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Can You Juggle 23 Things at Once?

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 27, 2007

23 Things

Have you started thinking about your 23 Things? The Unquiet Library is excited about sharing Web 2.0 tools with everyone as we launch our 23 Things activities starting in January. Are you ready for the challenge? Come join us on our journey as we learn and grow together to make Creekview the most tech-savvy school in north Georgia. Fun, food, and fringe benefits await you as you learn your 23 Things. In Week Two you will be creating your own blog–old hat for many of you–but only the Bufferina knows the mystery of what’s happening in Week One. By Week Twenty-Three, you’ll probably be building a space ship to Jupiter–who knows. For more details, visit the 23 Things Blog.

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School Library Journal Chooses Its Best Books 2007

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 26, 2007


School Library Journal recently selected their Best Books 2007. The sixty-three chosen books represent 4700 of those reviewed by SLJ this year. The past year was a great year for historical fiction, fantasy, and humor. For a complete list of this year’s top picks, click here. Here are some of the books recommended for high school students:

ALEXIE, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. illus. by Ellen Forney. Little, Brown. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978–0-316-01368-0.
Gr 7-10–Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian, is a bright, geeky teen who transfers from the reservation school to a rich, white high school. With honesty, humor, and unfailing optimism, he comes to terms with tragic realities and family frailties, and learns who he really is.

BARAKAT, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa Bks. Tr $16. ISBN 978-0-374-35733-7.
Gr 7 Up–A Palestinian child discovers the Arabic alphabet while a refugee during the Six-Day War, giving her a way to cope with and escape from the deprivation and fears in her daily life. A beautifully crafted memoir that takes readers into the heart and experiences of this talented writer.

CAREY, Janet Lee. Dragon’s Keep. Harcourt. Tr $17. ISBN 978-0-15-205926-2.
Gr 6-10–A princess wears golden gloves to hide the fact that she was born with one dragon talon until it comes time to fulfill her destiny. A complex fantasy, filled with plot twists, betrayal, and a revenge-seeking dragon.

CRISLER, Curtis L. Tough Boy Sonatas. illus. by Floyd Cooper. Boyds Mills/Wordsong. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-932425-77-2.
Gr 8 Up–The gritty realities of life in the crumbling, postindustrial city of Gary, IN, are brought to life in powerful poems that palpably capture the anger, frustration, camaraderie, and audacious dreams of its poor young residents.

FREEDMAN, Russell. Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas. Clarion. Tr $19. ISBN 978-0-618-66391-0.
Gr 5-9–Written records, artifacts, DNA evidence, and conjecture are all given their due in this accessible and balanced examination of the human presence in the Western world. The plentiful black-and-white and color photos, reproductions, and maps add detail and information about ancient settlements and contemporary scholarship.

GARDNER, Lyn. Into the Woods. illus. by Mini Grey. Random/David Fickling Bks. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-75115-5; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-385-75116-2.
Gr 5-9-Three sisters who live near a rat-infested village are pursued by evil Dr. DeWilde, who is determined to have the musical pipe their mother left them. Kidnapping, hair-raising danger, and a host of fairy-tale themes make up this wild romp through Victorian England.

GRANDITS, John. Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems. illus. by author. Clarion. Tr $15. ISBN 978-0-618-56860-4; pap. $5.95. ISBN 978-0-618-85132-4.
Gr 5-9–Jessie voices her witty, often-irreverent opinions about ninth-grade life, her less-than-harmonious family relationships, and her search for her “signature style.” With imaginative writing, crisp graphics, and artful layouts, this clever collection of concrete poems will grab language lovers and poetry-phobes alike.

HALE, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days. Bloomsbury. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-59990-051-3.
Gr 5-9–Refusing to marry the villainous man her father has chosen for her, Lady Saren is imprisoned in a tower for seven years with her maid, Dashti, a clever, resourceful girl and the story’s narrator. Wild escapes and dangerous romance on the Asian steppes will keep readers on the edge of their seats in this novelization of the Brothers Grimm’s “Maid Maleen.”

