Day: November 21, 2014

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Barbie F*cks It Up Again http://buff.ly/1qAHXkP #sexism #kidlit #barbie

How this year’s National Book Awards could change the face of children’s literature http://buff.ly/1qz2yWA #kidlit

Jackie Woodson Wins National Book Award: Cue Jokes About Watermelon http://buff.ly/1AoCFvA #kidlit

‘Polar Express’ author and U-M grad Chris Van Allsburg talks about his newest book and more http://buff.ly/1F7Rlz9 #kidlit

R.A. Montgomery, Author And Publisher Of Choose Your Own Adventure Books, Dead At 78 http://buff.ly/1vjnjHu #kidlit

Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2014 – Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) http://buff.ly/1x6rjK8 #kidlit

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize winner announced | @GrrlScientist | Science | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1xQGtDi #kidlit

What are the best books series for younger children? | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1zwZ7iV #kidlit

“When you read my books, I’ll be there with you. We’ll share the story together.” @SANDRA_MARKLE http://picturebookmonth.com/2014/11/why-picture-books-are-important-by-sandra-markle/ … #PictureBookMonth

pico branch santa monica library - Google Search

LIBRARIES

6 Ways To Become a Power User of the Public Library – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1EOgKxv #libraries

Make It Take It Kits at Meridian District Library | Library as Incubator Project http://buff.ly/1qz242F #libraries

Neil Gaiman -"For me, closing libraries is the equivalent of eating your seed corn to save a little money" http://buff.ly/1EZUEZ0 #libraries

Parasites @ Your Library — Annoyed Librarian http://buff.ly/1Haibsl #libraries

Simon & Schuster Strips "Buy It Now" Requirement from Library Ebook Program | Digital Book World http://buff.ly/1qB0uxh #ebooks #libraries

Twin Cities’ oldest library is being reborn as a job skills center | Star Tribune http://buff.ly/1x5WNQE #library

Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my kids and the planet : TreeHugger http://buff.ly/1qslDtv #libraries

Carbondale Branch Library New Books

READING

It’s Universal Children’s Day: What are the Benefits of Reading to Children? | Books LIVE http://buff.ly/1uXUPB3 #reading #kidlit

The Official SCBWI Blog: Product Placement in books? http://buff.ly/1uDONpf #ebooks #reading

TEEN READS

The Ageless Appeal of Young Adult Literature| Grammarly | http://buff.ly/1vi3yAc #yalit

Author Sherman Alexie, On Writing For Young Adults | StateImpact Florida http://buff.ly/1x5Wrti #yalit

Frank Portman: from punk rocker to rising YA novelist http://buff.ly/1F76TD6 #yalit

Gay Without the Gay Angst: 10 Books About Lesbian/Bi/Queer Girls | Diversity in YA http://buff.ly/1F4Sdob #yalit

Resourceful Teens Will Always Find Books To Read| Eliot Schrefer | http://buff.ly/1ubxo20 #yalit

Stacked: Here There Be Dragons http://buff.ly/1qsslj7 #yalit

Review: The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

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The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

The first book in a new series, this novel invites readers along on a journey into a series of worlds that are tied together by the Pirate Stream, a river of pure magic.  Fin is an orphan with a strange power where no one remembers him after a few minutes, not even the people at the orphanage who cared for him as a child.  He uses that skill to be a master thief, but then he receives a letter with instructions that take him on a quest to find his mother.  Marrill is living in Arizona, a perfectly dull life, when a ship suddenly appears next to her in the desert.  Climbing aboard, she suddenly finds herself on an adventure in the Pirate Stream with a wizard, the ship’s captain, and the crew of rats.  She has to find the parts of the Map in order to make her way home, exactly what Fin also needs to find his mother.  This adventure takes readers to unknown worlds filled with sinister magic, great friendships, and plenty of action.

Ryan and Davis have crafted a wild fantasy novel that is constantly surprising.  Thanks to the strange waters of the Pirate Stream, the travels on board the ship bring readers and the characters to lands that are unique and fascinating.  There is an island of trees that speak and think where rumors and whispers rule.  There is a frozen land with a leaning tower filled with treasure.  There is a bird made from part of the Map that can lead them to the other pieces.  There are mad wizards who create sorrow wherever they go and are determined to destroy themselves and all of the worlds.

While the adventure is a large part of the book, at its heart is the friendship of Marrill and Fin.  Both of them are lonely children before they meet one another, Marrill because she has traveled a lot with her parents and never settled in one place and Fin because everyone forgets him.  Marrill though does not forget Fin, because she cares so deeply.  Their friendship offers both of them riches beyond treasure and delight beyond the adventure.

This strong middle grade fantasy novel will have readers looking forward to the next book and returning to the dangers and wonders of the Pirate Stream.  Appropriate for ages 9-12.

Reviewed from digital galley received from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.