Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Back from ALA!

The Writer came dragging back from the ALA convention in Philadelphia last night. She says her feet and legs still hurt from walking the convention floor three days. But she loved the show! It was so exciting to see the new books and listen to various discussions. A lot of people were interested in her Time Spies series.

Did she mention me?

Yes, she showed people a purse she made that has pictures of you and me in it. Everyone said you are really cute. If only they knew the truth.

One of the best things The Writer did was go to a meeting in which teenagers talked about young adult books published in 2007. The meeting starting with a surprise speaker, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar. As a child growing up in Harlem, the library was very important to him. When he left the room, his head almost touched the high doorframe. He is really tall!

The Writer noticed that most of the teen girls liked books about people that were dead or dying. At first The Writer thought those girls were morbid little creatures, but then she remembered that she loved to read books where somebody died. She would read the part about Beth's death in Little Women just so she could have a good cry.

Her favorite sob book was The Abandoned by Paul Gallico. It was about a little boy who wanted a kitten but his parents wouldn't let him have one. He runs out in front of a car to save a kitten and is hit. He becomes a dirty little kitten (though he is really in a coma) who is befriended by a street cat named Jenny. Jenny teaches him to survive. The boy loves Jenny more than anything. Then she is gets into a fight and dies. The boy/kitten is grief-stricken and at this point, The Writer was always a blubbering mess on the sofa. The boy comes out of the coma and his parents get him a kitten. But he never forgets Jenny . . .

Sniff, snuffle. That is the saddest thing I've ever heard.

That's the power of books! They make us feel all emotions. Tomorrow The Writer will tell us more about her trip to ALA.


stacer said...

Beth's death: I know! Me too! But I didn't like stories about girls who were dying in real life, only in history, like that. Ryan White was the big dying kid of my era, for example, and it just made me so sad for him.

ellsworth said...

The Writer didn't mind reading about "beautiful deaths," like Beth's. But she was horrified when she read The Diary of Anne Frank. Even though Anne's death is after the end of the diary, The Writer felt the impact.