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(Please check our website: bookmouse.org for more information, on-going events, i.e. Toddler Time, Melanie's Book Club, Community Book Clubs, Books-to-Movies, Summer Reading Olympics, Afternoon Book Chat, etc. )
The Book Mouse will be closed on July 4th but check out the pizza party fundraiser on the Jordan Block. Pizza will be served between 4-8 pm. Bagshot Row will perform '60's rock and roll. At dusk the fireworks start. All the money raised goes to the Red Stocking Fund ($ goes to purchase Christmas gifts for needy local kids).
Thanks Bianchi's for donating the pizzas!! Thanks to the band! Thanks Times newspaper! Thanks volunteers!
SUMMER READING OLYMPICS!!
Summer Reading Olympics at the Book Mouse runs June 1 to August 1. The top school wins a $500.00 dollar gift certificate. The top 5 readers win a pizza party for their classroom! For more information visit the store or the Summer Reading Olympics page on our web site: bookmouse.org or call the store at 815-433-7323.
The Summer Olympics London 2012 opening ceremony is July 27th.
Rescue Pup by Brenda Fiorini is a sweet children's book about an abandoned puppy who has scary adventures and, when all seems lost, he is adopted and loved. Brenda will be in our area on Saturday, July 14 and at 10:30 am she will read the book to all gathered children. She will also we sign copies of her book.
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Pet Project. Till then you can purchase copies of this book and 50% of the proceeds from the advance sales will also go to Pet Project.
Join us on the evening of Wednesday, July 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a sampling of dishes from the Farmstead Chef cookbook and meet authors, John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. You can pick up signed copies of their books, too. To view a sampling of their recipes check out their website: www.innserendipity.com/farmsteadchef.
Toddler Time is Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 am and Ladybug Girl is the topic. Join Nana Jan and Ms. Melanie for stories, songs and fun. A book will be given away and each child will get a snack. Toddlers ages 2-5 are welcome. At 11 am we will make a craft, too. Something bug-ilicious!
Melanie's Book Club
Melanie's Book Club will next meet on Monday, July 23 at 12 noon. At this meeting guests are invited to talk about what books they look forward to reading this summer. Distopia vs. Utopia? Love Twilight vs. Hate Twilight? Let's discuss. All interested teens are invited to attend. The store will provide lunch.
Afternoon Book Chat
What are you reading? We will have our next meeting July 18th from 1 to 2 p.m. We'll meet in the store and perhaps walk to the park. We will talk about what books we're reading. If you are interested in adding your name to the contact list send an e-mail to the store and in the subject line put, "Afternoon Book Chat" or you can call the store at 815-433-7323 and ask for Eileen.
Cookies are the theme at a special Toddler Time on Saturday, July 28th. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the new Mo Willems book, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? It starts at 10:30 a.m. Toddles ages 2-5 are welcome to join us. Of course, cookies will be the snack!
on July 27th with the Willey World Productions performance of delight-filled comedy, Harvey
. August 1st is the Welcome Burger in Washington Park. Stop by the AAUW Book Sale in Washington Park on Friday and Saturday, August 3rd and 4th.
We will have a couple of authors joining us on Saturday, August 4th between 10 and 12. Watch for details on our next newsletter.
Buy Books Online at www.bookmouse.org. Did you know you can keep the money in Ottawa rather than sending it to the Amazon? Did you know the Book Mouse e-book prices are comparable to those at the giant stores? Check it out. Go to www.bookmouse.org
to learn how you can buy your e-books from the mouse.
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Tales from the Front Counter
Thank you E.L. James for providing the little bookstores all over the U.S. with your naughty "Mommy Porn", erotica. Over 6 million copies have sold in a short 2 months. Many in the "I don't have time to read books" crowd have snapped up this 3 book series and are looking for more. Stop by the Mouse and we'll give you a few suggestions for books on the Hot end of the reading spectrum.
Last summer it was the chilly Stieg Larsson's Girl with ... trilogy that grabbed the readers attention and teens (of all ages) bought up the distopian Hunger Games trilogy. Threes all. What will be the next hot series? (Certainly not a world series for my Cubbies.)
