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Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope by Jenna Bush

by Debbie Fenty - Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 11:47am

Ana is a seventeen-year-old Latin American girl who has endured many hardships, and has learned to live with HIV without shame, blame, or fear. Her courage, determination, resilience and loving heart will inspire you. Although written at an intermediate reading level, this biography may be more appropriate for teens due to mature subject content. Includes haunting photos by Mia Baxter and discussion questions for the classroom.

Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick

Candy Floss by Jacqueline Wilson

by Wendy Warchola - Tuesday, Nov 13, 2007 at 4:13pm

A sweet read, Candy Floss is an engrossing slice of life tale following the calamities and triumphs of pre-teen girl Flora Barnes, who is very sweet and very real.

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The Fantasy Writer's Club in Saskatoon

by Ann Pisio - Tuesday, Nov 13, 2007 at 3:58pm

Facilitated by teacher and McNally Robinson Bookseller, Sheena Anderson.

Join other fantasy writers ages 9-13 to improve your writing and discuss the work of professional fantasy writer, Rick Riordan. We'll meet once per month for three months. At each meeting, we'll discuss fantasy writing and then workshop your own compositions. Write better, read more, and meet others with similar interests.

The Fantasy Writer's Club will meet upstairs in the Circle of Trees:

Monday, January 21 7:00-8:00 pm

Monday, February 18 7:00-8:00 pm

Monday, March 17 7:00-8:00 pm

The cost is the purchase of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan ($11.65 - tax included). Register at the Kids Desk before January 17, and drop off a one-page sample of your work which will be used in the first session.

Categories: Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon

Never Mind Being Dangerous- Make Some Really Cool Stuff!

by david pensato - Monday, Nov 12, 2007 at 5:31pm

There's been a lot of well-deserved hype around The Dangerous Book for Boys, and subsequently The Daring Book for Girls.

Another book that might fall just beneath the radar deserves a good look. Howtoons, published by the creators of the magazines Make and Craft, teaches kids how to make their own cool toys. Using a graphic novel format, the book follows the exploits of Tucker and Celine, a brother and sister pair who decide to make their own fun.

Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick, Fun, websites, New Releases

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Harry Potter Mania Won't Stop

by david pensato - Monday, Nov 12, 2007 at 4:10pm

Despite the fact that July was supposed to be the final round of book-related Harry Potter hype, the heat continues.

A book based on the immensely popular internet fan site The Harry Potter Lexicon was slated to be published at the end of this month has been put on hold until a lawsuit filed by J.K. Rowling can either dismissed or until the publisher can convince Rowling to change her mind:

In a statement, RDR Books publisher Roger Rapoport characterized the legal proceedings as a “David and Goliath battle,” noting that Rowling has previously praised Vander Ark’s Web site, on which his book is based. Further, Rapoport urged that Rowling, in the name of “literary freedom and free expression,” drop “her complaint against a book we are confident she would enjoy reading.”

There was also a rumour that a new Potter series is in the works, after an Australian news agency reported on a site that appeared to be marketing for just that. Rowling's agent has since stated that the site has no connection to anything officially Potter.

Finally, Reuters is reporting that Harry Potter is the most re-read book in Britain. Conflictingly, the BBC reported in the spring that Potter was the second-most unfinished book in Britain.

Then again, maybe that's why they're re-reading it.

Previously:

Dumbledore is Gay
Banned Books Week U.S.
Potter and Colbert
Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter Smashes Records
Muggle Mixer in Saskatoon
Pre-Release Roundup
Successor Found
Harry Fits

Categories: buzz
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