• Featured Books •
Each month, the each class of library TAs will select a favorite book, series, or author to feature. If you are intrigued, you can put the book(s) on hold and check them out.
Period 1's Featured Book: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Recommendation for Ghosts
Coast side town Bahia de la Luna is welcoming new residents when Catrina (Cat) and her family move from Southern California up north for the benefit of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. As the sisters explore their new home, they find out that Bahia de la Luna is not what it seems when their neighbor tells them that there are ghosts in this unusual town. This entices Maya, who is eager to meet one, but superstitious and protective Cat wants to stay away from them at all costs. Day of the Dead is approaching at light speed, and Cat has to learn the importance of courage and open mindedness to understand the true meaning of family.
Ghosts is a wonderful book about 2 sisters who bond by helping each other through hard times and scary moments. The characters are really relatable, which makes this book such a pleasure to read as they develop and grow. If you like heartwarming stories, mysteries, and humor, you are guaranteed to enjoy Ghosts! Out of 5 stars, I rate this book 5 stars! -- Sophie
About the Author
Raina Telgemeier was born in San Francisco, California. She is the author of several books, including the Smile series, Drama, Ghosts, and 4 graphic novel adaptations of the Baby-Sitters Club. Raina’s “accolades” include three Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and several Best-of and Notables lists. -- Maya
Other Books by Raina Telgemeier
Guts by Raina Telgemeier is based on Raina's experiences with throwing up and anxiety. Raina wakes up with a terrible stomach bug one night, but soon finds her worries trigger her to throw up. -- Lucy
Smile by Raina Telgemeier is based on Raina’s life and her orthodontic story. The story starts off when Raina is 11-years old, in the 6th grade and takes us on a four year journey. While racing home with her friends one day after Girl Scouts, Raina trips and knocks out her front two teeth. -- Lucy
Sisters is an autobiographical graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier as a follow-up to her earlier graphic memoir Smile. It details a long summer road trip taken from San Francisco to Colorado by her family and explores the relationship between Raina and her younger sister, Amara. -- Lucy
Drama is a graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier, which centers on the story of Callie, a middle schooler and theater-lover who works in her school's drama production crew. -- Lucy
Kristy's Great Idea
Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and the founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. You can count on them to save the day when it comes to cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, and prank calls. Baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But the BSC have what they need most, friendship. -- Emily
Raina Telgemeier has written & illustrated the first four Baby-Sitters Club books:
Kristy's Great Idea
The Truth About Stacey
Mary Anne Saves the Day
Claudia and Mean Janine
If you enjoyed Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels, then you should try these out:
Anya's Ghost, by Vera Brosgol
After falling into an old well Anya was surprised to meet a new friend. A new friend who has been dead for more than a century that is. Anya's normal life might actually be worse than having a 100 year old ghost following her. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and given up on fitting in at school. -- Alex
Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
All Nimona wants to be a sidekick to her favorite villain, Ballister Blackheart. Ever since Nimona was little she wanted to fight. One day when nimona was about 6 she came across a whole where she found a witch. In order to get the witch out of the whole she had to be turned into a dragon. Ever since that day Nimona has become a shapeshifter. -- Alex
Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani
Priyanka’s mom unexpectedly moved out of India years ago and never told her anything about it. Priyanka also doesn't know anything about her father. Her mother has been keeping all these secrets from her. One day Priyanka finds a suitcase. When she opens it she finds a pashmina that takes Priyanka to her imaginary India. Eventually Priyanka has to go there by herself to find out her family mysteries. -- Alex
Period 2's Featured Book: Coraline, Neil Gaiman
Recommendation for Coraline
Coraline is a dark fantasy book by Neil Gaiman, we follow Coraline moving into her new apartment complex called the pink palace. With her parents only focused on their work, she wanders around the complex in an attempt to keep her boredom at bay. Along the way she finds her eccentric neighbors, an outdoor cat and most importantly a small, peculiar door. One night she is drawn to it and finds that there is a whole different world on the other side. Everything seems better, the food, her ‘other parents’, the neighbors, but it feels off. The people in this new strange world all have buttons instead of eyes.