In your next visit to the store you'll notice a few changes:
At Greg's suggestion we split out the Thrillers from the Fiction section so those readers looking for a pulse pounding, action-driven novel can peruse this section. There's nothing like a good thriller to chill your bones on these hot summer days. We are also building up our Christian fiction section and our Horror section --- something for everyone!
If you have recommendations on books you've loved and you'd like to share those with us we're staring a Customer Favorites section. Just help us fill it. Ask for the Customer Favorites clip board, write the title down and give us a sentence or two or three as to why this is a favorite of yours. We'll post them on our website and order them for the store (unless we already have it). Each week we'll draw a name from the list and at the beginning of each month we'll give one of these lucky folks a Book Mouse gift certificate.
We've collapsed down some of the less popular non-fiction sections to create space for an expanded children's department. Those readers seeking more eclectic titles can ask us to order them and we'll have them in their hands usually in 2 days. We order books every day. It's easy and, with rare exceptions, you don't have to pay any extra charges. We are very good at tracking down the books you want. Try us out.
With the closing of the Class Room store and with the generous suggestions and guidance offered by the Colleeen Fennessey, we have been gradually building our Children's department to include toys, game and novelties. From silly putty to pencils, etch a sketches to train sets, ant farms to dig-a-dino kits. We have puzzles and other favorite toys and new things are coming in every other day. We will work to offer our customers the option of ordering whatever toy or game they desire---just like we do with our books. If there is something you want, whether it is quantities of one or one hundred, we will work hard to get it for you quickly and inexpensively. Try us out.
We want to be the place you go when you want more that just what's on the shelf. We work for you. You don't have to settle for what available. Let us get you exactly what you want.
It's all about customer service not just ringing up the sales.
Finally, I'd like to extend congratulations to Rachel Hettrick who graduated from IVCC and who will continue her studies at Illinois State University and to Beau Burke who graduated from Ottawa High School and will start college at University of Wisconsin at Stout and finally our newest bookseller, Melanie Wireman just completed 8th grade and will join the pirates of OHS this August. Come wish Rachel and Beau well as they leave the friendly shelves of the Book Mouse.
Eileen Fesco, Book Mouse
(all staff picks are 20% off)
Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermaster. Random House
After winning a bout with cancer Kate's friends challenge her to "seize the day" and take a white-water rafting trek. Kate rises to their challenge but in turn gives each friend their own challenge to rise to. What a wonderful way to meet seven interesting women. If you enjoyed School of Essential Ingredients and like Mary Alice Monroe's writing, pick this book up.
Shelter by Frances Greenslade. Simon and Schuster
Another sisters' book, and we've had quite a few exceptional ones this year. The cover drew me in---two fully-clothed young girls slowly wading into chilly lake. This was not to be a fun swim outing. I love stories where the outdoors is a main character and in this novel it is. Abandoned by their mother and stuck with a cranky, judgemental, much-put-out woman sisters Maggie and Jenny keep hoping Mom will return byt they do more than wait. They wade in the troubled waters.
The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows by Brian Castner. Random House
This memoir was utterly engrossing. You will need to clear an afternoon and read this straight through.
Brian served as the Commander of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. He served 3 tours of duty. In this mesmorizing memoir he writes of his experiences though the lens of a brain damaged by hundreds of concussive charges. Read this memoir to understand a little piece of what it is like to be both an active duty soldier and a discharged veteran. This book is superb. It will remain with you a long time.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. Simon and Schuster
Here's my new favorite book about the wonders of books. (These types of tomes make it a pleasure to be in the bookseller profession.)
The wonders of books create a fantastical and delight-filled life for our Mr. Lessmore. You will smile all the way though this story. The illustrations are gorgeous, too.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Penguin
An incredibly funny memoir that made me laugh out loud to an embarrassing degree. Read it in the privacy of your home because you will snort with laughter! Her followers will know the "characters" but this is not a print edition of her blog. Jenny Lawson is a gifted storyteller and a talented humorist.
Running With the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn. Random House
An inspirational story of self-discovery through running. A journalist's lifelong passion for running compels him to relocate to Africa where he seeks to understand the secrets of the world's best distance runners. As an amateur runner, I found this book fascinating; however, I believe that Mr. Finn's exceptional writing style - including his humor, humanity and humility - should open this book up to a wide audience.
