• Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/11/2019

    For those who've read Hatchet, here's what happens if the ending of Hatchet hadn't happened. Non-readers will especially find this book captivating!

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  • I Was Dead For 13 Minutes (And I Want To Know Why) by Sarah Pinborough

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/11/2019

    Influenced by Stephen King and having a wild life story of her own, this author takes our reader through a wild thriller with narrators whose versions of the truth make us doubt how we tell our stories. 

    For people who are into "scary, dark stuff." 

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  • The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/10/2019

    A coder loses his father while he's in the midst of a new technological advance: a sleek, small hacking device. He begins to read about how others--fairies, to be specific--make their own nano-fairy-technology. 

    This is an "easy type of book to read" and "it is filled with lots . . . of action."

    Review by Andriy Farmiga

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  • FreeWill by Chris Lynch

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/10/2019

    In Utah, a 12-year-old is put into a school for "kids with issues." He feels he's really different; but is he? This book is a horror-mystery that may not be "scary" but is suspenseful. 

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  • Crossing by Andrew Fukuda

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/10/2019

    A Chinese-American boy seeks popularity by solving a murder mystery. If you like a good mystery, this book is for you. 

    Review by Drew K. 

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  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/10/2019

    Medina is one of CNN's Top Ten Visionary Women in America; when she's not writing kick-butt novels, she's working to elevate Latinx youth. 

    This story focuses on a Cuban-American young woman surviving her school: insight into the lives of Latinx youth in America. 

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  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/9/2019

    Recommended by Gen D.

    A fictional biography, beautifully and lyrically written, that brings us into a fantastical world.

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  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/7/2019

    Review by Jackson C:

    In the future, what will we have discoverd--or rather, who will have discovered us?

    This is a timeless, sci-fi novel that has won over several generations of readers. It does, thematically, ask us to consider what the future (our future) will look like. 

    Card (b. 1951) received a first-class education and went as far as a PhD (he stopped this program) and was the youngest of six children in Mormon family. He has been outspoken about his anti-LGBTQ stance. 

     

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  • The Baker's Secret (Stephen Kiernan) - Anna P

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 1/7/2019

    In Normandie, Emma rations bread for her neighbors in order to save them while the Nazis infiltrate her country. 

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  • Aditya on The Hobbit

    Posted by MONICA GEBELL on 4/10/2018

    Action, adventure, suspense. . . they're all in this fantasy of a novel, this classic, that has captured readers for decades.

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9th Grade Literature

  • Fences

    Fences

    by August Wilson Year Published:
    This drama takes place in Pittsburgh in the 1950's. Troy Maxson, its protagonist, has made some mistakes: some, too late to correct. He wrestles with being a decent father and husband, with his own past, and with "Mr. Death."

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men

    by John Steinbeck Year Published:
    Set in the Salinas Valley (CA) during the Depression, two men set out to find work and fulfill their dreams. THEMES: Friendship, responsibility, injustice, tolerance.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo & Juliet

    by William Shakespeare Year Published:
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  • The House on Mango Street

    by Sandra Cisneros Year Published:
    Esperanza is a young woman in modern-day Chicago, trying to find her place in her family and her neighborhood. When she encounters some rather wise relatives, she discovers that she has a particular gift that will help her to fulfill her dreams of a new home and a place in the world.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • To Kill A Mockingbird

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    by Harper Lee Year Published: Challenging

    Scout recounts her summers during a volatile time in her neighborhood and town during the Depression in Maycomb, Alabama. Major themes: prejudice, intolerance, social injustice, responsibility, maturity, parenting.

     

    Note: This book is available in our Library.

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Theatre Arts

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    by Tennessee Williams Year Published:
    Former belle Blanche finds herself in a seedy neighborhood in New Orleans, to discover that her sister has married "beneath" her--but somehow, she is charmed by Stanley's animalism. . .

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The Scottish Play

    by The Bard Year Published:
    I'm too supersticious to really talk about it here. I dare you to "Google" the curse of this bloody play!
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