Notes From the Shire

It's Time to Read

Recently a friend told me that she can only read mysteries and true crime during the summer months. During the winter she is more open to all genres. I understand the concept of “summer” reads vs. “winter” reads, but have never really broken down reading that way.  I am a reader who asks: how do I read all of these books before me? Such a problem…… that I have to this day.

However, if you are the type of person who likes humorous reads during the summer (or even winter, fall, or spring), Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston is the book for you.

If Dr. SeussLemony Snicket and The Phantom Tollbooth are your thing, then this is the book for you! Funny, adventurous, mysterious and so much more make this a page turner you'll pick up again and again! Told in the unique style of rhyming text, this novel is fun for all ages and all reading styles. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781595142955
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Published: Razorbill - September 2nd, 2010

A is for Apple. B is for a Fun Book

I love alphabet books. However, I am a bit picky about my alphabet books. They just can’t be your basic A is for Apple. B is for Beatles. While they get the job done, there is little else to them. But I need not fear for I have found some amazing alphabet books on the shelves of the Northshire. While, yes, you learn your ABC’s, you can experience so much more!

Smart Kids Animals A-Z by Roger Priddy is one such book. It caught my eye because of the smiling, inviting kola bear on the cover. It kept my attention because of the great quality all around: detailed information, fantastically bright photographs, even how it is made (nice sturdy cover and pages). (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780312510855
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Priddy Books - May 10th, 2011

Root, Root, Root for Baseball and Ice Cream

The warm weather and the fact that I have been privy to two of my nephew’s baseball game schedules have me thinking of two things: ice cream and baseball. To me, the two have always gone hand and hand. Back in my pre-teen years, we had tickets to the Glens Fall Tigers games. This was a minor league, but I saw this guy great centerfielder named Jeff Smoltz (I’ve heard that he went on to have a decent run as a pitcher). And I can remember those Reeses Pieces ice cream cups. The smooth cold ice cream melting in my mouth…..on my hands….down my arm…..the creamy, mouth watering peanut butter and the hard candy shell as it crunched under my teeth…And I think there was this thing called a baseball game going on as well……at least the crash and tinkle of broken glass from the parking lot as another ball hit the van parked deliberately too close to the ballpark seemed to imply.

But I know one way to learn about baseball. A book. But I never did understand the rules of the game, so I have always found novels that can intertwine a great story with the facts of the game. One such home run book is the first in the Ball Park Mystery series called Fenway Foul-Up by David Kelly. (READ MORE)

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By David A. Kelly, Mark Meyers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375867033
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 22nd, 2011

Oldies but goodies...

For around 13 years now, I have been selling children’s books. The last two years have been in a little less traditional manner, but the books stayed the same. Especially those favorites I had as a child. When I’m browsing for something new every so often an old favorite (we will not say how old) appears. Magically, the memories come flooding back: sitting next to my parents having them read to me; me reading to them; hearing the voices I created for the characters in the Get-A-Long-Gang books I used to read to my sister. The memories of a good book never leave you and when you get a chance to reread them the ability for new memories is just as fun.

A few oldies I recently found again were Miss Suzy by Miriam Young and Mama Don’t Allow by Thatcher Hurd. (READ MORE)

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By Miriam Young, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781930900288
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Purple House Press - July 1st, 2004

The Running Dream

Finally we are seeing the roads and sidewalks of our lovely town. While most of us thought we’d never see anything but snow and ice again, others were using the most delightful Vermont winter to grab a cup of hot chocolate and a pile of books. It was during one of these couch-a-thons I picked up the latest gem by Wendelin Van Draanen called Running Dream.

I was never a runner. But I do enjoy a brisk walk to the Northshire Bookstore to pick up a book (or two or ten). Be it by Van Draanen or another of the fantastic authors we carry. But in Running Dream, our heroine, Jessica, does not just run she is a runner. However, when a car accident (that kills one of her friends and fellow team members) causes her to lose one of her legs, Jessica thinks her life is over. The emotional course that Jessica takes (from waking up in the hospital to a very special race) is filled with as many turns as the school track she used to run.  With help from her family, old and new friends and a little belief in herself, Jessica’s journey to recovery will have the readers cheering her on. Van Draanen creates a realistic, accessible and humorous story about what people who are “different” can face and accomplish. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780375866289
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Published: Ember - January 10th, 2012

Once Upon a Twist

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read. She grew up into a big girl who loved to read. The end.

Actually, this is just the beginning. Because of this love for reading I have found many books that fall into the magical realm of fairy tales—with a twist. While impossible to name all of them, two that made me twist and shout are Cloaked by Alex Flinn and Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. Both take a familiar tale or tales and give them a new spin. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780060874247
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Published: HarperTeen - February 14th, 2012


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