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Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

Libraries, schools, and book lovers worldwide are welcome to follow results by visiting ALA’s streaming platform at or ALA’s social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter, by following hashtag #alayma.




Neal Weaver is reading The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.

Charlene Roberts is reading two books.  The first, The View From Flyover Country - Dispatches from the Forgotten America "is a book of essays from Sarah Kendzior that she reported for Al Jazeera.  [It's] about the realities of life in America's heartland: labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, of the post-employment economy. [She] documents where the problem lies and she lives there as well. This is a journalistic account of Trump's America. It's about life and inequality in middle America."
And, the second is 
Settled in the Wild; Notes from the Edge of Town by Susan Hand Shetterly. [It] "is about living in a small seaside town in Maine and the land/forests around it. Stories of family and neighbors, woodland animals and those woodland animals, two-legged who chose a life of living in the woods. A book about living in and amongst nature, it's about rewards and difficulties and about our connection with nature."

Mark Ross is reading Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch.

Nicki Chewning says she’s reading “Mostly emails and news, but I am enjoying What It’s Like to Be a Dog: and Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience by Gregory Berns. It’s one of those books I bought when it came out three years ago but am just getting around to reading."
"Anyone who loves animals will not be surprised that neuroscience has “discovered” that animals have feelings and experience emotions in very similar ways to humans. Hopefully Berns’s groundbreaking research will compel people to treat animals with more respect and compassion, and bolster animal rights."

Darron Laughland is reading Ty Gagne's second book The Last Traverse.  It "chronicles a fatality and near fatality in the White Mountains. He brings his expertise in risk management and decision making heuristics, as well as personal experiences as an outdoorsman and search and rescue team volunteer, to explore the events leading up to the tragedy, as well as the response by rescuers.  This book dives into the amazing work that the NH Air National Guard does to support SAR efforts in NH, NH Fish and Game, and the skilled volunteer rescuers who go out into challenging and at times, deadly conditions for the inexperienced, to rescue and recover individuals in the mountains."
"It's a great read and very accessible, even to readers who are unfamiliar with climbing, mountains, search and rescue, etc."
Mr. Laughland is also reading White House Inc. by Dan Alexander. "Written by a journalist, it examines the history of Donald Trump's business practices, going back to his father and his early days in business and development, and eventually moves to contemporary dealings, and how the Trump family has leveraged the power and access of the White House to further their interests and accrue more wealth and business opportunities." 
"The book explores the history of Trump's real estate dealings, the underpinnings of Trump's relationship with Putin and work to develop real estate overseas, and provides some interesting insight into his approach to navigating business and in more recent times, politics."

"I recently finished The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab and devoured it within the week. This is a historical fiction-fantasy that will leave you hoping to be remembered."

"I'd also like to recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. The story follows the journey of a quirky young woman in Glasgow, Scotland, and it had me roaring out loud at times. To get the full effect of their accents, I suggest listening to this from an audiobook - you won't regret it!" ~ Michaela Thomas

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  “What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page – a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so – and other clues and signifiers help us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved – or reviled – literary figures.” 
"A thought experiment: Picture your mother. Now picture your favorite literary character… The difference between your mother’s afterimage and that of a literary character you love is that the more you concentrate, the more your mother might come into focus. A character will not reveal herself so easily. (The closer you look, the farther away she gets.)”

   "So Many Books.  So Little Time."

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Don't forget to use our EBSCO Research Databases.

What is a research database?  It is an indexed collection of magazine, journal, newspaper articles, abstracts, and other information, which has been checked for accuracy and reliability by publishers and then licensed for distribution in online/electronic format. It's where you should go to find authoritative, credible and current information.  It's where you should go to find information that you can trust and which does not have to be tediously evaluated for authority, credibility and currency. Even better, it's where can you find information easily, quickly and it even gives you the citation already formatted.

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To find out our username and password: ask any KHS teacher OR email me at  (We pay for our students to be able to use these valuable resources, and our contract allows access only to KHS students.)

