Staff advisers

Mrs. Sonya Stevens, literacy teacher, sonya.stevens@d128.org
Ms. Monica Tolva, library media specialist, monica.tolva@d128.org

Fri Jan 13: what we talked about

posted Jan 13, 2017, 9:37 AM by Monica Tolva

  • How many books did you get to read over Winter Break?
    • Caralynn may take the prize at 6 books! She had a lot of travel time and beach time, so we're super jealous.
  • 8th Grade Orientation 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tues Jan 17 in Main Gym
    • Please come hang out at the Book Club table, meet 8th grade readers, and convince them to join our club!
    • Come for as litte or lot of time as you can
    • Thank to Jacky, Benny, Max and half of Avery for volunteering. See you then!
  • Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler
    • Living with a SEAL is like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is...not. He even shows up at Jesse's apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape Manhattan by crossing the Hudson River. Jesse and SEAL's escapades soon produce a great friendship, and by the time SEAL leaves, Jesse is in the best shape of his life, but he gains much more than muscle. At turns hilarious and inspiring, Living with a SEAL ultimately shows you the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
    • They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose--Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident.
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
    • Signed, sealed, delivered…While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…
  • Audacity by Melanie Crowder
    • A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
    • The story of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is told from her point of view, beginning with the story of her mothers, Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah. These wives of Jacob give her the gifts that are to sustain her through a damaged youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.
  • Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    • Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
  • Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
    • From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In Freakboy's razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons. 
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier
    • Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
    • In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the courtship of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
    • An adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice," in which Meryton is overrun with zombies and Elizabeth Bennet does what must be done to rid the world of the flesh-eating fiends, but she is distracted by the arrival of Mr. Darcy, a rich man who harbors an air of arrogance.
    • It's your choice
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
    • Computer science professor Randy Pausch, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, discusses how to overcome obstacles in one's life and achieve one's dreams.
  • Still Life with Tornado by A, S, King and other books by same author
    • A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist's awakening to the brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King. Sixteen-year-old Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she's finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can't quite recall. After decades of staying together "for the kids" and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah's parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original—and yet it still hurts.
    • Everybody Sees the Ants
      • Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.
    • Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
      • As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide.
    • Please Ignore Vera Dietz
      • When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.
    • I Crawl Through It
      • A surrealist novel about four teenagers who find unconventional ways to escape standardized tests and their perilous world, and discover that the only escape from reality is to face it.
    • Ask the Passengers
      • Astrid Jones, who realizes that she is a lesbian, deals with the gossip and rejection she faces by sending love up to the people on airplanes as they pass over her.

What we talked about Fri Dec 16

posted Dec 16, 2016, 6:30 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 6:30 AM ]

Good luck with finals! Remember to take home a stack of book for break!
  • The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
    • Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person—a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice.
  • Good books you can buy in airport book stores:
    • Mrs. Stevens found The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
      • Mitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music in this remarkable new novel about the power of talent to change our lives. This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings. Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At nine years old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, with his stunning playing and singing talent affecting numerous stars (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley) until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect people’s lives.
    • How appropriate that Cara found Moloka'i by Alan Brennert in Hawaii
      • Rachel Kalama, forcibly removed from her idyllic Honolulu home in the 1890s when it is discovered she has leprosy, grows up in the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'i where she forms a family of friends, and meets the man who will one day become her husband.
  • Who saw "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them?" Good connections with Harry Potter world

What we talked about Fri Dec 9

posted Dec 9, 2016, 6:27 AM by Monica Tolva

Thank you Esther for the square/circle cookies!

  • Book Club next Friday Dec 16 - last club meeting of the semester. Back in LMC classroom.
  • Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
    • Nanette O'Hare, a star student and athlete, is given a mysterious out-of-print cult classic novel by her beloved teacher that sparks the rebel within her, but as she befriends the reclusive author and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
    • Harry Potter, a fourth-year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, longs to escape his hateful relatives, the Dursleys, and live as a normal fourteen-year-old wizard, but what Harry does not yet realize is that he is not a normal wizard, and in his case, different can be deadly.
  • My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
    • When his father's business takes the family to New York City, a seventeen-year-old Australian boy must balance his desire to protect his ten-year-old sister, a diagnosable psychopath, from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.
  • Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge
    • Journalist Gary Younge recounts the lives lost over the course of a single day in America, revealing the human stories behind gun violence statistics.
  • Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous
      • Hurt people hurt people. Say Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer's assistant and somehow they met in Bright Lights Big City. He's blinded by love. She by ambition.
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
    • A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby request that their nurse be reassigned - they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.
    • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
      • The people of Sterling, New Hampshire, are forever changed after a shooting at the high school leaves ten people dead, and the judge presiding over the trial tries to remain unbiased, even though her daughter witnessed the events and was friends with the assailant.
  • 1984 by George Orwell
    • The cautionary tale of a man caught in a political nightmare in which the power of a totalitarian state is pitted against the personal freedom of the individual.
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
      • A political satire in which the animals take over running the farm but find their utopian state turning into a dictatorship.

