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!
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.
“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 Inchesfeatures exclusive photography and interviews with scientists, players, and the families of athletes who have literally given everything to the game. (Amazon)
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 Culling information from extensive, previously unpublished interviews and oral histories with Japanese American survivors of internment camps, Martin W. Sandler gives an in-depth account of their lives before, during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.
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 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)
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)
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, buy 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.
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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.
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.
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Have you had a chance to read the Eliot Rosewater nominees for 2013-2014? The first on the list is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. 16-year-old Anna is not looking forward to spending her senior year at a French boarding school in Paris. She has friends, a possible boyfriend, and a life, but her father won’t hear any of her protests, so off she goes. Once in Paris, Anna meets some of her fellow students and begins to make friends. She also finds herself falling for Etienne, a French boy with a girlfriend, so Anna tells herself she is content to just be his friend.
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How many wires and gadgets are in Wiress’ stash? Stop in the YA room at either building to enter your guess for a chance to win a goodie bag of Hunger Games items! Contest for grades 7-12, one entry per person. Contest runs through November 23, and the winner will be the person closest to the actual number without going over.