Can’t get enough of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series? She has a new series : The Blood of Eden and the first book,released today, is titled The Immortal Rules. Immortal Rules much like the Iron Fey features an amazingly strong young woman who is very quickly given a choice no one would want: Become a vampire or die. Obviously, she doesn’t choose death. The book is fast moving, funny and you very quickly fall in love with the characters. I am becoming weary of so many of the post-apocalyptic novels but this one had a completely different spin on things than any other novel that I’ve read. The ending provides you with just enough closure to feel good but leaves enough unanswered to make you want more. Julie Kagawa is an excellent story teller and I am eagerly awaiting the next in The Blood of Eden series. For a great Q&A with Julie Kagawa click here.
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Enjoy new takes on old fairy tales? Then this one is for you!
“Bewitching can be a beast. . . . Once, I put a curse on a beastly and
arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t. I go to
a new school now-one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago.
I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age. You see, I’m immortal.
And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years-except for when to
take my powers and butt out. I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I
could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread
house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal,
remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished
from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I
don’t even want to think about it. Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably
shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I
think I have just the thing to fix that girl-and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin.
Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching“
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Creating Multimedia Presentations by Tamra Orr YA oo5.58 ORR
“A must-have how-to guide to the vast and vastly complicated world of multimedia research and presentation. This book accessibly guides the young reader through the process of searching for, obtaining, storing, organizing, arranging, and presenting multimedia sources of informationimages, audio, and video for school projects. It also imparts essential understanding about using copyrighted materials and how to safely cite sources. The entire process of synthesizing multimedia materials into a smooth, effective presentation is accessibly explored. Students learn typical teacher expectations and methods of evaluation for such a project. The book includes useful web sites and information about online tutorials and an extensive reading list and collection of resources.“
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Finding reliable search engines for students is an ongoing battle! Having trouble finding the answers your looking for? Try these search engines:
Sweet Search: “SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.
It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on findingDulcinea. We constantly evaluate our search results and “fine-tune” them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university Web sites.
SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only the spam sites that many students could spot, but also the marginal sites that read well and authoritatively, but lack academic or journalistic rigor. As importantly, the very best Web sites that appear on the first page of SweetSearch results are often buried on other search engines.”
Ref Seek: “RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make
academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than
one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and
Wolfram Alpha: “Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers—
not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.” Basically if your question involves a number, this is the place to go for an answer.
Google Scholar: “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.” It searches court records, patent records and scholarly journals. In some cases the results will link to abstracts of books and articles that you will then have to obtain from a library or book retailer. In other cases results will link to fully viewable documents.
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Car Trouble by Jeanne Duprau
“Duff Pringle has bought his first car. (Used.) He’s got six days to drive 3,000 miles cross-country to California and start a new hi-tech job that will make him wealthy. (Sort of.) Nothing can stop him. (Or can it?) Uh-oh . . . CAR TROUBLE. Duff’s Ford Escort barely makes it a hundred miles from home before breaking down. What’s he supposed to do? He’s promised his new boss he’ll be there by Monday. But he’s also promised himself that he’ll make this journey by car, so he can really see the country. Using his laptop and some quick thinking, he pieces together a way to continue his trip. What he doesn’t plan on are the people he meets along the road. There’s Stu, a hitchhiker with a secret; Bonnie, an aspiring singer with a con artist for a mother; two thugs looking for a trunkful of cash; and Moony, the terrier prone to carsickness.“
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Did you know that Freegal has a new look? The site features an improved search engine, upgraded capacity and quicker browsing access to the most popular music. New this month, apps for your iphone and android phones. All you need is your library card and you can download 2 songs per week and they are yours to keep! Make sure you check out the NEWS tab, for great information on upcoming tours and albums from your favorite artists. Go to www.lpld.lib.in.us and click the Freegal link.
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Across the Universe by Beth Revis
(available on Overdrive in Kindle, EPUB, and PDF formats for your e-reader)
“Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed‘s scheduled landing, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.”
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How much information do you share on your Facebook profile? Did you know the privacy settings have changed? If you want to see how much information about you is available online, use sites like http://pipl.com and www.intellius.com to show how readily available your personal information is.
Posted 1 year, 9 months ago at 10:46 am. Add a comment
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (available in audio book/cd)
”At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut– part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.”