Saturday, February 9, 2013

The DMS Wants to Know!



Monday's Riddle was the key that unlocked the library, and Lizzy's Review of Inkheart by Cornelia Funke showed us into a world of words. Thursday on Top of the Heap, we enjoyed telling you about the libraries we would love to visit, and Friday, Margo was excited to bring you The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Today, we want to hear from you!

The DMS wants to know: 
What amazing library (fictional or real) would you like to visit? 

We told you ours. Now, let's hear yours!

Links to the books in the DMS Library


Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie
Pete wakes up on the first day of spring vacation feeling a bit apprehensive about the phone call his aunt is going to get from his principal. At the same time he can’t help but feel bored with the town he lives in. Pete hasn’t lived in the town for very long, only since his parents died. There isn’t much to do and there are a lot of places that are off limits, like the Ornofree Swamp next to his house that is filled with alligators... read more. 

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.” ~August (Auggie) Pullman 

Auggie feels ordinary on the inside, and he really does want to be just like everyone else. Unfortunately, no one else sees him this way. To others he is an alien, zombie, weirdo, or extremely special and wonderful... read more.

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Brightness Sailors by Gueh Yanting Claudine

This new children's picture book will bring brightness right to your door. Just released, Brightness Sailors, Bit by Bit is already navigating the rising tides and crossing the endless oceans into our hearts. Keep an eye out for our review of this timeless children's tale coming soon!



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Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

"A boy got a splinter in his eye, and his heart turned cold. Only two people noticed. One was a witch, and she took him for her own. The other was his best friend. And she went after him in ill-considered shoes, brave and completely unprepared." (excerpt taken from Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu/ Chapter 13/ pg. 155)

Hazel and Jack are pirates, sometimes superheroes or supervillains,  but mostly, Hazel and Jack are friends. No, not just friends, best friends. They shape their similar worlds, sparking each others imagination and sharing their secrets... read more.


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The Deliverers by Gregory Slomba

Eric has never talked to birds before, nor has he heard of a land called Calendria. All of that changes when an ordinary campout changes his life forever. After an owl named Stig asks him to go on an adventure with him, Eric is intrigued and agrees to go...read more. 



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Macy likes to tell stories, particularly stories that scare. When she stumbles upon a strange phrase written about a bakerman from hell with a melon-shaped head, she can't stop thinking about it. One afternoon, she's sure that she sees Ferry Blackwell in the bushes in her backyard, but no one believes her when she tells them about it. Walking home from school, she comes across an abandoned school bus in the middle of a the street. Macy is in for a quite thrill when she finds herself in the company of the demon of Devilsville... read the short story!




Living a lonely and unhappy life with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and bratty cousin, Dudley, Harry Potter is treated like garbage. His whole world changes when he turns eleven and there is finally an explanation for all the bizarre events that have ever happened to him. His letter to Hogwarts arrives. Or should I say, Harry’s letter to the magical school of witchcraft and wizardry... read more.



When Charlotte walks into the shop tucked into the alley she is hoping to buy trinkets for her friends from her beach vacation. She doesn’t expect the strange encounter she has with the shopkeeper, but she is thrilled with the ancient looking snow globe that he gives her. Best of all it didn’t cost her anything. All she had to do was agree to tell the truth!... read more. 



Review Coming Soon! 
Check out our review for Nate Rocks the World... 

If you have ever dreamed of another world in which you are able to magically save the day, then you will be captivated by Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz. When Nate isn’t trying to get away from his annoying older sister, Abby, he is busy trying to dodge the awful food... read more




22 comments:

  1. I would want the Hogwarts library.
    Cricket@Little Library Muse

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    1. Cricket- I am right there with you! ~F

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  2. Well, realistically speaking, I have read children's books in the reading room of the Library of Congress, which was a great two week research adventure. Now I want to read children's book in the British Library for the same reason - and I just might do it someday.
    Magically speaking, definitely Hogwart's library.

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    1. Alex- What an amazing adventure you had! I think the British Library sounds like a great place to visit. Oh- and Hogwarts, of course. :) ~F

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  3. I would love to visit my high school library again just the way it was when I used to haunt it. I loved the smell of the books and wanted to devour them all.

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    1. Anna Maria- I love your description and think it is great you want to visit a library that changed your life. :) ~F

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  4. I would visit any and every library I run across, but ancient and/or mythical libraries would be so much fun.

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    1. Donna- I agree! All libraries are awesome. :) ~F

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  5. Our home town library is awesome, but I've seen a few pics of home libraries that make me drool! :) And Hogwart's? Who wouldn't want to visit that one??? :)

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    1. Jemi- I love my town library, too. The world is full of libraries that can excite us. How lucky are we? :) ~F

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  6. I'm sticking with the Library of Congress, although, I love the DMS library! Especially your fist listed book ~ Alligators Overhead! Love that book (as anyone who knows me is aware of). Thanks for a great post.

    Paul R. Hewlett

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    1. Paul- The Library of Congress is definitely a library to stick with. :) Alligators Overhead is such fun! We loved it and reviewed it a few months ago. Lee is amazing! Glad you enjoyed the post. ~F

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  7. Hogwarts or... Beauty (retelling of Beauty and the Beast). In Beauty I recall there were books there that weren't even created yet. Somewhere in my reading I've heard of that so that would ridiculously AWESOME! I could read ARCS that haven't even been an idea yet.

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    1. Adriana- I love the thought of books that haven't been created yet! How fun! Thanks for sharing. :) ~F

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  8. I read ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD to my 5th grade class. They went crazy for it. We even had a design your own Hadley Mansion contest.

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    1. Leslie- How wonderful! I think it is great that you read Alligators Overhead to your class and that they went crazy for it! It is such a fabulous book. It must have been such fun for your students to design their own Hadley Mansion. Great idea! :) ~F

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  9. I would love to go back to the library of the town I grew up in. My first introduction to books. My library card was my passport to other worlds but that library with it's tall book cases, wooden floors, and quiet reverence was an escape from reality in itself. A refuge all children should experience!

    Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. Yolanda- My library card is one of my most prized possessions. It helps me travel anywhere. I love that you would like to visit the library in the town you grew up in. Libraries are magical places. :) ~F

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  10. I’ve always wanted to visit the Bodleian library in Oxford. Terry and I were going to spend a day there last year, but it turned out to be such a horrible wet day we ended up not going (we went to see a movie instead!) Maybe we will make it in 2013.

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    1. Barbara- Oooohh! That library sounds so wonderful! I hope you get to it the next time you are in Oxford. :) ~F

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  11. Good grief, I don't know how I'd missed this post. Libraries! I go to one to tutor my Korean kids at a small central district in Singapore. Love the softly brilliant trees across the library cafe. I visited the Victorian Library in Melbourne last year and loved the painting exhibition on the second floor.
    As for a fictional library, it'd be Morris Lessmore's fantastical library.

    (Thanks for including my book in your I'll-bet-also-fantastical library!)

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    1. Claudine- So glad you were able to read this post and we love having your book in our fantastical library. :) The library where you tutor sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us! ~Stephanie and Jess

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