Category: Teen

The Twelve Days of YA Reading

By , December 22, 2015

Whether you be a Grinch or a Who, tis’ the season to cozy up with a warm blanket, long book and a cup of hot tea.  In keeping with the holiday spirit, we’ve compiled a list of Young Adult books to keep you company as the nights get colder. Sing to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Hunger Games

On the first day of YA, my librarian gave to me, a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy.

Two Boys Kissing

On the second day of YA, my librarian gave to me, Two Boys Kissing, and a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy.

The Fault In Our StarsLooking For AlaskaPaper TownsWill Grayson, Will Grayson

On the third day of YA, my librarian gave to me, three boxes of Kleenex, and a John Green reading spree.

I am Number four

On the fourth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, I am Number Four so I can finally watch the movie.

On the fifth day of YA, my librarian said to me, “We need more diversity!”, I am Number Four, John Green spree, Two Boys Kissing, and a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy.

The Crossover

On the sixth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, The Crossover by Mr. Kwame.

Avengers WorldDragon Ball Z

On the seventh day of YA, my librarian gave to me, everything from Avengers to Dragon Ball Z.

Star Wars cook book

On the eighth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, a new cookbook for my Star Wars party.

Winter

On the ninth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, the fourth book in the Lunar series.

DeliriumGrave MercyAcross The Universe

On the tenth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, a love triangle-free book to read.

The Book Thief

On the eleventh day of YA, my librarian gave to me, 11 book club copies of The Book Thief.

The Color of Water

On the twelfth day of YA, my librarian gave to me, the newest book for Nashville Reads.

-Happy Holidays from Main Library Teen Area (Raemona, Adrienne, Lauren, and Nina)

Book review: Carry On

By , November 10, 2015

Carry On
By Rainbow Rowell

My brain hurts. This book made my brain hurt. In 2013, author Rainbow Rowell released Fangirl, which is my favorite of her books (so far). This book followed main character, Cath, to college, where she embarked on a creative writing degree, while still writing her insanely popular fan faction for Simon Snow, created by fictional author, Gemma T Leslie. Snow is instantly recognizable as an homage to that other boy wizard, or as Rowell puts it, Snow’s “kind of an amalgam and descendant of a hundred other fictional Chosen Ones” – or mostly…you know…Harry Potter.

In an author’s note to the new book, Rowell explains that the character of Snow wouldn’t let her go, and she really wanted to tell his story. So she set off to write  - stay with me now – as an original author, creating a fictitious author writing what amounts to fan fiction, who was then borrowed by another fictitious character for more fan fiction, and then back to the original author who took the fictitious author’s character and wrote her own fan fiction. (Is it really fan fiction if you created the author that created the character in the first place?)

See why my head hurts?

But…once you get past all the nephew’s-uncle’s-cousin’s-brother’s-former roommateness of the situation, there’s actually a pretty good story underneath.  Simon Snow is, indeed, the Chosen One, but his massive amount of power is so unstable that he can’t control it. And his evil doppleganger is destroying what magic is left in the world. Will he and his arch enemy/ roommate/ potential love interest save the day? Or will they just fight with each other?

Now Rowell is no Rowling – her writing doesn’t quite have the depth of the master. And sometimes the Britishness of the story comes across as contrived (Rowell lives in Nebraska…just saying). But if you can’t get enough Harry Potter adventures, or have some dark fantasy that Harry and Ron hook up instead of Harry and Ginny, then you need to read this book. You can probably read it without reading Fangirl first, since this is it’s own story, but your experience will be better if you’ve read the original before Carrying On. I really like Rowell’s voice – no matter how many layers of fan fiction it has to go through to get to the source. And while she is technically writing for teens – anyone will appreciate these stories. If you’ll remember, the other boy wizard was initially written for children.