What we talked about Fri Nov 18

posted Nov 18, 2016, 7:36 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 7:37 AM ]

Thank you Avery and your mom for treats. Chocolate cake for breakfast - oh yeah!

Book Club - you look awesome! This will be our Yearbook photo.

Cara and Jacky met Justine Larbalestier, author of new book My Sister Rosa. This Australian author shared a lot of her research about psychopaths, empathy, meeting Texas grandmas, and working out at "crim gyms." Cool.

The cover image for Liar, also by Justine Larbalestier, was the starting point for a conversation about the "whitening" of book covers.
Micah, the main character, is clearly identified as an African-American girl with naturally curly hair. But the first cover image presented by the publisher featured a white girl with long, straight hair. Justine was able to advocate for a more authentic cover image. Read Justine's response.

Read more examples of this trend that Mrs. Stevens calls "disturbing." 

What we talked about Fri Oct 28

posted Oct 28, 2016, 9:58 AM by Monica Tolva

Hot Chocolate Taste Test
We sampled 2 kinds of hot chocolate packets: Swiss Miss (our usual kind) and Nestle (new kind).
And the winner, in a blind taste test, was .... Nestle!

Club Photo 7:30 a.m. Fri Nov 4
We are going to skip to formal club picture day after school on Tues Nov 1, and instead pose our own fun picture with the LMC as a backdrop. What are your ideas?
  • The Haters by Jesse Andrews
    • For Wes and Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It's pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. Ash makes a decision: they need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it they're in Ash's SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
    • In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.
  • The Infinite Sea by Philip Yancey, book 2 of The 5th Wave series
    • Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others' four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker's return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in.

What we talked about Fri Oct 21

posted Oct 24, 2016, 8:04 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 8:12 AM ]

Thank you Max for bringing treats, even when you couldn't stay for Book Club!

After school (time TBD) in Field House
Tues Nov 1

Justine Larbalestier
new book My Sister Rosa
speaking at Cook Memorial Public Library in Libertyville
7 p.m. Thurs Nov 17
fill out Google form if you can come with us!
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
    • 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.
    • Who has seen movie version of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?
  • check out LMC's graphic novel collection!
    • Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
      • Usagi Tsukino must fight evil and enforce justice in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess with the help of the other girls destined to by the Sailor Senshi.
    • One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
      • Vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out in a rowboat in search of the legendary "One Piece", which is said to be the greatest treasure in the world.
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
    • The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    • The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more
  • Books by author Justine Larbalestier (or however you pronounce it!)
    • My Sister Rosa
      • What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia's finest YA authors. 'I promise,' said Rosa. 'I won't kill and I won't make anyone else kill.' I can't see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there's been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito. As far as I know.
      • Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.
      • Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?
      • My Sister Rosa will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the last.
    • Liar
      • Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.
    • How to Ditch Your Fairy
      • In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, fourteen-year-old Charlie decides she does not want hers--a parking fairy--and embarks on a series of misadventures designed to rid herself of the invisible sprite and replace it with a better one, like her friend Rochelle's shopping fairy.
  • Tomboy by Liz Prince
    • A graphic novel memoir of American comics creator Liz Prince, focusing on how she felt she did not fit in with the girls or the boys.
  • Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel
    • Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl who spent her money on boarding school and equestrian camp. But that was before. It’s been twelve years since Lorrie’s mother skipped town and left Lorrie and her sister in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a decaying mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.
  • Mornings in Mexico by D. H. Lawrence
    • Much of D.H. Lawrence's life was defined by his passion for travel and it was those wanderings that gave life to some of his greatest novels. In the 1920s Lawrence travelled several times to Mexico, where he was fascinated by the clash of beauty and brutality, purity and darkness that he observed. The diverse and evocative essays that make up Mornings in Mexico wander from an admiring portrayal of the Indian way of life to a visit to the studio of Diego Rivera and are brightly adorned with simple and evocative details: piles of fruit in a village market, strolls in a courtyard filled with hibiscus and roses, the play of light on an adobe wall. It was during his time in Mexico that Lawrence re-wrote The Plumed Serpent, which is infused with his own experiences there. To read Mornings in Mexico is thus to discover the inspiration behind of one of Lawrence's most loved works and to be immersed in a portrait of the country like no other.
  • #TrumpBookReport

