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Holiday Reads

Hello, Sweeteas,

Winter break is just around the corner. I love that so many of you have come to take a look at the Holiday Books and New Books displays and have checked out awesome books to read during the break. 🙂

This holiday season consider reading a Christmas-related classic or two such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. You could read the books and then watch the movies. Happiness!

Here are more suggestions:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/12/christmas-books_n_6141826.html

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Christmas-Books-All-Time/lm/R1PZTIQNXUGMXS

Happy holidays!

“Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?” ~from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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Library Makeover!!!

Hello, Sweeteas,

Summer break is around the corner! Yay!

As promised, here are photos of our beautiful newly-decorated library.

But first, a photo of what the library looked like at the beginning of the year.

GBMS Library 9/14

GBMS Library 9/14

It was nice and orderly, but not awesome.

Take a tour of our library now, after the makeover. 🙂

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Student Art

Library Quote

Our library looks AWESOME. Three cheers for the library makeover team and all the students who worked on the art pieces: Hip hip, hurrah! Hip hip, hurrah! Hip hip, hurrah!

Have a wonderful book-filled summer!

“Tea and books: Mmmmm, two of life’s exquisite pleasures that together bring near-bliss.”~Christine Hanrahan

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Strange People and Strange Worlds

Hi, sweeteas,

I’m back! I trust you guys are enjoying an awesome summer break. God willing, I’ll be sharing book blurbs and recommendations by the 7th of every month. If the plan changes, I’ll let you know.

ALSO, IF YOU ARE A WRITER, CHECK OUT MY NEW BLOG: THE WRITE TOWN: WWW.THEWRITETOWN.WORDPRESS.COM

This month’s titles, blurbs, and ratings:

1- The Whisper (sequel to The Roar) by Emma Clayton ****

In The Roar we learned that The Wall that was built to separate the infected from the healthy in a depleted post-apocalyptic world, is nothing but a plot to keep the poor away from the rich. In the action-packed and environmentally-conscious sequel, The Whisper, telepathic twins Mika and Ellie must use their abilities to overthrow Mal Gordan (an evil tyrant bent on creating an army of mutant children to secure world power and eternal youth), liberate the brainwashed children, tear down The Wall, and change the world. This novel is full of action and is not as violent as other YA bestsellers. Great Read!

2- Bruiser by Neail Shusterman ****

Bruiser is the strange story of a young man who literally takes on the emotional and physical pain of everyone he cares about. It’s a thought-provoking novel about true friendship, the meaning and purpose of pain, and the sacrifices that we must make for the good of those we love. Shusterman does it again — great read!

3- Chime by Franny Bilingsley *****

Seventeen-year-old Briony Larkin hates herself and believes she is an evil witch. Her stepmother — who has died mysteriously — convinced her that she is the cause of all her family’s tragedies, including her twin sister’s mental/social disability.  But when cheery, handsome Eldric comes to live with the family, things start to change.  Slowly Briony discovers who she truly is and what has really happened to her. The story explores the consequences of emotional abuse and the complexities of family relationships. Briony’s voice — her anguish and her confusion — rings true from beginning to end.  I enjoyed the love story, the creative use of language, and the sheer creepiness of the world. Awesome read! “Filled with eccentric characters—self-hating Briony foremost—and oddly beautiful language, this is a darkly beguiling fantasy.” — Publishers Weekly

4- Divergent by Veronica Roth ****

Enter the new and improved Chicago, where society is divided into five factions, the members of which are dedicated to developing their most dominant virtue: selflessness (Abnegation),  peacefulness (Amity), honesty (Candor ), bravery (Dauntless ), or intelligence (Erudite ). Sixteen-year-olds are tested to identify their dominant virtue, but then are allowed to choose the faction to which they will devote all their lives. But Beatrice is a divergent; her test results don’t match any  faction. And after making a choice that surprises everyone — including herself — she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her to face (and oppose) what’s really happening in her “perfect” world. There’s a lot of violence in this novel, but it’s an interesting read.

5- The Drowned Cities by Paolo Pacigalupi ***

This story is set in the same dismal world as Ship Breaker, but it follows the struggles of different characters. Mahlia and Mouse are two kids trying to survive in a war zone not far from the Drowned Cities that were once Washington D.C. Mahlia helps Tool, a genetically enhanced half-man, recover from his fatal wounds, and as a result, an unlikely allegiance is formed between them. Together they set out to rescue Mouse, who has been forcibly recruited by a band of violent marauders. The novel is very well-written, with lots of action, a fascinating setting, and interesting/damaged characters, but I had one problem with it: I didn’t like Mahlia, the main character, all that much. Still, those of you who like violent war stories will really enjoy this novel.

That’s all for this month. Visit the library and enjoy your summer of reading!
 
Much love!
 
“If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you.”  ~Gladstone, 1865

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