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
houses writing resources and instructional material... a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

Thinking about Reading an Old Classic?

Google Books has a Library Project that makes it possible to search on Google "through millions of books written in many different languages, including books that are rare, out of print, or generally unavailable outside of the library system."

"If a book from their Library Project is determined to be in the public domain, Google has made it "fully available to the public and you'll be able to read the book from start to finish.  Otherwise, you'll still be able to search through the text of the book, but Google Books will only display a few snippets of text to show you where your search term appears within the text of the book."

If they "know a book exists, but haven’t scanned it yet, you will only see basic bibliographic information about the book, similar to what you might find in a library catalog."

Check out Bookish for Blogs of Book Reviews!
It's an "editorial blog" presented by NetGalley - highlighting books (and a bookish lifestyle from gift guides to reading challenges) by offering recurring features including: book recommendations, author interviews & guest posts.

Current featured book review blogs include: Most Anticipated Books, Debut Novels, Literary Fiction Getting Rave Revie
ws, Authors Share the Best Books they read in 2020

The genres it covers include: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Young Adult. Check it out!

Have You Already Read the Harry Potter Series?
Of course you have...

Devised by the staff at the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room "transports you into the hallowed walls of Hogwarts."  They've created a challenging (but not too challenging) virtual escape room where you need (or can acquire) a bit of Hogwarts' "trivia."
"As you begin the challenge, you learn that you're in your first year at Hogwarts and that you'll be watching clips from the Potter movies, answering questions, solving riddles and completing challenges such as figuring out how to do spells and navigating the complex exchange rate of wizard currency." Kudos to its creator, Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library!

A Forum for Your Writing and Art
Teen Ink
writes that it is "a website, and a national teen magazine (coming back soon!) devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums. For over 31 years, Teen Ink has offered teens the opportunity to publish their creative work and opinions on issues that affect their lives – everything from love and family to school, current events, and self-esteem. Hundreds of thousands of students, aged 13 -19, have submitted their work to us and we have published more than 55,000 teens since 1989."

"Teen Ink offers some of the most thoughtful and creative work generated by teens today. They have no staff writers or artists; depending completely on submissions from teenagers around the world for content. has over 460,000 registered users and continues to grow everyday." 

"While Teen Ink's ownership has changed hands a few times, its mission remains the same. It is devoted to helping teens share their own voices, while developing reading, writing, creative and critical-thinking skills."

Using Your Voice Is a Political Choice -- Amanda Gorman
Let’s Begin….
"For anyone who believes poetry is stuffy or elitist, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman has some characteristically well-chosen words. Poetry is for everyone and at its core it's all about connection and collaboration. In this fierce talk and performance, she explains why poetry is inherently political, pays homage to her honorary ancestors and stresses the value of speaking out."
A community of young writers (ages 13-18) hailing from over 120 countries

"Explore our ever-changing library of prompts as you establish a regular writing practice and expand your repertoire of styles, all while building your portfolio of polished work."

"See your writing improve as you find your own voice. Enter competitions for the chance to receive feedback from authors, writing teachers, and other experts in the field."

"Writing is a social act. Share your work with a vibrant, global community, and exchange feedback with writers from all over the world."

"Write the World is dedicated to improving the writing of high school students through a global online community and guided interactive process. Young writers are empowered to develop their voices, refine their editing skills, and publish on an international platform. Write the World helps students develop the writing strategies and communication tools essential for success in school, career, and life."
If you haven't checked out BookRiot - You Should

Their Read Harder Challenge for 2021 is: 24 tasks, averaging two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks or read one book per task. The point of the challenge is to push yourself to expand your horizons and break out of set reading habits; the hope is that you’ll discover voices, settings, characters, formats, and more you may not have encountered without that nudge. Be accountable to yourself, share what you learned along the way, and enjoy the experience!

WHO'S READING WHAT? JANUARY ARCHIVES (in case you missed it)

"I am about half-way through Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary and am loving this book!  Such a different perspective from the typical World History books." ~ Katy Meserve

"I'm reading Along Came a Spider by James Patterson. First of his I've read." ~ Jason Cicero

Hannah Dutton told us, "I am currently reading 1984 by George Orwell for fun!"

