Monday, July 18, 2005

Guys Read & More

Some Bellairsian inspired ephemera found around web:

Guys Reads, Too

Author Jon Scieszka has spent his adult life trying to encourage young boys to read. The former teacher and the author of more than 20 children’s books says treating boys and girls the same in school just doesn’t work. Read a brief article and excerpts from his literacy program or visit the guysread website.

Code of Kryptos

News of this puzzle was passed on to us recently and it immediately reminded us of something Johnny Dixon might stumble upon – and then figure out while at Boy Scout camp:
Kryptos is a sculpture located on the grounds of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Installed in 1990, its thousands of characters contain encrypted messages, of which three have been solved (so far). There is still a fourth section at the bottom consisting of 97 or 98 characters which remains uncracked, and is considered to be one of the most famous unsolved codes in the world.

Summer Reading: Escapist Literature

NPR has a list of librarian Nancy Pearl’s options for kids - and parents – for reading this summer in the downtime between Harry Potter adventures. Her choices ” range from new releases of proven classics to new, irreverent and witty fantasy books that cross boundaries of genre and age.” Titles include long-time favorite The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer, the tale of three children in a futuristic Zimbabwe.

Five For Six

In the event you thought the uproar of that book released over the weekend flew by us, leaving us unscathed, you’re wrong. We know some people sit up until the crack of dawn reading the latest adventure and, having said that, we were still somewhat surprised at the email that arrived in the overnight hours, awaiting us in the inbox early this morning:
"Read the sixth Hogwarts tale and then sell it to us instead of relegating it to a dusty bookshelf. If you’re a U.S. resident and your book is in very good condition, you can get $5 for your copy and free shipping."
Surely someone out there is still reading the book? Why wouldn’t it still be in decent condition? Already trying to make a dime for used copies? Go figure.

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