Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing is Now In

The National Book Award winner - M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation is now in. I read this one when I got an advanced reader copy over the summer. It's not an easy read but it's well worth it. It's a complex story and I don't want to give away a lot, but it's the story of a boy who has grown up in seemingly opulent surroundings in pre-Revolutionary War Boston, but finds out that he is really the subject of a very perverse scientific experiment to prove the inferiority of the African race, and that's just the beginning. If you've read Feed you know that Anderson definitely does not write your typical YA novel. He holds true to that reputation here with another novel that raises a lot of moral and ethical questions. This is the first book in a series of two. I'm anxiously waiting for the second one.

DDR Tournament

If you missed the DDR tournament on Saturday, you missed a great time! 40 kids showed up and 25 participated in the tournament. Some chickened out when they saw the competition (which was quite impressive!) My photos aren't so great because, well everyone was moving (duh!), I'm not a very good photographer to begin with, and I was trying to keep the tournament running at the same time. Well, enough with the excuses, here are a few of the better, believe it or not, pictures. For at least one better one, get a copy of Sunday's Patriot News. They did a nice article with a picture. If you missed it you can check out the article (sorry, no picture) at
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We had a great turnout and everyone had a fabulous time, so we will definitely be doing this again. In fact, several of the kids at the tournament were bugging me to do Guitar Hero, so we'll be trying that as well. I'm trying to have the Community Room open for an afternoon at the end of Camp Hill's mid-terms and have both DDR and Guitar Hero available for free play (instead of tournament.) Watch this space, or listen for announcements at school for details. We'll also run a tournament of each in March so watch for that too.
Enjoy your holiday break!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Ruler of the Realm is in

The latest installment in Herbie Brennan's Faerie Wars Chronicles, Ruler of the Realm just hit the shelf. For details see New YA Books: Ruler of the Realm is in!

Monday, December 11, 2006

New CHERUB and a Short Story Collection

The latest books to hit the shelf are Divine Madness, the latest installment in the CHERUB series, and Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday. For more details see New YA Books: New CHERUB and More.

Thought for the Week

Haven't started your Christmas shopping yet? Have a project due before break that you haven't started yet? Think of it this way...

"Procrastination gives you something to look forward to."
Joan Konner

Monday, December 04, 2006

Thought for the Week

Here in central Pennsylvania winter just blew in with a vengeance after a few weeks of very pleasant, unseasonably mild weather. As a person who is usually cold, and would like be to huddled under a blanket with a good book rather than out and about, the following seems appropriate:

"Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me. "

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
If you see me at the Reference Desk nodding off, wake me up, but gently please.