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White Crow (booktalk)

White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca moves from London to a small, desolate village crumbling into the sea, when her policeman father is involved in a scandal at his job.  She becomes friends with Ferelith, a Goth girl who likes "things that are frightening." They spend the summer together exploring the village's sinister history. Back in 1798, the town's local priest was involved in a devilish experiment, one that suddenly also involves the two girls. Warning: you will have to finish this book, if you want to be able to sleep without nighmares!

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_White_Crow_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:19pm PDT

A Tale Dark and Grimm (Booktalk)

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Tale_Dark__Grimm_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:07pm PDT

I am J (booktalk)

I am J by Chris

J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_I_Am_J_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:03pm PDT

Poop Happened (book talk)

Poop Happens  by Sarah Albee

Throughout the ages, the most successful civilizations were the ones who realized that everyone poops and they'd better figure out how to get rid of it! From the very first flushing toilet (invented way earlier than you would think) to the efficient Roman aqueducts (possibly inspired by the goddess of sewers!) to castles in the Middle Ages whose moats used more than just water to repel enemies, Poop happened! traces human civilization through this revolting yet fascinating subject.

Audience: Kids and Teens

 

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Poop_Happ_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:31pm PDT

No Passengers Beyond this Point (book talk)

No Passengers Beyond this Point by Gennifer Choldenko

With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.

Audience: kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_No_Passng_beyond_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:14pm PDT

Grand Plan to Fix Everything(booktalk)

Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and so when she learns that her family is moving to India for two years, her devastation over leaving her best friend in Maryland is tempered by the possibility of meeting her favorite actress, Dolly Singh.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Grand_Plan_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:54pm PDT

Ruth and the Green Book (booktalk)

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey

When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLRuthandtheGreenBookJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PDT

Janis Joplin (booktalk)

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel

Spreading her wings -- Out of Port Arthur -- Looking for love -- Call on me -- Monterey Pop's poster child -- Cheap thrills, drugs, and self-destruction -- Kozmic Blues -- To love somebody -- Pearl -- Love, Janis.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLJanisJoplinKH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:02pm PDT

Tell Us We're Home (booktalk)

Tell Us We're Home by Marina Tamar Budhos

Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl's mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLTellUsWereHomeCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT

Energy Island (booktalk)

Energy Island by Allan Drummond

It's windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLEnergyIslandJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:53pm PDT