A Place in the Sun: 10th Literature/Composition

August 5, 2008

Peach Book Nominees 2008-09

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July 10, 2008

Stephenie Meyer Fans: Breaking Dawn Events at Barnes and Noble August 1!

Filed under: Announcements, YA Lit and Authors — Tags: , , , , , , — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 6:20 am

Twilight  tempted the imagination. New Moon made readers thirsty for more. Eclipse turned the saga into a worldwide phenomenon. And now, the book that everyone has been waiting for… Breaking Dawn, the final book in the #1 bestselling Twilight saga, will take your breath away.

Stephenie Meyer’s sophisticated teen vampire novels have created the kind of response from teens and adults that we haven’t seen since the debut of Harry Potter. Barnes & Noble will be celebrating the August 2 release of Breaking Dawn by hosting special events in the stores. Select stores are staying open late August 1 and hosting midnight release parties.  And be sure to call or visit your local store to reserve your copy for the night of the party; you can also visit the website to pre-order your copy if you like.  The stores at Town CenterAlpharetta, and Cumming will all be hosting a book release event for youth and teens on August 1 at 10:00 PM—please visit each site or call for more details.

July 6, 2008

Fun and Cool Tool: Mixwit!

Filed under: 10A Materials, 10B Materials, Research Paper Project (1) 2008, Web 2.0 — Tags: , , , , , , — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 8:46 pm

I know summer school is over, but check this out!

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Calling all Grizzly patrons!  Are you looking for a cool multimedia tool to show your teachers what you have learned this fall?  Check out Mixwit, a fun “media playground” that allows you to artwork, photos, and music in a format that can be easily shared!  Read about how this teacher,  Konrad Glogowski , used this tool as part of a novel study (hit the play button above to play his mix); you can also visit and see student examples by going to the link beneath this screenshot.


blog of proximal development

You can register your own account for free!  Click on the link below to visit Mixwit and start mixing up your own creative projects today!



Mixwit – Create and Share Digital Mixtapes

July 4, 2008

Save the Date: The Decatur Book Festival, August 29-31, 2008!

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The 2008 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical | Home

 Many thanks to Dr. JoBeth Allen from the University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy for the heads up on this WONDERFUL event!  I plan to be there…Billy Collins will be giving the keynote address!  Here is the latest info straight from the festival organizers via email:

It’s hard to believe, but here we are preparing to launch the THIRD annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical. The festival has not merely survived its first few years. We’ve built on partnerships with artistic, educational, business, and governmental organizations not only from all over metropolitan Atlanta but from all over the nation. Hosted in the literary haven of Decatur, this festival has quickly joined the ranks of the largest and most talked about book festivals nationwide.
 Perhaps we could just keep doing what we’ve been doing and call that good enough, but where’s the fun in that? We’ve added plenty of new and unique programs to this year’s festival:
 We’ve had a Children’s Parade since the first year, but this is the first time we’ll be launching a new book at the parade. Not just any book: It’s the first new “Madeline” story in 50 years–“Madeline and the Cats of Rome”–written by John Bemelmans Marciano, the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans. We encourage everyone to join Marciano in the parade, maybe wear a big yellow hat, sing your favorite French (or, for that matter, Italian) song, or just make some noise.
 Though we’ve had programs directed at teenagers from the beginning, 2008 marks the first year we will set aside a space exclusively for teenagers, called Escape. Escape will host best-selling authors for interactive discussions, an open mic and a literary salon. For those under 18, there will also be a quiz show called How Well Do You Know Harry? judged by Cheryl Klein, continuity editor for the last four Harry Potter books.
 In a historic partnership, Poets & Writers and Agnes Scott College are working with us to present the best DBF Writers Conferenceyet, with top national editors, agents, critics, publicists, authors, and screenwriters sharing their collective wisdom in a conference tightly integrated with the rest of the book festival. In addition, beginning this year, DBF will host the prestigious Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) awards ceremony. Many of the nominees will give readings at the festival.
 In 2006, we hosted the launch event for the first Atlanta Reads. This year, we’ll launch Atlanta Reads as well as the Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Atlanta’s Big Read will encourage the entire community to read and talk about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
Still not enough to fill your Labor Day weekend? Check out even more of the new programs that make this year’s festival truly unique:

