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  •  That's one of the issues with libraries: (1+ / 0-)
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    the good old stuff goes away, at least in the smaller ones.

    When I rediscovered Bruce Coville, I managed to reread the My Teacher series through the library system where I lived then. I think the end of the Aliens Ate My Homework series and the entirety of Haunted Hills were pretty much the only stuff of his that library was missing. Now? I think the much smaller library where I am now has one copy of Jennifer Murdley's Toad and a pray-it-plays cassette audiobook of the first My Teacher book. They needed the space for newer works.

    The used bookstore usually has a neat little pile of his stuff (never the ones I'm missing because I 'aged-out' before a series ended), but how is anyone going to find out those copies of Flunked The Planet are good reading if the 'I read something great at the library' rumor-mill isn't there?

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:25:57 AM PST

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    •  One of the reasons I cringe at the YA section (1+ / 0-)
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      Three copies of the newest "Monster High" book and not one copy of William Sleator.  (Yes, my SF bias is showing.)

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:29:28 AM PST

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      •  Re Coville and something you wrote below, (1+ / 0-)
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        (and yes I know he's a bit under the target reading level, but I need to say it) AVOID My Teacher, the Rod Albright series, and Unicorn Chronicles. All have a disappeared walked-off parent as a major plot point early on. Magic Shop and Camp Haunted Hills may be somewhat okay.

        And thanks to your diary I just looked and the other library I have access to has the entire Unicorn Chronicles series, including the three I missed because I was 'too old for that now', as downloadable audiobooks. I don't even have to be that odd lone adult venturing into the kids' section. And apparently I have now learned the reason Coville's name here is "Audio Guy". (Gotta love authors who get involved in their own audiobooks.)

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:41:49 AM PST

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