- He is afraid of everything. Trains, bridges, substitute teachers, girls, school. Everything.
- He is from Concord, Massachusetts, which is hard to spell.
- He loves Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and all the superheroes of the world. In fact, he is a superhero himself - Firecracker Man!
- He is trying very hard to be a gentleman, like his dad, but there are a lot of rules and they are hard to remember.
- He can talk at home and on the school bus, but never, ever at school. It is just too scary. (See #1.)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Most of our club members really liked Enola because they felt she was adventurous. They all thought she was very brave for searching for her mother on her own. We all unanimously agreed that it was okay for Enola's mother to hide the money Mycroft sent her, money that was intended to be used around the estate. We decided she had no other choice because the Victorian rules concerning inheritances after a husband's death were very unfair. She should have been left her husband's money instead of it going directly to the oldest son (Mycroft). We also felt it was right since she left the bulk of it to Enola for her future.
We talked about how things might have been different for Enola and her mother if her father were still alive and why Enola put her own plans aside to help solve the case of the missing Lord Tewksbury.
Finally we discussed whether or not Enola will make it on her own in London (we were split on this - some of us felt she would make it because she had a lot of money and was very smart, others felt she was too young and it would be too much responsibility to take care of herself) and whether or not Sherlock and Mycroft will ever catch up with her (everyone felt that eventually Sherlock would catch her, if only because he's a great detective). I guess we'll have to read on in the series to find out for sure!
The highlight of our meeting was our phone interview with the author, Nancy Springer. We asked her how she decided on the case of the missing marquess as Enola's first case. She said that she couldn't just have the case of Enola's missing mother because if that was solved right away there woudn't be a series of books. Enola on her own and running from her brothers who want to send her to boarding school is the premise of the series. She needed to bring in a second case, something that Enola would stumble onto by accident. Also she was reading a book about a missing boy whose clothes are discovered torn up in the woods and that gave her the inspiration for Lord Tewksbury.
We also talked about the wonderful cover which Ms. Springer is very happy with, although she doesn't have any direct involvement with the design of her books. She pointed out the hidden letters and numbers in the trees, including the numbers 221 for 221 Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes.
In terms of her favorite author, she's always been fond of Tolkien but her favorite changes according to her mood and who she's reading. She's also a fan of Patricia MacLachlan. When asked if she likes to solve mysteries she said that she's not good at finding lost things but that she writes about what she wishes she could do. She's fascinated by different ways to hide things and finding great hiding places that people wouldn't expect. She had fun thinking of all the hiding places for Enola's mother to hide all of Mycroft's money.
She described her writing process for us and said that it takes between 3 - 5 years to write a book from the very beginning to the final version.
Finally her idea for a younger sister for Sherlock Holmes came out of her being a feminist and wanting to write from the female point of view. She said that she'd been reading Sherlock Holmes since she was a child and that he doesn't have much use for women. Sherlock doesn't understand a lot of things about women and that made her want to create a sister for him, someone who would understand Victorian women and things like the language of flowers and how a home works.
The best part of writing for Ms. Springer is the writing itself. She has written more than 50 books and loves to write. She's grateful to be able to do something that she loves and something that allows her to create her own schedule. She also said that there will be a total of 6 Enola Holmes stories.
Ms. Springer was delightful to talk with and thoughtfully answered all of our questions. We thank her for her time and are eager to continue our journey with Enola in her next adventure!
Monday, January 26, 2009
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
- The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
- Savvy by Ingrid Law
- After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
- The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Caldecott Honor Books:
- A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
- How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
- A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant
Robert F. Sibert Award:
- We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
- What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley
- Bodies From the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem
Coretta Scott King Author Award:
- We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books:
- The Blacker the Berry by Joce Carol Thomas
- Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
- Becoming Billie Holiday by Carol Boston Weatherford
For the complete list of ALA award winners, click here.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
- The Hound of the Baskervilles adapted by Murray Shaw (1993) - j Shaw
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes adapted by Kathy Wilmore (2002) - j Wilmore
We also have an audio CD called Sherlock Holmes for Children. It's a storyteller's version of Sherlock Holmes and contains four stories. It can be found in our audiobook collection under jCD Weiss.
If you are interested in learning more about the man behind Sherlock Holmes, check out The Man Who Hated Sherlock Holmes; A Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Richard Powers located in our biography collection under j920 Doyle.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Thirteen-year-old Lady Grace Cavendish, favorite maid of honor of Elizabeth I, must solve a murder mystery and clear the name of her betrothed.
Sent to live with relatives in New Orleans during the War of 1812, eleven-year-old Elisabet determines to find a smuggler's treasure to ransom her imprisoned father.
When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
While fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes endeavors to save her friend Lady Cecily Alistair from an unwelcome arranged marriage, she meets with some assistance from her older brother, Sherlock, and interference by the eldest, Mycroft.