Mariah Delany Lending Library Disaster
By the time Mariah Delany reaches the sixth grade, she's started to come up with all kinds of moneymaking schemes. To her book-loving parents' dismay, she is much more interested in business than books. In a desperate effort to show Mariah the joys of reading, her mother brings her to the library. Mariah gets hooked on books, but not quite in the way her mother had intende...more
Published April 1st 2000 by Turtleback Books
(first published 1977)
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May 18, 2010 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is something I read when I was a wee thing, in the fourth grade or so? Still remember the climactic moment when the main character's father realizes that she's been lending out his book collection was what led me to track this one down again. Not as interesting to re-read, as it seems like it proselytizes for reading a bit. (Not that I have anything against that, just ... it's not necessarily entertaining when you notice it in a story, you know?)
Thank goodness Mariah eventually learns to love books more than business! She was pretty ruthless - and now I have better insight into the motives & attitudes of real-life adults who value money & power more than they do people. But *how* is Mariah saved from that fate? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
I loved this story of a young girl who tries to create a lending library using her father's books (without his permission!). All kinds of disasters follow as she realizes she hasn't completely thought through how the library will work. It's too bad this one is out of print.
Mar 11, 2014 Redfox5 rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Unlike some of these old books I've been reading, I actually remember this one quite well. Maybe it's because it's a book about books or because it's about a kid who has no interest in reading then suddenly finds love for it at the end. I still really like it :) I feel that I'm a bit like Mariah's parents, without the thick rimmed glasses and I would be just as disappointed as them if my child had no interest in reading. Nothing winds me up more than when people say " I don't like books" WHAT!?...more
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