[The Story Collector] Read á Kristin ODonnell Tubb
Hester Roon yEves what she hears I did relate to Viviani s desire to find her own once upon a time however and how much she believes in the power of storytelling and imagination I liked the rest of the family better Mr Fedeler is warm and funny He understands his children allows them to have a degree of freedom but wants them to be safe I love his way of teaching the children important lessons and punishing them Mrs Fedeler is a little tough but she handles her lively children with good humor Viviani s older brother Oliver is the naughty one He is at the age where he tests boundaries He likes to read and learn but seems to prefer a active lifestyle than hisounger brother Edouard 12 A Wayside Tavern year old Edouard is the nerdy one of the family He likes facts and memorizing new bits of information to share at the appropriate moment I could relate to him the most of the children This story is fun for tweens and teaches some great lessons I hope after reading this they all want to visit the NYPL Thanks to the author Kristin O Donnell Tubb for the free copy of this magical tale All opinions are my ownGather around my friends andou will hear a fantastic story seemingly too impossible to be true A family living in apartments in THE NYPL A baby born among the books her first cries ricocheting off of the shelves The family s children playing baseball complete with the newly published Winnie the Pooh as a base in the library A valuable stamp collection displayed in said library stolen in the night Yup It all happened But the extra twists of an author s babbling imagination only add to the plot of this historical fictionmystery The red herring Check The girl friendship drama Mmmhmm The tone pitch perfect to its era Yes As a matter of fact I was thrilled to see that THE Betsy Bird also saw a Nancy Drew ish uality on the pages in her own review Kudos to author Kristin O Donnell Tubb for the meticulous research her work is peppered throughout the book and will undoubtedly make curious readers like me run for Google to find out about the historical references The clever chapter headings Dewey Decimal subheadings give an air of whimsy The author s note detailing the fact from the fiction in the book The time line The peek into the library s archives What a rich resource a love letter to the art of reading and writing and library science a nod to an iconic institution And who can resist the playful way in which the opening unfolds Some people are story collectors While others collect seashells or stuffed animals or stamps story collectors wrap themselves in words surround themselves with sentences and play with participles even those pesky perky dangling ones They climb over Cs and mount Ms and lounge in Ls Soon enough they land in the land of homonyms then wham They stumble into onomatopoeia that lovely creaking booming bit of wordplay and hat Dear Friend is where our story beginsor that ending Oh my My students will LOVE the ending That one sentence at the end Delightful uite simply The Story Collector is the bee s kneesHighly recommendedThat powerful cry of For Fear of Little Men yours echoed and absorbed into the thousands of books lining the shelves And in return those books awakened unfurling their words their worlds slowly uietly until stories became as much a part ofou as Twig the Fairy and the Goblin Masquerade (Twig the Fairy your red hairour green eyescourage is simply fear stuffed with hopeWithout imagination nothing is dangerousSometimes a glimpse of sunshine makes itself known through the murky leaves and limbs of the dark forest Sometimes a glimmer of friendship can be found in places where only animosity was seen beforeEvery story is true underneath it all Look at all this stuff I don t know Sanity is the Future of Wealth yet Viviani smiled at theet part Her father always said bold learners think in terms of etSometimes the bad guy is disguised as a good guy Does that meanthat sometimes the good guy looks like a bad guythis fellow had helped her realize that her story was worth telling That her voice was worth listening to That she was indeed a story collectorViviani smiled and considered all the stories Mr Green would be able to unlock with this key This special one of a kind key the uniue mix of books and stories that he would choose to read Different from everyone else on the planet His blanks to fill in His Once Upon a TimeI m still a story collector A word "peddler A knowledge warrior Stories help us make sense of things that don t make "A knowledge warrior Stories help us make sense of things that don t make at allThat s the truth of fiction after all It s hidden in feelings not facts I purchased this book from the gift shop of the New York Public Library and
was amazed to learn that it was inspired by the life of a girl who lived in the library with amazed to learn that it was inspired by the life of a girl who lived in the library with family Her father was the superintendent and they spent ears with the library as their playground to explore just like Viviana in this story The appeal of living in a library and the adventures that take place after the doors close to the public is extremely appealing and definitely drew me into the storyIn historical fiction mystery Viviana believes that the library is haunted She is ridiculed by one of the girls at school and Viviana invites her for a sleepover and promises to prove to her the ghost is real Although Viviana s plan to play a prank on Merit with help from her brothers and friend backfires they discover that a someone has stolen a priceless stamp collection What is going on in the library and how can the kids uncover the answers and solve the mysteryI really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the seuel that comes on in January 2020 It s not a scary mystery and I think it would appeal to upper elementary readers as well as middle graders Thanks
To The Publisher For The ARC In Exchange For My the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my reviewEleven ear old Viviani Fedeler and her family live in the New York Public Library where her dad is the superintendent She had her siblings are constantly playing in the stacks and being sushed by the librarians Not only does Viviani love to read but she also loves to tell stories That is until new student Merit Mubarak comes to town and calls her a liar In her uest to prove. O help outBut what begins as a joke uickly gets out of hand and soon Viviani and her friends have to solve two big mysteries Is the Library truly haunted And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection It's up to Viviani Eva and Merit reluctantly to findo.
