If you’ve already found all the inspiration you need for brilliant bookcases why not try some brilliant bookends to go with them? There’s something about this scared miniature man that brings a sense of mighty omnipotence. Keep your books together and your fighting beta fish apart with these clever fishbowl bookends.
If you love to collect as many incredible things as we do then you probably struggle with clutter in much the same way as well.
Arrow Bookends seem to use magic to keep your books together, but in reality they’re just using the power of magnets. Unlike a lot of bulky square looking bookends the Dragon Bookends have a stunning fluid style that’s eye catching and artful. Artists and music fans never stop amazing us with creative ways to give new life to their beloved old LPs. As tempting as it was to include the hundreds of geeky bookends we covet, we tried to keep to good design.
If you enjoyed this article, consider signing up for our newsletter, subscribing to our RSS feed, or following us on Twitter. This list sucks, came here looking for some imaginative and unusual suggestions, and instead find that it’s comprised of the first page of results from Google. Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation adventure are suddenly ruined when he is grounded by his feuding parents for what seems like forever. Why did I read this book: Because of all the amazing reviews it got before BEA, months prior to its publication and because it sounded like an Ana-book.
School was finally out and I was standing on a picnic table on our backyard getting ready for a great summer vacation when my mother walked up to me and ruined it.
The “much more” is perhaps what is the most surprising when trying to understand why I loved the novel so much because usually I am the type of reader that believes that “less is better” when it comes to realistic YA.
Norvelt itself is a very real town built during the Depression by the US Government as a model community for poor coal-miner families and named after Eleanor Roosevelt. Even though I tried not to listen to Mom and the doctor any talk of money always got my attention because everything in our house depended entirely on money.
When I entered the living room she was sitting on the couch wrapped up in a large knitted afghan.
On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with her mother. If you are wondering what is going on: Miss Volker was treating her arthritic hands with wax.
Anne M LeoneSeptember 14, 2011 at 6:27 amI only know Jack Gantos from his Joey Pigza books (which are lol funny, yet heartbreaking all at the same time), but this definitely looks worth checking out!
AnaSeptember 14, 2011 at 11:52 pmAnne M Leone: I hope you do check this one out, it is so good! ChrisJuly 22, 2012 at 10:59 pmI love Jack Gantos and was thrilled to see him win the Newberry for Norvelt. 1 : a book review blog specializing in speculative fiction and popgeekery for all ages since 2008. The Book Smugglers purchase books for review on this site, but also receive free review copies from authors, publishers, and other third parties.
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1) WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  Until recently, the only known extraterrestrial source from which we might have realistically expected lifeforms in any way similar to our own was the nearby planet Mars. The alien invasion scenario involves hostile extraterrestrial forces attempting to overthrow humanity  (NB: For the purposes of these pages, scenarios involving “Rogue Artificial Intelligence”[1] or “Unprecedented Terrestrial Hostiles”[2] have been placed in the category of alien invasion. 2) WHAT ARE THE THREATS?  The primary method of alien invasion has always been the sudden and overwhelming use of lethal force.
3) WHAT ARE SOME DEFENSES AND PRECAUTIONS?  The first step during an alien invasion is not to panic. In today’s high population density cities, resultant traffic jams will make travelling by car or truck an unviable option within a few hours – possibly much sooner.  Using a bicycle or motorcycle will increase your potential speed, but – assuming you have only one such vehicle – it will also limit your cargo and the number of those who can accompany you.
If the worst case scenario is made manifest, and the newly arrived aliens become openly hostile toward your city, or toward the planet Earth as a whole, you must get far outside the city limits as quickly as possible. Sure any heavy object can keep your books, DVDs and other media in place, but few do it with this much style.
Any second now those books could topple over and crush the little figure that fears for his tiny life.


These serif font lower case a and z bookends are bold, attractive and easy to read from a distance.
When you put the two halves together without any books they look like an ordinary round fishbowl, but that’s just an illusion. When one creative mom needed bookends for her daughter’s room rather than going out and buying a set she rummaged through her garage. These make exceptionally great bookends for journals, poetry books or anything worth quoting (unlike the a to z bookends, which we image are better for reference books). Inside the cover of your end books is where you hide the real thin metal bookends, and the arrows placed on the outside seem to float in place in order to keep your books on the shelf.
