Another New Series!

The Kids at Latimar High

Author: Deborah Copeland

August, 2006, iUniverse Inc.


Going to Lewis Latimar High used to be easy for Lauren O’ Neil. As long as she stayed on the honor role, got the juiciest stories for the school paper, and made sure her silky thick flip reigned amongst all the other girls at Latimar High, things stayed as smooth as a white castle’s vanilla shake. Until the day she got the assignment of a lifetime: to interview Kevin Johnson, Latimar’s star quarterback, the finest boy in the Bronx, who was up for grabs by every girl in the school, including her best friend Rosalyn, who makes a move for Kevin. And, in doing so, violates just about all of Lauren and her “Girlfriends’ do’s and don’t codes to live by”. In fact, as the competition heats up, Lauren breaks a few friendship codes herself. With a sudden bitter twist, life at Latimar High isn’t as easy as it used to be.

About the Author
Deborah J. Copeland was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She is the author of her first YA book, The Kids at Latimar High. She now resides in Southern, California, where she is working on her second book, a sequel to The Kids at Latimar High.

review: Ride Wit’ Me

Ride wit’ me by Katina King

2006 Young Diamond Books

main character:  Mercedes Clinton

Mercedes is home from boarding school for the summer.  She’s greeting with a surprise 16th birthday party, a surprise gift just for this daddy’s girl and she soon meet’s the young man she wants to ride wit’ for the summer, if not longer.  Even in this fairy-tale type story where Mercedes seems to have everything she wants, she is forbidden to have the one thing she really wants:  true love.  Mercedes has some important decisions to make.  In this quick paced novel, nothing is predictable.  Just like in life, we want to believe true love endures but we keep reading to the end to find out whether or not Mercedes will get her man.

Lost Sounds wins Grammy

“Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891–1922” has received this year’s Grammy award for Best Historical Album. Tim Brooks, David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey, and Richard Martin are the producers and authors of this critically-acclaimed CD from Archeophone Records .


Based on Tim Brooks’ award-winning book of the same name (University of Illinois Press, 2004), ‘Lost Sounds’ traces the contributions of African-American performers and public figures during a remarkably fervent yet relatively unexamined and often misunderstood period in American history. Brooks’ book introduced modern readers to forgotten entertainment pioneers such as George W. Johnson–a former slave who was the first black to make commercial records. Archeophone’s CD introduces us to their actual performances. These are the earliest recordings ever honored by the Recording Academy an the first ti recognize African Americans who recored at the dawn of the record industry, thus causing historians to reexamin the roots of 20th century American popular music.

More information can be found from my source on PRWeb

BOOK REVIEW Bad Boy: A Memoir

by Walter Dean Myers

2001 Harpers Press

This in an autobiography focusing on Myer’s childhood.  He describes how angry he was as a child, what it was like growing up in his grandparents home and coming to terms with racial issues.  We see how he discovered his writing talents and how that, and joining the military, saved him.  This is an interesting read.  Those who like Myers, or who like biographies will enjoy the book.

Gotta Love Scholastic!

I’m looking through different publisher’s websites, trying to find new offers, new books and materials and over on Scholastic’s website, I find a wealth of materials on their special page just for librarians!  Online field trips to Africa, Alabama, the 1960s or to meet Rosa Parks.  Online interviews from ABC TV and grant sources!  You can’t beat that with a stick!