My name is Mary Thompson and I am a lifelong fan of fantasy books for kids and teens. I've worked in libraries for over 20 years and been able to share my knowledge and introduce many young patrons to the wonderful world of fantasy. This genre lends itself extraordinarily well to series and keeping up to date with them can be quite daunting. I believe that there is a fantasy book out there for everyone, you just need to find it.

I currently review fantasy books and audiobooks for kids and teens for Children's Lit - www.childrenslit.com

Building a multimedia collection for LINCC (Library Information Network for Clackamas County)
Introduction to Manga at OLA (Oregon Library Association) 2007
The magical lure of youth fantasy literature at OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries) 2010 and 2011
Education and Training:
L’Institut d’etrangers. Tours, France (Certificate of completion)
University of Arizona. Tucson. B.A. in History with minor in French and Spanish
University of Arizona, Tucson M.A. in German with emphasis on Pedagogy
German Immersion Programs in Innsbruck, Austria and Taos, New Mexico
Formal language training in French, Spanish, German, Latin and Greek.
Attended the 2008 Focus on Children and Young Adult Institute in Menucha, OR;
Attended the 2009 YALSA Young Adult Symposium.