Monday, April 23, 2012

Spirit of Texas Library Programming

The Spirit of Texas

The Spirit of Texas Reading Program Middle School 

Featured Author : Andrea White
(Check out the Future Gadgets program. Yours truly designed it.)

The Spirit of Texas Reading Program High School

Featured Author : Cynthia Leitich Smith

(Young Adult Round Table Spirit of Texas)

YART SPOT is directory of authors and illustrators in Texas. Visit the website to search for authors in your area. Information includes: price per visit, skype, location, etc.

This is all still a work in progress. If you have any suggestions, let us know.

TLA 2012

I survived my 1st Texas Library Association Conference. Where's my badge/button/t-shirt?

I'm being very serious. There were 6 of us from my school district that travel the 8 hours 
(Google maps said it would only take 6 hours) to Houston. We had a minivan. I was driving. 

I enjoy driving...most of the time. 
 I'll get to that in a minute.

I enjoyed many free meals provided by Scholastic, EBSCO, and Capstone. 
Thank you for allowing me to eat my weight in pineapple!   

Sessions --- Well, I did make it to some. 4 counts as some. Right? 
(2 of which were mandatory for SPOT)
(I'm not making this sound any better for me, am I?)

I had a wonderful dinner with many fabulous authors. None of whom I spoke with. I was awestruck. 
(I was lucky enough to get the Poe t-shirt)

Back to the driving. A minivan. 6 women. 6 suitcases. 12 LARGE bags of books. 4 boxes of shoes. 
8 hours.

 Can't wait until Ft.Worth 2013!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

In My Mailbox - Week of April 8

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Check out the post to see what others received in their mailbox.

Received from Publishers

The Vicious Deep (ARC) - Zoraida Cordova
Revived (ARC) - Cat Patrick

The Boy Recession (ARC) - Flynn Meaney

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (40)

Waiting on Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone's excited about.
Created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Reunited - Hilary Weisman Graham

1 Concert
2,000 Miles
3 Ex-Best Friends

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends.

Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3.

But when the band broke up, so did their friendship. Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books.

Now, just as the girls are about the graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show.

Even though the concert's 2,000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on an impulse.  And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons to get out of town. Good thing Alice's graduation gift (a pea-green 1976 VW camper van known as the Pea Pod) is just the vehicle to get them there. 

But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hot more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over?

Release date: June 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (39)

"Waiting on" Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone's excited about. 
Created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls - Claire Legrand

Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster-- lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend.  (Lawrence does, too.)

But then Lawrence goes missing. And he's not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that Mrs. Cavendish's children's home is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out...different, or they don't come out at all. 

If anyone can sort this out, it's Victoria, even if it means getting a little messy. - From Goodreads

Release Date: August 28, 2012