Mind Over Matter. Or the Other Way Around.

November 23, 2011

Have you ever had that itching feeling? The one where you’re on the edge of some momentous discovery or creation, an instant before a breakthrough, so close that a heavenly choir is preparing to sing in the background? If you’re anything like me, that instant-before moment is right about when you lose your train of thought.

The other night I was doodling my own book cover for Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Everything was going well, the  images were flowing freely from my mind to my pencil to the paper. My fingertips were throbbing, but it was that pleasant soreness of effort and accomplishment. The two-dimensional graphite on my paper grew a magical depth and form, reminding me of the real magic that came out of Clary Fray’s illustrations. Okay, maybe my surprisingly decent drawing of a finger sandwich couldn’t actually become a finger sandwich, like Clary’s could in Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, but it could make my soul soar.

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North Regional Library Reads: The Willoughby’s

July 23, 2010

*This blog post got Zoe a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*

The Willoughby’s by Lois Lowry

The small family, the Willoughby’s, consuming the families 4 children, Jane the youngest, Time the oldest, and the twins Barnaby A and Barnaby B. The family is quite odd especially when a baby is left on their doorstep, and the parents of the family decide they have no care for their children so, they go off doing the most dangerous actions and hoping to die. Meanwhile the children leave the baby at a man named Mr. Melanoff. He used to have a son and a wife who were tragically left in a snow storm. The children are left with a nanny haveing to face the troubles of prospective buyers showing up at their home and nanny falling in love with Mr. Melanoff who has been changed by the baby left at his doorstep. Mr. Melanoff is back in his old candy business and his long lost wife and son are alive, but M. Melanoff stopped checking his mail. With the Willoughby’s parents now dead and Mr. Melanoff’s son running back home to papa, nanny steps up to marry Mr. Melanoff. What will Barnaby A., B., Jane and Time think, and will Mr. melanoff’s son ever find his way back home? Read the fantastic book “The Willoughby’s” to find out! Read the rest of this entry »


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