Archive for September 18, 2007

Spells and Sleeping Bags

Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
i read the book spells and sleeping bags over the summer. i really enjoyed it. it was the third in the series. it made me laugh and suprisingly cry!!! Rebecca Klar
At long last, Rachel’s powers have arrived and she’s a bona fide get-your-broom-ready witch! And it’s happened just in time. No Manhattan for her this summer—she’s spending her vacation at Camp Wood Lake.
But she’s having some serious issues:
*Mosquitoes in the Adirondacks are incredibly thirsty.
*Her stepmom keeps sending embarrassing feminine hygiene care packages.
*She accidentally zapped away all her clothes.
*And there’s a backstabber in her cabin intent on making life miserable.
Good thing Rachel’s a witch.

The first two books in the Bras and Broomsticks trilogy starring Rachel are Bras and Broomsticks and Frogs and French Kisses.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Robert Jordan – 1948-2007 In Memoriam

Wheel of Time Author Robert Jordan Dies
Author Robert Jordan, whose “Wheel of Time” series of fantasy novels sold millions of copies, has died of a rare blood disease, his aide said Monday. He was 58.
Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr., died Sunday at the Medical University of South Carolina of complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, his personal assistant, Maria Simons, said. The disease attacks the body’s major organs; in Jordan’s case, it caused the walls of his heart to thicken.
Best known for his Wheel of Time series, Jordan originally wrote a trilogy of historical novels set in Charleston under the pen name Reagan O’Neal in the early 1980s. Then he turned his attention to fantasy and the first volume in his Wheel of Time epic, “The Eye of the World,” was published in 1990 under the name Robert Jordan. These books tell of Rand al’Thor, who is destined to become the champion who will battle ultimate evil in a mythical land.
Book 11, “Knife of Dreams,” came out in 2005; there was also a prequel, “New Spring: The Novel,” in 2004. The other titles in the series include “The Great Hunt,” “Lord of Chaos” and “The Path of Daggers.” Jordan was working on a 12th volume at the time of his death, Simons said.
Jordan also enjoyed success as a writer of novels in the continuing saga of the popular sword-and-sorcery character Conan the Barbarian.
Biographical information on Mr. Jordan as well as critical analyses of his works can be obtained from the The Literature Resource Center and Novelist databases. These databases can be accessed directly from the Syosset Public Library webpage,
Mr. Jordan’s website is
A bibliography of his works follows:
Fallon (under the pen name Reagan O’Neal)
The Fallon Blood (1980)
The Fallon Pride (1981)
The Fallon Legacy (1982)
Conan the Barbarian (one of several writers who have written new Conan the Barbarian stories)
Conan the Invincible (1982)
Conan the Defender (1982)
Conan the Unconquered (1983)
Conan the Triumphant (1983)
Conan the Magnificent (1984)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Conan the Victorious (1984)
The Wheel of Time
The Eye of the World (January 1990)
The Great Hunt (November 1990)
The Dragon Reborn (October 1991)
The Shadow Rising (September 1992)
The Fires of Heaven (October 1993)
Lord of Chaos (October 1994)
A Crown of Swords (May 1996)
The Path of Daggers (October 1998)
Winter’s Heart (November 2000)
Crossroads of Twilight (January 2003)
Knife of Dreams (October 2005)
A Memory of Light (uncompleted)
In addition, Jordan also wrote some accessory works:
The World of Robert Jordan’s the Wheel of Time (November 1998, reference book, written with Teresa Patterson)
New Spring (February 2000, novella)
New Spring (January 2004, novel, an expanded work superseding the earlier novella)
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Database of the Month – Career (and College) Cruising

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If you have Internet access, you can use Career Cruising at home!
1. Go to
2. Click on TeenSpace.
3. Click on “College/Career Information”.
4. Look for the heading “Syosset Public Library Databases”. Click on the Career Cruising link below it.
5. You will be asked to enter your 14 digit barcode number, which is located on the back of your library card (21703000_ _ _ _ _ _).
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Madeleine L’Engle – 1918-2007 In Memoriam

Madeline L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time passed away on September 6, 2007. Madeleine L’Engle, who in writing more than 60 books, including childhood fables, religious meditations and science fiction, weaved emotional tapestries transcending genre and generation, died Thursday (September 6, 2007) in Connecticut. She was 88
Ms. L’Engle (pronounced LENG-el) was best known for her children’s classic, “A Wrinkle in Time,” which won the John Newbery Award as the best children’s book of 1963…
Her works — poetry, plays, autobiography and books on prayer — were deeply personal. But it was in her vivid children’s characters that readers most clearly glimpsed her passionate search for the questions that mattered most. She sometimes spoke of her writing as if she were taking dictation from her subconscious.
“Of course I’m Meg,” Ms. L’Engle said about the beloved protagonist of “A Wrinkle in Time.” (synopsized from The New York Times)
Biographical information on Ms. L’Engle as well as critical analyses of her works can be obtained from the The Scribner Writers Series. Literature Resource Center and Novelist databases. These databases can be accessed directly from the Syosset Public Library webpage,
Ms. L’Engle’s website, which includes a complete bibliography, is
A partial list of her books is shown below:
Young Adult Fiction
And Both Were Young, 1949
Meet the Austins, 1960
A Wrinkle in Time, 1962
The Moon By Night, 1963
Camilla Dickinson, 1951; reissued as Camilla, 1965
The Arm of the Starfish, 1965
The Young Unicorns, 1968
A Wind in the Door, 1973
Dragons in the Waters, 1976
A Swiftly Tilting Planet, 1978
A Ring of Endless Light, 1980
A House Like a Lotus, 1984
Many Waters, 1986
An Acceptable Time, 1989
Troubling a Star, 1994
A Full House, 1999
Children’s Fiction
The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, 1964
The Anti-Muffins, 1980
Miracle on 10th Street,
The Other Dog, 2001
General Fiction
The Small Rain, 1945; reissued as Prelude, 1968
Ilsa, 1946
A Winter’s Love, 1957; reissued 1999
The Love Letters, 1966
The Other Side of the Sun, 1971
A Severed Wasp, 1982
Certain Women, 1992
A Live Coal in the Sea, 1996
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

2008 Letters About Literature Contest

NewYorkCenterForTheBook.gif New York Center for the Book

Entry forms are now available for the 2008 Letters About Literature contest. The New York Center for the Book welcomes entries from readers in grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12 living in New York state. Readers enter the contest by writing a letter to an author expressing the way(s) in which the author’s book has influenced them.
The contest officially starts September 1 and ends on December 14. Entry forms are now available online on the New York Center for the Book web site at: Printed forms will be sent to teachers and/or schools from which students previously entered, as well as a number of libraries and school districts. If you would like a print entry form, please contact: Tasha Cooper,; 315-443-9518.
First place winners at the New York state level move to a round of judging at the national level. Additional information is available on the Library of Congress, Letters About Literature web site: This is a preliminary announcement, and additional information is forthcoming.
Questions? Please contact Tasha Cooper,, or visit the New York Center for the Book web page:
Ed Goldberg,
Teen Services Librarian

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

A great series that I just started is Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson is a 12 year old boy who finds out he has certain powers and a very distinguished father (I won’t tell you who). He must use his powers to save the world from the ravages of Greek Gods. This adventure series’ combination of action, great characters, humor and Greek mythology results in a rivoting read.
The Lightning Thief
Perceus Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse — Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things really get ugly. The unexpected arrival of Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.
Titan’s Curse
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that! First Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
Let me know what you think about this series.
Ed Goldberg,
Teen Services Librarian