books as “a 900-page two volume historical epic for teens, written in […]

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

Cindy: It’s Banned Books Week. What better time to review a Chris Crutcher book! Angry Managment (Greenwillow, 2009) is his latest and the fabulous title and cover is sure to draw in teen readers. This one features three novellas that incorporate characters from previous Crutcher novels and short stories. The three stories are wrapped in […]

Disney Look and Listen Online
By September 29, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Disney Look and Listen Online

Multimedia downloads equal newfangled audiobooks for beginning readers – now with a new mainstream player entering the field. Disney offers an interactive online books subscription service for kids, featuring over 500 titles, ranging from old favorites like Bambi to new pop culture tie-ins such as Hannah Montana. Looks like they’re marketing to parents, with educational […]

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Travelers’ Tales
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Travelers’ Tales

As I’ve said before in this space, I love the thematic format for book groups. It gives every reader room to choose for themselves and makes each meeting an adventure in discovering new titles. I like how I get to know my groupmates’ personalities by the book choices they make. Our staff group at Williamsburg […]

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National Reading Group Month
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National Reading Group Month

October is National Reading Group Month. This program of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) was launched in 2007 “to promote reading groups and to celebrate the joy of shared reading.” Once again, Book Group Buzz  is thrilled to be chosen by the WNBA as a National Reading Group Month partner. Here’s the 2009 list of Great Group […]

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True Confessions and Funny Books
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True Confessions and Funny Books

I have a confession to make: I read Parade. Every week, after I work my way through the Sunday paper, or what’s left of it, I turn to this slim little tabloid knowing that I’ve truly saved the best for last. No, I am not particularly interested in learning What America Earns, nor do I […]

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Saturday Samplers
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Saturday Samplers

If you’re looking for something different for your book group, follow the Bernardsville Public Library’s Saturday Samplers on its blog.  This group aims to seek out interesting reads beyond the usual discussion fare. This Saturday, they’ll be talking about Robert Curson’s Crashing Through, the story of entrepreneur and Olympian Mike May, blind since age three, whose vision was restored by a […]

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Great Group Reads: Perfection
By September 28, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Great Group Reads: Perfection

Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal by Julie Metz is one of the nine titles selected by the Women’s National Book Association Reading Group Month committee as “Great Group Reads” for 2009. It’s a powerful memoir, unusually fiction-sounding given the nature of Metz’s story. (Husband dies, she then discovers that he was leading a […]

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Great Group Reads: The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte
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Great Group Reads: The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

If you’re building discussions around the “Great Group Reads”  selected by the Women’s National Book Association  Reading Group Month committee, here are some resources for The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James. The publisher’s site describes the book as “a powerfully compelling. intensely researched literary feat that blends historical fact and fiction to explore the passionate […]

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