Sixteen-year-old Stan can think of nothing but making the junior varsity basketball team until he discovers Janine Igwash, and while his thoughts of jump shots are quickly replaced by images of Janine's spiky hair and the mysterious tattoo on her neck, the tension at home grows with his mom's new feckless boyfriend and his dad's sudden arrival with Stan's four-year-old half brother.
Eighteen-year-old Mikey's younger sister claims to have been raped and he seeks to avenge the crime, but when he meets and makes friends with Ellie, the sister of the accused, he complicates the situation considerably for all of them.
A novel inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick. A companion to Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick," in which Una Spenser tells the story of her life, and discusses her loving marriage to Captain Ahab before the white whale took his leg and drove him into madness.
Vocab Builder, has 5 star rating by the Droid marketplace. Vocab Builder also offers more words than most of the other free apps . You can use the app to quiz yourself in a flashcard style of matching words to definitions or matching definitions to words. A good companion to Vocab Builder, from the same developer, is Beworded which is a "Boggle-style" word game.
The next Bagels and Books Club will be combined with the Freshman English Classes.
Second Quarter's selection is Anthem by Ayn Rand.
Parents and students are welcome to attend the discussion which will be held on
Thursday January 12, 2012 6:00 pm in the High School Library/Media Center
In a future world, only one man dares In a future world, only one man dares to think, and love as an individual in the midst of a paralyzing collective humanity.to think, and love as an individual in the midst of a paralyzing collective humanity.
Here's a title that I enjoyed reading immensely. Allende's great historical novel is translated by Hija de Fortuna.
Eliza Sommers, left alone and pregnant in Chile when her love Joaquin runs off to California during the Gold Rush, decides to follow him only to become entranced with her new life of freedom and independence.
Read local author Draper's book set in Cincinnati.
Jericho is thrilled when he's asked to join the Warriors of Distinction, a school club with a fifty-year history and fine reputation for community service. But he soon learns that membership involves a prolonged and demeaning hazing campaign that includes paddling, being led on a leash, and jumping from a second-story window. This well-characterized novel moves with mounting tension to its inevitably tragic conclusion.
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In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
I've been wanting to read this since June. Finally had a chance to start it waiting for a soccer game to begin!
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
If you liked the Twilight trilogy, this series is for you! Check out Shiver the first of the series...
What do you do when the market is glutted with vampire tales? You write a werewolf story instead. Shiver spins a story on par with Twilight (Little, Brown and Company, 2005) only a different monster emerges as the hero. Grace was taken from her backyard by a pack of wolves when she was a little girl, but one, lone wolf refused to let the rest of the pack eat her. From that point on, Grace considered him ?her? wolf and watched for him at the edge of the trees during the cold winters. Sam has been a werewolf for as long as he can remember. Until he met Grace, he lived a silent existence with his pack. But now, something has changed. Told from both Grace and Sam?s perspectives, each chapter takes us into the complexities of their relationship. In these pages we learn how Sam became a werewolf, why Grace was spared and isn?t a werewolf herself, and how love can conquer immense relational chasms. Read Shiver and enjoy a twist on the current vampire/werewolf frenzy. Highly Recommended. Michelle Hudiburg, Instructional Resource Center Director, Pittsburg (Kansas) State University
The next Bagels and Books Club will be combined with the Freshman English Classes. First Quarter's selection is Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Parents and students are welcome to attend the discussion which will be held on Wednesday, October 19th 6:30-7:30 pm in the High School MP Room.
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.
This has been on my reading list and side table forever. It's time I cracked this award winner open.
Slaves Isabel and Ruth are shipped to New York in May 1776. Isabel, overhearing her Loyalist master's scheme to kill George Washington, helps foil the plot. Her role forgotten by the Patriots, Isabel realizes it's up to her alone to find freedom. Anderson's novel is remarkable for its strong sense of place and nuanced portrait of slavery during the Revolutionary War
Fifteen-year-old Kat schemes her way into the best boarding school, hoping to leave the thieving antics of her family behind her, but Hal, a former co-conspirator, appears on campus to tell Kat that a powerful mobster believes her father stole art from a priceless collection, and in order to save him, Kat will have to recover the paintings.
Two superstar authors pair up and really deliver the goods, dishing up a terrific high-energy tale of teen love, lust, intrigue, anger, pain, and friendship threaded with generous measures of comedy and savvy counsel. Though the ensemble cast revolves around Tiny Cooper, “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large,” the central characters are the two titular narrators, who share a name (but don’t meet until partway through) and trade off alternate chapters. One Will has been Tiny’s satellite for years but is starting to chafe at the role—especially after Tiny forcibly sets him up with Jane, an infuriatingly perfect match. The other, whose clinical depression is brilliantly signaled by an all-lowercase narrative and so intensely conveyed that his early entries are hard to read, sees at least a glimmer of light fall on his self-image after a chance meeting with Tiny sparks a wild mutual infatuation. The performance of an autobiographical high-school musical that Tiny writes, directs, and stars in makes a rousing and suitably theatrical finale for a tale populated with young people engaged in figuring out what’s important and shot through with strong feelings, smart-mouthed dialogue, and uncommon insight.