Melanie's Staff Picks
Girls of No Returnby Erin Saldin. Scholastic
The main character, Lida, is sent away to an isolated school with two million acres in Idaho called the Alice Marshall School for Girls. The school was build for girls who have a difficult time dealing with normal schooling. Her first few days are a rocky start, but she soon falls into pace. She meets three different girls. Boone, an intimidating, frightening teen, Jules, who doesn't seem like she even belongs there, and Gia, a mysteriously glamorous girl that entrances everyone. Follow Lida on her gripping story through the wilderness, and see who comes out alive.
Grief Girl by Erin Vincent. Random House
This is one of the few non-fiction books I have ever enjoyed. It's an inspiring, true story about a young girl who losses both of her parents in a fatal car accident. You can experience all of the struggles that come with having to deal with the death of your parents while trying to help an older sister with the bills, and raise a younger brother. She tells her story the way no other fiction book or self-help grief book does. An inspiring story to make you value your life in an absolute different way.
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Simon & Schuster.
Three teens are stuck together in a psyche ward from different places for different reasons. Their separate stories come together as they help each other try to heal. One feels misunderstood, one feels abandoned, and one just feels like he's not good enough. Follow them through their healing process, and see who makes it out alive.
Eve of Destruction (Dark Eden) by Patrick Carman. Harper Collins
This book begins with a mysterious letter delivered on Will Besting's doorstep. A letter simply saying he must gather all of the others who were cured at Fort Eden and then they must return. Eve Goring, the caretaker, is dying, and wants to see them with her final breaths to tell them something. But when Will and the others arrive, something is not right. The only question is, will Will and his friends survive again? Anyone looking for a thriller, a psychological, creepy story must pick
this and Dark Eden up!
Lucy in the Sky by Anonymous. Simon and Schuster
Going along with Go Ask Alice and Jay's Journal, this book deals with issues that many teens have to. It shows the difficulties people, especially teenagers, face. It has the ups and it has the downs in the person's life and how their choices affect everyone in their life
One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson. Scholastic
All Hal ever had wanted was a dog. However, his mother kept coming up with reasons he could not have one. On the morning of his tenth birthday, his parents allow him to choose a dog, not letting him know that he must be returned. If Hal wants to keep his dog, they will have to run away.
False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Scholastic
The first book in a new trilogy. In a far away land, a civil war is brewing. To unite the kingdom, a noble man comes up with the idea to find a boy to portray the king's long lost son - the rightful ruler. Four orphans are chosen to compete for the role, including the defiant Sage.
Liz's Staff Pick
Dream Big by Deloris Jordan. Simon and Schuster
Dream Big is the inspiring story of Michael Jordan's childhood written by his own mother, Deloris Jordan. In this children's book we learn about Michael's love of basketball and his dream of playing on the Olympic team from the time he was a young boy. His mom, however, was very clear about teaching Michael that homework must come first. At the same time she encouraged him to do something about his dream. "You better get busy. You'll be old enough to try out before you know it." I think you'll enjoy reading this book about a favorite basketball star and the power of hard work, determination, and family.
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Gold by Chris Cleave (author of Little Bee). Simon and Schuster
What would you sacrifice for the people you love?
Kate and Zoe met at nineteen when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling-a sport that demands intense focus, blinding exertion, and unwavering commitment. They are built to exploit the barest physical and psychological edge over equally skilled rivals, all of whom are fighting for the last one tenth of a second that separates triumph from despair. Now at thirty-two, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.
Echoing the adrenaline-fueled rush of a race around the Velodrome track, Gold is a triumph of superbly paced, heart-in-throat storytelling. With great humanity and glorious prose, Chris Cleave examines the values that lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships, and the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.
The Storm: A Kurt Austin Adventure by Clive Cussler. Penguin
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples at sunset, when a crew member spots a sheen of black oil ahead of them. But it is not oil. Like a horde of army ants, a swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard, while the ship itself goes up in flames.
