A.S. King does not disappoint. The story is told by Gerald, the youngest child in a dysfunctional family made even more dysfunctional with the help of ‘network nanny’. The story is full of raw emotions that exposes the reality of reality television. Reading this may make you feel guilty for watching.
Books Read and Favorites in 2013
Favorite Book – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Favorite Series – Divergent by Veronica Roth
Favorite Graphic Novel – Think Tank by Matthew Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal
What a year for Teen Fiction. Eagerly awaiting a few sequels!!
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare
2014 PRINTZ AWARD contenders (maybe..)
WILL ONE OF THE ABOVE TITLES BE AWARDED?
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Over the past ten years, I’ve been asked the above question by countless friends and colleagues, as well as a slew of similar questions:
Will there still be paper books in 5 years?
Do you think Librarians are still needed?
Do people still use libraries?
Why do we need a library when we have the Internet?
My defense for libraries and librarians is intertwined: Libraries and the Internet are both repositories of a wealth of information which librarians help people sort through. Part of a librarians role has always been to guide patrons to their informational needs: to find the perfect book, primary source, valid website, etc. The need for this role continues today. And without libraries many people would not have access to the vast amount of information (both physical and online) available today.
While the questions about the future of libraries are sure to continue, I am hopeful that the recent resurgence of libraries in many cities and schools (see below) will allow people to experience firsthand the importance of libraries.
Check out the 2013 Library Design Showcase Building the Future
I couldn’t put this book down. A very real and raw story of how painful and beautiful life can be. Everyone knows that the high school years can be hard, but for Leonard life has definitely hit bottom. My heart went out to Leonard.
A young genius is recruited by the government to build things, but when those things turn out to be weapons, the young genius wrestles with his conscious. I couldn’t put this down, the action in the story is similar to that in a Jason Bourne film, and like the first Bourne film, Hawkins leaves the story hanging after the last page.