Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Book Fair for Boys is still cranking along

An unexpected late post that is bringing the Book Fair a bit more attention has persuaded us to keep things alive through the week. Please read my earlier post on our project to help the teen boys held in the LA County juvenile justice system. And for everyone who has bought a book so far - thank you so very very much. (And yep Catch-22 is still on the list!)

Behind the cut, read what many contributors have already sent.

These are not all the books purchased - some folks have bought books without letting us know but we thank you all the same! Also, some purchases seemed to have been made concurrently, so we have a few duplicates. Not to worry - this will work out just fine as the guys like to read books at the same time (so they can talk about them) and also some guys read much slower than others. Now on to the list!

Nancy bought Something Wicked This Way Comes (Essential October reading)

Jessica from LA bought Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda and The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Leila from Maine bought On Writing (totally indispensable in my book), Acceleration and It's Kind of a Funny Story

Becker from CO bought The Wednesday Wars, Geography Club (one of the best books ever I think) and Wide Awake

Seth from NY State bought Seabiscuit, The Visual Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs (that's about as good as it gets as far as I'm concerned), The Schwa Was Here, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup and Romiette and Julio

Kris from Georgia bought The Things They Carried (this book changed my life) and Runaways Vol. 1

Charlotte from New England bought Holes and My Family and Other Animals (funniest book ever!)

E Luper bought Seabiscuit (this blew my mind when I read it) and Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

Maureen Frank from LA bought Something Wicked This Way Comes, Riding Rockets (astronauts rule!!), Satchel Paige & Rio Grande Stories

Michael from NY bought Candy

Heather bought Fallen Angels, Autobiography of My Dead Brother (Go Walter Dean Myers!) and Bud, Not Buddy

Brenda from Seattle bought Into the Wild and Hatchet (Gary Paulsen rules)

Michael & Katharine in Austin, TX bought Laika (I defy you to read this book without crying - it's amazing history), Runaways Vol. 1 and Jurassic Park

Scott & Michelle from Kansas bought Looking for Alaska (yea John Green!), Life of Pi, Ranger's Apprentice and Fast Food Nation (the boys who read this will never eat MacDonald's again...)

Jen Robinson (the awesome Jen Robinson!) in CA bought The Giver, Silverfin: James Bond #1, Heat (if you know Jen, it makes perfect sense that she bought a baseball book) and Notes From the Midnight Driver

Elisabeth bought Tyrell, Tears of a Tiger and its two sequels (how cool is that - they weren't even on the list!), Forged by Fire and Darkness Before Dawn

"A Shared Meal" from Shanghai, China bought A Rose That Grew From Concrete (because poetry is cool)

Nephele from Pasadena bought The Alchemist and King Dork (maybe we need to add "Catcher in the Rye to the list now..... :)

Julie from Seattle bought A Long Way Gone

Loree from Massachusetts (the fabulous Loree Griffin Burns actually - author of Tracking Trash whose book would have been on the list if it was out in tpb!) bought the Field Guide to Birds in CA, Snake Scientist and Once a Wolf

Jamison, also in Massachusetts, bought The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman for everyone!

Kelly in Tucson, AZ bought graphic bios for both Jim Thorpe and Jackie Robinson, two great Americans we all should know about

Kerry in FL bought Gregor the Overlander, Gorilla Doctors, Ultimate Spider-man (whoo-hoo!), Zombie Haiku, Looking for Life in the Universe and Beginning Chess (Is this the most eclectic group of books from the list or what?)

Christine bought Ysabel which won a ton of awards and was one of my favorite reads last year. Plus Guy Gavriel Kay is a baseball fan - go Red Sox!

Heidi bought Octavian Nothing Vol. 1 (whoa....)

Julie from VA bought The Sledding Hill (Chris Crutcher rules!) and Schooled

Kimberly from S. Dakota bought Fahrenheit 451 and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ray and Harry - pretty good reading combo!)

Laura from NY bought the Dark is Rising set (go Susan Cooper!), Sunrise Over Fallujah, Neverwhere, Just So Stories (Kipling!), and It

Catie In CA bought Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Coraline, The Hot Zone, Peak, Lonely Werewolf Girl (LOVED this - wicked cool werewolf wars!), Inside Out, Always Running and Pride of Baghdad (can't read this one without crying at the end.......)

