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BOOK TALK THURSDAY 6

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson.

Book cover of The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn GrayGwendolyn Gray lives in a predictable, gray world. Everyone wears gray uniforms, the sky is always overcast & cloudy, everyone conforms to the social norm and no one has any imagination. No one, that is, except Gwendolyn. Not only can Gwendolyn imagine the world as a different, more colorful place, but sometimes the things she imagines come to life like an emerald green leaf and a pair of bright birds. This unique trait of Gwendolyn’s gets her in trouble, as you can imagine, and she gets to meet pirates and dirigible captains and scary creatures that try to erase her and everything else that has a spark of creativity in them.

This is a YA adventure book that has good adult crossover appeal. You can find if on our shelves downstairs in our Youth Library in the J section. It’s call number is PPB J WIL. 

Great American Read

Great American Read imagePBS is rolling out a new show tonight called The Great American Read. According to its website, the show “is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.” The finale will reveal the book viewers have voted on as the nation’s favorite novel.

This is the only list I’ve seen that includes this many genres. You can see a full list of titles here, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Handmaid’s Tail
  • Jurassic Park
  • Pillars of the Earth
  • Pride & Prejudice 

Tonight’s show launch is a 2 hour premier and is on Iowa Public Television & TPT at 7:00pm. It does not appear that KSMQ out of Austin is showing the series.