Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Last Little Blue Envelope

Are you a 13 Little Blue Envelopes fan? Did you realize there is a sequel? It's called The Last Little Blue Envelope.

From author Maureen Johnson's website:

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart.

This time, there are no instructions.

To put a copy of The Last Blue Envelope on hold, click here.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and the full Hunger Games movie cast

Well there she is! It's Jennifer Lawrence looking a lot more like I pictured Katniss Everdeen to look.

This week’s Entertainment Weekly (available tomorrow) will feature pictures and interview with Jennifer Lawarence about the Hunger Games movie! It's really coming!

Here is a little preview from the article on the Entertainment Weekly website:

When Lawrence was offered the role, she describes her response as a mixture of elation — and desperate anxiety. “I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change,” she says. “And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’” And yet, who can turn their back on Katniss? “I love this story,” she says, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.” After officially signing on, Suzanne Collins herself called to offer a starstruck Lawrence her most hearty congratulations. “I feel like when you said yes,” the author told her, “the world got lifted off my shoulders.”

And, similarly, several more actors have been added to the Hunger Games movie lineup. IMDB lists them here: The Hunger Games (2012) Full Cast and Crew.

Exciting stuff on the Hunger Games front!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Children's Book Week

Happy Children's Book Week!

Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally since 1919, but has been underway even longer! In 1913 Franklin K. Matthiews, a librarian for the Boy Scouts of America, toured the country, promoting higher standards in children's books. He then enlisted the help of a few other key people, Frederic G. Melcher (the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly) and Anne Carroll Moore (the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library). With this trio at work, Children's Book Week was in full force by 1944.

Today, we celebrate with all kinds of fun events across the country (You can find out what's happening nearby here) and with a big Children's Choice Book Awards Gala!

For more on Children's Book Week, visit Children's Book Week Online. There's even a printable bookmark by Jeff Kinney! And check back later for the Children's Choice Book Award winners. They're being announced at the Gala tonight! If you voted then you can't miss it!
Copyright 2009 Laura Druda