No matter how many books you place in between your mind fills in the rest of the curves of the dragon’s body that must be hiding behind the books. You might have the digital version on CD today, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop admiring your favorite records every day. But in the case of the Star Wars Trash Compactor Bookends we just couldn’t help ourselves. Bookends use a combination of clever shapes and reflective surfaces to surround your books with the word BOOK and an exclamation point in a way that seems to just float around your book collection.
But escape comes where Jack least expects it, once his mom loans him out to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore—a chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, obituaries, Hells Angels, and countless bloody noses. First of all, his mother lends his time out to one of their neighbours, Miss Volker – an elderly woman whose arthritic fingers prevent her from performing her duties as the town’s writer of obituaries and Jack is to assist her writing them. The name of the main character, an 11 year-old-boy about to start his summer vacation in the early sixties is…Jack Gantos. There are preposterously surreal things happening in this novel and I am sure that some of them are of the aforementioned “wildly fictional” variety. At the time the story is set, the town is close do dying, with families moving out and the ones staying behind dealing with poverty and lack of prospects. Jack for example, is an interesting mixture of a daring 11 year-old-boy who wants to do things (like being obsessed with learning to drive and having a car) and being a coward when it came to other things. Decisions for us were not made on whether we wanted something, or even needed something, but on whether we could afford it or not. Because at its heart, this is a coming of age novel of a boy who is standing in the middle of several people with different world views: his mother, his father, Miss Volker. This is the first time Jack shows up to assist Miss Volker, He walks in to find her with her hands inside a pot on top of the gas stove with the flames on and her face all screwed up in agony. I hesitated, but there was nothing else to do except run away screaming, so I grabbed what I thought were her wrists.
I staggered back a few steps and by then my nose was spewing like an elephant bathing himself. The discovery reveals a disturbing side to the eccentric lives of family friends Abner and Adolph Rumbaugh, known throughout their small western Pennsylvania town simply as the Twins.
With gothic flavor and black humor, he depicts a group of people bound together by love, compulsion . I think this is his best work to date but also equally loved Hole in My Life, his autobiography. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. Apocalypse University hopes to equip humanity with the skills needed to carry on after it all comes tumbling down.
But given the red planet’s apparently lifeless condition at present, modern science seemed to suggest we were alone in this corner of the universe.
Or do they disintegrate matter at the atomic level?  Secondly: what is their area of effect?  For instance, can a fleeing group expect to be hit one at a time or all at once with a wide-dispersion disruptor envelope?  Answers to both these questions will affect your movements and strategies regarding the invaders.
If, one morning, you find yourself casually retrieving the newspaper, only to look up at a mile-wide Vl’Huurg[7] battlecruiser, you MUST remain calm. Most bicycles will not hold more than the rider himself, and most motorcycles carry no more than one extra passenger. Since you will not have access to the alien battle plan or their weapons schematics, you must assume that nearby population centres are equally at risk from enemy attack, and are therefore not suitable locations to find safety. Or the Visitors (V), who infiltrate world governments and organisations and gradually assert total control.
The most recently discovered of these is the first Earth-sized planet to be discovered which is ALSO orbiting a star very similar to our own.
Little does he know that the Falling Stack Bookend is incredibly sturdy and he doesn’t have anything to worry about. The wooden letters are painted black with distressed edges that give them a homey lived-in feel, much like your favorite books. If you don’t want to keep fish these pretty glass bowls also look good filled with seashells or colored stones. They keep your collection of books neatly together on your desk and let you store your pens and other desk accessories. These books will stay firmly in place thanks to a concrete core, but won’t hurt your tile if they fall thanks to their rubber exterior.
The cool thing about this bookend is that not only does it recreate a scene from the movie, but it actually makes use of the books it’s holding up to do so.


Don’t be fooled by their small cuddly appearance, these little guys are tougher than they look.
Book End bookends have a simple and clean look that works in any space and are available in silver or white. Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative about a small western Pennsylvania town is the author at his very best, making readers laugh at the most shocking things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air. Then, when helping his own father in their backyard lends him in trouble with his mother, he is grounded for the entire summer.
