A nice lady brought a book to me at the front desk the other day, saying, "I don't want to complain, but..."
She handed me a copy of Reckless: the golden yarn by Cornelia Funke.
I've known this nice lady for years. Her daughters are graduates of my preschool storytime programs, and the lady and I have been talking about books since the eldest (now a fifth grader) was in diapers.
But now the nice lady was distressed, and it was because of a book.
"I was so excited to find a new title by Cornelia Funke," she said, "because I loved reading Inkheart out loud to the girls. So when I found this on the shelf in the children's area, I started reading it right away...and that's when I realized that there was something wrong."
I took the book home that night, promising to read it and let her know my thoughts. I found the first problem on the first page, where a main character is going through a difficult and bloody labor to give birth to a half-stone baby.
The next morning, I sent the lady an email to let her know what I'd learned, including the following:
1. The Golden Yarn is THIRD in a series
2. The whole series is rated by the publisher for ages 12-17
3. If you start reading book 1 instead of book 3, it's awesome...but still not a kid book. The main character is 24 years old!
I finished the first volume in two days,
and started reading the second book this morning.
The Mirrorworld series is a lush, dark, violent, and completely original story combining traditional folkloric characters like witches, dwarves, and fairies with original characters like Goyls (people made of stone) and a wise girl who prefers to spend her life in the shape of a fox.
There are wars, and truces, thievery and justice.
There's true love, betrayals, and sneaking around in the dark.
There is blood--lots of it.
This is a great book. But the nice lady was right: it's not a kid's book.
KCLS will re-catalog the entire series and move all the books to the teen section of the library.
They will still be available for anyone to check out, because the library doesn't restrict any materials.
However, we think the books will find more readers who will love them over in the teen area.
That's where you will find them--as soon as I finish reading them. As for the nice lady, she's put her name on the hold list for the whole series. She says she'll share the books with her kids when they're older, but she wants to read them now!
Have you ever been distressed by a book? What did you do?