Not everyone is able to run out day of publication to buy the next book in a series they love. At Fir Grove Elementary, a Title I school, many students depend on their school library to get the books they love.
At least some of the kids at Fir Grove Elementary school were happy when we donated the third Zita the Spacegirl book, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, after reviewing it. We were received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers, First Second.
The Zita series is a smart graphic novel series that kids love. LisaKaren posted on our Facebook page that she had to have a lottery to see which kids would be able to check out the book before the end of the school year.
Spunky Zita faces some creative aliens in the three graphic novels and saves some worlds as well. The artwork and the story are well-developed and the writing isn’t over-simplified just for kiddos.
Like many school libraries, Fir Grove Elementary School Library has gone through some tough times.
Despite being named one of the best school libraries in the State of Oregon in 2011, the school lost its full-time professional librarian due to budget cuts, shortly after.
It’s a drama that has played out nationwide in public schools. Book budgets are slashed as well, reducing access kids have to new quality fiction and non-fiction titles.
More about ARCs:
- ARCs & What to Do When you’re Done with Them on Katie’s Book Blog — Good ideas for what to do with ARCs
- But Can I Catalog It? on the Young Adult Library Services Association —If they are ARCs, rather than just complimentary copies, a library may not accept them. Check first.
- Lets Sell Some ARCS! Information on Why That is Bad on Bookalicio.us — Don’t sell them!