Cheryl from San Jose also got Prisoner of Azkaban (we are buying so fast we are overwhelming the system at Powells, I think) and Feed!

Sarah from Austin, TX bought Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (clearly we are all big HP fans...)

Janet bought Kon Tiki (as we know Kristopher's post a few months ago, this is a book that will change your life forever) The Right Stuff, Dogs I Have Met and From Baghdad With Love

Blacklin bought Something Wicked This Way Comes (and Bradbury love keeps going)

Janet from the UK bought From Baghdad With Love, Throne of Jade (go Naomi Novik!), Hitchiker's Guide to the Universe and the Marvel Comics Illus Last of the Mohicans (This is exactly how I learned the classics...)

Lisa from MA bought The Perfect Storm, Territory (wicked cool magic spin on the OK Corral), Baseball in April and Other Stories and Summerland

CC also bought The Perfect Storm (you can not have too many copies of a classic)

Kat bought Two Fisted Science (yea Jim Ottavini!), Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, HItchhiker's Guide to the Universe, Worlds to Explore, Winterdance, From Both Sides Now, Found Dogs and The Dogs Who Found me. Kat - YOU ARE OUR HERO!!!

Sherry bought Dreams From My Father (sending some Barack Obama love...)

Natalie from Northern Virginia bought Hoot and Small Steps (the sequel to the fabulous Holes)

Jessa from NH bought Make Lemonade (she was happy to find a girl's voice - we've got a few on the list, Jessa!)

Jessica in VA bought The Man in the Iron Mask (Marvel illus of course!), We Wish to Inform You...., The Photographer (sitting right here beside me right now - it is fantastic) and My Side of the Mountain

Shannon from Richardson, TX bought M is for Magic (Hmm, whose more popular, Gaiman or Bradbury?)

Miss T bought M is for Magic also (looks like that one was bought at the same time by two folks - Gaiman is surging ahead!), Al Capone Does My Shirts, The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night Time and The Gift of Fear

Lynne from Ohio bought Once a Wolf (great nature title - very popular in my house), Code Talkers and finished off Naomi Novik's series with Black Powder War and Empire of Ivory

Chris bought American Shaolin and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (we're closing in on the complete set...)

Jenn also jumped on American Shaolin (these orders went through at the exact same time - I basically watched it happen - who knew this one would be an immediate hit?) and Hero!

Drew ordered Freak Show (wildest cover ever!), The Saints of Augustine and Rainbow Boys

Leigh from Tucson, AZ order Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (almost there...), Interworld and A Dog's Life (we seem to have a lot of dog lovers)

Sherrie from CA bought The Audacity of Hope (Obama is popular) and Among the Hidden

Heidi in TX bought The Martian Chronicles, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (preordered as the tpb is due out in July - now the HP set is complete!), Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, Dogsong, Last of the Breed (awesome Cold War/espionage/fighter pilot/Native American coolness), the Illustrated Book of Myths and the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Heidi - YOU ROCK!

Kate from Geneva, Switzerland (!) bought Airman, the Caesar Chavez biography, Ghost in the Tokaido Inn, (one of the best MG/YA mystery series out there) Good Omens, The Watsons Go to Birmingham and The Illustrated Man (more Bradbury!)

Trev from WA state bought Misfits, On the Road (Hey Kerouac!) and I Wouldn't Start From Here (my interview with the author runs next week in the Summer Blog Blast Tour)

Patty in Michigan bought Astronomy and Secrets of Sound (animal sounds that is...)

Jodie just chimed in from England with purchases of some second copies some great titles, The Legend of Colton Bryant (I reviewed this last year and adored it), Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Throne of Jade, Last of the Mohicans & From Baghdad with Love

Sara Lewis Holmes (the divine Sara - it was her post way back more than a year ago that sparked GLW in the first place!) bought some of her favs: Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (never get enough of Sherman Alexie), Son of the Mob, American Born Chinese, Hole in my Life and I am the Messenger (how did we forget to put this on the list?)

