At a high school library yesterday, a boy thanked me very sincerely for helping him find several books on immigration and for showing him some web sources for students. I hope his report turns out okay. I did some shelving, some circ, and tried to keep students from actually shouting across the library. And I still had time to read most of Ann Brashare's book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In the voice of a character providing a prologue, she admits that the characters are types: jock, beauty, shy, etc., but in general, each girl has some real characteristics readers can relate to. The girls' (separate) summer adventures make up the story. Maybe they are a bit extreme -- even the girl working at the big box store has some intense experiences -- but maybe they tell the readers something about seeing the adventure in everyday life. I bet that bits that made me smile make teens hoot with laughter. The kind of quotations I have liked since I was about the age of the characters divide the chapters. For example:
Luck never gives: it only lends.
- Chinese proverb
There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.
- Jerry Seinfeld
Capital City weather: foggy and chill for 2 days in a row