Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

Caldecott torch

October 23, 2019

indexSophie Blackall and Matthew Cordell, the two recent winners of the Caldecott Medal have put their heads together and came up with a wonderful idea. They envisioned a sketchbook with 36 pages, and each year the winning artist will add a sketch from their book, passing it on every year to the next winner. Matt has drawn the cover and a sketch from his 2018 winner, A Wolf in the Snow. He has since passed it on to Sophie, this year’s winner for Hello Lighthouse. What a neat idea…

Talking To Strangers

October 22, 2019


If like me you are a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan, then you will enjoy his newest book Talking With Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.

Gladwell (broadly, and in his brilliant roundabout way) discusses, “How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to ‘get’ other people?” Talking to Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don’t know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. In order to explore this topic Gladwell discusses examples such as the Sandra Bland case, the reasons behind Sylvia Plath’s suicide, and the Penn State Jerry Sandusky debacle.

If you are also a fan of Gladwell’s podcasts or just his voice in general, I would HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook. When possible his interviews (and they are aplenty) are recorded and given in the voice of the person he is speaking with and there even is a little bit of  a musical soundtrack that I think listeners would enjoy.

This book gets a TEN OUT OF TEN for me. Fascinating stuff – go have a listen!

First Rule of Punk

October 17, 2019

The First Rule of Punk  

Twelve year-old Maria Luisa’s life gets turned upside-down when she moves to Chicago with her mother.  Malu (her nickname) is Mexican-American.  She has inherited her father’s love of punk music and a unique style all her own.  As she struggles to make Chicago feel like home, Malu resents her (divorced) mother’s decision to take her away from her father.   Malu finds friends who enjoy her punk music interests and realizes that while it isn’t easy fitting in to a new school and neighborhood, she can find a place for herself to call home.  Malu’s strong personality sometimes gets her in trouble with her mother and the school administration, but she manages to find friends who appreciate her style and choices.

Where The Crawdad Sings

October 12, 2019

indexDelia Owens sets her novel in the Deep South and tells the story in flashbacks. It begins with a murder, and then doubles back to follow the life of the protagonist, Kya. Nicknamed the “Swamp Girl”, she swiftly becomes a courageous heroine who has to fend for herself, after her entire family of six leaves her, one by one. With the help of some friendly “folks” she manages to raise herself, but finds it impossible to open her heart to anyone. She finally falls for a good friend, and later a handsome townie. But when Kya finds herself accused of murder, she begins to loose all hope that she will be able to continue with her life in the swamp . A wonderful debut novel that I found extremely hard to put down…

Revolting Rhymes

October 10, 2019

 Finding connections between books and other media like live theater, movies, festivals and TV is often useful for bringing attention to children’s books that might otherwise be overlooked.  Netflix has a two episode program of fractured fairy tales based on the Roald Dahl poetry book, “Revolting Rhymes.” These animated films (originally illustrated by Quentin Blake) capture the humor and horror of beloved stories turned naughty.  Published in 1982 and now streaming on Netflix, these short films (~29 minutes) take Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and other characters into the dark side for a lively look at the real story we were never told. The unexpected twist that comes at the end is sure to make your well-behaved angels feel just a bit naughty and suitably revolting.  Our library system has a copy on DVD as well as the original book available.

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