“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench
rollscresssandwichespottedmeatgingerbeerlemonadesodawater----'

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Over 210 reviews! Plus newly named National Book Award finalist Laurie Halse Anderson coming to a city near you?

The Picnic Basket is now home to more than 200 reviews, so two shouts of thanks: to the generous participating publishers who provide us with the review copies and to all of you, who are considering these books for your schools and libraries, for your feedback. Your words have been read by the 1900+ unique site visitors ... and beyond as links to Picnic Basket reviews have been popping up on websites everywhere. Keep 'em coming!
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When I read CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson, I fell immediately into Isabel's world and was so taken with Laurie's words, her creation of characters, and ability to make me feel like I was right there in the center of the action. Many of you have read and written about CHAINS and feel it's an absolute must read -- and you're not alone: the National Book Award committee agrees and, this week, named CHAINS a National Book Award Finalist in the Young People's Literature category (winner to be announced November 19th). As Laurie will be going on tour to talk about CHAINS next week, I thought you'd like to know where and when just in case you're in the area and can meet up with her. One children's literature consultant told me she heard her speak at a conference and those ten minutes changed her life!

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