11 different Leap Day cards
Photo cards of creatures that leap!
1 Leap Day card
4 cards celebrating Leap Day birthdays
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
- Click: One Book, Ten Authors
- Diamonds in the Shadows by Caroline B. Cooney
- Angel Isle by Peter Dickinson
- 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, & Deck Out Your Denim by Faith Blakeney, Justina Blakeney, and Ellen Schultz
- 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special by Faith Blakeney, Justina Blakeney, Anka Livakovic, and Ellen Schultz
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Shugo Chara! 1 by Peach-Pit
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Yes, you read that right. This book is about dead bodies, and it is surprisingly funny. Just don't try to read it while you're eating! Everything you read in this book, no matter how weird, is true. For example, did you know cadavers are used to practice plastic surgery techniques? To help interpret the data from crash test dummies? And to assist detectives in interpreting clues from decaying bodies? You never know what will happen when you donate your body to science! This nonfiction look at life after death puts the "gross" in "engrossing."
Click on the book to see which libraries own it.REVIEW: Through no real fault of his own, Tom (aka Chi-Mo) has almost negative social status at his high school. And his bully protection schemes, such as making up fake after-school clubs and reading gun magazines, totally backfire with his hippie parents. The only things he has going for him are his friend Sam and their ongoing string of imaginary bands. But when the band becomes a reality and they enter the school talent show, Tom has no idea what forces they will unleash. Tom is a cynical, sarcastic narrator with opinions on everything from high school social rankings to The Catcher in the Rye to rock-n-roll. If you don't quite fit in with the "normals," you will appreciate Tom's causitic worldview, and if you are a pop-culture nerd, you will love all the references in this book. My favorite parts were the hilarious bands Tom and Sam created, as well as the glossary of terms, which was full of commentary on actual bands. And I learned a new verb: ramone. If you want to know what that means, you'll have to read the book!
RANDOM FACT: Frank Portman, the author of this book, is the leader of The Mr. T Experience, a punk band out of California. Visit his website! Also, visit Amazon.com (scroll down) to read about and hear some of the band's songs related to the book.
Check out these photos of us building and launching our catapults!
The favorite improv game of the night was definitely Taxi. Basically, you set up four chairs to represent a taxi. One person acts as the driver and two or three people get in as passengers. The object is to portray who you are and where you are going while interacting with the taxi driver. It was a crazy night for taxi passengers and drivers alike! We had satanic nuns riding with a drunk taxi driver, a grandfather and his bad grandchildren riding with a taxi driver trying to sell them encyclopedias, comic book nerds riding with a strung-out taxi driver, and a nanny with bad kids riding with a non-English speaking taxi driver who didn't know her way around the city!
It was great fun, and we will definitely do it again sometime.
- The Last Knight by Hilari Bell (Knight and Rogue series)
- Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles De Lint
- Kissing the Bee by Kathe Koja
- Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin (Annals of the Western Shore)
- Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
- The Restless Dead edited by Deborah Noyes (short stories)
- 666: The Number of the Beast (short stories)
- Clubbing by Andi Watson and Josh Howard
- Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm
- Re-Gifters by Mike Carey
- Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat
- The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook by Dilara Hafiz, Imran Hafiz, and Yasmine Hafiz
Next month, we are discussing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the We the People Bookshelf project. I have never read this book (gasp!), so it should be interesting!! And it will help us get ready for 20s Night this spring!
If you missed this craft event or didn't get to make everything, you will be able to make some of the items at our "Craft Closet Cleanout" later this spring!
Click on the book to see which libraries own it.Just in time for Valentine's Day comes this tearjerker from Sara Zarr. Now, it may be the pregnancy hormones or the fact that book people are often more real to me than real people, but this book made me cry worse than anything by Sarah Dessen ever could.
Cameron and Jennifer are social outcasts and inseperable best friends in elementary school, kindred spirits of the best kind. But when Cameron disappears in fifth grade, Jennifer believes he is dead. Over the years, she loses weight, goes to a new school, and completely reinvents herself. But deep down inside, she longs for the close connection that she and Cam shared. So when he walks back into her life at the start of her senior year, she is overcome with emotion. Cam's return brings upheaval in her school and social life, and causes revelations in her own family. Is childhood love enough to bring them back together?
I think what made me reach for the tissues was all the possibilies for Cameron and Jennifer that were left unspoken. I don't really believe in soul mates or the idea that there is just one right person out there for you, but if there is anyone who can prove that theory to be true, then it is Cameron and Jennifer.
Visit Sara Zarr online: http://www.sarazarr.com/
PS--Just as an aside, I actually do have some married friends named Cam and Jen. They live in California and are expecting a baby! So that made this book extra cool for me.