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Poetry Friday: Floating Island by William Wordsworth

December 16th, 2016 (06:00 am)

Harmonious Powers with Nature work
On sky, earth, river, lake and sea;
Sunshine and cloud, whirlwind and breeze,
All in one duteous task agree.

- the beginning of Floating Island by William Wordsworth

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Poetry Friday: Hyde Park at Night, before the War by D.H. Lawrence

December 9th, 2016 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Time Lapse Lifeline by Maria Taylor

We have shut the doors behind us, and the velvet flowers of night
Lean about us scattering their pollen grains of golden light.

Now at last we lift our faces, and our faces come aflower
To the night that takes us willing, liberates us to the hour.

Now at last the ink and dudgeon passes from our fervent eyes
And out of the chambered weariness wanders a spirit abroad on its enterprise.

- the beginning of Hyde Park at Night, before the War: Clerks by D.H. Lawrence

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Poetry Friday: Debacle by D.H. Lawrence

December 2nd, 2016 (06:00 am)
Current Song: Scarlet by Brooke Fraser

The trees in trouble because of autumn,
And scarlet berries falling from the bush,
And all the myriad houseless seeds
Loosing hold in the wind’s insistent push

Moan softly with autumnal parturition,
Poor, obscure fruits extruded out of light
Into the world of shadow, carried down
Between the bitter knees of the after-night.

Bushed in an uncouth ardour, coiled at core
With a knot of life that only bliss can unravel,
Fall all the fruits most bitterly into earth
Bitterly into corrosion bitterly travel.

What is it internecine that is locked,
By very fierceness into a quiescence
Within the rage? We shall not know till it burst
Out of corrosion into new florescence.

Nay, but how tortured is the frightful seed
The spark intense within it, all without
Mordant corrosion gnashing and champing hard
For ruin on the naked small redoubt.

Bitter, to fold the issue, and make no sally;
To have the mystery, but not go forth;
To bear, but retaliate nothing, given to save
The spark in storms of corrosion, as seeds from the north.

The sharper, more horrid the pressure, the harder the heart
That saves the blue grain of eternal fire
Within its quick, committed to hold and wait
And suffer unheeding, only forbidden to expire.

- Débâcle by D.H. Lawrence

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Best Books of November 2016

November 30th, 2016 (09:34 pm)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: You (Ha Ha Ha) by Charli XCX

November 2016: 16 books and scripts read

The days and weeks have been long, and yet it seems as though this year has been flying past. Almost everything I read this month was a script or a short story. Speaking of short stories, I recently used the word "creepypasta" in conversation for the first time while discussing the origins of the television show Candle Cove. (Note: I liked the show. Also, I prefer actual pasta to creepypasta.)

Back to books: Nothing from this month's reading log really stood out, but if you're looking for books for yourself or for others this holiday season, I have plenty of recommendations. Have a peek at the booklists I've created and curated, and feel free to leave a comment below if you'd like personalized recommendations - simply tell me the age and interests of the reader(s), any specific genres or topics you/they would like, and I'll give you some titles and authors to check out!

For example, if you liked Stranger Things or Candle Cove and you're in the market for nostalgia mixed with horror, you should read Strangewood by Christopher Golden (in which the protagonist enters a fantasy world-turned-nightmare of his own design), Straight on 'til Morning by Christopher Golden (a coming-of-age story/retelling of Peter Pan set in 1981), and The Boys Are Back in Town by Christopher Golden (a high school reunion leads to events that change both the past and the present). You should read them right now.

