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Pearl's Picks for Youth and Teens

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Librarian extraordinaire [http://www.nancypearl.com|Nancy Pearl] joined us at the Downtown library on Sunday for a talk about books, reading, and writing. She suggested several great books for young people, from picture books like [t:Knuffle Bunny] and [t:Skippyjon Jones] to chapter books like [t:Three Terrible Trins], [t:Whales on Stilts], and [t:Ragweed]. For teens, she especially liked [k:Feed Anderson|Feed], by the same author as Whales on Stilts, Lisa Yee's [t:Millicent Min, Girl Genius], Richard Peck's [t:Teacher's Funeral], and the difficult but moving story in [t:Looking for Normal] by Betty Monthei. Already read these? Ask any librarian for more suggestions.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #21 (Happy Mother's Day)

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It is not for everyone but it will richly reward the patient reader.

The stream-of-consciousness narrative in [t:love burns|Love Burns], the debut novel by noted Israeli playwright [a:Mazya, Ednah|Edna Mazya], and the experimental writing style might feel like sand between the toes, but this "surprisingly fresh, deeply sardonic" (Publishers Weekly) tale of obsessive-love-turns-homicidal would keep you turning pages, and the provocative blend of sly humor and suspense might just win you over.

Ilan, a middle-aged astrophysics professor at a Haifa university is obsessed with his beautiful young wife while life is spiraling out of control. A fateful encounter with his wife’s sexy Russian lover proves to be his undoing. Thank heavens there is mother to take charge.

Already a bestseller in Europe.

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Check it out - or sign up at DearReader.com

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With graduation season upon us, here's a good book to read or recommend: [b:b1251579|Character is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember,] by Sen. John McCain, with Mark Salter. We have this book in the library or you can receive five-minute excerpts in your e-mail through DearReader.com where this book is the current teen pick. The book offers 34 stories about diverse inspirational characters including Thomas More, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, and Dwight Eisenhower.

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Calling All Donutheads!

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"My name, if you must know, is Franklin Delano Donuthead. Try saying that in a room full of fifth graders if you think names will never hurt you."

So starts the story of [b:1215394|Donuthead] by [a:Stauffacher, Sue|Sue Stauffacher]. In the opinion of this youth services librarian, it is one of the best children's books currently in publication. Other titles by this author are [b:1260624|Harry Sue] and [b:1265967|Bessie Smith and the Night Riders].

[http://www.suestauffacher.com|Sue Stauffacher] will be in town for the [http://www.aabookfestival.org|Ann Arbor Book Festival] this weekend. Her first appearance will be Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Malletts Creek Branch at 4:00 p.m. She will read from her works and talk about her life and her books.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to meet a popular writer.

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A Good Book for Graduating Teens

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With graduation season upon us, here's a good book to read or recommend: [b:b1251579|Character is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember,] by Sen. John McCain, with Mark Salter. We have this book in the library or you can receive five-minute excerpts in your e-mail through DearReader.com where this book is the current teen pick. The book offers 34 stories about diverse inspirational characters including Thomas More, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, and Dwight Eisenhower.

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Once Upon a Time...

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[http://www.aadl.org/research/sites|AADL Select Sites]:[http://www.aadl.org/research/sites/books_and_reading|Books & Reading]

[http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/jad22/index.html#Categories|First Lines]: “A sort of literacy test.”

Bibliophiles test your memory of hundreds of first lines, from children’s books to murder mysteries. From easier than easy: “We called him [b:1027999|Old Yeller];” to a bit more challenging: “Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith;” ([b:1085975|Stranger in a Strange Land] by Robert Heinlein), [http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/jad22/index.html#Categories|First Lines] beats another tired game of Solitaire and serves as great fodder for the booklover’s eternal question: “what should I read next?”

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Two New Research Databases Now Available...

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The Library is pleased to offer the following two new research databases:

[http://research.aadl.org/login?url=http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip|NoveList] offers reviews and annotations for 125,000 fiction titles, plus author Read-alikes, book discussions guides, and many other searching and browsing features for the avid reader.

[http://research.aadl.org/login?url=http://online.culturegrams.com|CultureGrams] provides information on the people, lifestyles, social customs and courtesies of 187 countries, plus such side items as maps, recipes, and biographies of famous people.