We hope you all know the joy of poetry this spring. Here is a poem from one of our library workers. Enjoy!
The Giver was one of the first novels in the genre of Teen Dystopian Fiction. Today we have The Hunger Games, Divergent, and a host of other stories that have followed in The Giver's footsteps. Listen to Lois Lowry talk about writing the book. How is The Giver different from or similar to the dystopian fiction that is being written today?
Start reading The Giver quartet today!
If you enjoy suspense and action then you have to read the book A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzales. This book is an inspirational story about hardship and trials of life during the Spanish Civil War. I would give this book five out of five stars. It was wonderful. I would recommend this book to everyone.
"The most terrifying thing about hitting your head so hard is when you wake up missing pieces of yourself. Pieces of the person you were before it happened . . . I thought if I went to I-CAN, I'd wake up found. And all the missing parts of me -- lost balance, scattered memories -- would snap back into place like the jigsaw-puzzle pieces Mom pulled out from under the wicker sofa . . . That was all I wanted. To be whole again." - Cat in Wake up Missing
Prisoner B-3087 takes place in Poland during World War II. It focuses on 13 year old Yanek Gruener and his struggle surviving 10 different concentration camps. It is based on Jack Gruener's true story. Set in the time when the Nazis ruled much of Europe,. This story does make good nightmare fuel, and is not for the light-hearted. But despite it being so intense, it is a fascinating story, and to be honest, I couldn't get my nose out of it.
What I really loved about this book is that it was so unpredictable and it definitely left me in suspense at some moments. This wonderful read feels like a timeless story, and it is hard to believe that some of these events actually happened in real life. The author does a great job of telling the story in Yanek's perspective and captured the emotions he must've felt really well without giving any hints on what's going to happen next. When it comes to this book I think you should definitely read it. It is all the more meaningful because it is based on true events.
Hey all you Divergent fans! Another library compiled a list of books you would read if you belonged to one of the factions. It was such a fun idea I thought we should remix it La Mesa style. So here's a starter list of what you might read if you belonged to the fearless, the brave, DAUNTLESS faction . . .
The book "Hidden Like Anne Frank," is a suspenseful, exciting group of 14 different stories. these stories are true, real life experiences, from the perspective of those who went into hiding, just as Anne Frank had. They are the survivors, who made it through by hiding from the Nazis. Some of these survivors survived through harsh concentration camps, and Nazi raids. Some of their families did not make it through. I would say that most of the stories are sad, and some leave you wondering when you close the book, but in the end of each story you learn that the person survived, and continued to live a normal life. I suggest this book to anyone who wonders about the history of the people who went into hiding. This book has great stories, and you can learn a lot of history just by reading it.
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