Monday, April 5, 2010

Bright Lights and Great Books

Hitting the boards: Theater in the stacks

April may be the month of poetry, but we're going to start the month off by highlighting the stage. Do you take drama classes at school? Have an interest in performing arts? Or, maybe you're just really fond of drama both on and off the stage? We have books for all these possibilities:

You can find scripts for some of your favorite plays:

Four Great Plays of Henrik Ibsen

Or you can even listen to Shakespeare on an MP3 player, with our Play-aways :

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

Or, if you prefer the world of theater, these books have characters that love the greasepaint and bright lights as well.

Eyes like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Behind the curtain at the Theatre Illuminata, the actors are born to play their parts, and are bound to the Theatre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them and the only home she's ever known.

get a taste of life at the
Theatre Illuminata with this clip of the audio recording of "Eyes Like Stars."

The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
Cat Royal has long red hair, green eyes, and not a penny of her own. But she does know where a treasure is hidden in the theater that is her home. The problem is, she isn't the only one looking for it, in this mystery set in 18th-century London.

Come along with Cat to meet the owner of the theater she calls home.

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman-
Here's one for every reader weary of being assigned novels in which the dog dies. For expressing his true views of "Old Shep, My Pal, " eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace earns a detention that takes him off the team and plunks him in the auditorium, where his English teacher is directing a theatrical version of "Old Shep, My Pal."

Here Mr. Korman talks about how he wrote his first book... in the seventh grade

The Juliet Club- Suzanne Harper
This comedic novel follows six teens--three American and three Italian--who volunteer to work with the Juliet Club, a real organization in Verona that receives thousands of letter each year from the lovelorn seeking advice.

check out the author's photo gallery of inspiration for the book

Suite Scarlet
by Maureen Johnson
Scarlett Martin's eccentric family runs a New York City hotel that dates from the 1920s. After Scarlett turns 15, she is given charge of the Empire Suite, occupied by an aging starlet who is writing her memoir. Soon, Scarlett becomes caught up in the woman's adventures.

Maureen Johnson Answers Reader's Questions about Suite Scarlett

Book blurbs courtesy of BookLetters

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