Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tweet your top favorite books!

Do you have a Twitter account?  (If you do, I hope you've been following us @rollingbookcart)

If so, then you can join the Tweet Your Faves movement.  Starting today 12/12/12, tweet your top 12 favorite books at #libfaves12.  That's one favorite book for the next 12 days.  They don't have to be published in 2012 (though for consistency that would be cool) you can mention any of your best of the best choices.

 The Rolling Bookcart is on board, take a look to see what our top twelve picks are!

Monday, December 3, 2012

December books

Well it may not be a winter wonderland outside (where's my snow?!) but we do have a winter break coming up and you are going to have some series free time on your hands.

Never fear!  I have just the solution for your winter break doldrums!  Now for an unlimited time, we have some fantastic new books in the library.  And if none of the new stuff peaks your interest, please ask for recommendations.  I love giving recommendations.  Seriously.  It's why I became a librarian.

There are a lot of sequels but some stand out stand-alones as well.

Monday, November 19, 2012

90-Second Newbery Film Festival - Westing Style

The first trimester Middle School Library Club had their last club meeting on Friday.  There was a film screening for their 90-Second Newbery Film entry, watched by friends and the Debate club.

The club spent the entire trimester working on their film entry, turning the very complicated plot of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, into a minute and a half long movie.  It was no easy task and the result is a rollicking and hilarious (if very confusing) rendition of the novel.

The film has been submitted into the festival and now the students will wait to see if it is featured during the New York City screening.

If anyone is interested in the library club for next year, we will be working on another entry, book to be determined!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Calling all zombie lovers...

As you may know, we have quite a few books on the subject in the library.   Zombie Haiku is a popular one, with its gory pictures and hilarious text.

They are so lucky
      that I cannot remember
how to use doorknobs.

We also have the lyrical and haunting The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan which begins...

My mother used to tell me about the ocean.  She said there was a place where there was nothing but water as far as you could see and that it was always moving, rushing toward you and then away.  She once showed me a picture that she said was my great-great-great-grandmother standing in the ocean as a child.  It has been years since, and the picture was lost to fire long ago., but I remember, faded and worn  A little girl surrounded by nothingness.

And then there is World War Z, in which Max Brooks, son of actor Mel Brooks, chronicles the fictitious "zombie wars" in which humans and zombies fight for rule of the world.

The cover has teased us since it was published in 2006 with the promise of a major motion picture.  Well the wait is finally over, the first teaser trailer has finally been released, starring Brad Pitt as the title role. 

It's scheduled to be in theaters June, 2013. If you can't stand the wait, be sure to come check out some of the other great zombie titles we have for offer here in the library.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New books for November!

November is a fantastic month.  Lots of great stuff happens in November!  (My birthday...the library book fair...Thanksgiving...did I mention my birthday?)  And some of those great things also include some awesome new books in the library!

One of those new books happens to be Casual Vacancy, the new book written by J. K. Rowling.  No, it's not for kids and no it's not about wizards.  Reviews are mixed but you are welcome to check it out and see what you think!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Spooky poems from the Middle School Library Club

The Middle School Library Club has been working hard on their entry for the 90 Second Newbery Film Festival.

Today, they took a break and read some of their favorite spooky poems in honor of Halloween.  Remember, October 31st is also All Hallow's Read.  Take the time to share your favorite spooky story with someone!

Daniel F. and The Will O' Wisp

Monti "Where did it come from?  Where did it go?"

Mazie and Celina duel reading from Spooky ABC (a banned book!)

William and the Headless Horseman

Monday, October 15, 2012

All Hallow's Read!

Happy October, everyone!!!

October is my favorite month of the year, the leaves are changing, the days are getting crisp and Halloween is just around the corner!

October also means it's time to dust off your bookshelves because it's All Hallow's Read.  Here, I'll let Neil Gaiman explain it because he can do it so much better.  With zombies!

So make sure you stop by the library because we'll have some great giveaways.  Creepy bookmarks, autumn pencils and a copy of a small book you can take away to keep.

Happy All Hallow's Read...
                                         ...take a book- give a book!!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

New books in the library!

This is your super-duper deluxe edition of books for September and October combined.

Yours truly (Mrs. Julsonnet-Librarian Extroidinaire) has actually met two of the authors listed below!  In fact, one of them, Sundee Frazier, I not only met but introduced in front of a lecture hall of people for a conference a few years ago.

Here is me looking very nervous as I introduce Mrs. Frazier (who is absolutely lovely).

And Mrs. Frazier looking pleased.  Go me!

I also had the chance to meet Elizabeth Laird a couple weeks ago.  (Those of you who have done the genre reading for Middle School will recognize her as the author of Crusade, one of the recommended historical fiction novels...) She was very nice and very fun and even signed a book I bought for the MS/US Library. 

One of the results of the conference I went to a couple weeks ago is that some of the books for this month (points below) are not actually even out in the United States yet.  How awesome is that?  When some of these become best-selling hits and all your friends are waiting in line to read it, you can nod and say, "Oh yeah that was great, I read it last year."

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Teens' Top Ten Now Open for Voting!

At the end of last school year, I wrote about the nominations for the Teens' Top Ten, a teen's choice choice award.  I am super pleased that we actually have twenty-three out of the twenty-four books in the library.

