Thursday, January 21, 2010

YA- Palooza at the Beaverton Library

I've been busy lately. Busy running. Busy cooking and eating; my favorite winter sports. Busy trying to break my obsessive social networking habits. And, thankfully, busy writing.

But I just heard about an event that's got me wanting to drop everything and pick up some YA fiction. Oregonians have got access to some delectable home-grown authors, five of whom will talk about their work, their writing processes and publishing.Who? You may ask, and I'll tell you:

  • Lisa Schroeder (I Heart You, You Haunt Me, Chasing Brooklyn, and Far From You)
  • L.K. Madigan (2010 William C. Morris Award Winner! Flash Burnout)
  • Christine Fletcher (Ten Cents A Dance, Tallulah Falls)
  • April Henry (Torched, Shock Point, and Face of Betrayal)
  • Laini Taylor (National Book Award Finalist! Blackbringer, Silksinger, and Lips Touch Three Times)
Where? The Beaverton Library
When? Wednesday, January 27th, from 7-8:30 PM.

Now I'm busy making room for it in my schedule. I'll be there!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Peek Inside the Crystal Ball

A fortune teller once told me that I would be a librarian one day. Upon hearing this, my mother snarkily responded that the lady with the crystal ball wasn't prescient, but had made an educated guess based on my nerdish attire.


Obviously, my mother has no sense of just how hip today's librarians are.

But I do. And librarians are the kind of crowd I choose to run with all day this Saturday at the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery Workshop.

Current Newbery Committee members Katie O'Dell, Steven Engelfried, and Sarah French will educate us about the award criteria, the selection process, and, perhaps, what it feels like to influence a world of young readers. Oh, the power they wield! 

Then we'll break into small groups to discuss the books, and pretend that we are the power players when we vote for 2009's most distinguished work of American literature for children. I love to role play. I wonder if we will accurately predict the future award winners.

Below is the selection of books we'll be discussing. We're definitely in for some good reads.  But I feel like getting ahead of the game and issuing my prediction:

When You Reach Me (Gold)
Heart of a Shepherd (Silver)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Silver)

What do you forsee? If you have any predictions for Newbery (or Caldecott) medal winners, post them here, soothsayers!

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

 The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo



A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead