Happy 2 days before break!
Dear Junior School,
First of all: a huge thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out our survey. We’ve gotten some great responses, and have enjoyed hearing about what you like to read and would like to see at our next bookmobile. Speaking of which…
Winter Break Book Mobile
Tuesday, December 18th, 12:10 pm
Thompson South Atrium
We’ll be there with bells on,* plenty of print books, and 18 new books on the Kindles based on your requests and recommendations!
Some of those titles are:
And, as a preview of some of the books we’ll be bringing and highlighting:
The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot (Funny)
While Anne Hathaway is adorable in the first book-to-film adaptation, please do not judge the book by the film. While I can’t speak for the rest of the series (10 in all), this book is smart and hilarious. Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo (Mia for short) discovers that she’s not just an awkward girl living with her artist mom in NYC, she is also the princess of Genovia (fake country, I checked) and heir to the throne. Her grandmere shows up and makes her take princess lessons, all while she is busy being a flat-chested, 5’9 freshman. Cabot tends to make pop culture references throughout, many of which are now dated, however they are charming and nostalgic. And, hopefully still vaguely familiar to new readers of this SUPER FUNNY BOOK.
The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester (Non-fiction)
The madman is a Hopkins Alum. ‘Nuff said.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (Historical Fiction)
This story is set in pre-revolutionary Boston and Octavian, son of a captured African princess, is it’s hero. He’s the subject of a series of mostly nice experiments by scientists and philosophers of the fictional Novanglian College of Lucidity who provide Octavian with an education “equal to any of the princes in Europe,” and treat him in a way that makes him believe he is a free member of a utopian society. But that all changes as the revolutionary unrest increases, and Octavian is subjected to horrifying experiments that make him understand that he is anything but free. Historical fiction at its best.
We’ll also be bringing up more mysteries, as they and fantasy were the runaway favorites when we asked what type of books you most liked to read. So stop by on Tuesday, and pick up a book to take with you on break!
*probably no bells
-Signing off, Kit Gette (who has WAY TOO MUCH to read over the next two weeks…)