From National Book Award-winner Alexie comes a new collection of stories, poems, question and answer sequences, and hybrids of all three and beyond. In a penetrating voice that mixes humor with anger, Alexie pointedly asks, "If it is true that children pay for the sins of their fathers, then is it also true that fathers pay for the sins of their children?" Many of the stories revolve around the complexities of fatherhood; in the title story, the Native American narrator recalls his alcoholic father's death as he confronts his own mortality, and "The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless" is the tale of an eccentric vintage clothing salesman whose sexual attraction to his wife fades following the birth of their children. The collection also contains stirring defenses of artistic integrity; "Fearful Symmetry" is an incisive account of working as a young screenwriter for a Hollywood studio, and the poem "Ode to Mix Tapes" endorses hard work as the key ingredient behind any creation. Alexie unfurls highly expressive language, and while at times his jokes bomb and the characters' anger can feel forced, overall this is a spiritedly provocative array of tragic comedies. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Here's another "Wow" ! Moon Over Manifest, Vanderpool's very first novel, won the 2011 Newberry Award-ALA's best book for children-not bad for a new writer!! I love the story within a story- set both in the Depression and WWI. Manifest has wonderful, eccentric, well developed characters. This was the perfect book for me to read while in the hammock...
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.
Wow! Bacigalupi's first novel written for teens has won the Printz Award: ALA's best novel of the year for young adults and I can see why. It keeps you turning the page and forgetting to reapply sunscreen. Well worth the sunburn!
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
"Portrays the love affair and marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer from their Chicago meeting in 1920 to their lives during the Jazz Age in Paris, but as Ernest struggles to find his literary voice, Hadley tries to define her role in their relationship as wife, friend, and muse." Follett Titlewave
I'm really enjoying this book!
Three neat things about it:
The novel talks about his summers at his family’s cottage Windemere on Walloon Lake near Petoskey, MI ( I got to tour it during his birth centennial)
This book ties in perfectly after seeing Woody Allen’s new film Midnight in Paris -such a charming film!
For the first time, I downloaded this title from the Public Library on my smart phone! I have a Kindle, but so far, it only allows titles to downloaded from Amazon so this was great that I could read an Ebook from the library!
Sam has dropped out of college and is stalled in a fast-food job in Seattle. Interrupting the boredom of days waiting on Plumpy customers and evenings watching old movies with his friends, a scary guy named Douglas enters Sam’s world. After a few pithy verbal threats, Douglas has Sam beaten and mauled by a sidekick—and later delivers teen Brooke’s pretty blond head to Sam’s door. The good news is that Brooke seems to be in no pain and is as sassy as ever. The bad news, as Sam finds out in short order, is that Douglas is a necromancer and has identified Sam, who hasn’t a clue what his strengths are, as a rival. Before the week is out, Sam finds himself in a cellar, caged with another pretty girl, who is part werewolf, part fairy. And then there’s Ashley, the parochial-school-uniformed 10-year-old who can orchestrate salvation for Sam by using her Blackberry and brains. With fine writing, tight plotting, a unique and uniquely odd cast of teens, adults, and children, and a pace that smashes through any curtain of disbelief, this sardonic and outrageous story’s only problem is that it must, like all good things, come to an end.
Google as verb has come to generically refer to a search for information on the Internet, but with the astonishing growth of the company, the verb has come to refer as much to steamrolling over “old media” businesses from advertising to publishing to news gathering. Veteran reporter Auletta spent two and a half years researching the phenomenon of Google; its intensely private founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin; and the quirky staff of engineers whose obsession with efficiency led to a powerhouse search engine aimed at helping users find the answer to any question. In the process, Google learned that as it found answers, it also found opportunities for expansion, eventually stepping on the toes of its partners and competitors and provoking government investigation of some planned acquisitions. The company has gone from its messianic philosophy of “Don’t be evil” to being viewed by some as evil (equivalent to Microsoft in villainous potential) because of its size and dominance. Auletta explores the clash of cultures as e-commerce has unsettled old assumptions and business models. Though popular among its users, Google’s image has been tarnished by caving to demands for censorship by the Chinese government and by an engineering mind-set that has made it amazingly deaf to issues of privacy and copyright protection. With profitability that rivals that of any media company, purchase of YouTube, and encroachment on mobile phones and other enterprises, the future for Google looks bright. But Auletta raises questions about Google’s ability to maintain focus as it grows, fight off challenges from competitors and government regulators, weigh the appeal of free access to information and entertainment against the need to make money, and balance its reliance on the algorithms with a more refined sense of the needs of its users and partners. This is an engrossing look at Google and the broader trends in information and entertainment in the Internet age.
Eating the cake her mother has prepared for her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein discovers she has a gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the food she prepares. Soon, every bite Rose takes is filled with feelings—not just her mother’s but those of other people as well—and what might have been a gift becomes a burden and then, perhaps, a curse. Because this is a novel rooted in family, Rose will learn that she is not the only Edelstein with a peculiar gift or burden. How she and others learn to cope—or not, as the case may be—is the small, sad story Rose shares. Bender’s earlier work has often been described as surrealistic; however, this novel seems more informed by a kind of magical realism that struggles with transformation and sometimes—fleetingly—succeeds, as in the case of the novel’s vividly realized Los Angeles setting. But the effect soon fades, and the reader is left only with a lingering feeling of emptiness and the realization that sadness tastes a lot like bitterness.