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#AtoZChallenge – X

It’s X day!

X is one of the hardest letters in the alphabet to find a book for. Fortunately there IS a book I can use:

It's Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

It’s Xenocide by Orson Scott Card! It’s part of the Ender’s Game series. Here’s a bit about it:

The war for survival of the planet Lusitania will be fought in the hearts of a child named Gloriously Bright.

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.

Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to become adults. The Starways Congress so fears the effects of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way, and a second xenocide seems inevitable.

Don’t judge me. It’s late in the game and I’m exhausted. Two more days to go!

Can you think of a book that starts with X?



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X means Cheating #AtoZ Challenge



The last few days of the Blgoging from A to Z April Challenge is kinda like the last leg of the Boston marathon: you wanna finish, but you’re sooooo friggin fraggin TIRED!! Tired as you are, you just want it to end.


Not me! But because I know some of you may feel this way, I’m cutting you some slack and i’m only going to show you two books today for the letter X. It’s kind of cheating but whatever.

The first:

Extra Credit













Extra Credit by Andrew Clements.  The cheating is that Extra starts with E, not X. Poetic license.

so DO me something.


I bet you thought I REALLY didn’t have a book for X right?













I do. It’s Xenocide by Orson Scottt Card


Why is this cheating?

Cuz I used the title last year.  There just really aren’t any KIDS books that start with the letter X. Plenty of adult ones, but you know, not within the scope of this thing here.



You’re welcome!


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X #atoz Challenge

X has got to be the trickiest letter in the alphabet to begin a book title with!


…with which to begin a book…

whatever, you get my meaning.

I found two books for you today.  One is a book I used last year; it’s relatively little known so I thought it was worth repeating.

Orson Scott Card Unconventional Librarian

It’s Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.  For those of you unfamiliar, it’s part of the Ender’s Game series.

The next title took me a while to find.  It’s called X-It by Jane George

X-It by Jane George

Punk rock, 1980s, drugs, Manhattan:  Sounds like a fun read! Not sure this is YA so tread carefully.

Do you have any books that start with the letter X?

Books Giveaways

Ender’s Game – An LDS Author Giveaway!

Did you know that LDS (Latter Day Saints aka Mormons) have a long history of writing? It’s true! To be sure, they write alot about their faith, but many of them do not write religious texts and write popular fiction.

The author I am featuring today is Orson Scott Card (YES), author of Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Here’s a brief synopsis of Ender’s Game found on Card’s website:

“Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails. ”

Doesn’t that sound interesting? I hope so, because I have good news: I am giving away my OWN personal copy of Ender’s Game for one lucky winner!  I am teaming up with my buddy Inspired Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer to bring you this giveaway.  She is highlighting LDS authors all month which I think is a FABULOUS way to introduce these great writers (Stephanie Meyer, anyone?).

So here’s the giveaway


LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

I am thrilled to participate in the

LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

hosted by my friend

I Am A Reader Not a Writer

and The Book Bug

Did you know that there are many LDS (Latter Day Saints) authors?

Sure you did:

Stephanie Meyer

and Orson Scott Card

for example.

There are lots more!

This hop appeals to my multiculturalism approach

because I want to include everyone.

It’s a Hop and a Giveaway!

Check back here to enter the giveaway May 11th

and see which LDS book(s) I’ll review and give away!

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#AtoZChallenge: X

unconventional librarian

The blogging from a to z challenge: X

Believe it or not, there are quite a few titles that begin with X

There the X-men comics, which I know nothing about

the X files which I heard of in the 90s.

There is also a book called

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

which is part of the Ender’s Game series.

I’ve not read that one either, although Ender’s Game is  sitting on my nightstand waiting.

Taking a little poetic license,

I’d like to feature

Great Expectations, get it “X pectations”? haha!

What’s so awesome about this version is that it’s a graphic novel!

I spotted it at my favorite book store (and soon to be employer) and thought it was perfect.

Of course, we all know the story of poor Pip who goes from rags to riches to rags (and riches?) again.

A great story, to be sure, but Dickens is difficult to swallow for many non readers.

This graphic novel might be easier for reluctant readers to take on, and that’s a win win!

bring on the next letter…