Reepy janitor Mr Green and trying to spot the ghost Red that her father told her about Then she meets a new girl at school who doesn t believe her wild and outrageous stories or even that she lives in a library Worse an expensive stamp collection on display has been stolen and no one has a clue where it went It s up to Viviani her new frenemy Merit and her friends and sibs to uncover the multiple mysteries hidden behind the library shelvesIt is one thing to write a mystery for kids but it is another thing entirely to play fair when ou do Now I love The Westing Game don t get me wrong That book has going for it than a pack of Agatha Christies but don t ever sell me on it being a tried and true mystery novel To my mind a real mystery novel gives a kid the chance to solve it on their own Not in some Encyclopedia Brown way where they use their knowledge of trivia to solve the case but where they pay careful close attention to what the author s laying down and put the clues together A mystery author therefore must walk a fine line On the one hand they need to place the clues throughout the text On the other hand they can t make them too easy If How to Restore Your Bmw Motorcycle Twins 1950-1969 you give too much of the game away it s going to be a problem In The Story Collector I am happy to report that Ms Tubb does an excellent job of this As an adult I could pretty much figure out the villain of the piece That means that a couple sharp eyedoung readers will do the same while others are completely flummoxed by the reveal In other words it hits the mystery sweet spot As for the book itself it s definitely going for that sweet spot of living in a public building ala The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler which many a recommendation blurb has cited with the Nancy Drew ish vibe of a spunky Faerie young woman solving a mystery with a slight supernatural bent Now Tubb is no stranger to conjuring up strong characters and plots She s one of those middle grade authors that makes it look effortless What s important in this particular case is that she also needed the idea of living in a library to sound like fun I know that sounds ridiculous at the outset but when an author comes up with a cool premise it can be difficult to hold onto that kernel of cool cool living in a library whenou have to wrangle character arcs and development a mystery and a sense of time and place Ms Tubb juggles all with such ease it s enough to give a gal envyThe trouble with working for the New York Public Library and then handling a book of this sort that is that there is too much information in my brain As I watched Viviani navigate the lower levels of the main location I was consciously aware that my position is odd Almost nobody else is going to know where the door to the lower levels is precisely located after all Once I was able to compartmentalize that information I could really settle down to enjoy the book I read an early galley of this book prior to publication and to my delight several mistakes that I found in that book were corrected for the final publication Clearly somebody somewhere was copy editing this thing incredibly well Bravo faithful fact checkersThe last library apartment in the NYPL system didn t fall out of commission until the turn of the new Millennium Even before that happened though many of the apartments fell into disrepair because they aren t ADA compliant and many are potential fire hazards Viviani s home on the Mezzanine of the Schwarzman Building is all office space and currently houses whole rows of cubicles albeit cubicles with killer half moon windows that look out upon the city The era of
the library child may have passed but with books like this onelibrary child may have passed but with books like this one s possible that "The Romance Of Their Lives May Only "romance of their lives may only beginning A mystery that plays fair with its tropes and gives as good as it gets Here s to many future books about kids living in librariesFor ages 9 12 Eleven The Same and Not the Same year old Viviani Joffre Fedeler is a story collector and story teller How could she be anything else having been born and raised in the New York Public Library She was born just three days before the library s grand opening just after her father was hired as building Superintendent and moved in with the family Viviani knows every inch of the library except the off limits places like her father s workshop She longs to explore and finally come up with her own story a story about who she is When a new girl at school Merit uestions the truth of some of Viviani s stories Viviani is devastated She decides to teach Merit a lesson in the power of stories by inviting her to the library to see the library ghost Viviani her brothers and friends get than they bargained for and learn a valuable lesson about storiesI really liked this idea of this story Like From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler kids spend the night in a New York institution this time the New York Public Library of 1928 The New York Public Library is an amazing place and I loved getting an insider s tour of the iconic building If I could spend the night at the library I wouldn t waste time sliding down banisters I d read I d love to go back to 1928 and get my hands on a first edition The House at Pooh Corner or if I was locked in now I d camp out with Pooh and friends The 1928 library is something of a spooky place so I can see where the ghost stories evolve from and I probably would have believed them and been scared too when I was Viviani s age The plot was fun but it was WAY to obvious who the villain was and how they managed to steal something valuable from the library I would have liked suspects and less transparency Viviani Red is not the most appealing character I didn t like how Viviani spends her time roaming around the library Today I think she would be labeled ADHD She can t seem to settle on any one subject to study or any one game to play She spends her nights running around the library sliding down banisters and causing mischief and mayhem wherever she goes Yet she s very sheltered and naive growing up in the library She doesn t know much about the outside worldet and beli. Knows every room by heart except the ones her father keeps locked When Viviani becomes convinced that the library is haunted new girl Merit Mubarak makes fun of her So Viviani decides to play a harmless little prank roping her older