HORNBY, Nick. Slam. Putnam. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25048-4.
Gr 9 Up-A teen who learns that his girlfriend is pregnant is whisked into the future by his idol, Tony Hawk, to witness his life as a father. Though hilarious scenes abound, they never undermine the seriousness of the situation, which is handled with sensitivity and insight.

JINKS, Catherine. Evil Genius. Harcourt. Tr $17. ISBN 978-0-15-205988-0.
Gr 7 Up–Once enrolled in the Axis Institute for World Domination, teen hacker extraordinaire Cadel Piggott begins to question his teachers’ motives and to sift through multiple layers of deception, manipulation, and subterfuge. A fast-paced and absorbing look at good and evil in a high-tech world.

JOCELYN, Marthe. How It Happened in Peach Hill. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-83701-2; PLB $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-93701-9.
Gr 5-9–In this high-spirited novel set in upstate New York in the 1920s, an itinerant fortune-teller forces her 15-year-old daughter to pose as a mentally disabled person in order to eavesdrop and gather information for her séances. Longing for a stable life and a chance to show her real intelligence, Annie feigns a “miraculous cure” in public, but her mother is not about to be upstaged.

JOHNSTON, Tony. Bone by Bone by Bone. Roaring Brook/A Deborah Brodie Bk. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59643-113-3.
Gr 6 Up–Despite his unyielding physician father’s racist rules, David, who is white, forms a blood-brother relationship with Malcolm, who is black. As the protagonist turns 13, this taut story of prejudice, love, and rebellion in 1950s Tennessee comes to a shattering climax.

KEPHART, Beth. Undercover. HarperFestival/A Laura Geringer Bk. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-123893-2; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-123894-9.
Gr 9 Up–Introspective Elisa writes love verses for the boys in her class, including her secret crush, to woo their sweethearts, and finds release by skating in the dark on a desolate pond. This quiet coming-of-age story about a keenly perceptive “winter girl” has an authentic voice and multiple layers of soul-satisfying reading.

KOSTICK, Conor. Epic. Viking. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-670-06179-2.
Gr 8 Up–This well-crafted fantasy features a society in which violence has been banned and people must settle their disputes in Epic, an all-consuming virtual-reality game. Erik chooses a female avatar who uses her beauty and wits in lieu of more conventional weapons and teams up with his friends’ characters to save his father and take on the powers behind the game.

MURPHY, Jim. The Real Benedict Arnold. Clarion. Tr $20. ISBN 978-0-395-77609-4.
Gr 7 Up–Murphy presents a compelling portrait of a complex figure. Arnold was an intelligent and talented businessman, a brilliant strategist and a gallant general, and a true believer in the patriots’ cause. So what went so terribly wrong? The comprehensive text and excellent supporting graphics piece together a thrilling look at the American Revolution and its successes and failures.

MYERS, Walter Dean. What They Found: Love on 145th Street. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-385-32138-9; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-93709-5.
Gr 9 Up–These masterfully crafted urban tales highlight a contemporary New York City community, but they have a more universal sensibility in their humor, their heartbreak, and their humanity. They reflect the hopes and dreams of youth, the dilemmas and drama of parenthood, and the debilitating effects of despair.

PEET, Mal. Tamar. Candlewick. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-3488-9.
Gr 8 Up–This gripping thriller unfolds in parallel narratives. An omniscient narrator vividly describes the struggles of Allied spies sent to support the Dutch resistance, and 15-year-old Tamar, the granddaughter of one of the undercover operatives, tries to piece together the clues to the old man’s past left to her following his suicide in 1995. An intricate and powerfully written read about love and loyalty, deceit and betrayal.

RESAU, Laura. Red Glass. Delacorte. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-385-73466-0; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-385-90464-3.
Gr 8 Up–A timid Arizona teen’s life is radically changed when her family takes in an orphaned six-year-old, the sole survivor of an illegal border crossing. Sophie, her free-spirited Bosnian great-aunt, the aunt’s boyfriend from Guatemala, and the man’s son become unlikely travel companions as they escort Pablo back to Mexico to visit his relatives. An evocative and metaphorical road trip, full of cultural richness and romance.

