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  1. We Were Liars

    We Were Liars

    This is the story of the Sinclair family - a wealthy east coast family that owns a private island off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. Cadence (Cady) Sinclair Eastman is the main character and storyteller. Something terrible has happened to her, but we don't know what it is and have to piece her story together, as she does, with memories of summers on the island. The ending is utterly shocking when the truth is discovered.

  2. Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

    Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

    This adaptation of a traditional children’s song features a little boy singing as he searches the house for his dog, in order to give him a walk.  (The boy, with his orange hair and circular glasses frames, reminds me a bit of Sherman of “Mr.

  3. The Mall

    The Mall

    The Mall is a psychological horror story that grabbed my attention from the start and held it all the way through to the end.  The main characters, Rhoda and Dan, take turns narrating.

  4. A Spool of Blue Thread

    "A Spool of Blue Thread" is the 20th novel written by the prolific Anne Tyler.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning author casts her words in the direction of family dynamics surrounding three generations of Whitshanks who take turns living in patriarch Junior's home: handcrafted by his own construction company in the 1930's.  Upon Junior and Linnie Mae's passing, Red and Abby Whitshank take residence in the same space on Bouton Road in Baltimore, Maryland.  Here, they raised four children atop the same floorboards where the grandchildren now run.

  5. Girl Underwater

    Avery is on her way back home for Thanksgiving break when the plane she is traveling on crashes into a remote lake in the Colorado Rockies. Out of the 200 passengers on board the only survivors are Avery, Collin, Avery’s teammate on her college swim team, and three young boys. It takes all of Avery and Collin’s swimming skills to get themselves and the boys safely out of the sunken wreckage, but what awaits them out of the water is just as frightening. Their story is told alternating between present day and flashbacks of the 5 days they were trapped in the mountains.

  6. Redshirts

    Redshirts

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just come aboard the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union, for his new posting.  He’s excited about the potential for his career—after all, some of the most famous UU officers are in charge of the ship and a few away missions will improve his chances for promotion.

     

  7. Won Ton and Chopstick

    Won Ton and Chopstick
    Won Ton A Cat Tale

     

    In this twist on the “new baby in the house” story, Won Ton the black cat is introduced to a golden puppy that does not belong in his house. The author’s note at the beginning of the book informs the reader that the story is told using senryu, which is a form of Japanese poetry similar to haiku. Both senryu and haiku have three lines which contain a total of seventeen syllables. They capture a snapshot in time. Haiku focuses on nature, and senryu focuses on human nature—in this book the nature of Won Ton and Chopstick.

  8. The Golem and the Jinni : a novel

    It’s no surprise that Helene Wecker’s first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, won the 2014 Harold U. Ribalow prize. This adult fairy tale reminds the reader of the works of Kafka or Isaac Bashevis Singer. At turns it is funny but it can be dark. The Golem (Chava) is a creature made out of clay and the Jinni (Ahmad), born of fire, has been trapped inside a copper flask for many generations. It’s 1899 in New York City with a focus on the streets and rooftops of Manhattan. Immigrants abound.

  9. !Piensa en Grande!

     An alphabet book that explores self-esteem

    Piensa en Grande,es un libro que cambia la manera de pensar de Vinney cuando el mundo le dice que es muy pequeno. Vinney no puede alcanzar libros en la biblioteca,no puede encestar la bola en el canasto de baloncesto, y otros ninos mas grandes le quitan la bola en el receso. Vinney muy triste le cuneta a su mama lo que le esta sucediendo y ella le aconseja que debe pensar en grande y le sugiere maneras de hacerlo. Desde entoncestodo cambia en la vida de Vinney.

  10. One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

    One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

     

    This mostly wordless, brightly illustrated picture book was originally published in German in 1973.  It asks the question, "One, two, where's my shoe?", and every spread thereafter features shoes hidden in unlikely places. The footwear generally isn't too difficult to spot, making this more appropriate for younger readers, although it may give older students ideas for hiding objects in their own drawings. 

  11. October Mourning

    October Mourning

    I am not usually a fan of poetry, but this book is an exception. Many forms of poetry are used to tell the story of Matthew Shepherd, the University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten and left to die on a fence post in October 1998, merely because he was gay. The poet, Lesléa Newman, writes poems from the perspective of various people involved, as well as inanimate objects (ie. the fence, the road). The result is incredibly moving.

  12. Bear Takes a Trip /Oso se va de viaje

     

    Ésta historia bilingue nos describe el recorrido de un oso y su amigo a diferentes horas del día hasta llegar a su destino final.