This book instantly will suck you in, it's not too scary but the right amount for this halloween season. I recommend it to anyone who wants something new and different to read, because personally I don't know a book that comes near this one. Coraline is a fantastic book, the fast moving plot and carefully crafted characters are sure to get you hooked! I recommend reading the actual book but if you prefer there is a graphic novel and movie available.
Personally my favorite part of the book is its mysterious feel, it makes you want to read the whole book in a single sitting. Seeing how things are different and yet the same in the other world is something really fascinating. -- Numia
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is an English author born in Hampshire, UK. When he was a child he discovered that he had a love for books, reading, and stories. When he first began his writing career, he was a journalist, writing biographies that took months.Thereafter, Neil Gaiman went onto writing his series Sandman, which collected many awards including nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.
After his first book was published, he went on to creating more masterpieces known as books. His books were crosses between genres, defying others thoughts of staying within the genre.He has fans that are attracted to his Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels along with his other books. His books appeal to not only young readers, but also adults. With his books made into movies, it’s enjoyable for everyone.
Coraline, PG (2009)
The movie Coraline is one of a kind. The animation is creepy and dark, but in a good way. It can visually show the little detail in everything and makes you feel like you are inside of the movie. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the beginning. The intro, when an anonymous person is creating a Coraline doll from an old doll to add the names of the people who worked on the movie. When all the names were finished he threw the doll he made out the window. I think that is one of the many creative parts in the movie.
The moral that I get from this movie is that you don't know how lucky you are to have something until you lose it.i also understand that you should organize your time and know that a perfect life might not always be good. I say this because Coraline had perfect parents in another dimension, but they were fake. And in the real dimension, she had messy parents and not all perfect, but they loved her very much. The parents soon noticed that they didn't spend enough time with their daughter since they were always working. Behind all the creepy stuff is a really good moral.This is why I really like this movie and recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching spooky and fun movies. -- Steffany
Other Books by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book
A man named Jack kills a family at night, but the last member, the baby, wanders off to the grave yard. There he is protected by Mr. and Mrs. Owens, who let him live in the graveyard, and Silas, who saves him and becomes his guardian. His new name is nobody, Bod for short, and he goes on many adventures with the people he meets. -- Rainn
The Wolves in the Walls
The Wolves in the Walls is a story about a young girl named Lucy who hears wolves in the walls of her house. Her parents dismiss her, indicating the noises are from rats or mice. Her parents scare Lucy by repeating “If the wolves come out of the walls, then it's all over.” One day, the wolves come out of the walls. -- Rainn
Tristan Thorn goes on a great adventure, seeking a star Tristan and Victoria watch fall from the sky every night. Fetching this star will win Victoria's cold heart. To get this star he has to travel the unexplored lands outside his village. -- Rainn
M is for Magic
M is for Magic is a collection of stories in which one is about Humpty Dumpty’s sister hires a private detective to investigate her brother’s death. A teenage boy who has trouble talking to girls, finds himself at an unusual party. A boy raised in a graveyard who makes a discovery, and confronts the much more troubling world of the living. -- Ashley
Norse Mythology is a book about Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning. Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods. Loki, son of a giant- blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. -- Ashley
Fortunately, the Milk
Fortunately, the Milk is a book about a boy going on adventures including pirates and piranhas, aliens, oddity and love, time travel and fortunately breakfast cereal. -- Ashley
Period 4's Featured Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling
Recommendation for Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first book out of a series of 7. I absolutely love it! The amount of adventure, the way you can see Hogwarts in your mind while reading! Everything comes alive in your mind and makes it impossible to want to stop reading. From when you first read about the characters to the end where they save the students, families, and staff from getting a lifelong torcher from “you know who”. The way Rowling brings the story alive is different from any other book I've ever read.
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione first meet at the Hogwarts express, Ron and Harry become good friends but aren't that into Hermione just yet. Ron calls her all these names but they all come to like each other. People refer to them as the Golden Trio, which may be easier to understand later in the books. I just can't express how much I love these stories. The way it all just comes to life in your mind is just unbelievable. After reading these books, every September 1st will now be the day you would get to go home to where you wish you could be. It's so unreal that people even think that there is no way Hogwarts isn't real.
