Saturday, June 13, 2009

Book Fair Favorites

Over the past two weeks, Farley's has been hosting our first in-store book fair with a handful of local schools in our area. What a blast! It's been awesome to see so many kids come through and get excited about books!!

In the spirit of their excitement, we thought we'd share some book fair favorites this week... the books that have been the most popular with the students visiting us. If you're looking for a great summer read, check out the following titles--all of which have been given the seal of approval from our local middle school crowd!

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga has been hugely popular, but our biggest Twilight book fair bestseller has definitely been the Illustrated Movie Guide.

It features an inside look at the making of the movie, with tons of photos, interviews, behind-the-scenes features, and more! It's a must-have for anyone who's a fan of the books/movie, and might just be what you need to hold you over until New Moon comes out in theaters in November!

Another series that flew off the shelves during our book fair is Jeanne DuPrau's Books of Ember. The series, which begins with The City of Ember, takes readers to Ember, which was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years after its creation, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever...

The sixth-graders who visited us had just finished reading Lois Lowry's Newbery-winner The Giver, so everyone wanted Gathering Blue and The Messenger. If you haven't read The Giver, you're missing out, and if you have, you should definitely check out Lowry's two companion novels. You won't be disappointed!

Eighth grade had just read Ben Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear, so we got lots of requests for the sequel, Ghost of Spirit Bear.

Cole Matthews used to be a violent kid, but a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island has a way of changing your perspective. After being mauled by a Spirit Bear, Cole started to heal. He even invited his victim, Peter Driscal, to join him on the island and they became friends.

But now their time in exile is over, and Cole and Peter are heading back to the one place they're not sure they can handle: high school. Gangs and violence haunt the hallways, and Peter's limp and speech impediment make him a natural target. In a school where hate and tension are getting close to the boiling point, the monster of rage hibernating inside Cole begins to stir.

We were so excited when the last installment of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series came out in May. Farley's staffer Lauren read it in just one sitting! Our book fair visitors were just as eager to pick up their own copies, of The Last Olympian and we're sure they won't be disappointed. In this last book in the series, Percy and the gang finally face the Titans in a battle for Western civilization. This one is definitely not to be missed!!

Chanda's Secrets, by Allan Stratton is on this year's summer reading list, so that one was in high demand too!

In this sensitive, swiftly-paced story readers will find echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird as Chanda must confront undercurrents of shame and stigma. Not afraid to explore the horrific realities of AIDS, Chanda's Secrets also captures the enduring strength of loyalty, friendship and family ties. Above all, it is a story about the corrosive nature of secrets and the healing power of truth.

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