Sunday, February 27, 2005

Girls in Pants

Girls in Pants: the third summer of the sisterhood by Ann Brashares (2005) is the book I just finished reading this weekend. It's the follow-up to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Second Summer of the Sisterhood. Since I had already read the first two books, I was looking forward to reading this one, especially when I found out there will be a movie coming out this summer!

Well, even if you haven't read the first two books, you can enjoy this one because the author gives a good introduction with background on each of the four characters in the opening pages of the book. The book's main characters are four friends whose mothers met while at a prenatal aerobics class. In this book Carmen spends her summer caring for Lena's Greek grandmother who is living, unhappily, in the U.S. after the death of her husband. Bee, returns to her favorite sport, soccer, this time as a coach at a summer camp. Lena wants to attend RISD but her practical father forbids it forcing her to pursue a scholarship instead. And Tibby, the narrator, is dealing with the affection of a boy she formerly thought of as just a friend.

Of course, the bond the girls share is helped along by a pair of jeans which fits each girl and while wearing them each has an extraordinary experience. Tibby helps Carmen's mom deliver her baby while wearing them. Lena's confidence as an artist increases while she wears the pants. Bee is reunited with her first crush wearing the pants. Carmen meets a great guy while wearing them.

Anyone who likes stories of real friendships should read this book!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

homework center

If it's Tuesday, I must be in the Homework Center! Every Tuesday (except during school vacation weeks) since November 9th, we've opened the wireless classroom in the basement of the library to students in grades 5 through 9 to use the space for homework. It's a great chance to get some work done with the help of either Robin, the teen librarian, or Eugene from the Children's Room.

We spend a lot of time showing off our research databases and helping students find information they need. It's a lot of fun being down here because it makes it easier to help people than when we're upstairs and often get interrupted.

Come down and check it out sometime!

Monday, February 07, 2005

Soul Surfer

One of the RI Teen Book Award nominees for 2006 is Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board by Bethany Hamilton. This is the girl who lost her left arm to a shark while paddling out to surf near her home in Hawaii. The idea that a 13-year-old girl would be able to not pass out and make it back to shore, with the help of her friends, amazes me.

Bethany attributes her remarkable recovery to her faith in God and the strong Christian church she belongs to gets her through the ordeal.