This book is about Harry’s first time going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It all just comes so quickly to him. One morning he wakes up to a letter from Hogwarts. Then from there it gets pretty crazy. He has to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousin because his parents had been murdered by “you know who”. After they died, he for some reason could not kill Harry, so he was trying to figure out a way to get Harry dead. When Hagrid picks up Harry and takes him to Diagon Alley, his adventure begins. From when Harry buys his wand at Ollivander's to when he meets Ron before entering Platform 9 ¾ to when they become friends with Hermione to the time where they have to leave Hogwarts. When they get off the train and get to Hogwarts, they have to get sorted into their houses. Either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff. It's all just too good. Just for Harry’s first year, they do so many things to save themselves (especially Harry) and Hogwarts from “you know who”. The 3 of them sacrifice their lives to adventure into and save Hogwarts. They introduce not only Hagrid, Harry, Hermione, and Ron, but you read about others like Draco, Neville, Dumbledore, Snape, and some others who maybe aren't that innocent after all. Heads up, Snape isn’t the nicest character ever, for now. For a good amount of the book, Harry and Ron weren’t even really best friends with Hermione yet, until they saved her life of course. The story just keeps unfolding while they introduce more characters and face challenges, achievements, adventures, and of course, great times. When Harry sees himself in the mirror of Erised with his parents and when he has to kill Professor Quirrell. Harry's life is forever changed after he came to Hogwarts. This school is their home.
There is just so much to explain and so much to enjoy that it is impossible to fit it into these paragraphs. Everything is just unreal. Before I read these books I thought, “Oh how good could these books really be?” But now, I am in love with this series. Of course, I give it a 100/5 stars. Even if you feel you might not like the book, still read it. You never know if you will change your mind like I did. And after reading this book, if you think it’s amazing, just wait until you read the rest of them. Also make sure to watch the movies and decide which one is better. After watching the movies, you might get a little crush on some of the characters too. -- Erin
HP & the Chamber of Secrets
In Book 2 of the Harry Potter series, Harry is warned by a meddling houself that things will not be safe at Hogwarts this year, but he goes to school anyway. Join Harry, Hermione and Ron as they try to stop a mysterious monster and its master, the supposed heir of Slytherin, from killing all the muggleborns at Hogwarts, despite obnoxious teachers, murderous voices only Harry can hear, and the fact that everyone thinks Harry is the heir of Slytherin. - Alice
HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry is back at Hogwarts after blowing up his Aunt Marge over the summer, and in more danger than ever. A maniacal convict with a history with Harry’s parents wants him dead, and the prisoner has escaped. Luckily, the guards of Azkaban (wizarding prison) are searching for him, though they seem to prey on Harry as well.
Join the Hogwarts gang as they uncover the truth, and find something even more twisted than they expected. - Alice
HP & the Goblet of Fire
When Harry hears about the dangerous and exciting Triwizard tournament with a thousand galleon prize, he can’t wait to watch it. But someone has other plans for him, because he didn’t put his name into the Goblet of Fire, though somehow it spewed out his name, along with three other talented and of-age students from magic schools all over Europe.
Can Harry escape this competition with his life? And can the others? - Alice
HP & the Order of the Phoenix
After the return of Voldemort, Harry is shocked to learn that no one believes that he is back, and the whole wizarding world is calling Harry and Professor Dumbledore liars. This year, Harry has to face a cruel new teacher in league with the corrupt ministry of magic, but he has help from new allies, a secret order dedicated to stopping Voldemort and his Death Eaters. - Alice
HP & the Half-Blood Prince
Voldemort is out in the open now, and he and his Death Eaters are causing devastation across Britain. To stop him and fulfill the Prophecy, Harry must delve deep into Voldemort's past, and learn of the horrors that made Voldemort the monster we know today. Meanwhile, a betrayal is brewing in the castle, a plan to kill the one man Voldemort ever feared. - Alice
HP & the Deathly Hallows
In the final book of the series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave Hogwarts to find the Horcruxes and kill Voldemort, once and for all. The three unravel a well-kept secret that exposes an unlikely hero, and witness the deaths of many people close to them. In this book, we may even say goodbye to the most important character of all, because “neither can live while the other survives.” - Alice
About the Author
J.K. Rowling also known as Joanne Kathleen Rowling is a British writer and philanthropist. She is known to be inspiring, very creative and imaginative. She is best known for her seven-book Harry Potter series. This series so1d millions of copies to people around the world. These books are very fun and enjoyable. J.k. Rowling has created a masterpiece. The books and movies can take you to a whole different world, full of imagination!
