Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What I'm Waiting for Wednesday....

From "Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising--and each other--Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.
In this gripping conclusion to the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without."

I have been waiting for this book, and it finally comes out November 13th. 
Did you read the first two books of the trilogy?

Ally condie has made up playlists for her books - see if you agree with her song choices here:

Monday, October 29, 2012

Middle School Monday: Caught (The Missing Book 5) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Caught (The Missing, #5)
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From "Jonah and Katherine come face to face with Albert Einstein in the fifth book of the New York Times bestselling The Missing series.Jonah and Katherine are accustomed to traveling through time, but when learn they next have to return Albert Einstein’s daughter to history, they think it’s a joke—they’ve only heard of his sons. But it turns out that Albert Einstein really did have a daughter, Lieserl, whose 1902 birth and subsequent disappearance was shrouded in mystery. Lieserl was presumed to have died of scarlet fever as an infant. But when Jonah and Katherine return to the early 1900s to fix history, one of Lieserl’s parents seems to understand entirely too much about time travel and what Jonah and Katherine are doing. It’s not Lieserl’s father, either—it’s her mother, Mileva. And Mileva has no intention of letting her daughter disappear."

Margaret Peterson Haddix has written some great books for teens.  Remember her series "Amoung the HIdden" about forbidden third children in a future world?  Check out her website and some book discussion guides here:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Frightfully Fun Fondue Photos!

Lots of fun making chocolate and cheese fondue tonight with the Tops Cooking School.  Tops will return on December 13 at 6:30 for a class on making Holiday Treats - Join us! We will also create holiday cards and tags with Kim Romig on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 PM. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What I'm Waiting for Wednesday....

What I'm Waiting for Wednesday......

These are items that I am waiting to read, listen to, be published - you get the drift.  What are you looking forward to in the world of books and music?

1. Red Yes - I am a big Taylor Swift fan, and I would love to get my hands on the Delux version of this CD.  I may break down and buy it this week!

2.   The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, one of my favorite books of 2012.  Hope it lives up to my own expectations - due out on Nov. 6th.
3.  Miss Fortune Cookie  This novel just sounds cute and fun - sometimes I like a "light" fun read.  Due out on Nov. 13.
4.  Chuck Close: Face Book  I have this book on order, and have heard so many great things about it.   From "Chuck Close, who is wheelchair-bound and paints with a brush strapped to his arm, discusses the severe dyslexia and face blindness he has struggled with since childhood, as well as a collapsed spinal artery that left him nearly paralyzed at the age of 48.
An engaging feature of the book is a mix-and-match Chuck Close self-portrait section. This hands-on component encourages the reader to create new and interesting combinations of Close’s techniques and images." 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Time Between Us

Time Between Us

From, "Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time." 

If you are like me, and really enjoy stories about time travelers, I encourage you to pick up this book!  I enjoyed most of it, and was able to enjoy the story and the romance that develops between Anna and Bennett.  Part of the story involves a major event "re-do" which I found totally unbelievable, and Anna was a tad annoying in parts, but for the most part I truly enjoyed this book.  I loved the cover, too - gorgeous!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Middle School Monday: Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Liar & Spy
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Liar & Spy is the latest book by author Rebecca Stead, who also wrote When You Reach Me, a Newbery Medal winner.

From "When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?"
 Visit her website at: and learn more about her books!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I'm Reading on Wednesday....

All These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1)
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From "In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic."

I am on page 90 of this book, and loving it so far.  Many people have read Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin for school.  I really wanted to read this book, because the sequel is now at the library - and I need read my books in order!  Here is book number 2 in the series:

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2)
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If you like Gabrielle Zevin's books, be sure to check out her cool website:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Middle School Monday: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)

Are you in the mood for a fairy tale?  Did you read The Princess Academy?

Princess Academy #2:  Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale 

From, "Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting... until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she "should "help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. Picking up where "Princess Academy "left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom."

It's Rochester Teen Read Week!

Meet author Vivian Vande Velde at either Pauline Evans Branch in Irondequoit on Tuesday, Oct. 16 night at 7 pm, or Brighton Library at 7 pm on Thursday, Oct 18 of this week!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hope Solo: My Story

Hope Solo: My Story
Soccer sensation and Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo tells the story of her challenging journey to become a world famous goalie. Her strength and fearlessness have helped her overcome many obstacles, from growing up with an unreliable father to returning to the field after a major injury. In her own words, Hope discusses her relationship with her dad, the mental fortitude and love of the game that he instilled in her, and her continued motivation. Game after game, Hope is driven to succeed. Her charisma and spirit make Hope an unbelievably strong role model for athletes of any age. Hope Solo never plays it safe, and her riveting story proves that sometimes that's a good thing.

This is a special adaptation for young people of Hope Solo's upcoming adult memoir, "Solo."

Are you a soccer fan? If so this is the autobiography for you. Hope Solo is a fabulous goalie, but her life story is quite interesting and inspiring.   Hope talks candidly about her family, her struggles, the comments that got her removed from the Women's National team in 2007, and her eventual redemption. My only complaint is the book was sent to print before the London Olympics, so it didn't cover the team's most recent gold medal performances.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Middle School Monday Pick - Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Almost Home

A Great Pick for Middle School Monday - Almost Home by Joan Bauer

When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar's mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Monstrous Beauty

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

From Booknerd reviews: "Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect…or a curse? With Ezra”s help, Hester investigates her family”s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean — but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago."
My thoughts:  This is not "The Little Mermaid"!  Elizabeth Fama weaves a tale of murder, curses, and the paranormal that emphasizes the more dangerous aspects of mermaid lore.  Two separate stories come together in a tale that begins with Ezra and Syrenka (fun fact:  Syrenka means mermaid in Polish!), and ends with Hester, a modern day girl struggling to figure out the mystery of why generations of women in her family die days after giving birth.  Because of violence, sexual situations, and language, I recommend this book to older teens and adults.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Middle School Monday

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Synopsis (from Author's website):August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
This has been one of the most talked about books of the summer by library staff.  Although perfect for middle school, it has been enjoyed by older students and adults.  Here's an excerpt of the first chapter:  "I eat ice cream.  I ride my bike.  I  play ball.  I have an XBox.  Stuff like that makes me ordinary, I guess.  And I feel ordinary.  Inside.  But I know ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds.  I know ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.  If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all."   Wow.  Powerful stuff!

This book has struck a chord with so many people that it has spurred an anti-bullying movement on tumblr called "Choose Kind". You can click the badge below and read more about the campaign.