Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, 2011.
Cohen, Joshua C. Leverage, 2011.
King, A.S. Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011.
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite, 2011.
Myracle, Lauren. Shine, 2011.
Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. Illus by Jim Kay, 2011.
Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray, 2011.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races, 2011.
Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, 2011.
Zarr, Sara. How to Save a Life, 2011.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Reviewed by: Isabelle T., 8th Grade
What it's about: A young boy that gets taught by a magician that turns into different animals. He then grows up and becomes King Arthur.
Why I picked it up: I have to read it for school
What I thought of it: I thought it was an interesting book, from which I learned a lot about laws and society at that time. It was well written!
I would suggest this for: People who enjoy reading about medieval times.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
We're going to have to order more copies of this book..
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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Lily, Arkansas, seems like a sleepy town where it would be unlikely for anything of note to the outside world to happen. But Cullen’s seventeenth summer is marked by the overdose death of a relative, his brother’s disappearance, and the discovery of a woodpecker thought to be extinct. These seemingly disconnected events collide in this novel which demonstrates that nothing is random. Whaley’s story will absorb readers as they follow Cullen on his journey through an unforgettable summer.
“With plot twists and surprising connections, this is one of those rare books that does not come along often,” said Morris Award Chair Teri Lesesne.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Elisa bears the Godstone. She is a chosen one. What she is chosen to do is unclear, but perhaps her journey to marry the king of a neighboring country in the midst of war will provide some of the answers. Carson weaves together religion, politics, prophecy, and more in this fast-paced fantasy that brings Elisa to a destiny no one could have anticipated.
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
Alex, a junior at an exclusive boarding school, uses his journal (neatly hidden inside a copy of Moby Dick) to relate the disturbing events that led to the drowning of a classmate. Hubbard’s literary references, her creation of Alex’s poems and journal entries, and her storytelling skills combine in a story about the code of silence that often compromises the code of honor.
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
This novel in verse tells the story of Lupita, the oldest of eight children. When Lupita’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, it is up to Lupita to step into a role she never considered taking in her drama class: surrogate parent. McCall’s chapters are exquisite poems with language that sings and stings. Finding hope amidst despair, finding the chance to laugh, and finding the incredible power of family make this a memorable reading experience.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In lyrical prose, Sepetys introduces readers to 15 year old Lina and her family as they are evicted from their home in Lithuania and transported to Siberia as prisoners during Stalin’s reign of terror in the 1940s. The journey is perilous; not all will survive. Lina is determined to document it all in her art and her journal. Sepetys shines a light on a corner of history not often seen in YA literature. The juxtaposition of lyricism in the midst of the horror underscores Lina’s indomitable spirit.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
By John Corey Whaley
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Witty, sardonic Cullen Witter agonizes over the disappearance of his beloved brother, Gabriel, while everyone else in his stiflingly dull Arkansas town thrills to the apparent return of a long-extinct woodpecker. Kidnapping, bromance, arcane religious texts, and ornithology collide in this ground-breaking coming-of-age tale.
“Straightforward, yet increasingly complex, this novel masterfully weaves together themes of brotherhood, friendship, loss and religious obsession,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Helmrich.
2012 Honor Books
Why We Broke Up, written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
In this beautiful piece of bookmaking, heartbroken movie obsessive Min Green dumps a box of relationship ephemera on ex-love Ed Slaterton’s porch, each item attached to a raging, loving, insecure and regretful letter explaining how each memento contributed to their breakup.
The Returning, written by Christine Hinwood and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA.
A large cast of characters from two fictional kingdoms recover from a drawn-out, brutal war in a portrait both sweeping and specific as it explores the ramifications of the conflict on Cam, the only one who lives to return to his village.
Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Spurred by the mysterious death of a schoolmate, Charlie confronts racism and his fears as he learns about family, friendship and love in the oppressive heat of small-town 1960s Australia. Silvey weaves themes of freedom and loyalty with moments of humor in this wrenching novel.
