“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  There are historical references and in the end it is a really good book that I enjoyed reading.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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“Shooter”

A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys’ washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they’ve heard over the years. Stuck here with them–could anything be worse?

NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school!
Suddenly, the bathroom doesn’t seem so safe anymore. Especially when they learn that one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…

 

This is an awesome book.  Sooo incredibly relevant to life.  We all hear the sayings telling us to never judge a book by its cover, to not judge people by what we hear about them or what we know about their families.  This book makes one see exactly how true those sayings are.  This story places four students who would never be friends together during a lockdown.  They soon find out that they do have things in common and that even though they may never be “real-real” friends deep down they are really very similar.  They also realize that what they believed about the others because of appearances was not necessarily how that person really was.  I think everyone should read this book it was just that good.

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HIT List 2017-2018

The HIT List is back with more great books and more awesome prizes.  Read a book – get an entry.  Write a blog post about that book – get an additional entry.

What is the HIT List you ask?  The HIT List consists of 10 books of different topics and reading levels so there is something for everyone.  Every book you read gives you an entry into 2 prize draws, so if you read 1 book you have 2 chances to win a great prize…if you read all 10 books you have 20 chances.  But on top of the grand prizes we give out (which in the past have been e-readers and i-pads) we have also had many coupons from various restaurants, Mavericks tickets, Tiger tickets, gift certificates to the Mall and Cineplex so you have even more chances to win, in fact everyone who reads wins something.  So all you have to do is read a book, tell me, answer a couple of questions and you’re in.  And if you write a blog post about the book you read you get an additional entry.  It is as simple as that AND you get the enjoyment of reading an awesome book.  So head down to the Learning Commons and sign out one of the HIT List books.