Margaret’s September Recommendation

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Collins has written a strong conclusion to her Hunger Games series.  Fans will not be disappointed except in that this is the last book in the popular trilogy.  As in the first two books, there is thrilling adventure, political intrigue, romance, and true friendship.  Yet, this final book also challenges the reader with some bigger questions about the impact of war, even when it is deemed necessary or just.  The book is not,however, weighed down by message, it is a fabulously gripping story.  Teens and adults who haven’t discovered the Hunger Games are in for an intense ride.  As a teen librarian, I am grateful to Collins for writing such a quality series that appeals to both boys and girls, men and women. This series has provided much disucssion and excitement amongst our teens.”

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This book is located in the library at the CALL # TEEN FICTION COLLINS.

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Hadley’s June Recommendation

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

“This was one that I missed when it was very popular a few years ago, but I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. This book has humor, some romance, tragedy, and a very interesting group of characters. The protagonist, Oscar, is a true underdog, and his ‘brief wondrous life’ is explored through the voices of several witnesses to his trials. A few caveats: there is a good deal of Spanish and Dominican slang in the novel, as well as many references to ‘geek’ culture like The Lord of the Rings books. A resource that helped me immensely in finishing this enjoyable book was the Annotated Oscar Wao website.”

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Joan’s February Recommendation

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

“It is a fast read that really makes you think about how the world works. Freakonomics explores the oddities in the economic world, and is written in plain English. It’s informative, fun, thought-provoking, and provides surprisingly insightful answers for questions such as: ‘What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?'”

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You can find this book in the library at CALL # 330 LEVITT

Pat’s February Recommendation

Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

“Don’t pass up this most informative book … GAME CHANGE by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.  You’ll find answers and more to questions re the history of the 2008 political campaign.  It’s based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story. ”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 324.973 HEI

Kimberly’s January Recommendation

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

“This history of one of America’s largest fires at the beginning of the 20th century, reads like an adventure tale.  Teddy Roosevelt’s initiative to preserve large tracts of unspoiled American land, might have taken a different turn if this fire had not occured.  The story of the president, firefighters, and others behind the national parks movement is interesting and very timely considering the green-themed buzz of the moment.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 973.911 EGA

Hadley’s December Recommendation

Push by Sapphire

“I read this a few months ago and thought I’d include it as this month’s selection since the book is getting more buzz now. If you didn’t already know, this is the book that the movie Precious is based on. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the book is outstanding. A bit of background for those that aren’t familiar with the story: the main character of Push is Precious, a 16 year old African American girl who has been abused in every way imaginable. This book is not for the faint of heart. But it is incredibly honest in its delivery, and I found similarities in Push to books like The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, although Push takes place in a modern (80s), urban setting. It is an extremely challenging read, but ultimately an uplifting one.”

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or Find It in the library under FICTION SAPPHIRE.

Susie’s November Recommendation

Just when I thought I'd dropped my last eggJust When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg by Kathie Lee Gifford

This biography by Kathie Lee Gifford is light and enjoyable.  She tells little stories about her life and she sees the fun in everything, especially herself.

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You can find this book in the library at Call Number BIOGRAPHY GIFFORD in with the new books.