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Stadler, Alexander.
New York : Silver Whistle Harcourt, 2002.
IL K-3, RL 3.3
ISBN 0152025103

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Beverly Billingsly is so excited to have her very own library card. She spends much time searching for that special first book to take home. After finally finding a book she loves about dinosaurs, she checks it out and takes it home. Beverly reads that book every day and everywhere, but when she finishes she realizes the book is a day overdue. She is frantic and worries what will happen to her. Will she go to jail or owe lots of money? Will she ever be allowed to borrow a book again? What a predicament for book loving Beverly Billingsly.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)

Booktalk #2

“Is today the day?” That Tuesday when Beverly Billingsly went to the library with her mom was “THE DAY”. The day she was to get her very own library card. Beverly was ready for the challenge of finding just the right books, she was ready for the enjoyment of reading about her favorite subject, DINOSAURS, but she was not ready to return her books when she realized they were already due and she was going to be late returning them. Her friend, Sheila Rose Hoffstetter didn’t make it much easier on her when she told her she would have to pay a lot of money like a thousand dollars. Better yet, Carlton Chlomsky told  Beverly about a “mother’s friend’s cousin’s brother who was late with a library book, and he went to jail.”  To find out if  Beverly pays the maximum fine or gets thrown in jail, you simply should savor the significant story of Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book! (Prepared by: Laura Linder, SCASL Picture Book Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Books and reading -- Fiction.
                        Libraries -- Fiction.
                        Librarians -- Fiction.
                        Worry -- Fiction.


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