Saturday, May 26, 2012

How do I find...BOOK LISTS?

They can be found in two places, depending...

Are you looking for the book lists for REQUIRED SUMMER READING from your schools? We do our best to get these from your teachers. So far, we only have the reading lists for AP and Honors English for John Burroughs High. We post them on our WIKI. Go here and scroll down to "Local School Reading Lists." (And while you're there, check out all the other links!) We also have a NOTEBOOK at the Reference Desk with these lists in them, if you're in the library.

Looking for something to read FOR FUN? Want to see some lists of, say, dystopic fiction, or retold fairy tales, or zombie books? Historical fiction, soft reads, supernatural stories, edgy titles? You can go here to see lists just for TEENS from our online catalog. (And we have printed copies of these in the libraries.)

Also, the book lists we have created for your Teen Summer Reading Program GOODIE BAGS can also be found there: Dark Fairies, Dark Futures, Read the Night! They are all labeled (Summer Reading 2012). If you choose to do our TRIVIA CHALLENGE this summer, you will become more familiar with these! (That's a hint...)

You never have to say "I don't know what to read next" again!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What We're Reading: Sequels

With the huge influx of SEQUELS into the library this past week, it's time to catch up with some characters and stories!

BIRTHMARKED, by Caragh O'Brien (2010) features a dystopian future in which there is the Enclave (the privileged, who live inside the wall), and everyone else (outside the wall), who exist to serve those of the Enclave. Gaia Stone lives outside the wall, apprenticing with her midwife mother by helping her to deliver babies and then assisting her to deliver to the Enclave the first three children born every month. Why, you ask? Well, that's part of the mystery. But when her parents are arrested for sedition, Gaia decides to break into the Enclave to save them before they can be executed. She develops a bond with one of the Enclave soldiers, and...but that would be telling. You will have to see what happens to them in book two...

PRIZED (2012). Well, what can I tell you without spoilers? Yes, Gaia gets away (well, you knew she would, because it's a TRILOGY, and she's the protagonist, right?), and she finds her way to a different kind of community, Sylum. Now an enclave is a place that both includes and excludes people (for whatever reason), while an asylum is a place where they take you in and protect you...but Sylum has its own set of problems. It's a place where Gaia's skills and her gender are appreciated a lot more than they were by the fact, maybe uncomfortably so. This is a community where fewer and fewer women are born every year, and the men outnumber them 10 to 1. (I hear some of you saying "Hey, I like those odds!" But wait...) Furthermore, the women are in charge (it's called a matriarchy). Find out how Gaia fits in, whether she sticks to her principles or turns into a good little clone, and oh, what happens to the handsome Enclave soldier...

The third book, PROMISED, is due out in October.

I liked these books quite well. Some interesting twists and turns, a believable invented world, nicely conflicted characters, some romance, some moral dilemmas....

BONUS: Here is a very interesting article on the MacMillan Publishing website about the transitions a creative director must go through while designing a cover for a book--multiple title changes and all!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Members of ALL THREE BOOK CLUBS are invited to a PIZZA PARTY on Thursday, May 31, at 4:00 p.m., at the Central Library (in the auditorium).

High School Book Club members can pick up their summer book (The Thief, first in a series of four by Megan Whelan Turner).

Since we are splitting the middle school book clubs differently, we were not able to pick our summer books yet. So at the party, we will split up into the 6+7 group and the 8+9 group for a few minutes and vote on summer series for each group. It will also let you meet each other before next fall! (We are also inviting the incoming 6th-graders.)

Once the series are selected, we will order the books and let you know when they are ready to be picked up (probably a week or two later).

Please RSVP by Monday, May 28! If you CAN'T come to the party, you can still EMAIL US and give us your choice for a summer book, and we will count your vote!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

WHAT WE'RE READING: Realistic (?) Fiction

Getting Over Garrett Delaney
by Abby McDonald
319 pages (pretty large type, though)
Realistic fiction--think Joan Bauer, Deb Caletti, Sarah Dessen
Stand-alone (not series)
Ages 13 and up?
Reviewed by: Melliott

S U M M A R Y :
Seventeen-year-old Sadie has been in unrequited love with her best friend, Garrett Delaney, for two years now. Two years of being best buds, sharing movies, books, and jokes, while Garrett dated Julie, then Beth, and Sadie mooned over Garrett, waiting for her chance. She thinks that chance will come this summer--they are both planning to go away together for six weeks to writer's camp--but when Garrett is accepted and Sadie isn't, Sadie is faced with a summer of unsatisfying phone calls and texts. She gets a job as a barista at the local coffee hangout, and after a Garrett-inspired meltdown, her co-workers stage an intervention, helping her to formulate a sort of 12-step plan to get over her obsession and reinvent herself, while retaining Garrett's friendship. But what will happen when Garrett returns?

R E V I E W :
I really enjoyed this book! A story like this could all too easily become too precious, or too cliched, but McDonald stayed well away from those pitfalls and managed to make a rather familiar story fresh and interesting. It has some great observations about relationships and how we change ourselves to meet the other person's expectations and sometimes never stop to wonder how much of what we say and do is self-motivated and how much is a result of trying to be the perfect person for the object of our affection. Both the main characters and the "sidekicks" are written with depth and interest, and the author maintains a nice balance of making us care about their peripheral issues while still keeping our focus directed at her protagonist.

I liked the cover pretty well, although there are several other ways I can think of that they could have gone with the art. I would give this book a four out of five!

You can find this book on the NEW BOOK shelves at the Central and Buena Vista libraries.