Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Battle of the Books

School Library Journal's Battle of the Kid's Books is on! Judged by children's writers like M.T. Anderson and Julius Lester, the books go head to head each week. Check it out!
School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has won the 2009 Dilys Award.

The Dilys is presented annually by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association to the book its members most enjoyed hand-selling during the previous year, and is named for Dilys Winn, who founded America’s first specialty mystery book store.

About the book:

"Great literary crime detectives aren’t always born; they’re sometimes discovered, blindfolded and tied up in a dark closet by their nasty older sisters. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce’s bitter home life and vicious sibling war inspires her solitary diversions and “strange talents” tinkering with the chemistry set in the laboratory of their inherited Victorian house, plotting sleuth-like vengeance on Ophelia (17) and Daphne (13), and delving into the forbidden past of her taciturn, widowed father, Colonel de Luce. It comes as no surprise, then, that the material for her next scientific investigation will be the mysterious corpse that she uncovers in the cucumber patch.

Fearless and darkly imaginative, Flavia hurries to solve the murder and acquit her father of suspicion. Following the lead of its clever protagonist, Sweetness is entirely inventive, fast-paced, and quick-witted, with tongue-in-cheek humour that derides the macabre seriousness of subject.

Alan Bradley plants the story deep into the setting of 1950s England, with a portrait of an eccentric home life that is all too wickedly familiar. The story’s twists are supported by the time and place as well as the unusual interests of the characters which range from stamp-collecting to making poisons all of which are highly researched and ingeniously incorporated."

Check it out -- available from any branch of the Abbeville County Library System

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Book Giveaway this Saturday!

The Friends of the Abbeville Libraries will be hosting a BOOK GIVEAWAY this Saturday, March 6, from 10:00 to 1:00. Bring bags or boxes, and load 'em up with lots of great books, movies, and music. Cash donations are accepted but not required.

Don't miss it!