Jackie in Toronto bought Julie of the Wolves (tough Alaska girl survival story), Grayson, In Darkness, Death and The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

Starrie bought The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Tamar (awesome WWII intrigue) and Ball Don't Lie

Benjamin bought Howard Zinn's Young People's History of the US (cause history is cool you know....)

Julie from NYC bought Redwall #1, The Afterlife, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Jarhead (one of the best books on the USMC ever written, according to my brother - who oughta know)

GD (freshly graduated librarian school student!) bought Firewatch (Connie Willis!!!) and Maxiumum Ride #1

Angela bought Runaways #2 (love this series) and Life As We Knew It

Jodie came back for more with Liquor (the first Rickey & G-man novel), How to Draw Cars Like a Pro, Airborn, The Bug Scientists, Mossflower & The Hungry Ocean Jodie - YOU ARE THE COOLEST!! THANKS

Trisha bought Travel Team and Cooked (a memoir that I really want to read)

Lorie Ann from WA (one of the readergirlz divas!) bought Locomotion

Mikki from Brooklyn bought The Sea Dragons (underwater dinosaur-type creatures!), Warriors #2 and A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

Midori from AZ bought The Big Sleep, As Simple As Snow and threw in Walter Mosley's Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and two Tim Cahill titles, Jaguars Ripped my Flesh and A Wolverine is Eating My Leg (ew.....)

David from New England (and a GLW regular contributor) bought Shark Trouble and Howard Zinn's People's History of the US

Holly from WA (another fabulous readergirlz diva!) bought Fat Kid Rules the World

Pinguinus from Brooklyn, who writes a great birding blog, bought Project Ultra Swan (which makes perfect sense!)

Alyssa, Jake and Gregory three teens from CA bought Ender's Game, The Eyes of the Dragon and Dateline: Troy (which is an amazing book and really brought the Greeks alive for me)

Kim from Portland, OR bought Percy Jackson #1 (we're going to have these guys addicted to like eight different series!)

Eve from East Midlands, England bought The Wee Free Men and A Hatful of Sky - more Pratchett, YEA!

Erin from Portland bought Percy Jackson #2 and #3 (so I just added #4) and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Donna from Connecticut bought If I Die in a Combat Zone

Eugene from NYC bought Coyote Road - another great Terri Windling/Ellen Datlow anthology

Melanie from Nashville, TN bought Farthing (Jo Walton is so cool!) and A River Runs Through It

GLW's own aquafortis from CA bought Deogratias (which makes perfect sense as she was the one who suggested we put it on the list!)

"qugrainne" from Milwaukee, WI bought Bad Boy (Walter Dean Myers' excellent memoir) and The Sword That Cut the Burning Grass


Seth Christenfeld said...

I bought five books, actually: The Visual Encylopedia of Dinosaurs, The Schwa Was Here, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, Romiette and Julio, and Seabiscuit.

misskate said...

I bought Airman, Cesar Chavez, First Part Last, Ghost in the Tokaido Inn, Good Omens, Illustrated Man and Watsons Go to Birmingham. Thanks so much for doing this, it's exactly the kind of program I love to support!

Colleen said...

Awesome choices guys - I loved that visual dictionary in particular, Seth. You just know some dino-loving kid is going to be over the moon on seeing that.

Anonymous said...

I bought Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

Janet Reid said...

I am glad to join in the effort!

I sent DOGS I HAVE MET: AND THE PEOPLE THEY FOUND by Ken Foster; KON-TIKI by Thor Heyerdahl; THE RIGHT STUFF by Tom Wolfe; and FROM BAGHDAD, WITH LOVE by Jay Kopelman.

I was so glad to see many of books on the wish list had already been sent!

s65 said...

It would be cruel and unusual to be missing books from the Harry Potter series!

Colleen said...

I'm on it Sarah!

Ms T said...

Al Capone Does My Shirts, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, M Is for Magic: Stories, and one of my faves The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin DeBecker

Sherrie Petersen said...

You have great books on the list!

I bought Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope and Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix. Thanks for organizing such a great event!

cindyay said...

You should add these books to the wish list: Stephen King books like The Shining, It, Misery; from other authors: A River Runs Through It, The Kite Runner, Night by Eli Weisel, I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and David Copperfield.