ST. JAMES, James. Freak Show. Dutton. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-525-47799-0.
Gr 9 Up–A teenage drag queen extraordinaire takes a conservative boarding school by storm, startling everyone with his outrageous behavior, his exuberance, and his couture, all the while simply wanting acceptance. The story is witty, bold, and bawdy, but it’s also a telling account about what it’s like to live in Billy Bloom’s skin.

SHARENOW, Robert. My Mother the Cheerleader. HarperCollins/Laura Geringer Bks. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-114896-5; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-114897-2.
Gr 8-10–Thirteen-year-old Louise is stuck at home helping run a dilapidated boarding house while her mother and the rest of the “Cheerleaders” gather every morning to hurl verbal abuse at six-year-old Ruby Bridges as she attempts to integrate the New Orleans public schools. When an outsider comes to observe these events, the high emotions turn to violence in this harrowing and painfully honest historical novel.

STEWART, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society. illus. by Carson Ellis. Little, Brown/Megan Tingley Bks. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-316-05777-6.
Gr 5-9–Four children without families are selected to enter an isolated school where they must foil an evil master who plans to take over the world. Mysterious clues, puzzles, danger, creative problem-solving, and zany humor all play a part as the youngsters use their special abilities to thwart the villain, restore order, and find a place for themselves.

THOMPSON, Kate. The New Policeman. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-117427-8; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-117428-5.
Gr 7-10–The hours are slipping through everyone’s fingers in the Irish village of Kinvara, so when J.J.’s Mum requests more time for her birthday, the 15-year-old musician goes on a quest that leads him into the fairyland of Tír na n’Óg and the heart of his family’s deepest secrets. Fantasy, folklore, and musical zeal harmonize into a tantalizing and finely tuned coming-of-age tale.

WEIN, Elizabeth E. The Lion Hunter. Viking. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-06163-1.
Gr 7 Up–This sweeping historical fantasy set in sixth-century Africa is replete with splendid characterization, vivid detail, political intrigue, and adventure. Twelve-year-old Prince Telemakos has endured physical and emotional pain at the hands of captors and loses an arm in a lion attack, but remains steadfast in his commitment to caring for his baby sister and to protecting the Askumites from treachery and tyranny.

WELLS, Rosemary. Red Moon at Sharpsburg. Viking. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-03638-7.
Gr 7 Up–A 13-year-old experiences the horrors and dangers of the Civil War and witnesses the appalling medical practices of the time. A powerful novel, unflinching in its depiction of war, as seen through the eyes of a courageous, determined teen who never gives up her dream of going to college.

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Posted by grizzlymedia on November 26, 2007


Have you tried Inogolo? Inogolo is a made up word from two Latin words: “in” meaning “not” and “iuguolo” meaning “butcher.” The purpose of the Inogolo website is to help you not butcher words, particularly names of specific persons, places, and things, or as your English teacher likes to call them, proper nouns.  It provides a searchable database of names with both phonetic and audio pronunciations in English. The website is the brainchild of some guy from Texas named Stuart Yoder who is fond of orthoepy–the study of pronunciation. Where does he get his information?

  • personal knowledge (for most common English names);
  • people– if he can locate someone with the name he asks them;
  • if the language of origin can be determined he asks a native speaker of the language if possible;
  • a partial list of some web resources and books referenced is at the inogolo pronunciation resources page;
  • user submissions and corrections through the online suggestion submission form are very helpful;
  • other resources used– the Internet (blogs,forums,news articles,etc), radio and TV media, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.

For names of specific people and places–

For the names of places, the primary reference is Merriam Webster’s Geographical Dictionary. For disputed pronunciations other authorities are checked as well.

For the names of people, pronunciations are verified and cross-referenced across multiple authorities when possible. The names of people no longer living tend to generate the most disputes. If a pronunciation is disputed it will be noted and usually any alternate pronunciations are given as well. Sources include:

  • the person themselves or their representative,
  • for places, Merriam Webster’s Geographical Dictionary,
  • authorities and sources listed at the inogolo pronunciation resources page. (Yes, he cites his sources!)
  • media sources such as radio and TV,
  • the Internet (blogs, forums, news articles, etc.)

