Thursday, September 29, 2011

A spellbinding tale of ghosts, mystery, and love...

Welcome to York, England, the most haunted city in the world!  Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a tragic secret.  She is hoping for a week  of vacation, not a chance to connect with the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city.  In one week Miranda manages to fall in love for the first time and uncover a very old but deadly secret.  Will she pay with her life?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Banned Books Week 9/24/11-10/1/11

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.  You might be surprised to learn that one of the most protested books in the United States is a picture book about penguins.  Here is a link to an article talking about some of the most frequently banned books in the USA this year:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Most Popular Books on our Express Summer Reading Cart

The past two years, the library has had a one-week loan "Express" Summer Reading Cart, to maximize student accessability to popular summer reading books.  This year, the most popular book on the cart was "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.  Five copies of the book circulated a total of 47 times!  Other popular books were "Bossypants" by Tina Fey, "Before I Die" by Jenny Downham, "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver, "By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead" by Julie Anne Peters, "Catching Fire" also by Suzanne Collins, "I Am Number Four" by Pittacus Lore, "Deadline" by Chris Crutcher, and "Numbers" by Rachel Ward.  If you didn't get a chance to read one of these books this summer, now is the time to check one out and see if you agree with the other teens of Greece!  Another incentive to read "the Hunger Games" is the movie will come out in March of 2012.   Here's a link to find out more about the movie:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fabulous New Fiction for Art Lovers

The new book by the author of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" is here!  For those of you not familiar with the book, it is a rare blend of stunning artwork interwoven with a story.  Here's a link to find out more about the author, Brian Selznick, news of his other books, and the upcoming movie "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".

Friday, September 2, 2011

A journey of survival...

Deo and his friends play soccer with a homemade ball on the dusty fields of Zimbabwe, cheered on by  Deo's older brother, Innocent.  It is a day like any other until the soldiers arrive and the boys are forced to run for their lives, fleeing the wreckage of their village seeking safe haven in South Africa.  Author Jewel Parker Rhodes says the book is "a thrilling, beautifully told tale of survival, brotherly love, and the redemptive power of sport.  Deo is a hero for the real world."