Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived
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Look for these in Fall 2016 at SIS Secondary Library.
By: Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Anne of Green Gables
By: L. M. Montgomery
Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
If you like this, try reading these!
Novel #2: Anne of Avonlea
Novel #3: Anne of Windy Poplars
Novel #4: Anne of Windy Poplars
Novel #5: Anne's House of Dreams
Black Cat Crossing by Kay Finch
Sabrina moves to Lavender, Texas to help her aunt Rowe run her vacation rental business after she broke her leg. To kill two birds with one stone, Sabrina decides to take the opportunity to write a mystery novel. When aunt Rowe's awful cousin Bobby Flowers shows up with a bombshell and then turns up dead; aunt Rowe becomes suspect number one. Between writing her book, meeting with a famous editor, rescuing Hitchcock the bad luck cat and trying to solve a murder; Sabrina has her hands full. If you like cosy mysteries then this would be a good choice for you. With plenty of quirky characters and no gore, this is a fun read for sensitive readers. MS/HS/AD Mystery
If you liked this book try some of the great mystery series or stand-alones in the SIS library .
I read two fantastic books recently that both happened to deal with mental health issues. Both were thoughtful and realistic portrayals of the challenges people with mental illness face.
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People
The novel explores the experience of 15-year-old, Caden Bosch, as he experiences a psychotic episode and is sent to a mental hospital for treatment. The author does a fantastic job intertwining the two worlds of Caden as he struggles with what is real and what is a delusion. Realistic and heartrending the reader feels as confused and lost as Caden at times. MS/HS Schizophrenia, Mental Illness, Family
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Mikey and his friends are not Indie kids; they are the background characters in the fantasy "chosen one to save the world" stories. While random weird stuff is going on in their town; they are just trying to graduate high school and figure out the whole life thing. But Mikey and his friends are pretty extraordinary in their own ordinary way. I liked the conceit of the story: the story of the ordinary background people usually found in the fantasy stories. I liked how the mental health issues (OCD and anorexia) were a part of the characters' lives but not their whole lives. I liked how there was conflict but also conversation. They talked to each other and were multifaceted characters. HS Fantasy, High School, Coming of Age, Relationships, Diverse, Mental Illness, GLBT
If you liked these books you might try some of the following books. Also check out the 616 section in nonfiction for some great informational books on mental illnesses.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
When super villain, Ballister Blackheart gets a new sidekick, Nimona he gets more than he bargained for. Nimona is a young, but powerful shapeshifter who relishes wreaking havoc on their enemies. Blackheart sets out to prove that his nemesis, Ambrosius Goldenloin, and his bosses at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics are the ones who are up to no good. This graphic novel is funny, full of adventure and has plenty of heart. MS/HS Magic, Science, Heroes & Villains, Friendship, Love, Shape-shifters, Humor
Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol 3 by Svetlana Chmakova
The Hunters are betrayed and battle with the werewolves. The search for the Weirn continues. MS/HS Shapeshifters, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol 4 by Svetlana Chmakova
The final episode includes an epic battle with the Sohrem who are trying to destroy the world.MS/HS Shapeshifters, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
If you liked these then try these:
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Spoiled society girls in 19th century New York City, Dacia and Lou, are sent to Romania to meet their extended family. When the heir of the royal Dracula family, Mihai, decides he must have Dacia as his wife as part of a dastardly plan to take over Europe; the girls must decide whose side they will be on. Traditionally her family has served the Dracul family for centuries with their special gifts. When the girls learn the family secret, they are shocked and horrified. Will they stand together against their own family to fight for what is right? The story starts a little slowly as it builds the characters and hints at the secrets in the family, but once all is revealed there is plenty of action during an epic confrontation between the Prince and the cousins. MS/HS Romania, Mystery, Shapeshifting, Romance
If you liked this one try one of these:
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne
In 19th century London, Jack Foster steps through a door into a mysterious world, Londinium. It is similar to his world but with magic and where clockwork people and animals abound. The ruler of the city, The Lady, is in search of a new son and she has her eye on Jack, but Lorcan is jealous and does not want to give up his place as her son. Jack must figure out how to return to his London with the help of some friends and a mythical clockwork bird that grants a wish. MS Magic, Steampunk, Fantasy, Violence, Adventure
If you liked this book you might like:
Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin
Darkus Knightly takes over where his father has left off investigating a mysterious crime. Mr Knightly awakens from his coma and partners with his son to solve his most dastardly case. An old friend and now an enemy emerges. Can Darkus solve the case and save his father before it is too late? MS Violence, Mystery, Detective, Father Son Relationship
If you liked this book you might like these:
A great nonfiction book I read recently was Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John W.S. Bradshaw. This book was very interesting. It looked at the history of cats and how cats most likely became domesticated. Unlike dogs, cats have not been easily domesticated. Cats became domesticated once we humans started storing grain and used semi-tame wild cats to help kill rodents. The author looked at the different kinds of cats from all over the world and how they are linked as well as some of the differences between cats and dogs in the domestication process. Other topics include cat's thinking and feelings, multiple cats living together, and the cat-human relationship. The author concludes the book looking at the future of cats and what he sees needs to be done to ensure cats remain with us as good pets. MS/HS/AD Science, Cats
Other books that might interest you:
And my favorite cat video. It makes me laugh every time.
I am going to start a new section of the blog where I spotlight a particular book or series or genre that might be of interest to SIS students looking for their next good read.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry MG/young YA, gothic, humorous
Check it out and let me know what you think. Is it worth the read?
A great middle school book I just finished is Codename Zero by Chris Rylander. Carson is bored living in small town North Dakota where he is constantly pulling pranks to entertain himself when he gets pulled into a real life spy caper. There are some nice action scenes and a few twists towards the end. MS Spies, Humor, Friendship
Other books you might like:
Another book I read recently was book 2 in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas titled Crown of Midnight. This is the second book and you definitely need to have read the first to know what is going on and to get the most from the emotional impact of the story. We pick up the story with Celaena being named King's Champion (assassin) and as she begins her duties for the crown. The king has a list of suspected traitors working to overthrown the crown which he asks Celaena to kill. The first name on the list is a friend from her past. Things happen (no spoilers!) and secrets are revealed. Relationships develop and friendships are tested. Betrayal and death are involved. HS Violence -because the main character is an assassin. Assassin. Magic. Betrayal. Friendship. Romance. Politics. Fae.
Other books you might like:
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by Anna Banks
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Robbie Forester comes in possession of a special bracelet that seems to grant magic powers when justice needs to be served. When a rich real estate investor begins buying up (and strong arming) local businesses out Robbie and her mismatc...
The story opens on New Year's Eve with Evan saying goodbye to his best friend from childhood, Lucy, Since her parents' divorce, he only sees her once a year during the Christmas holidays. We jump to the next year where it is once again C...
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