The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
A bloody, intoxicating horse race on the Island of Thisby is the backdrop for this atmospheric novel. The heart-pounding story pits two teens against death – to win is to survive.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is the first day of the Chinese (Lunar) calendar. Celebrated by Chinese people around the world, it is a major holiday where friends and family gather for a reunion dinner and celebration. Red clothing is worn to ward away evil spirits and bad fortune and new clothing symbolizes starting the year anew.
Today starts the year of the Dragon! Interested in Dragons in Fiction? Try some of these...
Dragons of Darkness
Voices of Dragons
The Dragon's Apprentice
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Get ready with a FREE practice test by Kaplan Test Prep at the library!
SAT Practice Test
Sunday, February 5
1 - 5 pm
ACT Practice Test
Saturday, March 3
9:30 am -1:30 pm
Only 30 spots for each test. Call to register: 843-3833 x121.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Reviewed by: Julie C. Grade 11
What it's about: A girl who finds she can see ghosts. She discovers that her dad isn't her dad; her real dad is haunting her. And she is shipped off to summer camp with supernatural beings when everything goes caput.
Why I picked it up: I was shopping and it looked cool and cheap.
What I thought of it: I really Like it. It's a new take on supers where they aren't old and experienced. They are teens who don't really have a clue how to live.
I would suggest it for: Anyone who likes supernatural books.
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Monday, January 16, 2012
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Reviewed by: Leah M., Grade 7
What it's about: The book is about a clique of girls going into 7th grade. When a girl moves in to Massie's quest house it's a different story.
Why I picked it up: I picked it up because my sister read it in middle school.
What I thought of it: I thought it was very realisistic and it showed middle schoolers that you shouldn't set this example in school.
I would suggest this for: I would suggest it for kids almost ready to go to middle school.
Check out the rest of The Clique series too!
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Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
What do you think about Friday the 13th? Or even just the number 13? Lucky or unlucky?
Check out these titles from our collection featuring the number 13...
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Reviewed by: Abbie T., Grade 7
What it's about: A girl with a secret is shunned by her friends after she called the cops on a party after her 8th grade year ended.
Why I picked it up: It's a well known book.
What I thought of it: The world needs more books like this.
I would suggest this for: I would recommend this to survivors of sexual abuse, ages 12 and up.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Reviewed by Abbie T., Grade 7
What is it about? A girl is taken to a foster home in Molching, Germany, in 1939. Liesel soon comes to realize what Hitler is about, while her foster parents hide a Jew in the basement. Liesel begins to steal books, and steals 14 in all.
Why I picked it up: I had heard people talk about it.
What I thought of it: It is a refreshing perspective of WWII from inside Nazi Germany, and how the narrator is death.
I would suggest it for: I would recommend this to World War II fanatics, grades 6 and up.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
What it's about: A boy named Billy Bannister and a girl named Bonnie Silver who discover that they are half dragon.
Why I picked it up: Two friends recommended it.
What I thought about it: I LOVED it! The four book series is funny, exciting, and has realistic characters.
I would suggest it for: 11 and up. For dragon lovers.
Want to check it out? Look for it here!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
For those of you looking to pick up something to read, the library recently acquired a book in their YA Non Fiction collection called Playing to Win: Becoming the Champion. The author, David Sirlin, is one of the more respected game theory designers and writers especially for his work in Street Fighter. The book is a great read for competitive players in any game, not just Super Smash Bros.
The link to the book can be found here in the library catalog: http://catalog.lawrence.lib.ks.us/record=b1354297~S2
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Kind of music: Religious
Sounds like: Toby mac, Francesca Battistelli
Why I picked it up: I had heard one of her songs before.
What I thought of it: It's helped me cope with a lot of stuff.
What was your favorite song and why? I liked "Headphones" because when I felt alone I would listen to it and it would make me feel better.
Reviewed by Abbie T., Grade 7