What we talked about Fri Oct 14

posted Oct 14, 2016, 8:41 AM by Monica Tolva

We colored!!
Come by the LMC for your Chromebook sticker and bookmarks.
  • The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
    • Seeking to win a scholarship offered by global computing corporation Public, programming genius Audrey McCarthy writes a matchmaking app but discovers her results may be skewed by a program Public is secretly using to influence teens.
  • Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
    • Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman...Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when [she] returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal--or worse...
  • Binge
  • The 5th Wave by Phillip Yancey
    • Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.
  • Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
    • Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

What we talked about Fri Oct 6

posted Oct 7, 2016, 7:20 AM by Monica Tolva

We had Disney themed treats in honor of Homecoming Spirit Week! We hope you all had fun this week and enjoy the Homecoming dance on Saturday. 
  • The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
    • (Ms. Tolva's dusty old British Literature obsession)
    • Edie Burchill travels to Middlehurst Castle, the longtime residence of the Blythe spinsters, to seek out information about her mother, who was billeted there as a thirteen-year-old during World War II, and winds up finding out more than she imagined.
  • Google Lit Trips - use Google Earth to view the settings of famous books
    • Books we'd love to see via Google Earth
    • Paper Towns by John Green
      • 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.
    • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
      • A blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
  • Uncommon Criminals, sequel to The Heist Society, by Ally Carter
    • Fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop and her fellow talented teenagers work together to find and steal the Cleopatra Emerald from an unscrupulous dealer and return it to its rightful owner, while her uncle Eddie's former love tries to get the gem for herself.
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.
    • Mrs. Stevens said she liked the movie version.
  • And of course we're reading books for English class
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
    • Tells the story of a young African-American man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, and a teacher who tries to impart to him his learning and pride before the execution.
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
    • Terrible events follow the discovery of a magnificent pearl by a poor Mexican fisherman.
  • Fan-fiction by author Dirge Without Music
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2 by J. K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
    • As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

What we talked about Fri Sep 30

posted Sep 30, 2016, 7:21 AM by Monica Tolva

  • Thank you Alexa for treats! We wish you could have stayed, but thank you for remembering.
  • Tomboy by Liz Prince
    • A graphic novel memoir of American comics creator Liz Prince, focusing on how she felt she did not fit in with the girls or the boys.
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
    • Thirty-five years after a series of airplane accidents rocked Elizabeth, New Jersey, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown for an event commemorating the disasters, and finds herself surrounded by three generations of families, friends, and strangers whose lives were irrevocably altered by those events in the 1950s.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? ... Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
    • A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    • Golden boy Nick Dunne, brings his wife, Amy, back to his hometown on the Mississippi River where she is miserable and on their fifth wedding anniversary she disappears, and soon Nick finds himself lying, being deceitful, and acting inappropriately but continues to claim his innocence with his twin sister at his side.
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    • Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.
  • Fight Like a Girl by Clemetine Ford
    • Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealized by one of our most outspoken feminist writers.

What we talked about Fri Sep 16

posted Sep 19, 2016, 9:09 AM by Monica Tolva   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 9:24 AM ]

  • 20 books nominated for the 2017 Illinois Teen Choice Award
    • Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
      • Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
    • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
      • Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.
    • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
      • Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
    • Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he's also certain that she's a psychopath--clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he's the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the manipulation she's capable of. Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa's "acting out." Now that they have moved again--from Bangkok to New York City--their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Che's always been Rosa's rock, protecting her from the world. Now, the world might need protection from her.
    • Cook Memorial Public Library discussion group 6-7 p.m. Thurs Nov 3
    • author visit Thurs Nov 17 
    • should we do this as a group?
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, sequel to Delirium
    • After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
    • Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning ... past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them ... Their life-as she sees it-is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
  • Azula Trilogy, fan fiction connected to The Last Airbender
  • Crown of Dragons by Chris d'Lacey
    • Would you keep reading a series when the second or third books are not of the same quality as the first?

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