Duncan MacKenzie's reading Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd.

Sam Cartan and Colleen Hill are reading the same book.  Ms. Hill told us, "I just finished book 5, Troubled Blood, in the Cormoran Strike series -  (JK Rowling as Robert Galbraith)"  Sam Cartan wrote, "Those who are fans of Rowling and are interested in the mystery genre, which is VERY different from the magical Hogwarts on which she built her reputation, might want to pick up this series."  
Colleen Hill has a second book going(!) "I picked up The Graveyard Book (again) by Neil Gaiman because Silas is my favorite vampire."

Monika Cullen wrote, "I just started American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, so I don't know yet if I like it, yet!"

"I am reading The Force by Don Winslow.  An absolutely amazing cannot-put-down cop novel (but I suspect much of it's pretty accurate considering the author) based in NYC.  Unbelievable!" ~ 
Virginia Schrader 

"I'm currently reading the definitive biography on Paul McCartney written by Barry Miles entitled, Many Years from Now. 'It's a history from the inside of one of the greatest songwriting partnerships of the century... at its center, of course, is Paul McCartney's relationship with John Lennon.' Book Blurb.  It's groovy to vicariously live in the 'swinging London' of the early to mid-sixties, and walk with a thoughtful, funny Beatle through the broadest, most electric and influential cultural phenomena of my lifetime: Beatlemania. I also love to explore Paul's descriptions of how he and John wrote songs and lyrical poetry together. Just brilliant, their work, and the stories behind it." ~ Ed Fayle

"I'm currently reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I read Shadows of the Wind last year and really enjoyed it." ~ Jess Tilton

Ryan Mahan wrote, "I'd love to see what others are reading!" and shared his current selections; The Longest Silence, A Life in Fishing by Thomas McGuane, Trout Bum by John Gierach, and Principles by Ray Dalio.

"The Mao Case by Qiu Xiaolong is a murder mystery set in China. Very interesting as it involves a lot of back-handed politics that stretched back to Communist China under Mao." ~ Rachael Murphy

Ashley Kerr wrote; I am almost done rereading one of my favorite books, Wish You Well by David Baldacci. I read it when I was a teenager and loved it. I find it to be a completely different tone than some of Baldacci's other books. It's a sweet story (similar to To Kill A Mockingbird) about a young girl who looks after her brother after a tragedy occurs in their family. It's one of those books that you visualize as you read. [And] I just bought a book… The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde. The plot description amused the heck out of me. I think it's more for adults, but it's about Jack Spratt as a detective and has other nursery rhymes intertwined."

Jeannie Woodward's "reading The Ickabog by J.K. Rowlingand listening to Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy."

"I'm in the midst of Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce - Lost souls of small people in a miraculous world of shimmer and sadness.  [I] never want it to end for fear I'll miss these souls and wonder how they are going to live a longer life.  Her books seem to be about long journeys alone, finding others along the way. Never sure of the outcome." ~ Alexa Kimberly Bryant

Kelly Murphy's reading Everything Beautiful in Its Time; Seasons of Love and Loss by by Jenna Bush Hager

And I'm reading How to Hold Animals by Toshimitsu Matsuhashi.  It's  got great pictures (and words) explaining how to pick up (and hold) hamsters, scorpions, dogs, butterflies, hamsters, crabs, rabbits, parakeets, praying mantises... (whatever)  for both beginners and the experienced.  It's very cool! ~ Barbara Waters





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Robert Kirkman is the American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Marvel Zombies.

The cover above is a link to his life and career.  (And - you know we've got all 4 volumes of the Walking Dead  Compendium, right?)

Reading Rants is a website featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens - a blog, where you can respond to reviews and add your own thoughts.

Creator Jennifer Hubert writes, "I think the level of teen literature has not only risen to rival literature that is written for adults, but has, in many cases, surpassed it in quality and scope."

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