Saturday, October 15, 2005

Upcoming Events @ the Delray Beach Public Library

Monday, October 17th @ 4pm: Reading Group – “The Color of Water” by James McBride “The Color of Water is James McBride’s tribute to his remarkable, eccentric, determined mother…” who was born in Poland and raised in the South by an Orthodox Jewish family. As an adult, she left her parents to marry a black man, live in Harlem, and found a Baptist church. This is an inspiring tale of a family that will move readers of all colors and faiths. Open to ages 13-17.

Saturday, October 22nd @ 3pm: DIY @ Your Library – Zine Party @ Your Library This is your chance to get published! Join other individuals from around Palm Beach County as we create a zine that is made entirely by you! Bring your art supplies – each participant will be given one sheet of white paper in which they can express themselves in any way they’re moved! Enjoy music and the company as others as we explore the limitless opportunities of what this zine can be? Don’t know what a zine is? Check out: Open to all ages.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 04:00 PM John Gorgan will be promoting Marley & Me at: BORDERS/Discussion and Signing 9887 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434.

Saturday, October 29th @ 3pm: FEAR FACTOR - Get your Halloween on!
Rat fur special, blood milkshakes & chocolate sardines – Get your Halloween on with the Delray Beach Public Library as we find out who can stomach some of these delectable delights. Look for more info on these gross stunts and more in the future! Open to K-12.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

October Titles

Check out October titles here!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Another Youth Award -- Enter today!

"The Do Something BRICK Awards honor youth who develop projects to improve thier communities, with up to $5,000 in scholarships and grants. Students aged eighteen and younger are eligible; the de for entry is November 1, 2005." VOYA 28:4

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Enter contests to win!

Check out the Harperteen 13 Little Blue Envelopes contest!
One lucky grand-prize winner will receive a $250 Alloy Gift Certificate and TWO copies of 13 Little Blue Envelopes (one for a friend, of course!). Twenty-five first prize winners will also score a copy of 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Good luck!

Check out the Key to the Golden Firebird sweepstakes!
Now in paperback, THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD is Maureen Johnson’s witty first novel about three teenaged sisters who realize that the key to coping with their father’s death, and the key to finding love, is right under their noses all along—it’s the key to their father’s Pontiac Firebird.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

BOOK REVIEW - Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Hiaasen, Carl. Flush. New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005.
YA Hiaasen.

Flush is Hiaasen's second young adult novel -- both of which deal with kids becoming activists through struggles against corporate greed and environmental destruction in their Florida locale.

I was mesmerized by Hiaasen's first novel, Hoot, because of his use of Florida scenery and young characters who refused to give up in their search for justice. Flush uses a lot of the same elements - Florida scenery, young adult activists -- but I felt as though this novel was more predictable. There was an overabundance of foreshadowing, which made the ending somewhat less than desireable.

Still, the plot is amazing. Noah's father is an activist, and when the story opens, the reader finds him in jail for sinking a casino boat that's been polluting the surrounding waters. Unfortunately, in jail, Noah's father can't fight his cause as well as he can on the outside. So Noah and his little sister Abbey take matters into their own hand, and devise a plan to give the polluters what the deserve.

To Hiaasen's credit, this book is suspenseful at times. After all, fighting environmental crime can be a dangerous occupation -- especially for two young adults. Flush is quite a page-turner, and I still remain a loyal Hiaasen fan!

For those readers who have never read a Hiaasen book before, PLEASE pick this up at the library -- you won't regret it!