A young girl gets thrown into a new world when a group of pirates hold her and her parents hostage for three weeks of adventure.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our table top questions.
Last Week’s Teen Table Top Questions-
What kinds of activities would you come to at the library?
Anime Club (This one is coming!)
Who is your favorite character from a book?
Hermoine- Harry Potter
Ichigo Kurosaki- Bleach
Peeta and Katniss- The Hunger Games
Alice- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Ethan Wate- Beautiful Creatures (Come see me for a pin or pencil from the movie! I have lots!)
Junko Enoshima- Thursday Next
There were a couple that weren’t from a book:
Samuel L. Jackson
Do you love audiobooks??
Check out these teen recommended podcasts and sites for online listening!
Welcome to Night Vale:
What sites are your favorites for listening? Do you have a favorite podcast we should check out?
In the Harry Potter universe, the famous boy wizard was born on July 31, 1980, which would make him a man wizard in his early thirties. (J.K. Rowling’s birthday is also today.) To celebrate his 33rd birthday and her 48th, here are some Potter-related facts.
1. Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical version of Harry Potter and proposed the idea to J.K. Rowling. She said no.
2. Rowling created Quidditch in a pub after having a fight with her then-boyfriend. “In my deepest, darkest soul,” she said, “I would quite like to see him hit by a bludger.”
3. ”Hogwarts Headache” is a thing. The New England Journal of Medicine ran a letter from a physician noting the unfortunate side effect of children reading more, and for longer periods, than they ever had in their lives.
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became …and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States. Other changes included “jumper” to “sweater,” “trainers” to “sneakers,” “car park” to “parking lot,” and “jacket potato” to “baked potato.”
5. For years, an Onion article from 2000 titled “Harry Potter Books Spark Rise in Satanism Among Children” has been quoted as fact in chain emails. One oft-repeated fake quote: “Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies.”
6. Hermione Granger’s original surname was “Puckle.”
7. Hermione was originally going to have a younger sister, but Rowling never found the right moment to stick her into the books.
8. King’s Cross station is where young wizards hop on the Hogwarts Express to get to school. The station holds special meaning for J.K. Rowling: it’s where her parents met.
9. Not wanting her to be pigeonholed as a girls-only author, Joanne Rowling’s publisher asked her to write under androgynous initials. Not having a middle name, she picked “K” to honor her grandmother, Kathleen.
10. A retired professor from Eton College translated Harry Potter into Latin. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis. J.K. Rowling’s hope for the translations is that they “will help children overcome the common dread of studying” Latin.
11. Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist, says practicing yoga is Satanic. “It leads to evil—just like reading Harry Potter.”
Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31345/11-harry-potter-facts-our-amazing-fact-generator#ixzz2afMad8Ql
Our featured author, John Green, has a community of online fans called “Nerdfighters.” They were just profiled on NPR! Don’t you want to be a nerdfighter now?
John is a GREAT young adult book writer. Winner of many many book awards, John is also famous for his Youtube communications with his brother Hank. They leads a community of nerd fighters “who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck.” (Find @johngreenbooks.com/) They also operate Project for Awesome where Youtube users make videos featuring their favorite non-profits/charities. His first book is Looking for Alaska, which of course, won an award (Printz). He has previously worked at a Steak and Shake, for the book review journal Booklistas, and as a chaplain.
Favorite book: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by MT Anderson
Likes: Pizza, poetry, nerds, happy dancing, FIFA and the Swindon Town Swoodly-Poopers, famous last words, puppy-sized elephants
Dislikes: Unicorns, Tiny Chicken Disease, giant squids of anger