July 11, 2011

Book Talk Tuesday

 Ah! Welcome back to the Lemme Library for Book Talk Tuesday! I want to thank my homies who covered for me while I was busy being completely stressed out...
Greg is recovering from his broken leg but is still chair bound, leaving me to run the roost so to speak. I have found that reading and blogging have become my down time, and I look forward to it very much. 
On with the show!
I have been searching the web for a great place to post book reviews for librarians and teachers to use in the classroom.  Well, I am going to try hosting my own Book Talk Tuesday!  I invite teachers and librarians to link to a recent book talk or book review that can be used by others- to help purchase new books, learn about new books and to help give us book talk ideas. 

My rules?
1. All content must be appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

NEW 2. Please link to your original content, not the content of others. 
3. Websites that you link to must be child friendly since lots of kids visit this site and if they click on your link, I want it to be appropriate for them.
4. Positive reviews only, please... we only spread love here at The Lemme Library!
5. Books must be available in The US. (you are welcome to link to ARC reviews)
6. I reserve the right to remove any reviews that don't meet criteria 1-5.
In the link title field, be sure to include the title of the book you are reviewing and your site name. In the URL field, please link to this specific post that contains the book review (That way people don't have to scour your blog looking for it!)
I have really been impressed with  all of the books coming out for kids ages 8-12 lately. There are so many amazing titles that I know I will never get them all read before 2012.  I am waiting for my advanced copy of Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu to arrive in the mail... I am very hopeful about this one!  Possible Newbery title! And, I can't WAIT for for Darth Paper Strikes Back to come out in August! Leave a comment and let us know what books are looking forward to most right now?

For newcomers & visitors: Definition of "Book Talk" from Wikipedia: "A booktalk in the broadest terms is what is spoken with the intent to convince someone to read a book.  The booktalker gives the audience a glimpse of the setting, the characters, and/or the major conflict without providing the resolution or denouement. Booktalks make listeners care enough about the content of the book to want to read it. A long booktalk is usually about five to seven minutes long and a short booktalk is generally thirty seconds to two minutes long.


  1. Not sure I did this right -- probably not! But I wanted to encourage you to read Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt. You cannot believe all the elements he tied together brilliantly in this compelling story. I would hate him but he is such a nice guy that I can't.

  2. I am the BIGGEST STAR WARS NERD ever. Even the kids at my school know it. And am jealous you already have Breadcrumbs.

  3. @Kirby Larson
    Kirby, if you told me to read the phone book, I would. So, as soon as I finish Breadcrumbs, I'm on it!

  4. @Kirby Larson

    Ditto what Kirby said. Okay for Now is brilliant. Wonderful. A must read. OK, there I said it.

  5. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Vans Allsburg, et al, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The et al part? Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket! Wow!

  6. I am really looking forward to Selznick's Wonderstruck this fall.

  7. I want to read the new Penderwick's and now after reading one of the reviews for this week I can not wait for Selznick's Wonderstruck!

  8. Loved Breadcrumbs! We're looking forward to Johnny Boo book 5, although that's more for 4-8 years.

  9. Hello! Welcome back to hosting Book Talk Tuesday. Our contribution for this week over at GatheringBooks is "Snoring Beauty" by Bruce Hale and Howard Fine since we are in a Fractured Fairy Tale theme for July and August. =)

    I have many books in my wish list, truth be told. But perhaps I'd settle with Pseudonymous Bosch's latest installment in the Secret Series: "This isn't what it looks like." =)

  10. Darth Paper sounds like a great title. Thanks for mentioning it. Also looking forward to the new Penderwicks title when it comes out.

  11. Kelly, I'm putting Breadcrumbs on my list. And chiming in with others: I am currently reading OKAY FOR NOW for the 3rd time. (Okay, one time was audio - fantastic version.) And I wanted to post a book talk on Gary Schmidt's LIZZIE BRIGHT & THE BUCKMINSTER BOY, but I haven't the time to do it justice this week. Perhaps next week... meanwhile, thanks as ever, for doing the round up!

  12. Briar the Psychic Beagle tells me in advance about upcoming releases. There are some I’m especially looking forward to.

    Graphic Novels:
    BINKY UNDER PRESSURE by Ashley Spires

    IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN (the third Brixton Brothers mystery) by Mac Barnett
    VANISHED by Sheela Chari
    ZOMBIE MOMMY (A Pals in Peril Tale) by M. T. Anderson

    Picture Books:
    BLUE CHICKEN by Deborah Freedman
    BONE DOG by Eric Rohmann
    MUSTACHE! by Mac Barnett
    READING TO PEANUT by Leda Schubert

  13. Ever since her death last year, I've been reading Eva Ibbotson, a wonderful fiction writer with a wicked sense of humor. The Ogre of Oglefort is due out in the US this August. I can't wait.

  14. Though I commented, but I seem to have forgotten. Anyway, I am also looking forward to Wonderstruck, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick and Darth Paper.