SCRAWL: Rockland Teens Write

Earlier this year t29781812he Rockland County Teen Librarians held a writing contest for teens to enter. Well, the results are in and the book has been published! The collection features poetry and short stories from 34 local teens (from grades 6-12). We just received our copy here at the Palisades

Library and, I must say, the talent that is evidenced in their work is amazing! Support these local young authors and check out the anthology!

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

206637024 stars (really liked it).  Picking up a book about cremation and death had me thinking it would be a fairly slow read filled with morbid details of how cremation is carried out. While there are some rather detailed descriptions of gruesome scenes, none of these things are presented unless crucial to moving the narrative forward. At its core, this book is a history lesson on the funeral industry and the ways that different cultures choose to deal with death. After reading so much about death, it makes me appreciate the life that I have because we all know that one day it will be our turn for a final farewell. – Adult Summer Reading Participant Tyler H.

“The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper”

 a debut novel by Brit Phaedra Patrick, the novel is along the lines of “This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!” “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” and “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye.” In other words, the main characters are on the wrong side of 50, British, and on a soul-searching, life-changing journey. Arthur Pepper is approaching his one-year anniversary of widowhood to a woman he was married to for 40+ years. As he begins cleaning out his dead wife’s closet, he discovers a charm bracelet in her wardrobe he does not recognize. He embarks on a quest to discover the meaning behind each charm and in so doing learns some difficult truths about the woman he was married to for decades that he thought he knew completely.  As the title states, Arthur is charming if not on the road to dull when the story begins. The bracelet is the novel’s tool to trigger the start of his breaking out of the sameness of his daily routine. A cozy novel I recommend.

Excuse Me?!!?

jk-rowling-harry-potter-memeJK Rowling has announced that she will be releasing THREE (!) newcollections of short stories about Harry Potter and they’re scheduled to arrive online next month. (September 6 to be exact.)
According to her publisher, “all three e-books delve deeper into the dark side of the wizarding world, revealing intricate never-heard-before details about the characters’ lives. Things like the history of the Azkaban prison. And the true story behind Professor Dolores Umbridge’s ruthless roots.”

I. Can’t. Wait.


There are many crossover authors but very few are in the same category as Louise Erdrich.  Widely acclaimed as a member of the second wave of the Native American Renaissance, Erdrich’s  work for children, as well as adults, incorporates Native American traditions.  As an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, her mother was part Chippewa, she lends an authentic voice to her writing.

Her newest children’s book “Makoons” is the fifth book in the Birchbark House series. She own Birchbark Books, which is a book store that she and her staff consider to be a teaching shop.9780060577933_p0_v2_s192x300.jpg

The first three books in the series focused on a girl named Omakayas.  Books four and five are about Omakayas’s twin sons, Chicadee and Makoons. While this book continues the story line, it can stand alone.

The twins are reunited after Chicadee was kidnapped.  The book opens with a strong vision that the boys will become great hunters but will not be able to return to their home in the east nor will they be able to save all of their family.

One of the highlights of the story is a major buffalo hunt.  More than thirty buffalo are killed.  The tribe will use these animals for food, hides, and much more.  The boys take part in the kill and adopt an orphaned buffalo calf.

Geared for children ages 8-12, “Makoons” will appeal to readers who enjoy an adventure story and also have an interest in history and Indian culture.