     

    Durante la aventura relata lo que va sucediendo desde que se levanta, se encuentra con su amigo y todo lo que hacen antes de llegar al lugar deseado.

     

  13. Cats Are Cats

    Cats are Cats

    Miss Bell goes to pet store buys a cute kitten that has stripes, a tail and a smile so like a tiger, that she names him—what else?—“Tiger.”  But Tiger soon grows out of kitten-hood; as a matter of fact, he is soon as big as a tiger, and even roars, moves and plays like a tiger!  Although it’s obvious to others that this is no ordinary cat, bespectacled Miss Bell still sees Tiger as her beloved baby pet. “Cats are Cats,” she says.” Miss Bell knows that cats love to watch fish, so she returns to the pet store to buy Tiger some of the little critters.

  14. The Nightingale

    Redemptive love and courage under extraordinary circumstances are primary story themes in "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah.  Two sisters, Vianne Mauriac and Isabelle Rossignol, learn that life is not always what one may wish it to be when World War II invades hearts and souls during the German Occupation of France.  The older sister is a cautious, responsible wife and mother, who makes choices based on what feels safe and less consequential.  The younger sister is an impulsive, idealistic free spirit who believes she can save a broken world fr

  15. ¡Quiero ayudar! Let Me Help

     ¡Quiero ayudar! Let Me Help

    Este libro escrito por Alma Flor Ada nos relata una experiencia relacionada con la celebración del Cinco De Mayo.

    Todo comienza con Perico,la mascota de la familia queriendo ayudar en la preparación de la fiesta. El repetía y repetía “quiero ayudar”. Durante los preparativos de la celebración Perico queria ayudar a la abuela y Martita con los tamales, y a los demás miembros de la familia con la decoración, la música y hasta con la preparación de los deliciosos panes preparados por Don Martín.

  16. BirdCatDog

    BirdCatDog

     

    This unique graphic novel invites its readers to read it four times--there are three color-coded rows, one each for Bird, Cat, and Dog.  Read each row across to learn each animal's specific story, then read top to bottom to get the entire story, for all three characters are inter-connected.  The book is entirely wordless, so young children can tell the story themselves, and older students can analyze the story and the pictures.  The bright illustrations have lots of details to pore over.  

  17. Etta and Otto and Russell and James

    Etta and Otto and Russell and James

    I felt as though I read this book from a distance.  I watched this heartfelt story play out from across the broad and dusty farmlands of Saskatchewan and through the dense Canadian wilderness.  Early on, this story casts a spell.  83 year-old Etta sets off on a cross-country walk with the mere goal of seeing the ocean.  She leaves behind her husband Otto to bide his time until she returns, if in fact she remembers to return.  The novel unfolds the couple's history, binding them through letters, sent and unsent.

  18. Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska

    John Green's first novel is a treasure. Set in an Alabama boarding school, the story's main character is Miles, a junior from Florida in his first year at Culver Creek. In Florida, Miles did not have any friends and looks to reinvent himself at Culver Creek.

  19. The Martian

    For what seems to be forever, earthlings have looked up towards the stars and only imagined what travel to another planet might be like.  Such a possibility comes to life in author Andy Weir's debut novel, "The Martian".  NASA has successfully sent two crews to Mars, and America's space program has the world's attention.  However, during the subsequent mission of Ares 3, a series of unfortunate events results in a lone astronaut being left behind.  Though presumed dead, it is soon discovered that a very alive Mark Watley is stranded on the u

  20. A Bouquet of Love

    Niko Pappas, the successful owner of Super-Gyros, has decided to open a second restaurant in Galveston, TX. He leaves his two eldest sons in California to run the original store and moves the rest of his large Greek family to Galveston, TX. The transition from California to Texas is anything but easy for this tight-knit family.

  21. Bathing the Lion

    Bathing the Lion

    Jonathan Carroll’s work is often described as magic realism, but I think Neil Gaiman said it best by stating that reading Carroll is “as if John Updike were to write a Philip K Dick novel.”  

    Carroll’s book packs in a lot of different stories and details, often mixed together. The very pages of the book are thin; the smoky images at the head of each chapter visible through the following pages.

  22. The Mystery of the Missing Lion

    The Mystery of the Missing Lion

     

    This book is third in the chapter book series starring the protagonist of McCall Smith's adult series, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  In this installment, Precious is invited to visit her Aunty Bee who lives at the top of Botswana and works at a safari camp because something exciting is going to happen there.  It would be an expensive trip, and Precious' father is not sure he can afford a bus ticket, but he finds a way for Precious to travel with a cattle buyer he knows.  When the fan belt breaks Precious has an idea to help.  

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