J.K Rowling had many inspirations for the idea of Harry Potter. One could be that she read lord of the rings before processing the idea of Harry Potter. Although in 1990 while sitting on a delayed train from Manchester to London King’s Cross she started scripting the first book. Over the next five years, she thought out all seven books in the Harry Potter series. J.K. wrote in longhand,rather than typing or printing. By 2 years she built up a massive amount of notes. Every new state she went to she brought all her notes with her. By 1993 she had the first three chapters of harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Rowling committed to training to be a teacher. This didn’t stop her from writing the rest of the series. In any spare time she had J.K. made sure to continue to write. As she worked up to finish writing the completed three chapters of the first book, she sent her work to many agents. Many wrote back, which got her more motivated to finish the series. The Philosopher’smStone was first published in June 1997. As the rest of the series continued to publish this brought great success to J.K., and inspiration to young readers.
Rowling received many honor awards for the Harry Potter series in particular. She influenced many kids across the globe. Because of this series millennials have been known to read more than any other generation. The way J.K. scripted these novels taught many kids important morals. Such as never giving up and the importance of friendship. - Ma'Raya
Period 5's Featured Book: Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan
Recommendation for Esperanza Rising
Esperanza is a girl who lives a happy life with her Dad, Abuelita, Mom and servants at El Rancho de la Rosas, Mexico. The day before her 13th birthday, she cuts her tiny finger on a rose thorn which is a symbol of bad luck. Hours later Esperanza and her mom get notified that her father was killed by people along the road. Shortly after her dad’s death, Esperanza wakes up to find her humongous house on fire.
Without a place to live her family plans their escape to the United States. Esperanza struggles to adjust to her new social status during the journey to the United States. After several days traveling on the train, Esperanza’s family and servants arrive in California, and have no option but to work on a farm camp. When everyone is out of the shared house, Esperanza takes care of the babies of the workers.
One day, her mom becomes sick and must be moved to the hospital. In order to pay the medical bills, Esperanza takes on more work. Eventually, Mama returns from the hospital. Throughout the year after her dad’s death, Esperanza experiences being at the top of the social class, to barely surviving paycheck after paycheck. At the end of her crazy adventure Esperanza finds herself happy and grateful to have her family beside her. - Arianna
About the Author
Other Books by Pam Munoz Ryan
Period 6's Featured Book: Green Angel, by Alice Hoffman
Recommendation for Green Angel
About the Author
Alice Hoffman was born in New York on March 16, 1952 and Alice grew up on Long Island. After Alice graduated from high school in 1969, she took part in Adelphi University, Alice also received a BA, and then she received a Mirrellees Fellowship to Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which Alice joined in 1973 and 1974, she received an MA in creative writing.Now she currently lives in Boston.
Alice Hoffman's first novel that she published is called ¨property Of¨, Alice wrote her first book while she was studying at Stanford at the age of 21. After Alice published her first book she was then published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. Alice gives credit to her mentor, professor and writer, Albert J. Guerard, and Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping Alice publish her first short story in a magazine called ¨Fiction¨.
An editor named Ted Solotaroff contacted Alice to ask if she already has a novel, at that point Alice quickly began to write her first novel ¨Property Of¨, and a section of the novel was published by Ted Solotaroffs magazine called ¨American Review¨ - Iman
Other Books by Alice Hoffman
Two young girls named Claire and Hailey spend their last summer with each other, then they suddenly discover something interesting at the bottom of a dirty pool at the Capri Beach Club. There in the bottom of the pool there is a beautiful creature with a broken heart, this creature's name is Aquamarine and she is a mermaid. Aquamarine has left her family to search for true love on human land instead of a merman. -Iman