This is so long overdue, I don't even want to know what my fines would be! One of my favorite books from last year!

 “Maybe… they are stocking high schools across the country with hot young librarians as part of a massive literacy initiative.”

Michelle Knudson is the author of 44 books for “young readers of all ages”. This includes New York Times Best Sellers Library Lion and The Trelian series. She graduated from Cornell University and later from The Vermont College of Fine Arts with her MFA. Knudson started to write professionally while working as an editorial assistant in the children’s division of Random House.

Librarians are not known to be young or hot, so Cyn Rothschild understands when her best friend Annie starts to go all goggled-eyed over Mr. Gabriel. High school libraries (or any other library for that matter) don’t get new, hot, young librarians. And then she meets him and become even more suspicious. The librarian is eeeviiiil. Things start to go bad; very, very bad; then slightly better when her crush, Ryan, starts to help plan the evil librarians’ downfall, and then go very, very bad again. And that brings the story back to Sweeny Todd.

As a librarian of the non- evil variety, I had to read Evil Librarian. Knudson didn’t disappoint. So why should you read another good versus evil book with a teen heroine?

  1. Cyn Rothschild. A strong heroine that is a breath of fresh air. She’s relatable to girls of all ages; she’s funny, geeky, strong-willed, and creative.
  2. There is the high school stage performance of Sweeney Todd in which she holds the position of Stage Manager. And the all-important chair. Will she get it right? AND done in time for the performance?
  3. The uber cute star of the show, Ryan Halsey that she is majorly crushing on
  4. A LOT of teacher trouble.
  5. Wickedly funny
  6. Twists and turns (and a few flips)
  7. Shenanigans. They make everything better.

March 3, 2015

 

 

“Women have no place in the world of the dragon magic. It is said they bring corruption to the art and do not have the physical strength or depth of character needed to commune with an energy dragon.” Author IntroductionEON

Eon, and its sequel Eona, are the latest books by Alison Goodman. Goodman lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband. While attending Melbourne University she held a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship. This award offers residency to emergent Australian authors to University’s Australian Centre.  Goodman also holds a Master of Arts and has taught creative writing at post graduate levels and mentors a small group of writers. Goodman’s has several young adult books in addition to adult fiction.

Goodman’s detail and research into the Ancient Eastern Asian cultures offers a backdrop for her own fantasy world of vivid detail, rich color, and a story driven by many characters. Her description of clothing, architecture, magic and fighting maneuvers will play as a movie in your head. Goodman has develops a fantasy world that is rich in history, character, and intrigue. With each character introduction, with their development, and at each new twist to the story, the reader will be lead on a journey that develops into much more than a show of magic and martial arts ability. Although descriptions will seem dry and unneeded during parts, she builds on these parts to move the story along at a faster rate in more action packed scenes.

Eon is twelve years old, a Dragoneye candidate, crippled, and has trained years in magic, swords, and martial arts. His situation has made him determined and resolute. Eon is actually Eona, a sixteen year old girl, entering a man’s world. She is entering a world of political and magical intrigue; working her way through whom to trust, how to keep true to herself. She is the perfect literary role model for girls; unsure of her strengths as a young girl she learns that being a female is not a hindrance, but a strength. Being handicapped does not mean you are weak; just that you have to be smarter, both mentally and physically.

Awards Won
Winner of the 2008 Aurealis Ward, Best Fantasy Novel
Honour Book 2008 James Tiptree Jr Award
Notable Book 2009 CBCA Awards
Shortlisted 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
Shortlisted 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
Shortlisted 2008 Western Australian Premier’s Literary Awards
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Bank Street College Best book of the Year

“And all along, the tiny gold kernel of my power had been locked within me, waiting.”

December 12, 2014

 

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Children's
Young Adult

Juvenile New Books

Slowly, slowly, we’re getting books in! Come in and check them out!

A side note… BLUE HEN VOTES ARE DUE October 31, 2014 by 5 PM! We still have a couple on the shelf, come on in and check them out! Keep up the good reading!  

SailsTheHighCheeseRiff Raff Sails the High Cheese by Susan Schade (Ill. By Anne Kennedy)

Shiver me whiskers! Someone has stolen the mice pirates’ most valuable loot: a great big chunk of cheese! Captain Riff Raff and the gang set out to retrieve the stolen booty, but can the cheese be seized?

With colorful illustrations from Anne Kennedy and lively text from Susan Schade,Riff Raff Sails the High Cheesestrengthens reading skills for beginning readers and buccaneers. Mice pirates and young readers use rhyming words and simple wordplay to solve the mystery of the missing cheese.

Riff Raff Sails the High Cheeseis a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

ChalksOneUpAmelia Bedelia Chalks One Up by Herman Parish (Ill. By Lynne Avril)

When Amelia Bedelia's mother is having a "gray day," Amelia Bedelia knows just what to do to make it brighter. As soon as her mother leaves to go shopping, Amelia Bedelia gets to work on a huge, multicolored sidewalk chalk mural. She enlists her friends and neighbors to help do chalk drawings on her sidewalk, front walk, driveway, fence, and even on the trees and sides of their house. Chalk one up for Amelia Bedelia in this Level 1 I Can Read about teamwork and creativity. Chalk One Up is just right for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

MartinsBigWordsMartin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (Ill. By Bryan Collier)

By using simple, direct language -- much of it King's -- the text offers young readers an accessible yet profound introduction to King's legacy. It explains that as a child, he listened to his minister father's "big words" and vowed to inspire others with such words when he grew up. The book's final sentence: "His big words are alive for us today," testifies to King's success -- and to the timeless importance of this great leader's ideals. As further inspiration for interested readers,Martin's Big Wordsincludes a list of significant dates as well as a bibliography of resources for them to explore.(Jamie Levine)

ToDareMightyThingsTo Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport (Ill. By C.F. Payne)

President Theodore Roosevelt is known as "the man with a plan," the "rough rider." His figure stands tall in American history; his legacy stretching him to larger-than-life proportions.

