Just in Time for Christmas Vacation

Here are some great new books that have arrived in the Learning Commons just in time to be taken out for reading over the holidays.  ENJOY!

Good reads

 

“A Long Walk to Water”  by Linda Sue Park

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“The Way I Used to Be”  by Amber Smith

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“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

 

 

 

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“Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

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“The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

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“One Dark Throne” by Kendare Blake

 

Rodent

Just when Isabelle thinks her life can’t get any worse, something happens to her at school that makes her wonder how she can continue to look after her younger siblings, Evan and Maisie, work at the local mini-mart and deal with her alcoholic mother. It’s more than any sixteen-year-old should have to bear, but Isabelle can’t think of a way out that won’t hurt her brother and sister.

When Isabelle punches a girl at school, only one teacher sees past Isabelle’s aggressive behavior. Challenged to participate in a group writing project, Isabelle tentatively connects with a boy named Will and discovers an interest in (and talent for) the only kind of drama she can control–the kind that happens on the page.

I really enjoyed this book.  It has great examples of dysfunctional families and how the behaviour is perpetuated as well as issues of bullying.  Isabelle is the main character who has to deal with all of these issues and her strength of character is to be commended.  These are issues which quite often are hidden and those who are living it are not always provided the assistance they need to break the cycle.  This is a great book for anyone to read with a strong teenage lead.

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“Sirius”

The remarkable story of a little dog who changed world history.  Berlin, 1938: Sirius, a dashing fox terrier, lives a charmed life with the German Jewish Liliencrons. But, with the rise of Nazism, the Liliencrons decide to leave Berlin for Hollywood.  Sirius takes his destiny into his own hands with the kind of melancholic mirth exclusive to his breed. He becomes a celebrated film star and circus performer, friend to Rita Hayworth and Cary Grant. But, when a magic trick goes wrong, Sirius ends up back in war-torn Berlin. Never one to despair, he finds himself in the Führer’s headquarters as Adolf Hitler’s lap dog… and an informant for the resistance.

This book caught my attention right from the first look at the cover but that is of course because I am a dog lover.  It also sounded like it would be quite interesting because it was dealing with Hitler and the Second World War.  Although it turns out that it isn’t really all that much of a historical fiction book it is a good read.  It’s great to follow Sirius through the different phases of his life, where he ends up and the people he meets (there are quite a number of big names dropped in this book).  There are historical references and in the end it is a really good book that I enjoyed reading.  And as an added bonus this is an excellent trailer for the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvBfxrBEV-s

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“Spill Zone”

Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.

Apocalyptic books and graphic novels are not really my thing so reading them seems like a chore to me. That being said this one draws you in, wondering just what happened in Poughkeepsie.  And what is continuing to happen there as there are talking cats and apparitions. The illustrations are well done and work very well with the text. I wasn’t that keen on the end, like that’s it that’s all.  Guess we will all have to wait for the sequel?  All in all a better book than I was expecting and I’m sure it will be enjoyed by the majority of people who read it.

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