Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Every Day by: David Levithan.

everydayA wakes up in a completely different body every day. Boy, girl, rich, poor, fat, thin, sick, healthy, A has been everyone. This has been going on for as long as A can remember. It’s a lonely life, drifting from body to body, learning a new set of rules for a new life, but A has managed pretty spectacularly for the past sixteen years. That is, until A inhabits the body of a boy named Justin and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon.

Rhiannon is unlike anyone A has ever met before. She is beautiful, genuinely kind, and someone that A just can’t let go. Then, A does the unthinkable: A falls in love. From that moment on, A’s new purpose in life is to meet Rhiannon again, and A will use any and every body they wake up in to do it.

This starts to take a toll on A, Rhiannon, and the people whose body A inhabits. They start to remember things and it gets dangerous. A knows that they need to leave Rhiannon be and move on with their life, but it becomes harder and harder to do as A falls deeper and deeper in love with Rhiannon.

Every Day isn’t your average love story. The trials and tribulations A and Rhiannon go through are much more than your typical characters in a romance novel go through, and this novel tries to answer the question of whether true love can last through literally anything. If you like romance, drama, and thrills, then you might be interested in this book. It is also one of the nominees for the Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Awards. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

National College Fair

flyer 1Opportunities are knocking!

 

The National College Fair is coming to Baton Rouge on Wedesday, October 1 at the River Center. A number of representatives from colleges around the country will be present to answer all your questions about what to do after you graduate. You can also learn about ACT strategies, financial aid options, scholarships, and anything else you might need to know about the process of attending college. Admission is FREE as long as you register for the fair before attending.

 

Registration is quick and simple if you follow these three steps:

1. Log on to http://www.gotomyncf.com/ prior to attending the fair. You will be asked to answer a few short questions about your graduation and personal information.

2. Print out the barcode registration.

3. Bring your barcode to the fair. Representatives from the college will be able to scan your barcode and instantly access your information. This will allow for a quicker transaction and more one-on-one time for you to ask questions about each college.

This is a wonderful, free opprotunity to better prepare yourself for what to do after graduation. Come to the library for more information and additional flyers!

 

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Boy Nobody by: Allen Zadoff.

boyBoy Nobody has a name–he just doesn’t remember it. He isn’t allowed to remember it. Memories can interfere with the mission, and there’s nothing more important to the mission.

He goes from school to school, forever the new kid, growing close to people and then vanishing without a trace. He leaves absolutely nothing but a wake of death and destruction that cannot be traced back to him. But of course, he’s responsible for all of them.

Boy Nobody is an assassin, working for a top-secret organization that calls itself The Program. He reports to “Mother” and receives missions from “Father” and he must not ask questions about anything. The only thing he has to do is complete the mission and everything is fine.

But one day, things aren’t fine. He’s given a very strange mission with a small time window and nearly impossible parameters to work within. It seems impossible, but Boy Nobody is convinced he can still pull it off. If he doesn’t, it means being pulled out of The Program. And nobody survives being pulled out of The Program. But the challenges might prove too much for his skills.

Boy Nobody is a book that reads a lot like an action movie. He’s got the assassination skills of Jason Bourne and the gadgets of James Bond. If you like stories about spies, conspiracies, and covert military operations, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Stitches: A Memoir by: David Small.

Stitches-David-SmallDavid Small had an unhappy childhood. His father was a doctor who rarely ever spent time with his son when he wasn’t giving him x-rays for his sinus problems. His mother was withdrawn and angry, refusing to speak for days at at time without telling anyone why. The neighborhood kids pick on him for being sickly and different. He spent most of his time withdrawn into his own little world to cope with the loneliness.

When David was eleven, a friend of the family discovered a lump on his neck. His parents diagnosed it as simple cyst and chose to ignore it for the next three years. When he turned fourteen, he finally underwent an operation to have it removed. What should have been a simple outpatient procedure turned into an overnight stay at the hospital and a second surgery. His parents began to act uncharacteristically nice to him, but no one would tell him why. When he woke up the next morning, he had a long, ugly scar across his neck and he was missing a vocal chord, making him effectively mute.

This graphic novel is the story of what happened to David leading up to and after the surgery. It is a memoir of him dealing with the physical and emotional scars that his parents and medical problems left on him. It is dark at times, but ultimately ends in hope and empowerment. The book seems thick at over 300 pages, but many of the pages are large, wordless illustrations similar to silent movies. If you are interested in dark stories and biographies, you might be interested in this book. If you would like to reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Boxers by: Gene Luen Yang.

Yang-BoxersIn the late 19th century, China was a very desirable place for foreign powers. Because of the country’s valuable resources, they started invading the land and attempting to stomp out the ancient traditions. Naturally, the Chinese people wanted to resist. Unfortunately, the consequences for those who resisted were often dire.

Little Bao lives with his father and three older brothers in a small farming village in rural China. One of his greatest pleasures is seeing the opera when it comes to town and praying to the village’s local god during festivals. However, during one of these festivals, a Christian missionary from the west shows up and smashes the god, sending the entire village into an uproar. When Little Bao’s father goes to appeal to the local magistrate to have the missionaries removed, he returns beaten and bruised, a shell of the man he once was. This spurs Little Bao to take action.

He meets a traveler and Kung Fu master named Red Lantern Chu who soon teaches the men of the village how to fight. Little Bao learns an ancient mystical way of fighting which calls down the gods of old to possess the bodies of the men and make them invincible during battle. Armed with this knowledge, Little Bao leads the men of his village across China to its capital city in order stop the Western invasion. At every village he stops at along the way, he recruits more men until he has an effective army at his disposal. Little Bao knows in his heart that what he plans to do once he reaches the capital is all to protect China, but the decisions he makes do not sit easy on him. Many are morally grey and he isn’t sure he can live with the consequences.

Boxers is the first half of the dual-book graphic novel Boxers & Saints, which tells the story of the famous Chinese Boxer Uprising. Boxers deals with the native Chinese perspective while second novel Saints deals with the Chinese Christian converts who side with the West. The novel is told from two perspectives to shed light on both side’s motivations and philosophies. Neither side was 100% right and neither side was 100% wrong.  It is an interesting and innovative look at a historical event that is still talked about today. If you like historical fiction, fantastical elements, and heroes who have to make hard choices, this book is for you. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on All Our Pretty Songs by: Sarah McCarry.

prettysongsAurora and her friend have grown up like sisters, although they couldn’t be more different. Aurora is the perfectly beautiful daughter of a junkie and a dead rock star and her friend is a pale, punk rock daughter of a witch. But the love these two girls share for each other runs deeper than anything and they are sure nothing will ever come between them. Until Jack shows up.

Jack is a musician who appeared seemingly out of nowhere . Jack who is immensely gifted at music and impossibly beautiful. Jack who brings trouble. His presence causes chaos in their already chaotic life and draws them deep into a world of supernatural darkness and terror. The only way Aurora and her friend can whether through the insanity is by remembering the love they have for each other. But that becomes harder and harder to do as their lives slowly begin to unravel and spin out of control.

All Our Pretty Songs is the first novel in a series of retold Greek myths. It is a very bleak novel with some adult themes and graphic scenery. If you are a fan of dark literature, folklore, and music, you will definitely want to check these book out. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.