Rethinking Non-fiction collections in School libraries

At an AASL conference in 2019, non-fiction author Melissa Stewart presented a different way of looking at nonfiction collections in school libraries. She first divides non-fiction into either expository (which describes, informs and explains) or narrative (tells a story or communicates an experience). Then she expands on expository by adding 3 other areas: traditional, browsable, and active. Her point is since studies have shown that elementary school students prefer expository non-fiction, this is a way to expand on the variety that is offered in school library collections. Check here for the full article.

Marple: Twelve New Mysteries

If you are an Agatha Christie fan and enjoy Miss Marple capers, you will surely appreciate this collection of short stories by twelve different mystery writers. All feature Jane Marple as the protagonist, with her keen mind and an amazing ability to solve murder cases. My favorite was “A Deadly Wedding Day” by Dreda Say Mitchell, where the murder weapon was a poisonous apple from the Caribbean. Other authors included in the collection are Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, Val McDermid, Kate Mosse, Elly Griffiths, Karen M. McManus and Leigh Bardugo, along with several others. It’s a great way to check out some new authors that you may not have already read.

Novelist tips

So Novelist has added some searching tips that may be helpful the next time you may need to use it. If you are looking for an author’s first novel, for instance, you can use advanced search with “debut title” as the genre, along with the author’s name, and voila! the title pops up. I tried it with James Patterson: his debut novel was published in 1976 : The Thomas Berryman Number. Also, there is a genre guide under Quick Links on the top bar that explains the different categories, and lists suggestions and popular authors. Check it out when you have a chance…

The Blame Game

Oh, this was a good read! Naomi, a female psychologist becomes over-involved with two of her patients, letting down her boundaries, since both cases include abuse. This begins to drive a wedge in her marriage with her husband, Leon, since she offers both her clients places to stay. But this plays a necessary part in the suspenseful plot, when someone is apparently trying to frame Naomi for a murder. If you like this novel with its surprise ending, Jones has written several others to check out as well…