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Fri Apr 10: what we talked about

posted Apr 10, 2015, 7:00 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Twelve-year-old Mila travels with her father to upstate New York to visit friends and family, who may lead them to clues to the whereabouts of her father's best friend, who has gone missing.
  • Other books by Meg Rosoff:
    • Just In Case (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • Convinced that fate is out to get him, fifteen-year-old David Case assumes a new identity in the hope of avoiding what he believes is certain doom.
    • There is No Dog (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of this assistant, Mr. B who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.
    • How I Live Now (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (VHHS has 2 copies, plus downloadable ebook)
    • A teenaged Nigerian girl and her older brother struggle to cope with life in their tense, stifling household--caused by their father's demands for perfection--after getting a taste of freedom during a visit to their aunt's home.
  • Dorothy Must Die (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head -- so now no one is safe!
  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Fri Mar 27: What we talked about

posted Mar 27, 2015, 8:04 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Mar 27, 2015, 8:23 AM ]

Have a great Spring Break! We'll miss you! Read lots of books!
  • We Should Hang out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist
    • Why was Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: what went wrong? The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here: disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided 'grand gesture' at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
    • Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, book 2 in Mortal Instruments series
    • Sixteen-year-old Clary continues trying to make sense of the swiftly changing events and relationships in her life as she becomes further involved with the Shadowhunters and their pursuit of demons and discovers some terrifying truths about her parents, her brother Jace, and her boyfriend Simon.
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
    • Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is more delighted than scared when a dead bird is found on the doorstep of her family's decaying mansion with a postage stamp pinned to its beak, and a short time later she comes across a man in the cucumber patch just as he is taking his dying breath.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
  • Sophomore summer reading
    • Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
      • The author tells the story of her painful childhood in China where she lived until the age of fourteen with her father, stepmother, and siblings, all of whom considered her bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.
    • Keeper by Mal Peet
      • Paul Faustino learns about world-famous goalkeeper, El Gato's encounter with a mystical mentor named the Keeper, in the South American rain forest and the magical lessons he learned under his tutelage that helped him become the best in the world.
    • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
      • Amir, haunted by his betrayal of Hassan, the son of his father's servant and a childhood friend, returns to Kabul as an adult after he learns Hassan has been killed, in an attempt to redeem himself by rescuing Hassan's son from a life of slavery to a Taliban official.
    • Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
      • Anju and Sudha, cousins in an upper-caste Calcutta family, grow up together, bonded by fate and heart, but their lives take opposite turns when they are urged into arranged marriages, until tragedy brings them back together again.
    • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Nkozi Adichie
      • A teenaged Nigerian girl and her older brother struggle to cope with life in their tense, stifling household--caused by their father's demands for perfection--after getting a taste of freedom during a visit to their aunt's home.
    • The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
      • Two couples living in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban find their lives destroyed by the tyrannical government.
  • Junior summer reading
    • The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
      • The author, a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, analyzes the various sociocultural factors that influenced him as well as another man of the same name and from the same neighborhood who was drawn into a life of drugs and crime and ended up serving life in prison, focusing on the influence of relatives, mentors, and social expectations that could have led either of them on different paths.

Fri Mar 20: What we talked about

posted Mar 20, 2015, 7:15 AM by Monica Tolva

Books
  • The 100 by Kass Morgan, also a TV show
    • In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.
  • Paper Towns by John Green (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
    • Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?
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  • Fallen by Lauren Kate (VHHS has 1 copy, plus rest of series)
    • Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

Fri Mar 13: What we talked about

posted Mar 20, 2015, 6:58 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head -- so now no one is safe!
  • Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn
    • Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Elphaba, born with emerald green skin, comes of age in the land of Oz, rooming with debutante Glinda at the university, and following a path in life that earns her the label of wicked.
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her quirky family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to whisk the family away for Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. There, Penny meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly she is falling in love--and capturing every moment she spends with "Brooklyn Boy" on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover--and her closest friendship--forever
  • Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.
  • Outcasts United by Warren St. John (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook; also young adult edition)
    • American-educated Jordanian Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.

