The Grape Thief
Submitter: Let’s hear it for more bad label placement. I really hate Accelerated Reader. This just helps with the pile on. I noticed the book displayed on an open shelf. I’m really surprised no one caught this before.
Holly: In a school library, too. I bet the kids just looove this. One more letter and you’d have had “Ape Thief”…which would have been preferable.
Assassins in the Cathedral: [Festo Kivengere]
Submitter:I was just going through some of your recent posts, and came across the “Butt” Holed book. It reminded me of an old favorite (now long gone from our collection). I did manage to capture a picture, and it was around for several months after that to my knowledge. Sorry it’s a bit blurry – I was probably laughing too hard when I took the picture to get a clear shot. The book was one of several in a series of Christian fiction for grade school children. I always imagined whoever put the barcode on the cover got a good laugh that day.
Holly:WorldCat’s summary says, “The church in Uganda is threatened by the military and Yacobo must have the strength to survive.” It’s likely a fine choice for a religious school library and maybe a public library in certain communities. Now, though, a Christian book for children has “Ass” on the cover. Reeeeal nice.
(First published in GB as Chartbreak, 1986)
Submitter: Apparently, I need to call in the Ghostbusters. I just weeded fiction, but some gremlin keeps sneaking 80’s titles back on the shelf! A quick Google search shows attempts at updating the cover art. It’s already a challenge to keep teens interested in reading. Stuff like this really makes the school library look out of touch. Continue reading