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Friday Fiction – My Angelica

My Angelica

Submitter: A young girl who dreams of becoming a romance novelist?? Recently weeded from a public library juvenile section.

Holly: The girl on the cover does look a bit young. Maybe it’s the overalls she’s wearing. Is there any indication of how much <ahem!> “adult” material she includes in her romance novels? Where did she learn all that, in the school yard? Also, someone should tell her that it’s much more efficient to use word processing software to write a novel than a spiral-bound notebook. Or maybe pencil and paper are part of her creative process.

More Friday Fiction:

The Great Computer Dating Caper

Another Crappy Guy Saved By a Nice Girl

Jet Stewardess – Friday Fiction

Aerospace Nurse – Friday Fiction


Writers Voices

Writers’ Voices series

Submitter: Look what gems we found in our collection; dusty, middle chapters from lots of books! They are a series of middle chapters of stories meant especially to be used by literacy volunteers. There is a blurb about the author in them and reading comprehension questions; sometimes even a map of countries or places mentioned in the reading. They’re thorough and well meaning teasers that have never been checked out from our stacks. These have been unused and stacked in the back of our collection for many moons.  Twenty seven cliff hangers in the weeding.

Holly: They look kind of cool, so they’re not awful library books in and of themselves. As Submitter points out, though, they’ve been unused and taking up space for a while. THAT makes them ALB’s. Maybe a local literacy council would like them.  I don’t really get the middle chapter part, though. Why wouldn’t they give you the first couple of chapters to suck you in and make you want to read the rest? If you just grab a few chapters from the middle of the book, you’re missing all kinds of context. That makes for confusion and frustration – not reading comprehension!

True Colors Shining Through

The Picture Life of Cyndi Lauper

Submitter: Here is another awesome Juvenile bio book from my local public library. Maybe not awful, but defiantly out of date. How many of the kids today will know who Johnny Carson was? How about knowing who is in [the 5th picture, below]. Cyndi has been up to some amazing things on Broadway lately. This book does not cover any of those achievements. Fun though!

Holly: Oooh, I like Cyndi Lauper! So do a lot of people from my generation (40-ish). I think most public libraries can safely let this particular title go from their juvenile bio sections, though. We’ve said it time after time (after time, after time…) if the books in the juvenile section are older than the audience for which they are intended, they should at least be looked at for weeding potential.

More Pop Stars from the ’80s & 90s:

Papa Don’t Preach

King of Pop

Hammer Time

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

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