And now, after months of anticipation the voting is open!  You can vote till September 15th, all you have to do is go to this link and select the top three of the twenty-four books you think should win the Top Ten Award.  The voting is for TEENS ONLY.  No adults are allowed to participate which makes this a very unusual award given out by the American Library Association.

Which book do you think ranks as one of the best published in 2012?  Vote now!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New books in the library!

Welcome back everyone!
(And those who are new, welcome to The Rolling Book Cart Blog!)

Here are the new books for the month of August.  There are some fabulous titles in here.

For those of you who loved Ender's Game or Epic (or Saga for that matter) will love Insignia by S.J. Kincaid.  Any Lord of the Rings, Eragon, Eon fans out there are going to get a kick out of Rachel Hartman's Seraphina as well.  (Really fantastic dragons, reminded me a lot of Vulcans...)

If you're interested in historical fiction, definitely take a look at Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke.  It focuses on the Spanish Flu epidemic that hit Toronto in 1918 through the eyes of a young girl sent to be a house maid (or assistant cook) to a doctor and his family.

And the graphic novels are very interesting this month.  Axe Cop was written by a five-year old and illustrated by his thirty-year-old brother.  Sita's Ramayana is a gorgeous retelling of the famous Hindu story from Sita's perspective. Those of you 9th graders in World Civ will definitely want to take a look.

Some fantastic non-fiction as well, ranging from the history of the periodic tables (far more hilarious and weird than you'd think) to the memoir of a gypsy girl who moved to America when she was a teen.

And also always, if you can't find quite what you're looking for and want a little help, your friendly neighborhood librarian is always here!  :)  Have a great year and I look forward to seeing you all in the library!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

YOU can determine what the best YA book of the year was...

Looking for some summer reading?

Look no further!!!  Here are the 2012 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations, ten books from this will be picked by teens ALL OVER THE COUNTRY to represent the best of the best in YA fiction for 2012.  Voting opens in August so get started reading!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Do you remember how I said the new May books were all of the books we'd be getting in for the rest of the year?  Well I forgot about the pre-ordered/back-ordered books and a shipment of the last books (I mean it this time) is now in and ready to be checked out.

I'm incredibly excited about these, especially Bitterblue.  I've been waiting all year for this book to come out.  It's the sequel to Graceling.  Those of you disappointed by Fire, this is the book to make it all better.

And The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom looks to be super cute and hilarious.  And the film rights have already been bought so expect to see a movie some time in the future!

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

I know some of the 7th graders read Black Hole Sun for the Science Fiction component of their genre project.  If you liked it, you might want to check out the long awaited sequel, Invisible Sun.  I know, it has a truly terrible cover, apparently the illustrator didn't read the book or get the memo that the main character is sixteen.  SIXTEEN!  Instead, they've put some buff guy who looks about twenty-six on the cover.  

Invisible Sun

However, The Wicked & the Just has a pretty nice cover and a super juicy story to go with it.  If you like historical fiction with a twist than this is a book for you.

The Wicked & the Just

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New books in library!

These will be the last new books for the year so come take a look and check them out while you still can!

There are some fantastic new graphic novels and YA stories.  And if you're looking for something action packed and full of adventure, make sure to take a look at I Am A SEAL Team Six Warrior, the true story of a Navy SEAL.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poetry in the Library

As part of Poetry Month, Mrs. Julsonnet's Library Club of Superb Awesomeness worked on making book spine poetry.

It's a lot harder than you'd think!  However, they did a great job.  See for yourself:

Another activity was to construct a poem using every letter in the alphabet in sequential order.  This was very hard and made book spine poetry look like a piece of cake.  Here is my terrible attempt:

A boy called Dave eats figs, growing huge in just kiloseconds,
later, many nod, openly pointing, quite robust sarcasm too.
"Underfed? Very well," Xavier yelled zealously.

What about you?  Do you think you can write a poem from every letter of the alphabet?  Shel Silverstein did it.  Reply with your attempts, I'm dying to see how others do.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New books in the library for April!

We have quite the variety this month.  Everything from Wonder (said to be a contender for the 2012 Newbery Award!) to Pandemonium by Chris Wooding (the author of Malice!)

We have a some exciting new fantasy novels as well as fascinating stories in non-fiction.  Did you know that Sir Conan Doyle, the creator Sherlock Holmes, believed in fairies?  You might want to take a look at The Fairy Ring, or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World.

Friday, March 30, 2012

April is...

...National Poetry Month!!!!

And that means the return of the infamous poetry door.  (Also known as the closet which normally has the Glee READ poster on it.)  The poetry door will be up all month so make sure you stop by at least once and try your hand at crafting your very own poem.  It can be funny or sad, profound or inconsequential, rhyme or not.  Various student-created poems will be featured on this blog so come on by for your chance at Internet Immortality!

Also, make sure to take a look at the big library windows because throughout the month of April they will be transformed into a GIANT calendar.  Each day will feature a different poem.  As April is also National Humor Month and the 1st is April Fools Day, we have a particularly fitting example of literary greatness. 

BoB update!

Noooo!  I was so rooting for Drawing From Memory and it lost.  Chime lost too.

So the final battle is down to Between Shades of Gray, Life: An Exploded Diagram AND the zombie book which will be announced tomorrow.

Depending on who the zombie book is, I might have to root for Between Shades of Gray

What about you?

I wouldn't want to be in Jonathan Stroud's shoes.  His book took the big win last year and now he has to pick the champion this year.  Good luck!