Keep reading and Carry On

Amanda :)

 

Book Review: Shadowshaper

By , November 3, 2015

Shadowshaper cover

Shadowshaper

by Daniel José Older

Set in Brooklyn, Shadowshaper introduces a fierce teen heroine to the Urban Fantasy literary scene. The book centers around Sierra Santiago, a budding Latino artist faced with the challenge of harnessing the power of art to save her community. I loved the urban backdrop combined with a cast of rich, diverse teen characters.

Shadowshaper opens with Sierra noticing something odd; one of the murals in her neighborhood is changing. The painting of her grandfather’s late friend, Papa Acevedo, appears to be crying and Manny, another close friend of her grandfather, keeps pushing her to complete her largest mural project to date. Fast forward to a meeting with stroke-stricken Grandpa Lazaro who tells Sierra that she must save the shadowshapers with the help of fellow artist, Robbie, but can he really be trusted? We learn that shadowshapers are visual artists who create real, living, breathing works of art with magic. Unbeknownst to her, Sierra comes from the ruling family of shadowshapers and she is tasked with saving her legacy from forces of evil with the help of her friends. Sierra loves her family and her neighborhood, but she doesn’t understand why the adults in her life choose to keep such important secrets from her.

Daniel José Older magnificently infuses magic, culture and heritage with typical elements of fantasy. This book is full of strong female characters and Sierra draws her strength from them. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA Urban Fantasy authors like Cassandra Clare and Laini Taylor.

Raemona

Minecraft: Full STEAM Ahead

By , September 29, 2015

Minecraft Game Screenshot

Minecraft, a computer game where everything is made of blocks, is sweeping the nation. Everywhere you look you can find children playing the game, reading the books, or begging adults to buy them Minecraft merchandise at the store. There are many benefits to playing the game, and they can all be summed up in five letters – STEAM.

But wait, what is STEAM?

STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, and Math.

How does STEAM apply to Minecraft?

Science: Players use their knowledge of materials to create different objects, tools, homes, or cities. For example, at the start of the game, players are automatically tasked with digging in order to find the material they need to create with – iron. Then, players smelt their iron – a process of placing iron ore into a forge, heating it up, and waiting for the final product: an ingot. Players can then make tools and other items out of their ingots.

Technology: Minecraft requires some kind of computer device whether it be a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or a phone. You can access Minecraft anywhere! The benefit of playing Minecraft on different devices is that players learn new technological skills. Players become more adept at using keyboards and mice when playing on a computer. They can also develop their hand-eye coordination by playing on an Xbox or a tablet. Some advanced players may even become proficient at “hacking,” “modding,” or changing the code of the game.

Engineering: There are different game modes that children and young adults can play in, such as Sandbox style and Inventor style. In Sandbox style, players can create different environments and structures. In Inventor style, players can figure out how to build working objects, like elevators and cannons.

Art + Design: When children and young adults play Minecraft, they will likely spend hours creating the perfect design. They will decide on colors, sizes, placement, etc. for their blocks based on their mined items. Creating their world will help develop architectural skills as they put their blocks together and create different structures and equipment.

Math: Mathematics encompasses more than just using numbers to calculate amounts. It also incorporates logic and reasoning skills. Using logic and reasoning, players determine how to build their world inside Minecraft. Minecraft also helps players understand the concept of graphing because the Minecraft world operates through grids, and it helps them understand geometry using and creating different three-dimensional shapes.

Schools are beginning to acknowledge the many benefits of Minecraft, and the developers of the game have responded by offering a bundle pack available specifically to schools called MinecraftEDU. Some schools are even implementing Minecraft labs for students to use during the day to focus on and build STEAM skills. Dan Thalkar, a Los Angeles Charter School teacher, believes that Minecraft is successful in classrooms because you can use it for pretty much anything:

“If you want to use it for something for math or for science you can, either just by using the game itself or by modifying it.”1

 

Minecraft Handbooks for Kids (and Adults)

Minecraft Redstone Handbook

Minecraft Redstone Handbook

Minecraft Combat Handbook

Minecraft Combat Handbook

Minecraft Construction Handbook

Minecraft Construction Handbook

Minecraft Essential Handbook

Minecraft Essential Handbook

 

