Long list- National Book Awards

October 5, 2017 by

If you’re looking for your next book to read, referring to the National Book Awards long lists may be a good place to start. The winners will be announced in November. Categories include: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and  young people’s literature.

National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book Awards

The committee also has categories such as “5 Under 35” presenting honors to 5 debut authors under the age of 35.  Visit the web site to learn more about the finalists and recommendations.

http://www.nationalbook.org/index.html

National Book Award Winning  Medal

Deadfall

October 4, 2017 by

2 bookAlex Cooper, Assistant DA of NYC, is back to star in yet another thriller by Linda Fairstein. But this time she is the suspect being interrogated regarding the suspicious death of a highly placed figure in the DA’s office. The title refers to an entanglement, which Alex refers to in the early pages of the novel regarding the murder. However, it has another meaning unknown to her; deadfall is also a hunting term meaning to set up a trap to catch a large animal. Her referral to this term will set her up as a prime suspect. The usual “suspects” are back as well: Detectives Mercer and Chapman, who help Alex in her fight to clear herself in the murder case. A great read for fans of legal thrillers.

When Dimple Met Rishi

October 1, 2017 by

OKAY, let me start off by saying that this book (When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon) is very *cute* and overall very good and entertaining. It has romance, it has humor, it has like-able characters, and it has a great premise.

Dimple is a teenage geek-girl who loves to code and wants to become a web/app developer. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Sort of. They actually send her to camp to meet their ideal-husband candidate Rishi, who is a hopeless romantic and actually wants to go along with his parents’ wishes. Of course when Dimple discovers this plan she promptly throws coffee at poor Rishi and berates him. Except then….she doesn’t. She finds that she likes Rishi and decides to at least be his friend for the duration of camp.

I don’t want to give too much more of the plot away, but I will tell you the downsides to this novel:

  1. Dimple starts off as this bad-a**, independent, and free-thinking indexintelligent girl. But she pretty much gives this up right away. Why?
  2. She is so mean to Rishi….why?
  3. The book glosses over the “Coding Camp” part. Coding is Dimple’s passion and the camp is the setting for the entire book. Yet, as far as actual “code-speak” goes…there is none. The author completely skips her actually doing her supposed obsession in favor of drama with her fellow snobby camp-mates. This would have been a chance for girls who actually code to geek out and read about their hobby.

Despite these things, this book is very charming. The multicultural angle is different (although also underutilized) and refreshing. If you’re looking for something that isn’t too deep, then this is a good book for you.

Banned Books Week September

September 28, 2017 by

The statistics have been calculated for the past year. Here is the latest list of titles along with reasons for the challenges. How many have YOU read??

The 10 most challenged books in the US last year:

1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Reasons: Challenged over LGBT characters, drug use and profanity. It was also considered sexually explicit, with mature themes.

2. Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: Challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit and considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.

3. George by Alex Gino
Reasons: Challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”.

4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Reasons: Challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and “offensive viewpoints”.

5. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Reasons: Challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit content.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Challenged for a sexually explicit scene that might lead a student to “sexual experimentation”.

7. Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
Reason: Challenged because it was considered sexually explicit.

8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk
Reasons: Challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness and being “disgusting and all-around offensive”.

9. The Little Bill series by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P Honeywood
Reason:
Challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.

10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Reason: Challenged for offensive language.

 

Wonderstruck

September 28, 2017 by

Wonderstruck the popular Middle-Grade fiction book by Brian Selznick (Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for his unknown father. Rose scrapbooks a famous silent actress. When Ben finds clues and Rose reads enticing news, the children independently run to New York for what they are missing. Ben’s story in words, Rose’s in pictures, come together in deafness.) has been made into a film! If you have not read the book then its movie trailer will certainly intrigue you. The film is in theaters on October 20th!


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