“Under the Udala Trees”

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

Under the Udala Trees uses one woman’s lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.

This is a good story in that it provides a glimpse into a different culture with different beliefs.  When reading this book one is able to see how drastically people’s lives are affected because of the society in which they live.

image taken from Goodreads

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New Books

Some recent additions to the Library collection are:

Scam – Lesley ChoyceImage result for maple leaf

Stepping Out – Laura LangstonImage result for maple leaf

The Goddaughter Caper – Melodie CampbellImage result for maple leaf

When Blood Lies – Linda L. RichardsImage result for maple leaf

Love and Fear – Reed Farrel Coleman

Playing with Fire – Gail Anderson-DargatzImage result for maple leaf

Spirit Level – Sarah N. HarveyImage result for maple leaf

Why I Didn’t Say Anything – Sheldon KennedyImage result for maple leaf

Between the Spark and the Burn – April Genevieve Tucholke

So head to the Learning Commons and sign out one of these great new additions.

“Six of Crows”

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

This is a great book.  I wasn’t too sure about it in the beginning because it isn’t the type of book that I would normally pick.  The whole fantasy thing is just not me; or so I thought.  But as it turns out I was very quickly drawn into the story and the characters.  I’m now very much looking forward to reading the sequel to find out exactly what happens.  Check out this great trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSC39371rMg.

Image taken from Goodreads

Image taken from Goodreads


Since 1980, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a provincial Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program. The TREX program strives to ensure every Albertan is provided with an opportunity to enjoy fully developed exhibitions in schools, libraries, health care centres and smaller rural institutions and galleries throughout the province. The TREX program assists in making both the AFA’s extensive art collection and the work of contemporary Alberta artists available to all Albertans.  TREX

Eagle Butte High School is pleased to present “When We Were Young” which features the works of 5 talented female artists from Medicine Hat who were asked to respond to the theme “when we were young”.  The works explore the innocence and joy of childhood.  Drop in to the Learning Commons before December 7 to view this great exhibition and provide feedback to the artists.

“Punch Like A Girl”

It’s not the girl in the fight; it’s the fight in the girl.

Nobody understands why Tori has suddenly become so moody and violent. When she attacks a stranger in a store, she ends up doing community service at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She bonds with a little girl named Casey, but when Casey is abducted while in Tori’s care, Tori is racked with guilt, certain that she should have been able to prevent the abduction. During the search for Casey, Tori comes face to face with an ex-boyfriend who sexually assaulted her at a party. Only when she speaks out about the assault is she able to begin to heal.

This is a great book dealing with a sensitive subject.  It shows the importance of telling someone your story for your own well-being and the safety of others.  I found it to be a fairly quick read.  Check out these trailers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO1_-8JlG1M and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9sWaQ_MmVs.

Image taken from Goodreads

Image taken from Goodreads

What IS the HIT List?

You may have heard the words “The HIT List” but aren’t quite sure what it is.  Well it is a reading initiative put forth by the Eagle Butte High School Reading Committee with the goal of creating a school culture that makes reading a desirable and worthwhile activity.

The HIT List consists of 10 books which include some Canadian authors, fiction, non-fiction and a graphic novel.  Basically there is a book for every taste and reading level.  The book titles are chosen by a group consisting of members from Eagle Butte High School, Medicine Hat High School, Crescent Heights High School, Medicine Hat Public Library and Medicine Hat College Library.

Every book that a student reads is equal to 1 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 Ms. Anton, answer a couple of questions and you’re in.  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.