New Great Reads

Hi Everyone, here are some new great reads just in time for the break.  head to the Library and sign one out.

 

Stranded by Jocelyn ShipleyImage result for maple leaf

 

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

 

Dreaming in Color by Melanie FlorenceImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

 

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

 

A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo

 

The Lie by Glasko Klein

 

 

 

 

Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

 

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo

This Place: 150 Years Retold

Explore the last 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in the graphic novel anthology, This Place: 150 Years Retold. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

 

To be honest I did not enjoy this book, I struggle with graphic novels.  That being said it is an informative book with lots of history.  It is a collection of 10 short stories so is an “easy” read that can be picked up for a short time and the illustrations are well done. 

Be Not Far From me

The world is not tame.

Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she’s alone – and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg. 

 

This is a powerful survival book. How far could you go to survive, how long would you last in the woods alone?   Ashley has been an outdoors person her whole life so she is aware of many things that most would not know. She had the determination to stay alive and keep going.  As you read the book you can’t help but wish her well and hope that she is found as each day dawns.

Clap When You Land

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

 

How would you react if you found out your father had another family and life completely apart from you?  This book follows 2 stepsisters as they deal with this situation.  They have led very different lives but they are similar in many ways. This is a great story of acceptance and love showing that it is important to give people a chance to show their personality rather than making assumptions of what they are like, what they have lived through and how they will react.

Stamped

This is NOT a history book.

This is a book about the here and now.

A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.

A book about race.

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

 

I was pleasantly surprised with this book.  Based on the subject I expected to struggle with reading this book but kudos to Jason Reynolds as he has managed to take a tough subject and present it in an easy to read entertaining format. This book is a chronology of racism and the feeble “attempts” the American government has made to overcome racism.

Some New Great Reads in the Library

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Viral by Alex Van TolImage result for maple leaf

Where’s My Stuff? by Samantha Moss

 

 

 

The Stone of Sorrow by Brooke CarterImage result for maple leaf

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Off Script by Kate Watson

 

 

 

 

How to do It Now by Leslie Josel

Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo

Double or Nothing by Brooke CarterImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

 

90 Days of Different by Eric WaltersImage result for maple leaf

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney SummersImage result for maple leaf

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

The Vanishing Deep

Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed. 

 

Ever wondered what the world would be like if there was a great flood?  This book gives a glimpse into what that world might look like.  The reader is propelled into a futuristic world of water and medical advancement allowing for bringing people back to life.  The book broaches the question of how far is too far when dealing with life and death and who has the right to make decisions about who lives and dies.  A good book with action and thought provoking ideas.

Verona Comics

Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.

Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them—that is, when they’re even paying attention.

They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible…unless they manage to keep it a secret.

Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?

 

This book deals with a few topics with the major one being mental illness and how it can affect all around the one who is suffering.  The bottom line is that it can be controlled with help and there is nothing to be ashamed of.  Don’t be afraid to accept help when it is offered. Aside from the mental illness focus this book is a modern day Romeo and Juliet with the coming together of teens from opposing families.  It was a good read where the “geeks” are the main characters. 

Great New Reads to start the year off with

The Bodyguard – Sean RodmanImage result for maple leaf

 

Paper Butterflies – Lisa Heathfield

 

The Sound of Drowning – Katherine FleetImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

 

Thicker Than Water – Natasha DeenImage result for maple leaf

 

Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All – Laura Ruby

 

Before You Leap – Kermit the Frog

 

 

 

The Moment of Lift – Melinda Gates

 

Dancing at the Pity Party – Tyler Feder

Tin Man

This is almost a love story. But it’s not as simple as that.

Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.

But then we fast forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question, what happened in the years between? 

Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living. 

 

This book is written from the perspective of each of the main characters, first Ellis secondly Michael.  The narrative of Ellis each covers many years, jumping back and forth, I found this difficult to follow at times.  Michael’s narrative is taken from his journals and thus follows a more direct timeline.  This book deals with relationships, how they can be interpreted differently by the parties and how one decision can alter lives. Not sure how I feel about this book, it wasn’t my favorite but I get the point.