In her moving picture book portrait, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport uses her well-honed approach of personal quotes and vivid prose to spin together the tale of a sickly boy who became a monumental man. Coupled with C. F. Payne's dramatic artwork, the story of President Teddy, touchstone of American history, is brought to life.

TBTheAbductionTBTheAccusedTheodore Boone Series by John Grisham

Meet Theodore BooneIn the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone-who knows April better than anyone-has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

Theo Boone might only be thirteen, but he's already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend's abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet.

October 23, 2014

 

Don’t you just love the smell of NEW BOOKS? This Librarian does, and she’s sharing!

As an FYI the book descriptions and pictures are all found on GoodReads, my go – to book site! It’s a great place to keep track of the books I’ve read, or want to read!

Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape by Danica McKellerHotXGirlsGetCurves

Parent’s, you might be saying to yourself, “she looks familiar…” and you’d be right, and the show was The Wonder Years.

Hot X: Algebra Exposed tackles algebra: the most feared of all math classes and the most common roadblock to high school graduation. McKellar instantly puts her readers at ease, showing teenage girls-and anyone taking algebra-how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master topics like square roots, polynomials, quadratic equations, word problems and more . . . without breaking a sweat (or a nail).

Danica provides illuminating, step-by-step math lessons combined with reader favorites like personality quizzes, popular doodles, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life, so girls feel like she's sitting right next to them. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to higher grades and higher test scores. Now, withHot X: Algebra Exposed, the scary veil of algebra is finally lifted, making it understandable, relevant and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.

Girls Get Curves shows her readers how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master the core concepts of high school
geometry, including congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, proofs, theorems, and more!

Combining reader favorites like personality quizzes, fun doodles, real-life testimonials from successful women, and stories about her own experiences with illuminating step-by-step math lessons,Girls Get Curves will make girls feel like Danica is their own personal tutor.

DoingitRight

Doing it Right: Making Smart, safe, and Satisfying Choice about Sex by Bronwen Pardes

Sex.Sometimes it feels like everybody's doing it. Maybe you are. Maybe you're thinking about it. Maybe it's years away. Whatever.

You need to be ready -- in your head, and down there. You have to know the right stuff in order to do it.

Got questions? Who doesn't. "The Sex Lady" will break it down for you.

Does size matter?
How do you prevent STDs?
What birth control options are there?
If someone says they're a virgin, what does that mean?
Am I ready? 
Am I normal?

The more you know, the easier it is to make safe -- and smart -- decisions about sex

Be A Changemaker: How to Start somethign that Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson

We've had the civil rights movement and the women's movement—now it's time for the youth movement.BeAChangemaker

When Divine Bradley was seventeen, he just wanted a safe place to hang out away from gangs and violence, and Team Revolution was born. At age eleven, Jessica Markowitz learned that girls in Rwanda are often not allowed to attend school, and Richard's Rwanda took shape. During his sophomore year of high school, Zach Steinfeld put his love of baking to good use and started the Baking for Breast Cancer Club.

Gone are the days when kids were supposed to be "seen and not heard." Today, youth everywhere are rising up, building new organizations, and creating the changes they want to see in their communities and around the world. Be a Changemaker gives readers the tools and confidence they need to affect real change. Readers will learn how to:

- Research ideas
- Build a strong and passionate team
- Create a business plan
- Enlist a savvy adult
- Plan events
- Work with the media
- And more!

Plus, profiles of youth-led social organizations show readers that it's never too early to become a changemaker.

ThirteenReasonsWhyThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

 

Unfriended by Rachel Vail

UnfriendedIn middle school, nothing is more important than friendship.

When Truly is invited to sit at the Popular Table with the group she has dreamed of joining, she can hardly believe her luck. Everyone seems so nice, so kind to one another. But all is not as it seems with her new friends, and soon she's caught in a maelstrom of lies, misunderstandings, accusations and counter-accusations, all happening very publicly in the relentless, hyper-connected social media world from which there is no escape.

Six eighth-graders, four girls and two boys, struggle to understand and process their fractured glimpses into one another's lives as they find new ways to disconnect, but also to connect.

 

PrisonerofCellThe Michael Vey Series by Richard Paul EvensBattleoftheAmpere

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special; he has electric powers. And he’s not the only one, either.
Join Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan as they use their powers and wits to prevent a dangerous organization from achieving its sinister goal of global domination.

 

TheRavenBoysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Another series that has been on my list for a long time…

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

EvilLibrarianEvil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw it, and had to get it for the library! I’m reading it currently, but the Rehoboth copy is available! Come check it out!

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! 

October 22, 2014

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