brothers and best friend Eva Another one to go on my Best Of 2020 shelf that s two in a row nowReading this took me to a place that s become dear to my heart in the past few Goodbye Soldier War Biography years the New York Public Library with the lions in the front For a book addict like me the idea of living in a library and being able to explore it freely every night after it closes is just totally wonderful That people actually did this in the 20 s and 30 s makes me deeply enviousMy very favorite part Viviani scaling a card catalog to get to the best hiding place in the whole library Memorable uotesPg114 Viviani stepped to the edge of the building and swept her arm over the view the green swath of Bryant Park the red tile rooftops and steeples hopping and dotting across Fifth to Sixth Avenue from east to west She turned to Forty Second and Fortieth north to south all the way down to the gleaming white spire of the towering Woolworth Building in the distance The sun was setting pink turning the East River to her left and the Hudson on her right into pathways of sparkling diamonds Lights and streets glittered like a universe the whole New York City universe I understand I am not the target demographic and liked the historical setting but am tired that in this day and age all librarians are still portrayed as shushing or tittering at a male authority I m sure there were some that were wonderful even back then Is there anything amazing than visitingour local library How about living in a library I suppose that not every kid has a fantasy to live in a library 247 but I sure did I couldn t of course I came as close as I could Throughout my school days I spent as much time in the campus libraries as I could I was in city libraries daily during breaks and as an adult I am delighted that my child walks to his local branch near daily mostly to get books for me and jumps at the chance to visit the main branch every chance he gets As I read the antics that Viviana and her tribe get up to in The Story Collector I could see a group of kids just like them getting into that kind of mischief at our wonderful library Amazing as our library is it pales next to the New York Public Library the true star of this book brought to life beautifully by the author It was so easy to envision it in its prime when strict librarians and card catalogs ruled with an iron grip This book was a true adventure An adventure is what Viviana is desperate for just like the ones she reads in the books all around her Her father is the building super at the New York City Library during the 1920 s so she and her family actually live in the library all those stories at her fingertips and the whole of the building is a playground for her and her siblings as long as they can avoid disturbing the librarians evade the security guard and keep clear of the janitor who may or may not be a cannibal Oh eah they also have to keep away from Big Red the ghost that haunts the library While she is waiting to find adventure she collects stories and shares them her friends at school However a new student in her class isn t impressed with Viviana s stories and an attempt to sway her opinion with an overnight ghost hunt backfires its way into a mystery that only the children may be able to solveWell written and imaginative with the perfect touch of mystery this book is a must have for middle grade readers That it has a basis in actual history makes it all the funLet s talk about kid s books at I Read Kid s Book Journal Well This book is perfect Just absolutely enthrallingly stunningly perfect This was so beautiful One of my favorites The writing was so vivid and the details made ou feel like Valkea kuin lumi you were there The author did an amazing job with the accuracy of the library city and characters many of them including the MC were real Such a fun read From 2007 until about 2012 I had the distinct pleasure of working in the Stephen A Schwarzman Building of New York Public Library It s one of those parts of my working life I look back at with a little bit of amazement For only one time in my life I could essentially say to someone You know that library with the big stone lions in front in New York City Yeah I work there Initially I worked in the Children s Center at 42nd Street where I held Literary Salons worked alongside the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals and conducted tours of the whole building Well not the WHOLE building There are places down in the deep stacks below the building where no one really goes andou can bet that some colleagues and I took the time to explore them thoroughly over the ears Later I would work in the building in my new capacity as the Youth Materials Specialist and it was then that I started visiting library branches all over the "City Only To Encounter Again "only to encounter again again the abandoned library apartments they housed These were full working apartments housed within the libraries that used to belong to the maintenance workers of the library system now no longer in use After a while I began researching them thoroughly looking into their residents how long they were operational and the stories associated with them One such apartment located on the Mezzanine level of the main location housed a whole family of kids You can read news articles from
Times about how they d play baseball in some of the rooms pigeons on the roof and how their father would try to scare them with stories of a red bearded ghost Now all that rich fodder has been turned into a middle grade novel made under the auspices of New York Public Library s new imprint with Henry Holt Company And happily it is not only a rip roaring tale of mystery and ghostly possibilities but also one filled with a lot of fun and true facts about the time Got a kid who wishes they could live in the librarythe Times about how they d play baseball in some of the rooms
Reading This Book Isthis book is next best thingEver wanted to live in a library Imagine that ou did It s the 1920s Viviani s spent her whole life surrounded by the gilt and marble of the main location of New York Public Library with her siblings and life is pretty sweet She spends her time dodging the In the tradition of E L Konisburg this middle grade mystery adventure is inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler born and raised in the New York Public LibraryEleven ear old Viviani Fedeler has spent her whole life in the New York Public Library She.