Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Year's Scariest Book?


Kids, watch out! If your parents start throwing around brochures for a "gated" community called Candor, run for the hills! Candor is located in Florida. This guy, Campbell Banks bought up land for the perfect community. Families are flocking to get in. Everything is absolutely perfect. No garbage in the streets, everyone is polite and helpful. All the kids are academic overachievers headed for colleges like Yale. No sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll here. Campbell's son Oliver knows the secret. For a price he'll get you out. What do you think happens when Oliver meets a new girl who hasn't been taken in by Candor yet? Yup, and that's when Oliver's perfect scam starts to unravel. There's another side to Candor, and it isn't pretty. Even the founder's son isn't immune. Candor by Pam Bachorz is one scary read.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Scholastic Book Wizard

Yeah, it says it's for teachers, but it's pretty good for anyone who wants to find a good read. If you like "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, the Wizard comes up with all sorts of titles, not just read-alikes. It can handle some nonfiction, too. "The Cage" by Ruth Minsky Sender came up with other choices in fiction and nonfiction. Go ahead, check it out-the widget's on the left of this page for your convenience.

Monday, August 16, 2010

2010 Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read!" has come to a close. This year 100 kids from the 6th to the 12th Grade participated, reading a total of 791 books, manga, graphic novels and magazines! Way to go! Congratulations to the "Where in Time is Bruno?" contest winners:

1. Jonathan Feldman – Civil War/Surrender at Appomattox

2. Cynthia Schmidt – The Kennedy Assassination

3. Kayla Melagrano – King Henry’s Throne

4. Briana Rosenberg – (Fall of) The Berlin Wall

5. Samantha Boffuto – Ancient Egypt

6. Cynthia Schmidt – WW II Raising the flag on Iwo Jima

7. Adrienne Lett – Apollo 11 Moon Mission

8. Maggie Ryan – King’s March to Montgomery, Alabama

9. Mike Wrubel – When Betsy Ross made the Flag

Bruno hopes that the Barnes & Noble $10 gift cards came in handy. Keep on reading!

NEW BOOKS ON ORDER:

Fiction:
Loius Sachar - The Cardturner. Real Life
Philip Reeve - Fever Crumb. Fantasy
Chris Lynch - Hothouse: a novel. Real Life
Gail Giles - Dark Song Suspense
Kody Keplinger - The Duff(Designated Ugly Fat Friend)Real Life
Cassandra Clare - The Clockwork Angel Fantasy
Richelle Mead - Spirit Bound Vampire Academy #5
S. A. Bodeen - The Gardener Science Fiction
Lisi Harrison - My Little Phony The Clique #13
Steve Auguards - X-Isle Science Fiction
Cyn Balog - Sleepless Fantasy
Tonya Hurley - Ghostgirl: Lovesick Supernatural
Neal Shusterman - Bruiser Real Life
Melissa de la Cruz - Keys to the Repository Blue Bloods series
Michael Cadnum - Flash Action/Adventure
Charlie Higson - The Enemy Zombies!
Patrick Carman - Thirteen Days to Midnight Dark Fantssy
James Dashner - The Scorch Trials Sequel to The Maze Runner
Brian Falkner - Brain Jack Science Fiction
David Levithan and Rachel Cohn - Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Real Life
Maryrose Woods - The Poison Diaries Fantasy
Elizabeth Scott - Grace Real Life
Nancy Werlin - Extraordinary Fantasy
Scott Westerfeld - Behemoth Sequel to Leviathan
Catherine Fisher - Sapphique Sequel to Incarceron
Daniel Waters - Passing Strange Generation Dead #3
Tricia Rayburn - Siren Horror
Mara Purnhagen - Tagged Real Life
Priscilla Cummings - Blindsided Real Life
Kimberly Pauley - Still Sucks to Be Me: More All-True Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen Vampire Sequel to Sucks to Be Me
Carol Plum-Ucci - Fire Will Fall Sequel to Streams of Babel
Lauren Oliver - Before I Fall Real Life
Holly Black - Black Cat Fantasy
Lesley Livingston - Darklight Sequel to Wondrous Strange
Mercedes Lackey - Legacies Fantasy
Douglas Rees - Vampire High: Sophomore Year
Jeri Smith-Ready - Shade Horror
John Green and David Levithan - Will Grayson, Will Grayson Real Life
Kathryn Lasky - Ashes Historical Fiction (Holocaust)
Elisa Carbone - Jump Real Life
Lauren Kate - Torment Sequel to Fallen
Kim Ablon Whitney - The Other Half of Life Hictorical Fiction (Holocaust)

Nonfiction:

Stephen Below - Pigskin Dreams: the people, places, and events that forged the characters of NFL's greatest players
Dalton Higgins - Hip Hop World
Russell Freedman - The War to End All Wars: World War I
Eva Mozea Kor - Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz
Adam Selzer - The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History

The Friends of the Hart Library provided the funds to buy these titles. Thank you!