SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – OCTOBER 2012
Gr 4-6–Fans who enjoyed Floors (Scholastic, 2011) and want more of the same should be pleased with Leo and Remi’s latest excursion. The fate of the wild and wacky Whippet Hotel is once again in the hands of 10-year-old Leo Fillmore. Merganzer Whippet, the eccentric owner of New York City’s most unusual hotel, has just discovered that the building is dangerously in debt. The brilliant inventor has recruited Leo and his friend, Remi, and has given them a quest to recover the items necessary to avert disaster. The two boys must venture deep into uncharted territory in the subbasements of the hotel to retrieve what Merganzer needs. This lightweight fantasy adventure provides puzzles to solve, fabulous rooms and inventions to explore, and large dollops of humor meant to tickle the funny bones of reluctant readers. This second installment doesn’t deviate from the tried-and-true formula: one-dimensional villains get thwarted, children are given free rein for thrilling adventures without too much danger, and the designer of the drama is conveniently pulling the strings so that everything comes out right in the end.–Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library
Go to Patrick’s Facebook or Youtube page and comment for your chance to win an autographed copy of Floors 2! Watch the video below to find out what you need to do. During the week we’ll show you more shots and Friday we’ll pick a winner from all the right answers!
The Nevada Library Association and the Nevada Young Readers’ Award Committee have announced that Skeleton Creek has won the annual Nevada Young Readers’ Award for 2012 in the Intermediate category.
We’re excited to announce that Floors has been selected as one of the books for this summer’s Story Lab. The Summer Reading program is the biggest of it’s kind in the UK and encourages young readers to win medals by reading books and doing challenges along the way (see video below). This year they are tying it into the London Olympic Games.
For more info watch this short YouTube video and check out the links below from the organizations responsible for putting it on.
This is a fantastic program to be a part of. Check out some of the stats from 2011:
- 780,000 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge (43% were boys).
- 444,600 children read at least 6 books during the Challenge.
- 97% of UK public libraries took part through 4,000 libraries and mobile libraries.
- 55,000 children became new library members to do the Challenge.
- 345,000 children got involved in 17,400 events