Author Archive

March 1, 2020

I love a good Harry Potter podcast (as you all may know). I’ve slowly  been working my way through them over the years but this one is new to me! Check it out:

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Goodbye Perfect

February 25, 2020

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Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard is a great and different perspective on things we hear about in the news every day: inappropriate relationships with teachers and students.

Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a complete shock when, five days before the start of their GCSEs, Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about. And it’s the last person she would ever have expected. Her teacher. When the police ask Eden for help – she in unsure where her loyalties will lie and she is forced to question what she thought she knew was right.

Often stories like this are from the first-hand perspective – but hearing from a friend who is witnessing the situation is interesting. A good read for Teens.

 

The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time

February 11, 2020

Whether or not you are in love this Valentine’s “season”, it is still always fun to read “the greats” confess their love. I’ve been working my way through The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time and getting in the spirit. I’ll be honest – I tried a few different “love letter compilations” and this one was the best so far.

So go get inspired!

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Mary Higgins Clark

February 2, 2020

Famed author Mary Higgins Clark has passed away at the age of 92. I have never read her books, but as someone who does cataloging I am extremely familiar with her books and am aware of how popular she was and how many readers’ lives she has touched. Click on the article for a wonderful article about her life and work and in the mean time click the image to read her last published book Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry:

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2020 Printz Award

January 28, 2020

The 2020 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults has been announced! And the winner is…..

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Dig by A.S. King!!! Now, I must admit, that even though I have always loved King’s books…I did not read this one this year! Be sure to click on the image to get your copy. I am certainly putting it on my TBR list immediatly. If you are wondering what the book is about:

“The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family’s maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they’ve declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grand children. “Because we want them to thrive,” Marla always says.

What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby’s drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamaica between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a doublewide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest.

As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings precious white suburban respectability begins to spread, the far flung grand children gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.”


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