Fri Mar 6: what we talked about

posted Mar 6, 2015, 11:20 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 11:54 AM ]

  • Thanks to Mrs. Stevens for treats! Thanks to Peter and Lauren who signed up to bring treats at future dates.
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Elphaba, born with emerald green skin, comes of age in the land of Oz, rooming with debutante Glinda at the university, and following a path in life that earns her the label of Wicked.
  • Double Digit by Annabel Monaghan
  • Thanks to all who voted for your favorite book nominated for the 2015 Illinois Teen Choice Award! Many Book Club members won free copies. The schoolwide winner was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, with second place a tie between Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. The statewide winner will probably be announced before Spring Break.
  • We already have the book list for next year's Illinois Teen Choice Award:
    • Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable audiobook)
      • Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
    • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (not that Shades of Gray, you idiot!) (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.
    • Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (VHHS has 1 copy that is lost :-(
      • Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.
    • Butter by Erin Jade Lange (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make a live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.
    • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
    • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (VHHS has 
      • Feeling cast off when her twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite fictional character, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.
    • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • Ah-Kim Chang and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn, where they work for Kim's Aunt Paula in a Chinatown clothing factory earning barely enough to keep them alive; however, Kim's perseverance and hard work earns her a place at an elite private school where she is befriended by Annette, who helps her adjust to American culture.
    • I am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff (previously published as Boy Nobody) (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, The Program, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal life he craves.
    • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
      • A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.
    • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.
    • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
      • Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.
    • One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • Tells the story of a small-town baseball team from Illinois in 1971.
    • Orphan Train by Christina Kline Baker (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • When seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer is sent to perform community service at elderly Vivian Daly's home in order to avoid juvenile hall, she discovers that the two are very much alike, despite the vast age difference.
    • Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl
      • A teenager's memoir of the experiences of bullying, being HIV positive and surviving the experiences to become a force for positive change in this world.
    • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (VHHS has 1 copy, plus books 2, 3 in series)
      • In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
    • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. 
    • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (VHHS has 1 copy)
      • At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.
    • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
      • Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.
    • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook and audiobook)
      • Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Fri Feb 20: What we talked about

posted Feb 20, 2015, 7:25 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Welcome to Adam, Jacson and Christina, our newest Book Club guests! We hope you keep coming back!
  • Thanks to Cassidy for the yummy treats, even if you couldn't come!
  • Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede
    • Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, second in Outlander series
    • Claire Randall returns to the Scottish Highlands twenty years after her first visit during which she was transported through the standing stones of Craigh na Dun into the 1700s, to try and discover what happened to the people she knew and loved in the earlier century and to tell her daughter the truth about her father.
  • Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (VHHS has 1 copy, plus 2nd and 3rd books in series)
    • Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • After strange things start happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, three employees volunteer to work an overnight shift to investigate, but what they discover is more horrifying than they could have imagined.
  • Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Thirteen years after adopting their daughter, Tatiana, from Russia, Holly Judge begins to feel that something evil is in their home, and while Eric is stuck on the road during a snowstorm, Holly watches her daughter's mood darken as the storm rages.
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (VHHS has 1 copy, plus 2nd and 3rd books in series)
    • Todd, one month away from an important birthday, learns all the tough lessons of adulthood when he is forced to flee after discovering a secret near the town where he lives.
  • Girl Named Digit by Anabel Monghan
    • Farrah "Digit" Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actuallyenjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group's number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping-- all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously.
  • Black Butler by Yana Toboso (VHHS has series in Graphic section)
    • Ciel Phantomhive, a young boy whose parents were taken from him by a fire, is forced to take over as head of his father's company, and his faithful butler, Sebastian, helps him with many problems in a way that makes one wonder if Sebastian is human at all.
  • XXXholic by Clamp (VHHS has series in Graphic section)
    • Watanuki Kimihiro is tricked into working in the shop of a mysterious witch named Yuko, who claims she can help him with the visions of ghosts and spirits that have been plaguing him, and the business becomes unusual when visitors stop by from a land called Clow.
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
    • A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah
  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person that understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom she forges a poignant relationship
  • Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo and Colton Burpo
    • When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed--a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy's trip to heaven and back.
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird
    • The book is set during the mid-1950s, some 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus and is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