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The Book Fair is Coming! The Book Fair is Coming!

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 26, 2007

Book Fair2

The media center is hosting a book fair next week, December 3-7. Lots of cool young adult books will be available each day from 7:30-4:00. You can even visit our own Creekview Book Fair website. We are also donating our profits to help a needy school suffering from the affects of Hurricane Katrina. We are asking students to donate spare change through their English classes each day. The winning English class will win a pizza party! Yum! The Coin Challenge works like this:

  • Monday, December 3: Donate Pennies
  • Tuesday, December 4: Donate Nickels
  • Wednesday, December 5: Donate Dimes
  • Thursday, December 6: Donate Quarters
  • Friday, December 7: Donate Anything (Dollars????)

In addition, when you check out a book next week or make a purchase at the book fair, you will have an opportunity to make a one dollar donation and have a “book” with your name posted on our wall of donors. For more information on the books that will be available, click here.

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This Day in History

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 19, 2007

Gettysburg Address

What makes some days in history stand out in honor and some stand out in shame? On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln presented the Gettysburg Address while dedicating a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. The inspirational Address is probably one of the most memorized speeches in history. Also on this date, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon in 1969. Jay’s Treaty was signed on November 19, 1794, resolving Revolutionary War issues between the United States and Britain. The honor of some days seems to spread out to surrounding days, such as November 11. We know it as Veteran’s Day, because in 1918 it marked the end of fighting between the United States and Germany in World War I. But did you know that in 1620 it also marked the signing of the Mayflower Compact by the Pilgrims? In contrast, mid-April is known for many tragic and notorious events such as the Columbine tragedy, Hitler’s birthday, the Waco Branch Davidian siege, the Virginia Tech atrocities, the “shot heard ’round the world” at Lexington and Concord that initiated the Revolutionary War, the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the sinking of the Titanic, President Lincoln’s assassination, and Confederate troops’ firing on Fort Sumter that started the Civil War. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and the Civil War effectively came to an end when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. But is there something in the cosmos that makes people more inclined to violence, or the Earth more prone to turmoil at certain times of the year, and more disposed to peace and harmony at others? Can you think of other periods of the year with similar historie, or is my theory full of holes?

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Chile Returns Books to Peru’s Libraries After 126 Years

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 16, 2007


In 1881,  during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific, Chilean soldiers captured Lima, Peru, and pillaged its library. This Tuesday, Chile returned 3,778 books via DHL to Peru, more than 126 years overdue. The books, most in excellent condition, dated from the 16th to the 19th centuries,  and were written in Greek, Latin, French and Spanish. Some included full-page colonial-era maps. The books were presented to Peruvian officials at a ceremony by Nivia Palma, national director of libraries, archives and museums in Chile. Palma called the return a “concrete expression of our deep commitment to building a relationship of brotherhood and cooperation between our countries.” Peru’s Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde thanked Chile for returning the books and said the two countries must work to strengthen their friendship. Border disputes dating back to the 19th century war in which Chile captured territory from Peru and Bolivia–including Bolivia’s only coastline–had undermined relations between Chile and Peru. The books are scheduled to be returned to Lima’s national library.

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Ms. Fleet and Ms. Hamilton’s Excellent Adventure

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 1, 2007

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Ms. Fleet and Ms. Hamilton went to Jekyll Island to attend this year’s Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference. We saw magical entertainer Chad Crews in two presentations, one which included his magic act, and one which included his presentation of “Authors of Mystery and Horror.” Another excellent presenter was Jennifer Link Jones from Georgia State University who presented Cool (Free) Tools. We learned about a dozen new Web 2.0 utilities we could use from Ms. Jones. Other presenters shared display ideas, information about podcasting, United Streaming, and online encyclopedias. We also got to visit many vendors and see their latest library products and books. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference!

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