If your kid is like mine, she tells you the night before that she needs a book for school the next day, and she expects you to magically produce it.
I always chide her for not giving me enough notice. Then I check the library to see if I can pick it up, since I don't want to pay full price at a bookstore.
But she usually needs the book for more than a month, and wants to take notes in it. Fortunately, I have found a terrific used book store, Brandeis Books, in West Boca, which raises money for Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. (my alma mater).
I call first and the volunteers check to see if they have it. They always do. Yesterday I picked up "Animal Farm," by George Orwell. I paid $3.18.
One day I will walk through there and explore. The shelves are teeming with classics and bestsellers. I have many at home that I am eager to donate too. Brandeis Books is at 9050 Kimberly Blvd., 561-852-2650.