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Chain Reaction Playlist

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2011 by Anita

Simone Elkeles shares her playlist for Chain Reaction @ Anna Reads!


Waiting on Wednesday: Anna Dressed in Blood

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2011 by Anita

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,that spotlights upcoming releases I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m waiting on…

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood, #1)

Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Tor Teen

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

Summary from Goodreads

I’m a huge, HUGE fan of the TV series Supernatural, and this one sounds a little Supernatural-ly.  Can’t resist.


ebook for School Librarians

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2011 by Anita

From Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project


We are delighted to accept submissions for a collection of crowdsourced short
essays on the future of school libraries from multiple perspectives, to
bepublished in e-book format to coincide with Treasure Mountain and AASL in
October 2011. We believe this e-book is a way for librarians to take the lead as
content creators and publishers with custom, community-significant content for
patrons. We imagine e-readers as publishing platforms for us, not

Whether you’re an ardent supporter or see the proverbial handwriting on the
wall, what do you see as the next 10 or 20 years of school libraries? This book
will also tackle an “elephant in the room” question: with the nation’s education
systems in an economic depression and many school librarians being pink-slipped,
what is the future of school libraries? How might they be reinvented to remain
deeply significant – for student learning? Should they? What past practices will
we need to jettison? What stalwart beliefs must we hold tightly?

We’re posing a set of essential questions that will encourage you — and us! —
to think deeply about the future of school libraries in the areas of:

  • Gaming
  • 21st-Century Learners
  • Who and When Do We Teach?
  • Reading
  • Emerging and Multiple Literacies
  • Networks and Organizations
  • The Physical Library
  • The Virtual Library
  • Collaboration
  • Collection Development
  • Librarian Coursework and Professional Development

You can learn more about our project, the topics we
are exploring, and how to submit by visiting the links on the Submissions
The Submission Guidelines document will let you know more
about the length, style, and topics.

Thank you for your interest in our experiment – we hope you will join us!
Please visit the project page by clicking here.


Kristin Fontichiaro

Buffy Hamilton

How To Be Bad ebook CHEAP!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2011 by Anita

How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle: NOOK Book Cover

How To Be Bad

By E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski & Lauren Myracle

Limited Time: How to Be Bad is only $1.99 in eBook format from BNITunes, and Books-a-Million.

New Faces, New Places

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2011 by Anita

On Tuesday, I’ll have the chance to present with a whole panel of wonderful librarians at the annual ISTE conference in Philidelphia.  The panel was organized by the great Doug Johnson, one of the rock stars of school librarianship.  If you don’t read his Blue Skunk blog, I encourage you to check it out.

Ten Miles Past Normal

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2011 by Anita

Janie Gorman wants to be normal. The problem with that: she’s not. She’s smart and creative and a little bit funky. She’s also an unwilling player in her parents’ modern-hippy, let’s-live-on-a-goat-farm experiment (regretfully, instigated by a younger, much more enthusiastic Janie). This, to put it simply, is not helping Janie reach that “normal target.” She has to milk goats every day…and endure her mother’s pseudo celebrity in the homemade-life, crunchy mom blogosphere. Goodbye the days of frozen lasagna and suburban living, hello crazy long bus ride to high school and total isolation—and hovering embarrassments of all kinds. The fresh baked bread is good…the threat of homemade jeans, not so much.

It would be nice to go back to that old suburban life…or some grown up, high school version of it, complete with nice, normal boyfriends who wear crew neck sweaters and like social studies. So, what’s wrong with normal? Well, kind of everything. She knows that, of course, why else would she learn bass and join Jam Band, how else would she know to idolize infamous wild-child and high school senior Emma (her best friend Sarah’s older sister), why else would she get arrested while doing a school project on a local freedom school (jail was not part of the assignment). And, why else would she kind of be falling in “like” with a boy named Monster—yes, that is his real name. Janie was going for normal, but she missed her mark by about ten miles…and we mean that as a compliment.

– Summary from goodreads

People who know us well know my husband and I try to live simply.  We don’t live on a farm, but we grow a lot of our own food, try to live a low impact life, and make frugal decisions.  For a couple of years, I’ve been following a bunch of simple living blogs, and Jenna at Cold Antler Farm is one of my favorite bloggers.  So imagine my surprise and excitement to discover that Frances O’Roark Dowell’s new YA novel was inspired by Cold Antler?  Apparently Jenna was pretty surprised, too.  She was curious to find out more, understandably, and interviewed Frances to find out.

Waiting on Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2011 by Anita

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,that spotlights upcoming releases I can’t wait to read!

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

Coming September 29th

I have so many books on my to-read list that have already been released that it seems almost shameful to be waiting on more.  But this one sounds irresistible – something a little different from Maureen Johnson.  I love her contemporary fiction and can’t wait to see what she’s done with this history laced thriller.

“The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.”

Summary from Goodreads

But even before The Name of the Star is released, Johnson has another new book. The Last Little Blue Envelope, sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes, is coming out April 26th.  In anticipation, you can download 13 Little Blue Envelopes FOR FREE from now until the sequel’s release date!

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)     The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2)

Here is the link for Kindle

For Nook

For Sony reader

Read more about Maureen Johnson & her books on her blog or follow her on Twitter @maureenjohnson !