Archive for June, 2010

#ALA10 A Listening Odyssey

#ALA10 A Listening Odyssey

Need suggestions for great children’s & YA listening? Check out the titles discussed during the American Library Association’s recent Annual Conference. Notable Children’s Recordings evaluates titles for kids ages birth to 14, and includes both music & audiobooks on the 2010 discussion list found here: http://bit.ly/b4sSbs. YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks discussed titles for teens ages 12-18 […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Awards
Librarians Make Terrible Pets

Librarians Make Terrible Pets

Cindy and Lynn: We’re home from ALA’s 2010 Annual Conference laden with books and new ideas and are ready to return you to our regularly scheduled blog posts tomorrow. The exhibit halls are always fun for us, and usually worth a good photo op. A few years ago we captured Lynn posing with Iron Man, […]

Authors You Should Try:  Louise Shaffer

Authors You Should Try: Louise Shaffer

Former actress-turned-novelist, Louise Shaffer writes lovely family stories, often centered around creative spirits – writers, theatre people, and the like.  She’d be a great choice for a group that enjoys light fiction, women’s stories, or artistic stories. In her most recent novel, Looking for a Love Story, Shaffer mixes the contemporary story of Francesca, a […]

Minority Report: Writers Grow, So Do Readers

Minority Report: Writers Grow, So Do Readers

I’m not exactly sure when I read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. It might have been in college as part of a black literature course or after college as “required reading” for any young black person with any level of race consciousness. But I have certainly come to know Ellison more through reading about him, particularly […]

Trans Voices

Trans Voices

Since the Seattle Gay Pride parade is gearing up just outside my windows, I thought I would write about a couple of books that I read recently that book groups might not know about. Last year, I saw Stephanie A. Brill, the author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, speak at a conference on […]

Reading the Screen: Spielberg's War Horse

Reading the Screen: Spielberg's War Horse

According to this story at firstshowing.net, Stephen Spielberg is directing an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse (1982), a children’s novel about Albert, a young British farm boy, and Joey, his friend, who’s sold to the army and sent off to serve in the First World War. Don’t panic: Joey’s a horse, not a boy. He narrates the […]

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories, Movies, YA
The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge

Two brothers who are locked in a bitter rivalry from their earliest years.  A beautiful married woman who becomes the object of a young boy’s sexual obsession.  A depressed mother who cannot endure her harsh environment and subsequently abandons her family. These are some of the compelling characters who inhabit Mary Lawson’s emotional 2006 novel, […]

Kids in a Candy Store

Kids in a Candy Store

Cindy and Lynn: #ALA10. Bookends may be slow to blog during the next few hectic days of ALA’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. It’s not for lack of material or Wi-Fi access, but time. We are soaking up every bit of information (and FUN!) that we can and by the time we drop into […]

Unbound conversation about Mudbound

Unbound conversation about Mudbound

The best discussions I’ve ever taken part in find me with at least three more topics to discuss as readers are gathering their books and purses after 90 minutes of heated conversation, still talking on their way out the door and in the parking lot. Oh, and I haven’t done any of the talking, either […]

Of Reach and Wrinkles

Of Reach and Wrinkles

The most recent Newbery Award winner was Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me. If you read it, regardless of your age, you’ll understand why.  It’s the story of sixth-grade Miranda, a New York City girl who is trying to come to grips with the unexplained desertion of her best friend Sal, with new realizations that […]