October Mourning; A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
This one just arrived on my desk this week, and I was looking for a quick read. What a moving tribute. It is a collection of poetry (91 pgs), and took less than an hour to read. In this case, it clearly is a case of quality over quantity. Matthew Shepard was the victim of a horrible hate crime in the fall of 1998. Five days after his murder, the author, Leslea Newman, was to arrive on the University of Wyoming campus to deliver a keynote speech for their Gay Awareness Week. Poems from the perspective of the fence he was tied to, from the truck who transported him, from the deer that laid next to him, to the bartender who was perhaps the last person to show kindness to him. Check out a copy and share it with your friends. We can only stop hate crimes by education, and never forgetting the story of Matthew Shepard. For more information please visit the website www.matthewshepard.org .
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Independent Study (the Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau
The first book in this series was eerily similar to the Hunger Games. The country has been divided into colonies that are struggling to survive after the Seven Stages of War. All students strive to work hard and earn an opportunity to pass The Testing. Malencia (Cia) Vale makes it through The Testing in book one, although not without some damage. Book 2, Independent Study, sets this series apart from the Hunger Games. It picks up with her entrance exam for the University at Tosu City. Students do not get to choose, but rather are assigned a course of study, based on their test results. Cia is chosen to go into Government service. The more she learns, the more disillusioned she becomes and finds it harder and harder to follow the rules. The author is such a good storyteller, that the similarities stopped mattering. I love the characters, and feel connected to them, and am eagerly awaiting a copy of Graduation Day!
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
After finding this on a number of must-read lists this summer, I decided it would make a great weekend read. I didn’t read any reviews prior as I would rather jump in cold and not have any preconceived ideas about the book. I was immediately drawn to the characters. Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from old east coast money and has a problem. She doesn’t remember. Throughout the course of the book, debilitating migraines and painkillers rule her world. As the summer progresses you eventually gain the details to the event that so badly damaged her and her romance with Gat. E. Lockhart does a fantastic job of giving you just enough information to make a guess as to the cause of the trauma, and I can tell you, I was way off base. The ending felt like a punch to the stomach. Excellent read – 5 stars!
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Join the summer reading club at the Lawrenceburg Public Library District! Record the time you spend reading from June 2-July 26 and earn a free book, prizes, and a chance to win an E-Reader!
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If you are a teen and looking for some inexpensive entertainment this summer, the Lawrenceburg Library is the place for you!
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Are you a fan of Margaret Stohl’s other books? (Beautiful Creatures Series written with Kami Garcia) Then you are definitely going to want to check out her newest series Icons. The next book in the series Idols comes out in July.
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We’ve got some great new titles in the YA Non-Fiction section. Here’s just a few:
By McClafferty, Carla Killough
“When the 1905 football season ended, nineteen players were dead and countless others were critically injured. The public was outraged. The game had reached a make-or-break moment—fourth down and inches. Coaches, players, fans, and even the president of the United States had one last chance: change football or leave the field.
Football’s defenders managed to move the chains. Rule changes and reforms after 1905 saved the game and cleared the way for it to become America’s most popular sport. But they didn’t fix everything. “
Award-winning author Carla Killough McClafferty takes readers on a bone-crunching journey from football’s origins to the latest research on concussion and traumatic brain injuries in the sport. Fourth Down and Inches features exclusive photography and interviews with scientists, players, and the families of athletes who have literally given everything to the game. (Amazon)
YA 617.481044MCC and ebook
By Sandler, Martin W.
While Americans fought for freedom and democracy abroad, fear and suspicion towards Japanese Americans swept the country after Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Culling information from extensive, previously unpublished interviews and oral histories with Japanese American survivors of internment camps, Martin W. Sandler gives an in-depth account of their lives before, during their imprisonment, and after their release. Bringing readers inside life in the internment camps and explaining how a country that is built on the ideals of freedom for all could have such a dark mark on its history, this in-depth look at a troubling period of American history sheds light on the prejudices in today’s world and provides the historical context we need to prevent similar abuses of power.
- (McMillan Palgrave)
YA 940.531773 SAN
By Stone, Tanya Lee
Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought against little-known attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II, and “proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability.” – (Baker & Taylor)
A 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
YA 920.928 STO
By Swanson, James
A dramatic account of the 35th president’s assassination is presented in the author’s signature “you are there” style and imparts the urgent pace and riveting details of key events while sharing informative back matter and archival photos. – (Baker & Taylor)
YA 973.922092 SWA
By Bascomb, Neal
Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust. – (Baker & Taylor)
YA 364.151092 BAS
By Dotson, Alison
Part memoir, part self-help for teens, Being Me with OCD tells the story of how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) dragged the author to rock bottom—and how she found hope, got help, and eventually climbed back to a fuller, happier life. Using anecdotes, self-reflection, guest essays, and thorough research, Dotson explains what OCD is and how readers with OCD can begin to get better. With humor, specific advice, and an inspiring, been-there-beat-that attitude, readers will find the book simultaneously touching and practical.
- (Free Spirit)
YA 616.8522700835 DOT & ebook
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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Click the cover to link to a book trailer and the title to reserve a copy!
Lina is a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941 when the Soviets arrest her family. They
sentence her father to death and send Lina, her mother, and her 10-year-old brother,
Jonas, to prison camps in Siberia. Amid the brutal conditions in the camps, the only
thing that keeps Lina going is the love of her family and her art.
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Wednesday March 5, 2014 – at 6:30 we’ll be meeting in the Computer lab . For Teens and Adults please register online.
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Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
The thrill of being home alone suddenly diminishes for Alex when a Super Volcano erupts in Yellowstone, spreading ash and darkness throughout the United States. Alex begins a journey in the darkness and falling ash to find his parents, only to discover a suddenly violent new world. With the help of a girl he meets, Darla, he uncovers new strengths and skills to survive this new world.
Click on the cover to view the trailer or the title to reserve a copy.
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