Sunday, July 01, 2007

The ARC's, part two

Here is the last group of ARC's from conference vendors/exhibitors. This group is mostly picture books, with a graphic novel and YA novel starting out the list. Technically speaking Satchel Paige and The Book Fair from the Black Lagoon are not ARC's, but they were freebies handed out at the conference, the first in a YA author session and the second while roaming the exhibit hall.

I have a sister who teaches third grade in a school that does Scholastic Book fairs on a regular basis (don't they all?). I will be sending along my paperback copy of Black Lagoon for her classroom and hoping to find a hardback or library bound copy of the same for the library. It would be a great addition for student teachers.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Gabrielle Zevin

“If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancĂ©e. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.”

“But Naomi picked heads.” (Amazon, book description)

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, James Sturm & Rich Tommaso

“Baseball Hall-of-Famer Leroy “Stachel” Paige (1905?-1982) changed the face of the game in a career that spanned five decades. Much has been written about this larger-than-life pitcher, but when it comes to Paige, fact does not easily separate from fiction. He made a point of writing his own history… and then rewriting it. Told from the point of view of a fictional sharecropper, this compelling narrative follows Paige from his earliest days on the mound through the pinnacle of his career. A tall, lanky fireballer, he was arguably the Negro Leagues’ hardest thrower, most entertaining storyteller, and greatest gate attraction. Playing for dozens of teams, Paige vanquished thousands of batters; but his part in helping strike out Jim Crow may be his most lasting legacy.” (Satchel Paige, Book cover)

“Look out! The Book Fair is coming to your school. Do they really lock you in a closet until you buy some books? Yikes! You better start saving your money!” (Book Fair from the Black Lagoon, Book Cover)

“Moose spends his quiet days alone - and he likes it that way. But when he rescues a bird that cannot fly, Moose finds his solitary life turned upside down. Bird sings in the mornings, talks all day long - and he likes to eat worms!”

“As the days become weeks, Moose and Bird form a special friendship. They eat pond weeds for breakfast, swim every afternoon, and sometimes climb to the very top of the mountain just to enjoy the view. So when a forest fire separates the two friends, Moose is distraught. Alone again, his fondest wish is to be reunited with his noisy companion …” (The Lonely Moose, Book flap)

“Bad mood on the prowl.”

“In this fresh look at a fun and positive way to face our bad, grumpy, and wild moods, Bell Hooks brings a vision of calm with soothing rhythmic text while Chris Raschka’s vibrant art adds compassion and humor, reminding readers that sometimes you just have to let is slide.” (Grump Groan Growl, Book flap)

“What’s for sale?” asks Suzie Gump as she enters Otis’s empty antiques shop.”
“Uh, nothing,” says Otis.”
“I’ll take it,” she replies.”

“This makes sense. Suzie has everything. But she’s never had nothing! And, by the way, she can afford it. When her eccentric shopping habits are witnessed by others, it kicks off a buying spree of epic proportions for - you guessed it - nothing at all. Otis bucks the trend, and is left sulking in his shop full of things. But not for long! Ah, the fickle world of fashion.” (Nothing, Book flap)

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