Thursday, August 28, 2008

Inheritance Cycle Websites

Official Sites

Fan sites


Social Networking Groups
There are many Brisingr and Inheritance related groups on Facebook.
Click here for the largest group.



Eragon Movie

Paolini Interview

From home-schooled teen to hit author, Paolini takes wing with dragon series
By Karen Holt

Even superstars get the jitters. Christopher Paolini tries not to dwell on the huge expections surrounding Brisingr, the third book in his blockbuster Iheritance Cycle fantasy series.

With the first two books in the series selling 15.5 million copies worldwide, Knopf is preparing for Brisingrs September release with 2.5 million copy first printing, its biggest ever for a children's book ever for a children's book. Meanwhile, fans are squealing messages like, "I can't wat!" and "OMG, I need it!" on web discussion boards.

"As an author, I found that I can't really allow myself to think about those things," 24 year old Paolini says, speaking by phone from his home in Montama "I actually fell into that trap with the first part of Brisinger . . . I sat there and I started obsessing about every single word."

He worked past it by turning away from the keyboard and writing with an ink-dip pen on 80 pound parchment paper. His mother transcribed the pages. Now its readers who are obsessing, spinning the meager bits of information Paolini has tesed out to them into full blown specualtion about what will happen to Eragon, Saphira and the rest of the inhabitants of Alagaesia.. . .

Get BOOK PAGE for September 2008 at your library to read the rest of the interview.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What is a Banned Book?

From the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

What is a banned or challenged book, you ask? A challenged book is a book that someone has asked to be removed from a library or store because they object to its content. A banned book is a book that has actually been removed from a library or store. Teen books are particularly vulnerable to challenges because, well, they are read by teens. Some adults believe that teens don't have the ability to choose what book is right for them. They may believe that books with objectionable content will corrupt your young minds.

According to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom, the most challenged book of 2007 was And Tango Makes Three. This is a children's book about two male penguins raising a baby together. Another title that is often on the annual Most Frequently Challenged Book List is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This book is by Stephen Chbosky, a Pittsburgh native. Some reasons that are cited for the banning of this book include homosexual characters and offensive language.

Please choose a title to read from ALA's 2007 list of most challenged books.

Here are a few other web resources about Intellectual Freedom:

AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom
This blog features many teen fiction authors, such as Cecil Castellucci Brent Hartinger, David Levithan, E. Lockart, Jordan Sonneblick, and many, many more!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund started in 1986 and its purpose is to fight for the First Amendment rights of graphic novel artists.

National Coalition Against Censorship
This group is literally a coalition of 50 different non-profit organizations who have aligned to fight censorship. They are an Intellectual Freedom voltron of sorts.

Happy Banned Reading!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

City of Ember Fans-- 4th Book

The Fourth and Final Book of Ember

That first winter in the village of Sparks was desperately hard. Doon decided he had to do something. He told Lina his plan. "And I want you to come with me," he added.

So they went. But what they found was not what they expected at all.

Coming in the fall of 2008!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Congrats to Carly--Just One Thing Winner

Did any of you catch Carly K. on Channel 8. She was one of the winners of the Preserve the Planet One Thing Contest. Congrats Carly!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Brisngr Release Party

Come celebrate the long awaited release of Brisngr. Enter to win your very own copy.
Play games, which dragon will be yours? Enjoy dragon food, come in costume (optional) Have fun!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
New Milford Public Library

All ages welcome!! Registration Required 860-355-1191 ext 204 or send me an email with your name, phone and age.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

We Left Our Legacy with Decorated Bookcarts

Our Young Adult Way Out Wednesday program brought out all our talented artists. The artist first created their masterpieces on paper. The following week thoughts became action as everyone painted their creation. See the pictures above of our newly decorated bookcarts and the fun we had.

Leave your Legacy, Decorate a Bookcart

Our Young Adult Way Out Wednesday program brought out all our talented artists.
See the pictures below of our newly painted and Decorated Book Carts.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Summer Reading?

Get involved in the Hot Summer Twisted/Speak Book Trailer Contest!

Details! Details!

1. Create a book trailer for SPEAK or TWISTED. You may not use clips from the SPEAK movie (it is copyrighted, that's why). Your trailer must qualify for a PG rating. Try to keep it under two minutes long.

2. Post the trailer on YouTube. Include the phrase "TWISTED trailer contest" or "SPEAK trailer contest" in the title. Submissions must be posted by 12:00pm, EST, August 31, 2008.

3. Once the trailer is posted, notify us by emailing the Office Mouse: officemouse AT writerlady DOT com . When you notify us, please provide a link to your trailer and a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. If you are in a Summer Reading group, include the name of your librarian and her (or his) email address.

4. Watch and wait. Winner will be chosen by Laurie Halse Anderson (aka me).

5. NOTE! Contest is only open to people who will be 21 years old or younger on August 31, 2008.

6. If your trailer is chosen as the winning entry and you are not 18 yet, your parents will have to sign a release form granting me the rights to use your trailer. If you are over 18, you get to sign for yourself. You will be credited as the producer of the trailer, but the only payment you will receive is the prize described below. If you win, be sure to include this on your college or film school application.

7. If you are in a library summer reading group, your library will receive 5 signed copies of my books. The librarian in charge of the group gets to decide which books to receive.

8. There will be two prizes awarded; one for the best SPEAK trailer, one for the best TWISTED trailer.

9. The creator of the winning trailer will be awarded an 8GB iPod touch. Winner agrees to be responsible for setting up and paying for Internet connection and any warranty protection plan.

10. Winners will be announced on this blog, Sunday, September 7th, and will be notified by email.

I think that's everything. Please feel free to post this announcement to library and academic listservs. If you have any questions about the contest, please post them in the Comments section.