Archive for May, 2009

Last set of new books this year!

Hit and Run, by Lurlene McDaniel
It was an accident. But when the people involved don’t come forward, doesn’t it become a crime? Four young people whose lives intersect, who never dreamed of hurting each other. Each makes a choice that cannot be changed. Each needs to take the consequences of those choices, to find love, to face reality, and to go on.

Love on Cue, by Catherine Hapka
Maggie Tannery is a shoo-in for the lead in this year’s school production of Romeo and Juliet, and she’s seriously psyched becuase her crush, Daniel might be playing her Romeo both on and off- stage. But when her school decides to perform a musical instead, Maggie turns to the musically talented Nico for voice lessons, and their voices aren’t the only things that seem to harmonize.

When the Black Girl Sings, by Bil Wright
Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls’ school where she is the only black student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schueler feels like an outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.

Heartbreak River, by Tricia Mills
Alex thought she’d be spending the summer focused on her family’s rafting business, burying the memories of her father’s death last year, and leaving behind all the messes she made in its wake. But when Sean returns to town, she is forced to reckon with her mixed-up crushy feelings for him, more powerful than ever before. It takes another tragedy to make Alex realize Sean has loved her, and forgiven her, all along.

You Are So Undead To Me, by Stacey Jay
Megan Berry, a Carol, Arkansas, high school student who can communicate with the Undead, must team up with her childhood friend Ethan to save homecoming from an army of flesh-hungry zombies.

What Goes Around, by Denene Millner
Wealthy and beautiful African American twin sisters Sydney and Lauren must solve a family mystery before their privileged life in Atlanta comes to an end.

Love at First Click, by Elizabeth Chandler
I could no longer deny what the heat in my cheeks meant when I was around Flynn. I was falling for my sister’s boyfriend. It’s lucky I’m the photographer for the school paper, because my camera likes Flynn almost as much as I do. Unfortunately for me, so does my sister, and there’s no way I can nab Flynn with her in the picture.

Audrey, Wait!, by Robin Benway
While trying to score a date with her cure co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sicteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, by Deb Caletti
Indigo wants to become a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.

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Check out Book Shout Outs!

Book Shout OutsBook Shouts Outs are now being displayed on the shelves!  What exactly are Book Shout Outs?  Well, the best way to explain what they are is by giving some examples.  Read some of these Book Shout Outs then go find more on the shelves!

A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby
The author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, Hornby gives us another comical, emotional, and intelligent piece where four strangers meet on a rooftop on New Year’s Eve.  Their meeting comes as a shock as all four came there to end their lives.  It’s a tale of love, friendship, circumstance and choice told from each individuals point of view.  This story will keep you turning the page.

3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows, by Ann Brashares
Same town, new sisterhood.  Three friends bonded together years ago by willow trees find themselves in different places the summer before high school.  Experimenting with extreme dieting, boys, and stepping out of known comforts, the girls find themselves longing for the bond they once shared.

Double Identity, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
I’m Bethanie.  My parents drove all night and just dumped me with an aunt I’ve never met.  Then they took off with no explanation.  People in this town act like they know me.  Someone called me Elizabeth by accident, or was it an accident?  My dad called yesterday, but still didn’t explain anything. And now I think I’m being followed. What’s going on?

Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexi
Junior gets beat up by everyone on the reservation because he’s small and ugly.  Then he transfers to a school off the rez.  Now he’s even more different and a traitor to his tribe on top of everything else.  How can he live on the rez and stay in one piece, while surviving at the white school?

Read a good book reccently?  Think you’ve got what it takes to write a good Book Shout Out?  Can you grab people’s attention with very few words?  Give it a try!  E-mail your submissions to Mrs. Busch at buschb@hopewell.k12.pa.us or write or print them out and put them in the suggestion box in the library.

New books! Thanks library fines

New BooksThanks to lost and late books, new books have been purchased for the library!  The books are currently on display in the fiction section (pictured above).  The new titles include:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas:  A Fable, by John Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

Burned, by Ellen Hopkins
Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large Mormon family, is sent to her aunt’s Nevada ranch for the summer, where she temporarily escapes her alchohic, abusive father and finds love and acceptance.

Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada’s Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attemped suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric Schlosser
Investigative journalist (Schlosser) examines the local and global influence of the American food industry.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers:  Seventh Edition

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
“In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley.  His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless.  He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.  Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter…”  (from the book).

Lucky, by Alice Sebold
“In the tunnel where I was raped, a tunnel that was once an underground entry to an amphitheater, a place where actors burst forth from underneath the seats of a crowd, a girl had been murdered and dismembered.  I was told this story by the police.  In comparison, they said, I was lucky.”  (excerpt from the book).