Fri Feb 13: what we talked about

posted Feb 17, 2015, 9:03 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one 
    • And Then There were None by Agatha Christie (VHHS has 2 copies)
      • Ten strangers--each with a sordid past--are summoned by an absent millionaire to a private island off the coast of Devon and begin to die one by one upon arrival.
    • 10 Little Indians is an alternate title for the same book
  • The Shining by Stephen King (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • A summer resort comes to life in the off-season when the Torrances arrive to take over as winter caretakers and five-year-old Danny begins having horrific visions.
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • When English teacher Jake Epping discovers a portal to the past he decides to use it to prevent the John F. Kennedy assassination.
  • It by Stephen King (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • In 1985, six men and one woman are called back to Derry, Maine search for a creature of unspeakable evil that had stalked them as children.
  • Edgar Allen Poe(VHHS has several books by this author)
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (VHHS has 1 copy and downloadable ebook)
    • Jacob Portman and his newfound friends travel to war-torn 1940 London where they use their unusual talents to find a cure for Miss Peregrine, the beloved headmistress of their orphanage who has been trapped in the body of a bird.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
    • Seventeen-year-old Ismae avoids an arranged marriage by making a place for herself at the convent of St. Martin, where she learns of her unique gifts and must determine whether she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (VHHS has 2 copies)
    • Charlie, a freshman in high school, explores the dilemmas of growing up through a collection of letters he sends to an unknown receiver.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (VHHS has 1 copy)
  • Fool on the Hill (need more information ...)
  • Candy Maker (need more information ...)
  • Next by Michael Crichton (?) (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • In a near-future world where biotechnology and genetic research has become big business, the discovery of several transgenic animals leads to a legal and ethical battle over the rights to genes that can be used for commercial purposes.
  • The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.
  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements (?)
    • Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming. Bobby is just plain invisible...
  • She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
    • Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.
  • Remember Me? by R. L. Stine

Fri Feb 6: what we talked about

posted Feb 10, 2015, 6:59 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 7:02 AM ]

OK, here's a promise, and you can book it: even when there is no Daily Bulletin announcement about Book Club, we still have Book Club! Every Friday 7:30 a.m. in the LMC classroom.

  • The Book of Time series by Guillaume Prevost
    • A statue; a coin; an old book. They look as dusty as everything else in the Faulkner Antiquarian Bookstore, where 14-year-old Sam Faulkner seeks his father, who's been missing for days. But when Sam slips the coin into the statue, he's swept back in time -- to Scotland in 800 A.D. -- where he must find both the statue and another coin in order to return to the present. It's the first step in an adventure that will take him to ancient Egypt, World War I, even Dracula's castle -- and a mystery that will end only when Sam saves his father, or loses him in time.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. 
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (VHHS has 1 copy, plus rest of series)
    • Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.
  • The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer
    • Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (VHHS has 2 copies, plus graphic novel, Spanish and Russian)
    • Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia, which is book 2 in Beautiful Creatures series (VHHS has 1 copy, plus rest in series)
    • In a small southern town with a secret world hidden in plain sight, sixteen-year-old Lena, who possesses supernatural powers and faces a life-altering decision, draws away from her true love, Ethan, a mortal with frightening visions.
  • Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan (VHHS has series, but apparently we're missing #1. Hmmm ...)
    • In the tradition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (VHHS has 1 copy, plus downloadable ebook)
    • Charli says didn't like this book the first time, but the movie inspired her to try to read it again.
    • Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at a kids-with-cancer support group and as they fall in love they both wonder how they will be remembered.

Fri Jan 30: what we talked about

posted Jan 30, 2015, 7:26 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Jan 30, 2015, 7:30 AM ]

  • Chain Letter by Christopher Pike (I think?)
  • Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • An autobiography of Shyima Hall, who at the age of eight, was sold by her Eygptian parents into domestic slavery.
  • The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
    • When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down.
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • A graphic novel memoir of author/illustrator Cece Bell who grew up hearing impaired.
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart (VHHS has 1 copy)
    • New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.
2015 Reading Challenge


Fri Jan 23: what we talked about

posted Jan 23, 2015, 6:23 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 6:28 AM ]

BOOK SWAP was a success! Many club members came with old books they didn't want, and left with new books they did want. We agreed to do another swap at the end of the school year.
Some of the book swap books:

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