Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl was a book I had waited a long time to get my hands on and I wasn't about to left it go back without reading it. It was a fun read for a Saturday and though it was not very thought provoking, I still enjoyed it. It was sort of Pride and Prejudice and Emma rolled into one likable novel.
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
Here is how Patrice Kindl envisions her characters as flesh and blood characters.
Read an excerpt from Keeping the Castle
Here is a tastefully created book trailer by a Martin High School student (scroll down to find it) I was very glad to find this trailer since it was created by a student in its target audience. In fact, there are several well crafted trailers created by students here. Kudos to them all.
The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher
MG mystery novel
Here is the autographed copies Kristen sent to me. One for my students and one to give as a prize in a drawing for our district librarians. The winner was Sandy Guzman, an excellent elementary librarian.
Kristen even sent me an awesome Wig pen that doubles as a flashlight.
The Wig in the Window Discussion Guide via Harper Collins Children's Books
#VirtualBookClub chat: The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher
Monday, August 19th at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST.
If you join the chat, try a easy service like Twubs for an easier chat flow. I like to log into my Twitter account so I can see who is sending me messages during the chat and quickly reply. I keep a second tab on my browser open to Twubs for a chronological chat flow. This way I don't miss any tweets. (well, this is not true because a Twitter chat goes fast and I get lost quickly. You have to keep an eye on what the moderator of the chat is saying to stay on track).
If you are new to Twitter chats, remember you have to add the hashtag #virtualbookclub to all tweets you are sending out as part of the book conversation. (no spaces between words) or they will not show up in the stream of consolidated tweets. If you use Twubs, this is already done for you.
Mr. Bones and I have been reading many picture books this week based on libraries and librarians but we are saving that for a special post coming soon. Trust me, we have been reading a lot this week.
Have a lovely day. I will be at a professional development today listening to "sales pitches". I plan to work on lesson plans instead. As Forrest Gump would say, "That's all I have to say about that."