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The “Potterverse” Celebrates 20 Years

June 26, 2017

If you are like me and remember “where you were” when you read Harry Potter for the first time (3rd grade, in the bathtub) and are filled with a sense of joy then are you are not alone.

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If you are like me and realize that the first Harry Potter book was published in 1997 and is now celebrating its 20 Year anniversary this summer are are filled with dreadful feelings of being old – then you are also not alone.

 

 

It is hard to believe that Harry Potter has been around for 20 years but not when you take into account the literary and cultural phenomena that it has become with seven novels, many smaller books and guides, a website, a play, blockbuster movies, and many many many toy wands and booger-flavored jelly beans for sale.

Today I am reflecting back on what Harry Potter means to me today and the sense of wonderment that I felt while reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (I had the British version of The Sorcerer’s Stone although I have NO idea why) as I read the entire thing in the tub even though the water had long grown cold. I re-read the entire series once every two years or so and I will admit that as I am now reminded of the 20 year mark, I think that will be my Summer goal.

🙂 Happy Reading.

Teen Summer Reading is Here!

June 23, 2017

2017 SRP teen banner

The time has come! Registration for Teen Summer Reading (students entering the 6th grade-12th grade) is open! Come on into the Library to register and check out our upcoming programs.

The Grand Prize is two four-day passes to the 2017 NY Comic-Con. If you’re going to be reading anyway this Summer you might as well sign up!

My Sister Rosa

June 20, 2017

If you’re looking for a Thriller then this book should fit the bill. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier talks about topics that I previously haven’t read about before in a YA novel.

The book is about Che Taylor, a teen from Australia who has spent his life traveling with his slightly-unconventional family around the world who has now landed in New York City. He loves to box despite his Parents’ aversion to violence of any kind, he misses his friends back home in Australia, and he wants desperately for someone to do something about his little sister Rosa – because he suspects (no, he knows it) that she is a Psychopath. Literally.

Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone (although there have been incidents with animals) yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. Despite his normal teenage woes his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing g

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ames. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?

Rosa’s behavior is truly disturbing and quite frankly so it everyone’s oblivion to it – but that is part of the story. There is more to Rosa’s actions then meet the eye and if you read this exciting psychological story you will find out!

 

The Principles Behind Flotation

June 12, 2017

What is great about young adult The Principles Behind Flotation by Alexandra Teague is that it has major crossover appeal. In fact mindex.jpgost Libraries have it in their adult sections!

The novel is about the Sea of Santiago which appeared overnight in a cow pasture in Arkansas. Most people saw it as a miracle from God. But to high school sophomore A.Z. McKinney, it’s marked her chance to make history—as its first oceanographer. All she needs is to get out on the water. Her plan is easier said than done, considering the Sea’s eccentric owner is only interested in its use as a tourist destination for beachgoers and devout pilgrims. Still, A.Z. is determined to uncover the secrets of the Sea—even if it means smuggling saline samples in her bathing suit. Yet when a cute, conceptual artist named Kristoff moves to town, A.Z. realizes she may have found a first mate. Together, they make a plan to build a boat and study the Sea in secret.

For about the first half of the book I had a hard time getting into it because well….not very much happens. Also the sentence structure/ point of view of the story is confusing at first but I caught on after a couple of chapters.
ANYWAY.
I actually really liked this book. First of all, A.Z. is a great character. She is angsty without being contrite, she truly loves and cares about her relationships with people (i.e. her family), and I think that she understands how mundane everything that is happening around her in rural, Bible belt Arkansas in the 1980s. A.Z.’s point of view allows the reader to appreciate the satire that Teague is trying to achieve with each and every one of her characters. For example: The character Sahara who is A.Z’s earth-and-animal-and-human rights-loving friend who protests literally everything and declares everything that is happening in the world to be “intense” (“being an Aligator is intense.”). I found all of these caricatures to be hilarious, except for one. Kristoff is A.Z’s sort of boyfriend. He is tall and handsome and mysterious and new to town. Throughout the novel his flaky and artistic whims become more and more exaggerated as he slowly captures then breaks A.Z.’s heart. The only downfall of this book was its missed opportunity at addressing the clear mental illness that Kristoff suffers from (OR he really is just a huge jerk). I just thought it was odd that A.Z. wasn’t disturbed by his obvious mental degradation.
All in all, great book. Different, funny, and smart.

 

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)

June 5, 2017

This sequel to Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton is just as thrilling as the first book! Usually, I don’t read too many fantasy novels/series for a couple of reasons,
1) By the time the next book comes out I’ve forgotten everything that happened in the first and index.jpg
2) World building is REALLY HARD in fantasy books and can come off as cliche.
Luckily this series is none of these things. First of all Hamilton puts a “Cast of Characters” in the beginning of the book to remind you of who everyone is and Hamilton has built such an interesting and exciting world. Seriously, you cannot put this book down. The entire book is action. The descriptions of the lands and palaces and the clothing are intricate and beautiful. The characters are interesting and complex.
There were many points in the book where there were plot twists etc. that I had NO IDEA were coming.
I know that I will have to wait at least a year before the next book comes out but…I just can’t wait.

This book picks up pretty much were Rebel left off: When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Guys, if you haven’t started this series yet you MUST!


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