Allison Rose Lopez, Ferial Pearson and students from Omaha South High will be at the Bookworm at 87th and Pacific this Saturday, August 27th at 1 p.m. to sign copies of their newly-published book, In My Shoes: Teen Reflections on Hope & the Future. Written by two classes of seniors at Omaha South High Magnet School with the support of 29 volunteer writing mentors, the book is the literary answer to the question of what teenagers are dealing with in their lives. In My Shoes is a collection of essays written by the students detailing their fears, hopes and dreams.

The book was produced by The Omaha Young Writers Project using the philosophies of the Freedom Writers and 826 Valencia as inspiration and guidance.

Our of Print is an organization dedicated to promoting classic literary works while helping to give those without books greater access to them via their online shop. Visitors can purchase T-shirts and e-Reader covers featuring reproduced book covers of out-of-print editions of classics like Slaughterhouse Five, Catch 22, On the Road, Invisible Man, The Outsiders and more. Books for Africa donates a book for every shirt they sell, making that $28 (plus shipping) go further. Check out their selection at

Earlier this year, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced that Potter fans would be able to continue their Potterific adventures via a new web site called Pottermore. And that’s about all she said.

The site’s due to formally launch in October, but some folks will get to check it out early. Over the next six weeks, people who signed up for advance access earlier this summer will have access.

Some have already have login information, and one shared their experience with Publishers Weekly. “Pottermore is an elaborate virtual tapestry seamlessly streaming published text, new writings by J.K. Rowling, animated images, and social networking elements, including Facebook links. Unlike the movies, which can be enjoyed even by those who haven’t read the series, this site is best enjoyed by those who’ve read the books. Visitors to Pottermore are even advised to read the books at the same time they visit the site, so as “to make the experience more rewarding,” said the lucky Claire Kitch, who visited the site with her teenage daughter.

According to Kitch,  “One can read backstories about characters, creatures, and objects in Harry’s world, as well as collect treasures all along the way, and even amass points for one’s house.”

For more info on the site as well as a handful of screen shots, head over to

Kyle Tonniges

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