I did not know what I was getting into when I picked up a copy at BEA as I had never heard of Jack Gantos before (WHY haven’t I? All of a sudden, this is not only a novel, it is an autobiographical one but according to the blurb, one that melds the “entirely true” and the “wildly fictional”. Jack’s is one such family and his father is adamant they must move whereas his mother wishes to stay.
And the funniest aspect is how he would get severe nose bleeds whenever he was scared or upset to the point where he spends the majority of the book dealing with copious amounts of blood running down his face. In the end, he is on his way to make his mind up about who he wants to be and how he wants to see the world.
It seems that Ab and Dolph have been compelled by a powerful mutual love for their deceased mother to do something extraordinary, something that in its own twisted way bridges the gap between the living and the dead. I love the slight slipstream vibe combined with the writing style, and will certainly be adding it to my TBR. She works with translations in RL and hopes one day The Book Smugglers will be her day job. If you close this banner, scroll this page or click any link or element on this website you declare to accept the cookies. Structured around a number of “Doomsday Scenarios”, the classes offered by Apocalypse U will give you the edge to keep the humanity alive while society collapses around you! The wars of the 20th century have clearly illustrated that cool heads save lives whereas civil strife and mass riots are slaughterhouses. The limitation on cargo is less relevant, partly because you should not be carrying too much whether on foot or vehicle, but mostly since your priority in the initial hours of an alien invasion is to reach a safe and secure location.
Still, it’s kind of fun to watch his feeble attempts to shield himself from the oncoming avalanche of books.
Or if you’d rather keep your bookends decorative you can add flowers to these pretty polished aluminum bookends. Put as few or as many books or DVDs as you want between the bookends and suddenly your favorite Star Wars characters are struggling to keep your books and DVDs from crushing them. Strong enough to be used as bookends or even doorstops, Zuny Animal Bookends are available in a variety of styles like boar, lion, dinosaur and sheep. With nothing to do but to read his history books and do his chores, Jack realises that assisting Miss Volker is perhaps the most exciting thing that will happen to him this summer and surprisingly, he is sort of ok with that. His books seem to be Ana-books through and through) but the novel was one of the most hyped books in the build up to the event, receiving starred reviews as early as 5 months before publication.
His talent lies in combining the weird and the absurd with the poignant and the hilarious, and the Mystery with Biographical and History and Story and make it all seem as though these things are the most natural things in the world when combined.
This dynamic between his parents is really well explored especially with the way that Jack always stands in the middle. And then as soon as you are laughing so hard you are crying with the absurd hilarity of this, you go back to poignancy as his problem is easily treatable but his parents can not pay the doctor for this simple treatment.
The warm, lifeless flesh squished between my fingers as I tugged her forward and held her ruined hands under the water. In the span of just four months during 2009, the Kepler space telescope discovered over 1100 potential planets, 54 of them in their stars’ habitable zones – the region around a given star where liquid water could exist.
On a similar note, Miss Volker who is the town’s nurse and obituary writer, leads her life with a mix of hope and regret. The very last paragraphs of the novel illustrate this beautifully and are pitch-perfect in showing what Jack learnt that summer: that history and future are part of the same time line and how your actions have real consequences. Mom didn’t know Miss Volker had gone insane, and I knew I would go insane too if I had to watch her cannibalize her own body down to the white boiled bones.
She wants to leave and do things but is so attached to the town, she has named herself its official historian as well. If four months worth of data collection – from the observations of a single telescope – reveal not just planets, but potential sources of life, and even potentially terran worlds, then one can only imagine how habitable this galaxy really is.
If the aliens’ goal is the extermination of mankind, then commencing with major population centres is the first logical step.
If their goal is more akin to enslavement, then Earth’s major cities provide them with the vast majority of the planetary sociopolitical influence and communications networks, both of which are required for global domination.
Jack, who is passionate about reading history books becomes entranced with each session he has with Miss Volker and the two become friends. Apocalypse U is intended to be a fun environment for people to come together to learn skills which aren’t commonly offered.



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