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Poetry Friday: Integrity Blues by Jimmy Eat World

November 25th, 2016 (06:00 am)
optimistic

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Song: Integrity Blues by Jimmy Eat World

I wish I could hold
I wish I could touch
But a fool
Just wants and wants
It's all what you do when no one cares

No one's chasing you
No one's making you
Spend lonely nights
Poisoned through and through
It's all what you do when no one is there
It's all what you do when no one cares

I get lost and think
Lose myself to dreams
The world moves anyway
The world will have its say
But I'm wondering
If what you're telling me
Is I've got work to do
Yes, I've got work to do

I wish I could hold
I wish I could touch
But a fool
Just wants and wants and wants and wants
It's all what you do when no one is there
It's all what you do when no one cares

- lyrics to Integrity Blues by Jimmy Eat World



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Booklist: Adoption in Juvenile and Teen Fiction

November 19th, 2016 (10:08 am)
okay

Current Mood: okay
Current Song: Liberty Heights score music

November is National Adoption Month and the Saturday before Thanksgiving is National Adoption Day.

From the National Adoption Day website in November 2007:
"This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Adoption Day, a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. Since 2000, more than 25,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. This year on November 21, families, adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and volunteers will come together and celebrate adoption in communities large and small all across the nation."

From the National Adoption Day website in November 2015:
"4,500 children were adopted by their forever families during the 15th annual National Adoption Day in 2014. 400 cities participated across the United States in 2014. National Adoption Day has helped move 54,500 children from foster care to a forever family since its inception in 2000."

This booklist was originally posted in November 2007 and is bumped up annually every November and intermittently whenever I discover additional titles. As I have not actively researched non-fiction books about adoption, this booklist contains only fiction.

Picture Books
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Our Twitchy by Kes Gray, illustrated by Mary McQuillan
Little Miss Spider by David Kirk
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis, illustrated by Jane Dyer

Classics
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Juvenile Contemporary Fiction
Where I'd Like to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Pictures of Hollis Wood by Patricia Reilly Giff
Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent
Three of a Kind series by Marilyn Kaye
- #1 With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies
- #2 Home's a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn't Want to Live There
- #3 Will the Real Becka Morgan Please Stand Up?
- #4 Two's Company, Four's a Crowd
- #5 Cat Morgan, Working Girl
- #6 101 Ways to Win Homecoming Queen
Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers

Juvenile Historical Fiction
The Orphan Train Adventures by Joan Lowery Nixon
This began as a quartet. I don't have any of the books on hand, so if this is not the proper order, please correct me!
- A Family Apart
- Caught in the Act
- In the Face of Danger
- Aggie's Home
- A Place to Belong
- A Dangerous Promise
- Keeping Secrets
- Circle of Love
- Lucy's Wish
- Will's Choice
- David's Search

Teen Fiction
The Janie books by Caroline B. Cooney
- The Face on the Milk Carton
- Whatever Happened to Janie?
- The Voice on the Radio
- What Janie Found
They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
The Last Chance Texaco by Brent Hartinger
Returnable Girl by Pamela Lowell
The Decoding of Lana Morris by Laura & Tom McNeal
The First Daughter books by Mitali Perkins
- Extreme American Makeover
- White House Rules
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
Blackthorn Winter by Kathryn Reiss
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau (sequel: The Ruby Notebook)
The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana
The Other Sister by S.T. Underdahl
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Many thanks and kudos to author Rose Kent for urging folks to acknowledge National Adoption Month. Kent's novel, Kimchi & Calamari, revolves around a Korean kid who was adopted at near-birth by an Italian family. Now in middle school, when he has to write an essay about his heritage, he starts asking questions of his family and of himself. Read Rose Kent's thoughts as posted at Fuse #8.

Wikipedia offers a wide variety of adoption links, arranged by topic and country.

I dedicate this post to a little kid who once proudly and repeatedly told me she was 'dopted - just like that: "'Dopted! I'm 'dopted!" - clearly so still proud of her identity and family.

Here's a beautiful article by Kristin Chenowith honoring her adoption story. The piece closes with this:
"I have a lot of kids in my life who I love and mentor. So, in a way, I feel like I've done it, even though I don't have a child who lives with me. Whether we decide to become parents or simply volunteer our love and time, it's our job as a community to take care of our kids. On National Adoption Day, I hope you remember just that."

