It's time for the district competition for Pinellas County Schools' Battle of the Books, which is in its 12th year. On Wednesday, teams from elementary to high school age will compete in a final quiz game format at the Pinellas School Administration Building in Largo. We caught up with the event's coordinator, Bonnie Kelley, who has served as supervisor of library and media technology for Pinellas County Schools since 1998. She was just elected to the board of the American Library Association as representative of the American Association of School Librarians.
What's on your nightstand?
I just finished Truce by Jim Murphy, who is a two-time Newbery Medal winner. It's written for fourth- through ninth-graders. It talks about the event in World War I when, on Christmas Day, soldiers on opposite sides of the war agreed to stop fighting. They actually walked to the middle of the battlefield and tore off their badges. I was interested in it because my grandfather was recruited by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I.
Can you recommend an adult author as well?
Mitch Albom and Have a Little Faith. I've read his other work, too, and I think he's great. This one is about an 82-year-old rabbi in his synagogue in Detroit and a pastor who was a drinker. He had an epiphany in his life and became a minister.
What makes Albom so good?
My favorite Albom book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven. His stories, the way he writes is thought-provoking.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer