Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 Teen's Top Picks


Teens across the country have voted for their favorite books and the top nominees were just announced by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Two of the top picks are on Freading:

My Life With the Walter Boys by Ali Novacs
Intended for grades 9 and up, it is the fascinating story of the organized and always proper Jackie Howard who does not like change. Her life is turned upside down when she loses family to tragedy and must move in with a family of all boys.


Boys like you- Juliana Stone
Also for High School age students, characters Nathan and Monroe start a teenage romance while going through life changing events.

" A contemporary romance-with-a-conscience...Stone writes it with confidence and style" - Kirkus


"The story handles challenging subjects like sex, drunk driving, and faith after tragedy in a sensitive and age-appropriate way without veering into melodrama...just what readers need. " - School Library Journal

Brand New USA Today Best Sellers


Two April releases have already made the USA Today Best Seller list. They are : A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsely and The Dukes Disaster by Grace Burrowes. Neither author is any stranger to this list but these new titles are certainly climbing fast. Here is what the critics have to say:

Praise for Grace Burrowes:
"Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions [with] consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters." –Publishers Weekly
Warmth, sensuality,and humor infuse Burrowes' writing." -Booklist
"Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!" -Fresh Fiction
Praise for Susanna Kearsley:
Kearsley's decision to offer a fully developed, romantic lead with the perspective of Asperger's is a welcome and refreshing idea. Incorporating rich historical details that feel as vivid as the present enables readers to quickly lose sense of time as the author weaves threads from two eras into one dramatic tapestry." - Library Journal

"Kearsley is an expert at seamlessly merging contemporary and historical fiction... The colorful history and romance of the 18th century, combined with the contemporary mystery, create a tale readers will savor." - RT Book Reviews











Thursday, April 9, 2015

25th Anniversary of Hubble Telescope Launch

April 22nd marks the 25th anniversary of the worlds first space telescope being launched. The Hubble telescope examines stars, galaxies, and has helped revise our knowledge about the age of the Universe. If you have ever wondered what else might be going on out there while we humans are busy with daily life, here are some informative and entertaining resources to start with:

Exploring The Solar System by Mary Kay Carson
*Winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Children’s Literature Award.
Although it is intended for ages 9 and up, there is plenty for adults to be interested in. This book is a fascinating mix of facts, history and hands-on activities.


Beyond The Solar System by Mary Kay Carson
·      Winner of NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2014 list
Another amazing book by Ms. Carson. Here she offers mini-biographies of famous astronomers, a time line of major events, lessons in history, more activities, and also a suggested reading list.

Martian Summer by Andrew Kessler
A humorous but quite informative perspective of working at NASA by an “average” person. Author Andrew Kessler is not a rocket scientist but he is a producer on the Discovery Channel who was allowed to shadow the Pheonix Mars Lander Mission. He explains what a control room is really like in fascinating detail.


Moon Shot : The Inside Story of America’s Apollo Moon Landings by Alan Shepard

Author Alan Shepard was one of the original Mercury astronauts.  In this exciting true story, he teams up with another astronaut and two veteran space reporters for a first hand account of the program’s early days.

It's hard to believe, but most teens and people in their early twenties don't remember Americans walking on the moon. This book, written lovingly by two of the most respected astronauts in U.S. history, will remedy that…expect much demand”- Booklist

For more information on the Hubble Telescope and for recent photos taken from it, go to:


http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html

Monday, March 23, 2015

An April 2015 "Library Reads" Pick


One of the top books being published this April that librarians across the country have chosen as a Library Reads pick is the latest by award-winning and best selling author Susanna Kearsley entitled “A Desperate Fortune”. Perhaps intentionally published in time for Autism Awareness month, the heroine of this mesmerizing story happens to be on the spectrum.

"Kearsley's decision to offer a fully developed, romantic lead with the perspective of Asperger's is a welcome and refreshing idea. Incorporating rich historical details that feel as vivid as the present enables readers to quickly lose sense of time as the author weaves threads from two eras into one dramatic tapestry."
-      Library Journal

"Kearsley is an expert at seamlessly merging contemporary and historical fiction... The colorful history and romance of the 18th century, combined with the contemporary mystery, create a tale readers will savor." - RT Book Reviews

"A grand adventure...Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better!" LAUREN WILLIG, New York Times bestselling author


*Available April 7th on the Freading Database 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February/March 2015 Wall Street Journal Book Club Pick


* A National Book Award Finalist

Through early March of this year, the WSJ Book club will be reading Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn. It is an intense and entertaining story about the lives of different people living in the Philippines under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos. Perhaps it will be a good choice for your book club or just to read on your own.  You can leave your comments about the book on the WSJ Facebook page or on Twitter. It is available for downloading from the library website now. There is no need to place a book on hold when it is available all of the time on the Freading database.


"As sharp and fast as a street boy's razor"
-The New York Times Book Review

This is a novel about the death of the good life of the soul: of all virtue, meaning, and hope. Exceptionally well written and emotionally wrenching. Recommended.
- Library Journal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Indie Next Pick for Spring 2015 & Current New York Times Best Sellers

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma is newly available on Freading and it was chosen as the #1 Spring Kid’s Indie Next Pick by Publisher’s Weekly.


“Written in luscious and deliciously creepy prose not easy to forget. Put it on your radars now; this is an outstanding literary young adult novel more than worth the wait.” —Book Riot



Sometimes I like to get suggestions from other people on what to read. If you are like me, The New York Times best seller list is an excellent reference since it tells you what everyone is reading the most. Here are some books on Freading that are in the top 10 of this current week’s NYT best sellers lists.

  

   
Author Janice Macleod is on the NYT best -seller list for the first time in her career with her adventurous and humor-filled memoir called Paris Letters. Ms. Macleod tells readers exactly how she calculated the amount of money she would need to save in order to quit her job and start her life over in a new city. Her book is number seven under the “Travel” category of the Times’ list this week.

The amazing memoir by top-selling author Pat Conroy entitled The Water is Wide is number four under E-Book Nonfiction. It tells about the author’s experience teaching on an impoverished island off of South Carolina. The Times calls it “A hell of a good story.”

What If ? by Randall Monroe is a passionate pursue of answers that was previously a #1 Best Seller and is still a top ten under Hardcover Non-Fiction.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  by Gabrielle Zevin is a completely engaging story that  was a LibraryReads #1 pick for the year of 2014 and was called “irresistible” by critics at Booklist. It is a book you won’t be able to put down.

A best-seller in E-Book Non-Fiction is Adventure of English by Melvin Bragg. It’s the remarkable story that looks at the history of the English language and how it grew to be as powerful as it is today.
“Compelling and charmingly personal.”- Publishers Weekly
“..both entertaining and informative”-Booklist

Every animal lover should read How To Tell if Your Cat is Plotting To Kill You by Matthew Inman. The humor in it is priceless and appropriate for almost all age groups.

Mr. Inman also wrote another book on the current best seller list called The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, which will make you want to lace up your running shoes the moment you are done reading it. In review of this book, NPR writes “"He runs. He sweats. He heaves. He hates it. He loves it. He runs so hard his toenails fall off. He asks himself, why? Why do I do this? Here, gorgeously, bravely, hilariously, is Matt's deeply honest answer."

The Best American Essays 2014 is an anthology of the most engrossing essays published. Publishers Weekly called this edition “exhilarating”

Altitude Adjustment by Mary Beth Baptiste is the
 story of a suburban Massachusetts woman who divorces her husband of 15 years to pursue her dream of living in the Rocky Mountains.
                            “A great read for anyone making a fresh start”- Booklist

Saturday, January 31, 2015

"The Magician's Lie" is Now Available


*A January 2015 Library Reads pick of the month
*An ABA Indie Next Selection for January 2015
*A January 2015 Midwest Connections Pick
*A Boston Globe Pick of the week

"Smart, intricately plotted...a richly imagined thriller."- People Magazine
"…captivating ... Macallister, like the Amazing Arden, mesmerizes her audience. No sleight of hand is necessary. An ambitious heroine and a captivating tale are all the magic she needs."
-       Washington Post

"In her historical fiction debut, Macallister... has created a captivating world of enchantment and mystery that readers will be loath to leave." - Library Journal


[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel..." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED