Recorded at Opa! in South Austin, McElroy begins reviews with the book, The Cat’s Pajamas. With the new STAAR test, it is essential that students study poetry, and also understand idioms. This is a beautifully illustrated picture book of idioms (with a bonus cat hidden in each illustration). The Cat’s Pajamas is great for teaching inference and idioms.
Hauser continues reviews with Witches of East End. Upon reading she realized it was not appropriate for her collection, which then begs the question, “What do you do with a book that is not right for your collection.” The book, De La Cruz’s first for adults, centers around the Beauchamp women in the mythical town of North Hampton. The women are witches who have been stripped of their powers but have begun using magic again. Each has her own specialty in magic (potions, reanimation, etc.) and each has her own inner conflict. Part mystery, part romance, this adult fantasy is a fun read.
Mauser finishes reviews with another Tayshas book, Pink, a new LGBTQ title. The story centers around, Ava, the daughter of liberal parents who has recently come out to them as a lesbian. She has a girlfriend, Chloe, who is the epitome of the “cool lesbian.” But Ava has a secret–she loves pink and she’s not sure she’s gay at all. Because of this inner conflict, she decides to go to another school to start over, but finds she still isn’t living the life she wants, she is still trying to please others.
In the second segment we discuss collection development and meeting the needs of our users. Mauser discusses the large proportion of her collection that is dedicated to women’s studies and fiction with strong female characters. In responding to a listener’s comment, we discuss the tendency by adults to dismiss some YA series fiction and the need to not pass that on to students.