Archive for August, 2019

Podcasts

August 21, 2019

kidlitwomenThere are a number of interesting podcasts for kids and teen literature, according to an article by a former children’s librarian, Gwen Vanderhage, who now works for Brodart. Check this out for a list of podcasts that she has recommended…

I, Claudia

August 20, 2019

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I rarely read a YA book that I find so…wonderfully disturbing (The Female of the Species might be one) as I do I, Claudia by Mary McCoy. The protagonist, Claudia, is so intelligent, independent, strong and intuitive that following her narrative was a delight. Claudia is dark yet funny and tells her story of political intrigue mixed with High school drama.

Warning: there is some intense bullying in this book.

“Disaffected amateur historian Claudia McCarthy never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy, but by accident, design, or scheme, she is pulled into the tumultuous and high-profile world of the Senate and Honor Council. Suddenly, Claudia is wielding power over her fellow students that she never expected to have and isn’t sure she wants.

Claudia vows to use her power to help the school. But there are forces aligned against her: shocking scandals, tyrants waiting in the wings, and political dilemmas with no easy answers. As Claudia struggles to be a force for good in the universe, she wrestles with the question: does power inevitably corrupt?”

Told from Claudia’s perspective as she explains her story to her therapist helps to create drama and mystery to the story and will leave you questioning exactly who Claudia is as a person the entire story.

Adult Summer Reading Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

August 19, 2019

The 2019 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge has come to an end, and the last of the book reviews are in. Here’s what one participant thought about the classic (and #51 of the top 100 books from PBS’ The Great American ReadTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston:

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Star Rating: 5 Stars (Loved it!)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a book that everyone should read at least once. It follows the life of a biracial woman, Janie, in early 1900’s Florida as she searches for independence. The prose is wonderfully lyrical and the novel tackles topics of abuse, discrimination, and marriage with nuance and insight. It left me feeling both melancholic and hopeful, and I can easily see why this novel is considered a classic. 

Want to check out this must-read? Click on the book cover to reserve your copy!

Adult Summer Reading Review: Becoming

August 16, 2019

We’re down to the final 48 hours of the 2019 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge, but the reviews are still coming in! Here’s what summer reader Lyn has to say about bestselling memoir Becoming by Michelle Obama:

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Star Rating: 5 Stars (Loved it!)

This is one of those books that everyone has been talking about and I now know why. It is a very easy read. She writes very naturally about her childhood, college, meeting Obama and her role as First Lady. It depicts her struggles as a woman as well as her strong sense of family. She is very aware of what her parents gave up and supported her for her success and has never lost sight of that. She gives insights to worlds that most of us in Palisades will never know.

Holds are just starting to lighten up on this mega-popular title, which has received many a rave review here at the library. Click on the book cover to reserve your copy!

Lee Bennett Hopkins

August 15, 2019

Time to Shout: Poems for You  My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States

Children’s poet and editor, Lee Bennett Hopkins, died this week at age 81.  Having published his own books of children’s poetry and more than 100 anthologies, Hopkins also has two awards named after him including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.  His titles include anthologies of Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman.  Hopkins’ titles “Time to Shout Poems for You” and “Faces and Places” were two of my favorite books growing up.  His books are sure to be found in every children’s library.   Click on the picture above to find a title in our library system. There’s sure to be one for the special child in your life.


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