Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 Summer Camp Schedule!!!

It’s the 2011 Summer Camp Schedule!!!

Registration for 2011 Summer Camps begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 5th.  (We’re opening an hour early to get a good start.)  A $100 deposit is required upon registration to reserve a space, and all paperwork must be filled out upon registration. Registration must be made in person, and by a parent or guardian.

There are a limited number of spaces available for each camp. Once that number is reached, a waiting list will be started.  Please note that many of our camps will fill up on the first day of registration.

What's New!
Acting Out Camp, Heroes and Villains Camp, and Magic Tree House Camp are all new this summer.  Magic Tree House Camp will also mark the first time we’ve held a camp with rising 1st graders.

What's Back!
Camp Half-Blood and Camp Kane are returning for yet another year, and are slowly gaining mythological status.  Goody for Girls! and Boo-ya for Boys! Camps are back.  We’re doing a second year of American Girl Camp.  Finally, Comics Camp with Justin is returning from its one year sabbatical.

Each of our themed camps are full week-long sessions -- Monday through Friday -- with the exception of Heroes and Villains Camp, which is a four-day (Tuesday through Friday) camp.  Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- we regret that we can not offer either before- or after-care for any camp.  Campers must provide their own lunch.  Snacks are provided.

The cost of the camps are as follows:
Camp Half-Blood: $325
Camp Kane: $325
Heroes and Villains Camp (four days): $225
All Other Camps: $275

There are a lot of expenses associated with Camp Kane and Camp Half-Blood, which is why the cost is higher.   We work hard to make sure that you get your money’s worth!

Refund policy
We understand that things happen and that it can be difficult to make vacation plans this early.  Camp deposits will always be refunded for a camp that has yet to fill up.  Once a camp has reached full enrollment, deposits will be refunded so long as we can get someone on the waiting list to enroll in that spot.  (This is difficult to do at the last minute.)

The Schedule!

May 30-June 3
Goody for Girls! Camp
Please note that this camp is full.  A waiting list has been started.
With Krista and Sunny
Rising 3-5 Graders
Maximum enrollment: 18

Get ready for a special week for girls only!  In past years at Goody for Girls! Camp we have learned to sew, solved bank robberies, visited the vet, put on talent shows, learned secret codes, performed choreographed dances, had mock trials, baked cookies, designed our own clothes, and practiced yoga.  And we promise even more excitement and fun this year!  Goody for Girls! Camp is full of activities, art and adventures that celebrate everything girls can be and do.  Based on the The Daring Book for Girls, and inspired by the achievements of real women, this super-fun camp will encourage, challenge and bring out the best in your girl.

June 6-10
Acting Out Camp
With Kimberly & Karen
Rising 3-5 Graders
Maximum enrollment: 18

Do you long for the spotlight? Do you watch actors your age and think, “Hey, I could do that!”? Do you have what it takes to be star? Well here is your chance to break out of your shell! This super fun acting camp will give you a crash-course in acting basics. We’ll play improv games, learn to express ourselves loudly and confidently, and even take a stunt class from a real Hollywood stunt woman. We’ll have visits from people in the industry, including an award-winning director, and at the end of the week we’ll perform a short play for our friends and family. In this camp, acting out is a good thing!

June 13-17
American Girl Camp
With Krista & Diane
Rising 2-4 Graders
Maximum enrollment: 18

From fighting for independence to farming on the frontier; from surviving the Great Depression to tie dying t-shirts; from escaping slavery to planting Victory gardens during WWII, girls throughout American history have had lives full of adventure, resourcefulness and fun.  This week we pay tribute to the olden times by playing games, doing crafts, learning history and exploring the lives of our favorite American Girls.  This camp will be identical to last year's, so if you've already taken it you might want to check out Goody for Girls Camp instead.

June 20-24
Camp Kane: What Carter and Sadie Kane Don't Know Won't Hurt Them
Please note that this camp is full.  A waiting list has been started.
With Diane & Vicky
Ages 9-13
Maximum enrollment: 24

Hey Half-Bloods, want to be a part of something new?  Join us for a week of excitement and adventure based on Rick Riordan's series The Kane Chronicles.  (Book Two, The Throne of Fire is out this May!!)  This week we will immerse ourselves in the Egyptian myths while also continuing the traditions of Camp Half Blood.  That's right -- there will still  be plenty of capture the flag, chariot racing, and mythological mystery and mayhem, but here's the chance to also learn some new things your own "mummy" might not even know!  (Pun intended).

June 27-July 1
Boo-yah for Boys! Time Warp Camp!
With Justin & Matt
Rising 2-4 Graders
Maximum enrollment: 20

This year, the TOTAL AWESOMENESS that is Boo-yah for Boys! Camp has been hijacked to the past!  Join the boys of Boo-yah as they struggle to return to the present, exploring the mysteries of yesteryear along the way!  What dangers, what mysteries, do "Ye Olden Tymes" hold for the Boo-yah Boys?  Will they ever get back?  Unless you're there, young man, you'll never know!  Boo-yah for Boys! Camp is full of activities, learning, and adventure designed to entertain, engage, and elevate young boys. Join us, and become one of the few, the proud, the Boys of Summer!

July 5-8 (Tu-F)
Heroes and Villains Camp
With Marcy & Kimberly
Rising 2-4 Graders
Maximum enrollment: 18

Do you love superheroes (and villains)?  Do you wish you had super powers?  Do you know just what your secret identity would be?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Heroes and Villains Camp is for you!  Each camper will design his or her own super identity, with costumes, back stories, lairs, catch phrases, secret identities, and lots more.  We'll explore what exactly makes a hero a hero and a villain a villain, in both comics and real life.  Be prepared to be creative!  (We will do our best to guarantee that there will be a mix of boys and girls at this camp, and that there will be at least seven of each.)

July 11-15
Camp Half-Blood: What Do You Get When You Cross Feta Cheese with Pepperoni?
Please note that this camp is full.  A waiting list has been started.
With Diane & Vicky
Ages 9-13
Maximum enrollment: 24

Dear Demi-Gods,
If you've read The Lost Hero, you probably know that we have new allies and that they enjoy red sauce on everything.  This year, our Roman counterparts will join us as we fight the good fight with our friends at Camp Half-Blood, Austin, Texas.  We will put our heads together with Austin every day (by Iris message, natch) as we race against the clock solving clues to yet another mythological mystery- before it is too late, of course.  Oh, and during our down time, we might play capture the flag or race a chariot or two.

July 18-22
Comics Camp
With Justin
Rising 5-7 Graders
Maximum enrollment: 20

Draw, baby Draw! You know when you get caught doodling and reading comics instead of doing homework or your chores? Well, comics camp is exactly like that without the homework and chores! This summer, discover how to cartoon your heart out as we make comics! Whether you like comic books, graphic novels, comic strips, or webcomics, you'll learn all about how to design, pencil, and ink your ideas and turn them into comics!

July 25-29
Magic Tree House Camp
Please note that this camp is full.  A waiting list has been started.
With Krista & Matt
Rising 1-2 Graders
Maximum enrollment: 16

Calling all boys and girls who hunger for adventure and knowledge!  You've been asking for a camp for younger kids, and here it is!  The upstairs of Little Shop of Stories has turned into a giant Magic Tree House and it's whisking campers off to different places to complete missions in history just like Jack and Annie.  Join us for a week of dinosaurs, Olympics, ninjas, pirates, mummies, wild animals, and so much more!  We'll also spend lots of time doing games, activities, and crafts based on each place we'll visit.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Customer Book Reviews!

Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud, by Andrew Lane, is a fantastic novel that is perfect for readers in middle school and up. The story focuses on the detective Sherlock Holmes in his teenage years. Sherlock hates the DeepDene School for boys and cannot wait until his brother, Mycroft comes to pick him up for vacation. But his father is then sent to India and Sherlock is sent to live with his aunt, uncle, and the unsavory Mrs. Eglantine. But soon Sherlock's luck goes far and he finds himself caught up in solving a mystery with his three new found friends who could help save his fathers life-and many others.

By Eliza!

Some people think that Warriors, a series by Erin Hunter, is better than her other series, Seekers. But some people have a different idea… and I’m one of them. My name is Greer Sanders and this is my review of Seekers.

The first book in the Seekers series, The Journey Begins, is about four bear cubs who have decided to make the long and dangerous journey to The Last Wilderness. But the cubs weren’t all together to begin with. A fierce brown bear cub named Toklo had decided to go his own way after his brother, Toby, died. Then Toklo found Ujurak, an enerjetic little black bear cub who insisted on traveling with Toklo. After that, Lusa joins up with the group when she escapes from the Bear Bowl ( The Zoo). Toklo isn’t happy about Lusa’s presence. But then the most kind-hearted bear of all joins the traveling group… Kallik. Kallik is a white bear with the hopes of finding ice again.

In the second book, Great Bear Lake, all four bears reach the first stop on the way to their destination. But a big problem pops up. Read the third book, Smoke Mountain, to found out what that problem is.
In the fourth book, The Last Wilderness, the bears reach a place where all bears are happy and where food is endless. Lusa, Ujurak, and Toklo are filled with joy at the sight of endless fields of grass. They have reached the “the last wilderness” --- a place where no flat-faces (humans) or metal birds (planes) are in sight.

However, all is not well.  After Ujurak's traveling companions leave to enjoy this wonderful place, he spots something ... three dark black spots moving slowly through the air.

By Greer!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Update on Little Shop Hours

Starting on Friday, January 14th, Little Shop will be back to regular hours.

Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday - Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

City of Decatur and DeKalb County Schools will be closed on Friday, but temperatures will be warming up and the sun will be out during the day.  We're expecting roads and sidewalks to be almost all clear by Friday evening.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Little Shop Hours

Little Shop closed early Sunday evening and was closed all day Monday.  Tuesday we opened for a few hours.  We are suffering from a bit of cabin fever, and figure you are as well.  So here's what we'll do.

Little Shop will be open from 10 to 5, Wednesday through Friday, as long as schools are closed.  We will resume normal hours once school is back in session.  We will be open on Saturday at 10 and Sunday at noon, closing at 5 p.m. or later so long as our staff can get home safely.

Happy Snow Days!

Wendelin Van Draanen Event Canceled

Wendelin Van Draanen, who lives in California, made her way some 2,200 miles to Atlanta last night.  But it's the last six miles that are tricky.  Given the road conditions, we are canceling today's event.

This is a true bummer.  I've made it 3/4ths of the way through The Running Dream, and was really looking forward to meeting her today.  The book deals with a high school track star loosing her leg in a bus accident.  It sounds like it would be a sort of depressing, introspective book.  Instead, it is a page turning, introspective book.  It's a pretty daring attempt to pull off by an author, but Wendelin does so successfully.

We're open this morning, but will be closing early.  Like soon.  If you're coming to the shop, please call first to make sure we'll be open.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Learning Groove Class Canceled Today

It's a Snow Day.  Eric has canceled The Learning Groove class for Monday, January 10th.

Friday, January 7, 2011

January Book Groups at Little Shop

Book Groups
Catch-All Book Group
We have done so much reading this year that we're taking a month off to recover and rest. So enjoy your free time, and we'll get back together in February. We'll be meeting a week early in February (Monday, February 7th at 7 pm) so as to not interfere with anyone's Valentine's Day plans, and we'll be keeping with tradition by reading another heart-wrenching, tragic love story, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. Bring your tissues. See you in February!
Page Turners
Friday, January 21st | 4:15 p.m.
Page Turners will be discussing What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell.  Terra is super-excited about this one, and describes it as "intense historical fiction."
Guys Who Read
Thursday, January 20th | 7 p.m. 
Be prepared to discuss whether you loved/hated Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell at the Brick Store on the third Thursday of the New Year, January 20th.