Colleen said...

Thanks for the suggestions - some of the books are actually already on the list.

trev said...

I bought 3:

On the Road
I Wouldn't Start From Here
The Misfits

Wonderful program.

Jodie said...

Hi I'm from England and I bought:

The Legend of Coltant H Bryant
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Throne of Jade
Last of the Mohicans
From Baghdad with Love, a Marine, the War and a Dog Named Lava

I'm just off to blog about this now.

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

Great project - great inspiration. I just made a purchase and emailed a friend about it! Good luck with your project.
Mary Ann at Great Kid Books

Unknown said...

Tried to post on the other thread, but it didn't go through. I'm sending an ARC I have of Ranger's Apprentice #6 (Siege of Macindaw) & an extra copy of #5 (Sorcerer in the North) in PB to Eve this week. Saw RA #1 on the list, but not the rest of the books in the series.

I ADORE the Rick Riordan "Percy Jackson" series & didn't see them on the Powell's list.

Jodie said...

I've just added some more (but again no option to indicate they were bought for the wishlist). Now you also have:

Mossflower (Redwall Vol. Two) (because someone bought some of the others and I thought this gap needed filling in)

How to Draw Cars Like a Pro (Motorbooks Studio)

Liquor: A Novel

The Bug Scientists (Scientists in the Field)


The Hungry Ocean

Powell's ordering system is super annoying when you have to enter different addresses and pay with Paypal (basically lets you almost complete on Paypal then makes you enter new adresses then flips you back to the Paypal screen again - which made me concerned I was being charged twice the first time it did it). It's great that you're suppourting Powell's but perhaps you could pass on comments about things like this. They might be convinced to look into them what with all the suppourt you're giving them.

Colleen said...

Thanks Jodie - I will let them know! (And doesn't that drawing book sound super cool?!)

Jodie said...

Totally and I thought that would give them an extra interest they could develop while still incarcerated.

Color Online said...

I am still waiting to hear for Eve regarding the books I'd like to donate. We are community agency ourselves. Funds are limited and I'd much rather send a single shipment of books than purchase a single title and pay for shipping.

Midori said...

I purchased five books: Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, Gregory Galloway's As Simple As Snow, Walter Mosely's Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, and two from Tim Cahill. Jaquars Ripped My Flesh and A Wolverine is Eating My Leg. Hope all goes well with the book drive!

david elzey said...

i bought the howard zinn "people's history" and the benchley "shark trouble" books today.

Justina Chen said...


Jodie said...

My first bunch have been dispatched but the second lot apparently won't arrive until June 1st, I hope that's ok.

Colleen said...

There's no timetable on this at all Jodie - so no worries~

Eve Porinchak said...

WOW! The front doorstep is filled with hundreds (no joke...hundreds) of wonderful books!

I am absolutely blown away by the insane generosity of all those donors out there. I never would have expected this outcome.

Please forgive me if I have not returned any email messages yet. I am getting to them as quickly as I can...the good news is that there are so many to sort through because people continue to give, give, give!

I am keeping track of who has sent what, and I promise to send out individual 'thank you' notes as soon as I can!

(who is so happy to be swimming in a pool of books)

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

Fantastic news, how this is taking off. I bought 4 books:
Hollywood Hustle, by Gordon Korman
Touching Spirit Bear, by Mikaelson
and Warriors, Into the Wild book 1

I also posted about your inspiring project on my blog:

Please let us know how many books you collect!

Ms. Yingling said...

If any of your readers would like to win a three book set of Patrick Carman's Atherton series, I am giving one away on my blog, MsYinglingReads. Thanks! They can even have them sent to your book drive!

Sherrie Petersen said...

I'm thrilled to see that so many people participated. Please post when they receive the books. I'd love to see where they are going...

Colleen said...

We will be posting updates when the books arrive - promise!

Literature Crazy said...

Sorry it was late, but I got Rash by Pete Hautman. (The Powell's site still isn't updating the wish list... sorry if it's a duplicate.)

Colleen said...

Thanks heather and no worries - we haven't gotten that one yet!