A few hours later, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their way to the Indian Ocean. What they will find there on the smoldering hulk of the ship will eventually lead them to the discovery of the most audacious scheme they have ever known: a plan to permanently alter the weather on a global scale. It will kill millions . . . and it has already begun
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Random House
(Now out in paperback! Amazing and memorable. )
Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
Behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway-a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love-a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch. Random House
Nineteenth-century London comes vividly alive in this story a street urchin named Jaffy Brown. After a close call with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals. As the years pass, Mr. Jamrach recruits Jaffy and another boy named Tim to capture a fabled dragon during the course of an epic three-year whaling expedition in the East Indies. But when a violent storm sinks the ship, Jaffy and Tim are forced to confront their relationship to the natural world and the wildness it contains. Jamrach's Menagerie is a truly gripping novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival.
Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva. Harper Collins
A breathtaking adventure that races around the globe, The Fallen Angel begins in Rome, where Allon is called upon to investigate a murder at the Vatican, one with disastrous repercussions that could plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. If you haven't yet been drawn into Daniel Silva's thrilling universe of intrigue, danger, and exceptional spycraft, start here.
It's the Middle Class, Stupid! By James Carville and Stan Greenberg. Penguin
In It's the Middle Class, Stupid!,Carville and Greenberg argue that the peoples' suspicions are correct: government has screwed things up. Work has been devalued. Education costs are out of sight. Effort and ambition have never been so scantily rewarded. Our political parties must admit their failures and the electorate must reclaim its voice. Taking on the wealthy and the privileged is not class warfare, it is a matter of survival.
Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein. Random House
Bestselling sportswriter and Edgar Award winner John Feinstein is back with another sports mystery featuring Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson-this one set at the summer Olympics in London. In this book, Susan Carol isn't a reporter-she's an Olympian, competing as a swimmer at her first Olympic games. Stevie is both proud and envious of her athletic prowess. And he's worried by the agents and sponsors and media all wanting to get up close and personal with Susan Carol. But the more disturbing question becomes-how far might they go to ensure that America's newest Olympic darling wins gold?
Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage. Penguin
Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.
Game Changers by Mike Lupica. Scholastic
New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica scores a touchdown with his new middle-grade sports series! Ben McBain is every football team's dream player. He's a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben's number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback, and the one thing standing in his way is the coach's son.Shawn O'Brien looks the part. He has been groomed by his father, a former professional quarterback. But despite his size and arm strength, Shawn is struggling.Ben is torn between being a good teammate and going after his own dream. As Ben finds out, Shawn isn't the easiest person to help. And when Ben gets an unexpected opportunity, the entire game will change for the both of them.
The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman. Random House
Are the woods behind St. Bede's Academy* really haunted, or does bad stuff just happen there? When Calista Wood, a new student, arrives midway through her junior year, St. Bede's feels like a normal school...until she discovers that a girl had disappeared a couple of months earlier. Some kids think she ran away, others think she was murdered, but it's only when Cally starts digging around that she finds the startling truth.
Watch as Cally enters a world of privilege, weekend-long parties, high school romances, and...well-kept secrets. This page-turner will appeal to teens looking for a fast-paced thriller. Written in a voice at once gripping and crystal clear, debut novelist, McCormick Templeman, will take readers on a twisting and turning journey as only a "new girl" can experience.
*this is fiction
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|BY SHOPPING AT AN INDEPENDENT BOOK STORE
1) You kept dollars in our economy
2) You embraced what makes us unique
3) You created local jobs
4) You helped the environment
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6) You conserved tax dollars
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8) You took advantage of our expertise
9) You invested in entrepreneurship
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This newsletter is produced by the Book Mouse,
Ottawa's locally-owned, independent book store,
and edited by Eileen Fesco.
COMING SOON TO DOWNTOWN OTTAWA
- Jackson Street Farmers Market - Sats: May-Oct
and Sunset Market every 3rd Thursday 4-8 pm
- Willey World Community Production Annual Riverfest Play - Harvey - July 27-29 at OHS
- RiverFest - August 1-5
Annual AAUW Used Book Sale - August 3 & 4
- Scarecrow Fest - September 29
(For more information on these events and many others check out: www.experienceottawa.com)
Stay cool. Read in the A/C or shade!