“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Monday, August 8, 2011

Upcoming Book Release...

Wisteria - Welcome

Olive - Peace

The Language of Flowers
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Scheduled for release August 23rd

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a new release by Random House later this month. I had the pleasure of receiving an advanced reader’s copy at ALA this summer. It is a beautiful tale of a young girl who has been tossed around by the foster care system and provides the reader with some insight as to what happens when a child isn’t successfully adopted…multiple times. Victoria is filled with anger and spite, but she has a great love for plants and flowers. The story opens on the date of her emancipation from the foster care system. Each chapter unfolds the mystery of her past as she begins to try and build a future. The one thing that she has an appreciation and love for is the Victorian meaning of flowers. Emotions and meaning are carried throughout the book as the story unfolds with the meaning behind flowers. This clever and engaging story makes one ponder the state of our foster care system what we need to do to improve it.

Agapanthus - Love Letter

Freesia - Lasting Friendship

Coreopsis - Always Cheerful

Pink & Red Roses -- Grace & Love

Angelica - Inspiration

Lupine - Imagination

Abutilon - Meditation

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