Saturday, November 29, 2008

Larry and the Meaning of Life


Right now I'm wrestling with the notion of whether or not I should nominate this to the RI Teen Book Award list of titles to be considered for 2010! Since it's a sequel and I don't usually like sequels on the list, I'm torn. But, on the other hand, I feel like the book can be read and appreciated even without having reading the earlier books. Why do I think that? Because it's been years since I've read "Vote for Larry," the second book about this character, and I was easily able to fol...more Right now I'm wrestling with the notion of whether or not I should nominate this to the RI Teen Book Award list of titles to be considered for 2010! Since it's a sequel and I don't usually like sequels on the list, I'm torn. But, on the other hand, I feel like the book can be read and appreciated even without having reading the earlier books. Why do I think that? Because it's been years since I've read "Vote for Larry," the second book about this character, and I was easily able to follow the action. The first book, "The Gospel According to Larry" was the first book that I clearly remember a teen telling me about and urging me to read! I was visiting at one of the high schools here in the city and I had a teen come up to me and started telling me about the book which was so neat! And I really enjoyed the story and feel as if "Larry's" message about not having a lot of stuff is still vitally important

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rules by Cynthia Lord

After hearing the author of this book speak at the New England Library Association conference last month, I really wanted to read this book and I was not disappointed. Cynthia Lord draws on her life experience as the mother of two children, one of whom is autistic, to write a novel written from the point of view of the older sister with an autistic brother. And it could be any sibling with special needs and how that demands more of her parents' attention, makes her feel self-conscious but also protective of her brother. This is a very satisfying story and I look forward to suggesting it to the readers here at the library.