We will drink/discuss many fine things.

There assuredly will be enlightening/disappointing mention of character development, the British Monarchy, proper spelling and punctuation, possibly cricket, and certainly all things related to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Extra points to those who show up with a top hat, long coat, and walking stick.

Kids and Companions 
Sunday, January 23rd | 4 p.m.
Terra wanted to bring in the New Year with a fun read, so K&C will be starting 2011 with A Whole Nother Story by Dr Cuthbert Soup.  Wahoooo!

January Events at Little Shop

Upcoming Events 

Little Shop Is Closing
for three days: Friday, December 31st through Sunday, January 2nd
We at Little Shop will be ending the old year and starting the new year with our families.  We'll be back to our regular schedule on Monday, January 3rd.

Caldecott Storytime!
Sunday, January 9 | 3 p.m.
The 2011 Caldecott and Newbery Award winners are announced by the American Library Association on January 10th.  We're going to get warmed up by reading picture books from past Caldecott Medal and Honor winners.

Wendelin Van Draanen, Author of the Sammy Keyes Mysteries, is Launching Her Newest Book at Little Shop! - SORRY, BUT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED!
Tuesday, January 11 | 4:30 p.m.
The author of the GREAT Sammy Keyes books -- Wendelin won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery for the first book in the series -- is out with The Running Dream.  Being the very first stop on Ms. Van Draanen's tour and being the day the book is being released, Little Shop is hosting the release party!

The Running Dream, written for ages 12 and up, tells the story of Jessica Carlisle, a high school track star who loses a leg following an accident.  Here is Wendelin's take on her book.  We look forward to seeing you!

Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytime
Sunday, January 16 | 3 p.m.
We'll be doing a special storytime in honor of Dr. King.  Join us in celebration of this courageous civil rights leader.

Penguin Storytime
Thursday, January 20 | 7 p.m.
In honor of Penguin Awareness Day -- I'm not making this up -- Little Shop will be doing a special storytime.  Waddle on down!  We'll be reading Penguin's Snowy Day, Your Personal Penguin, Tacky the Penguin, and more.  As always, milk and cookies will be served.  Wear your PJs!

DecaturDocs film Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird
Saturday, January 22nd | 8 p.m.DecaturDocs presents a film about one of Little Shop's favorite books, screened at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center. Director Mary Murphy will also be signing copies of her book Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of 50 Years of To Kill a Mockingbird. More info at

Dan Gutman, Author of the My Weird School Series, is Launching His Newest Book at Little Shop!
Monday, January 24th | 7 p.m.Author Dan Gutman is probably best known for his great My Weird School series, but he's written dozens of other books and won a ton of awards.   Best of all, he's coming to Little Shop!  Dan will talk about his brand new book, The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable.  Dan even has a trailer for this book.  Do you want to see it?  Then look here.  Go ahead, I'll wait.

The book is about Coke and Pepsi McDonald, almost thirteen-year-old twins who travel the United States and (sort of) save the world.  It's a fun, action-packed adventure book for readers ages 9 and up.
Rick Yancey, Author of the Monstrumologist Series, is Coming to Little Shop!
Saturday, January 29th | 4 pmWe are super excited to welcome Printz Honor winning author Rick Yancey.  The Monstrumologist, Rick's 2009 book, has been called "a cross between Mary Shelley and Stephen King", and tells the story of Will Henry, an orphan apprenticed to a doctor specializing in the study of monsters.  In the new sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, Will and the good doctor must track down a mythical- and terrifying- monster before someone with evil intent does first.