 Brooks & Co. Dancewill perform a dance inspired by Shirley Jackson’s classic short story, “The Lottery,” set to the music of Stravinsky’s “Rites of Spring” and drawing on Ninjinsky’s seminal choreography to Stravinsky’s work.
 In a program called “Words from Iraq,” adult and young actors from PushPush Theater will present multiple perspectives on Iraq through readings of letters children have written to their parents in the military, blogs written by soldiers in Iraq, and a blog by a young Iraqi woman.
 In the spirit of the Java Monkey Local Authors Stage, we’re adding a stage for emerging authors just beginning to get their work out into the world, called the Emerging and Exhibiting Authors Stage.
 Author and former Olympian runner Jeff Galloway will lead a fun run Saturday morning of the festival, followed by a running clinic.
 Lee Smith, Marshall Chapman, Jill McCorkle, and Matraca Berg will all be onstage together to give a taste of their traveling musical–The Good ol’ Girls–about their friendship and the mutual influences of their books and music on one another.
 And that’s just the new stuff!

You know you can also count on us to bring you the nation’s top authors in our strongest, most diverse line-up yet. You know we’ve got you covered for good food and some of the best singer-songwriters in America. You know we’ll show the whole family a good time. So, come join us this Labor Day weekend for the best AJC Decatur Book Festival yet!    

 Be sure to check out our 2008 DBF web site,www.decaturbookfestival.com <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0010o9b8-G1lEKeg0HJ9PdUjGRNyOgyeblVgbcTsEt5PKylDahxzgliuFLJWKLt-zYIoc45cFGTjIsQlOObVGPCdF6Q_S1hyNoiVHSyZMw4GDtx6o-NqZyAj84pBZOFARsm> .

June 26, 2008

Get Gritty with Reeadergirlz in July!

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From our fav, Readergirlz!

Go gritty with readergirlz as we delve into the far reaches of compassion with Jay Asher’s provocative 13 Reasons Why

Clay Jensen is shocked to find a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep, recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. As Clay listens to Hannah’s voice on the tapes, he hears his name mentioned–and learns that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. All through the night, Clay keeps listening. Hannah’s recorded words lead him on a journey through his small town…and what he discovers changes his life forever.
Discuss the book with the readergirlz divas, the author, and other readergirlz all through July on our group forum (groups.myspace.com/readergirlz) and read the issue (www.readergirlz.com). On July 24th, Jay will join us for rgz LIVE! at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT.
Please also check out this month’s other compassion-filled reads:
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • No Laughter Here by Rita Williams Garcia
  • Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
  • Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde
  • As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
  • Without You by Anthony Rapp

June 16, 2008

Fun YA Lit News: Laurie Anderson Chatting Live on MySpace with Readergirlz June 19!

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Save the date: On June 19, Laurie will join them for their readergirlz LIVE! at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT.  Join the Readergirlz forum to particpate!

It’s the end of the school year, and readergirlz is celebrating that end-of-the-year tradition–prom night–and the risk-taking behavior associated with it. This month’s readergirlz author is Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Prom. Readergirlz asks the question, “Is prom a dream of a night, or is it a nightmare?”

Discuss the book with the readergirlz divas all through June on their group forum. On June 19, Laurie will join them for their readergirlz LIVE! at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT. Here are some questions to ponder from the Readergirlz chat guide:

  • What is the point of having a prom?
  • How much money should teens spend on their prom? Should schools or parents limit how much money is spent?
  • How is Carceras High like your school? How is it different?
  • Some people say prom is a teenager’s first chance to act like a real adult. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • Why do you think so many teens drink on prom night? What should be done about this?
  • What would your fantasy prom night be like?
  • Because of her work on the prom committee, Ashley changes the way she thinks of her future. What activities have changed the way you look at yourself?
  • How is Ashley’s happy ending different from Cinderella’s . . . or is it the same? Which is more realistic? Is there such a thing as “Prince Charming” or “happily ever after?”

You can also check out this month’s other recommended reads:

  • Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
  • It’s Not About the Accentby Caridad Ferrer
  • Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
  • A Step From Heaven by An Na
  • She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva

P. S. A special shout-out to diva Mitali Perkins whose middle-grade novel, Rickshaw Girl, is a finalist for the Jane Addams Honor Book for 2008!

June 15, 2008

Scenes from Week 1

Filed under: Etc. — Tags: , — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 7:41 pm

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