Related Booklist: Tough Issues in Teen Fiction

Related Post: Family: Daphne Grab

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Poetry Friday: Goodbye Sky Harbor by Jimmy Eat World

November 18th, 2016 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Goodbye Sky Harbor by Jimmy Eat World

"Is tomorrow just a day like all the rest?"
(How could you know just what you did?)
So full of faith yet so full of doubt I ask

Again
I shall ask you this once again
He said:
"I am but one small instrument."
Do you remember that?

Time and time again you said, "Don't be afraid."
("If you believe you can do it.")
The only voice I want to hear is yours.

Again
I shall ask you this once again
And again.
He said:
"I am but one small instrument."
Do you remember that?

So here I am above palm trees so straight and tall
You are smaller, getting smaller
But I still see you

- lyrics to Goodbye Sky Harbor by Jimmy Eat World



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Poetry Friday: Pass the Baby by Jimmy Eat World

November 11th, 2016 (07:58 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Pass the Baby by Jimmy Eat World

The best decision made
Was let me take the stage
Do what I say exactly
Remember you called me

There's something we can count on
These boys like swinging low
If it gets too ugly
Well, that's our industry
We feed and feed

You pass the baby here
No, they won't shoot
You pass the baby here

There's always something happening
But not for us to say
What we'll let them hear
Is candy they can't eat

The amateurs keep typing
The numbers keep on changing
It's almost too easy
The pictures frame themselves

You pass the baby here
No, they won't shoot
You pass the baby here

- from the song Pass the Baby by Jimmy Eat World from the album Integrity Blues



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Poetry Friday: Through by Jimmy Eat World

November 4th, 2016 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Through by Jimmy Eat World

Slow things down, baby, check your motives
You sleep at night and stand up straight
Keep in mind there's a big, big difference
Between letting go and running away

Look around
That's not me
Not one shred of who I'll be
You don't know know what I do
The one way getting out is through

- from the song Through by Jimmy Eat World from the album Integrity Blues



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The Kindness Club by Courtney Sheinmel

November 1st, 2016 (06:00 am)
excited

Current Mood: excited
Current Song: Stuck in a Glass Elevator by The Myriad


There's a new Courtney Sheinmel book out in the world today, and that makes me really happy! What makes me even happier is the pay-it-forward theme of this brand-new series. Here's the official book flap summary for The Kindness Club:

Fifth grader Chloe Silver is good at looking on the bright side. But staying positive has been difficult since her parents divorced and she had to start at a new school. When Chloe is given the chance to try out for the exclusive It Girls club, things are finally looking up again.

Then Chloe is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and brainy Theo Barnes. Together they create an experiment that tests how people react to different acts of kindness, officially forming the Kindness Club. Lucy and Theo are fun to be around, and their new club means a lot to Chloe. But the It Girls don't want to share Chloe with anyone else. How can Chloe be kind to all of her friends, and still stay true to herself?


Want a sneak peek at the book? Click here to read an excerpt!

One of my favorite words is "hope." Another is "believe." I try to keep people optimistic and encourage them to chase their dreams and seize opportunities. Hang around me for a day and you'll hear me say, "You can do it! You can do the thing!" more than once. I think it's important to be true to yourself, and to encourage others to do the same, and to help each other out.

Make sure to check out the fun bonus features at The Kindness Club page, including:

The Kindness Club Discussion Questions
How to Write a Thank You Note
A Few Really Good Reasons to be Kind
The Kindness Club certificate


Psst...teachers, librarians, booksellers, Girl Scouts, volunteer groups... Courtney Sheinmel is visiting schools, libraries, and other places to talk about The Kindness Club. If you're interested in having her visit, let her know. I think it would be awesome if kids started their own Kindness Clubs in their communities!

Follow The Kindness Club on Twitter @kindclubbook