Minecraft Chapter Books Encourage Reading

The Skeletons Strike Back: an Unofficial Gamer's Adventure

The Skeletons Strike Back: an Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure

Last Stand on the Ocean Shore: an Unofficial Minecrafter's Adventure

Last Stand on the Ocean Shore: an Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure

Escape from the Overworld: an Unofficial Minecraft Gamer's Quest

Escape from the Overworld: an Unofficial Minecraft Gamer’s Quest

Battle for the Nether: an Unofficial Minecrafter's Adventure

Battle for the Nether: an Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure

Graphic Novel Adaptations of Classic Books

By , September 1, 2015

Graphic novels might be the most stigmatized literary medium in the history of written word. Have you ever found yourself wondering what’s so great about graphic novels? Or what separates a graphic novel from comic books or manga? Have no fear; the answer to (most) of life’s questions is always at your fingertips…in the library. The Internet Public Library defines graphic novels as “book-length comics”. It is important to note that graphic novels are a format, not a genre, so you won’t have to look too hard to find one to match your interests. In addition to being an ingenious mashup of visual art and literature, graphic novels also have the potential to breathe new life into classic literature.

For the skeptics: The graphic novel can be a powerful tool for teaching visual literacy. Reluctant readers and visual learners can cultivate a love for reading through graphic novels. As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

Macbeth

Macbeth
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Illustrated by Gareth Hinds

Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires. – Macbeth

What would you do if three witches said you were destined to be king one day? Would you go on a murderous rampage with the hope of making your dreams come true? Oh, Macbeth. Why, oh why, did you listen to those creepy witches? Dude, they totally disappeared into thin air in the middle of your conversation. One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth, is the classic tale of how ruthless ambition can lead to murder and madness. Hinds’ rich illustrations reflect the dark tone and action of the play while staying true to the original text.

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Adapted by Nancy Butler and Hugo Petrus

Gender representation is a hot topic in discussions about graphic novels and this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice shines with female characters at the forefront. The novel opens with the Bennett family discussing the possibility of marrying one of the Bennett daughters to the wealthy, eligible bachelor, Mr. Bingley. The graphic novel’s illustrations clarify the dizzying interpersonal drama amongst the characters. If you’re a fan of witty banter and British dramas, like Downton Abbey, you’ll love Pride and Prejudice.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey
Based on the epic poem written by Homer
Adapted by Seymour Chwast

Written in 800 B.C.E., the Odyssey wins the award for being the oldest classic on our list. The poem centers on the journey of Odysseus, a Greek hero, back to his home in Ithaca after the fall of the city of Troy. I’ll be honest. I absolutely dreaded reading this text when I was in high school, and I wish this graphic novel was available back then. Chwast’s adaptation infuses the text with modern language and witty captions, which makes the graphic novel more accessible than the original. The illustrations combine classical, Greek elements with modern inventions, like space ships and rockets. This graphic novel is a fun read, especially if reading classical language poses a challenge to you.

Raemona

YA Road Trips

By , August 15, 2015

“It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.”

John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Summer is winding down, the days are getting shorter, and the first day of school is just around the corner. Shake off your back to school blues and go on an end-of-summer vacation with a hot YA Road Trip title. Before hitting the open road, don’t forget to fill up the gas tank, pack some snacks, and create the perfect summer playlist.

Summer Went Up In Flames
How My Summer Went Up in Flames
by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
First comes love, and then comes… a temporary restraining order? Rosie didn’t mean to set her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. She was just trying to burn everything he ever gave her after finding out he was “dating” i.e. cheating on her with a cute, blond freshman. The summer before senior year was not supposed to turn out like this. Between pending criminal court dates and stalking charges, Rosie’s parents decide it would be best to send her on a road trip to Arizona with neighbor, Matty, and two of his responsible (a.k.a “nerdy”) friends. Can Rosie’s summer be salvaged by finding real love in unfamiliar places?Playlist: 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia

Eat, Brains, Love
Eat, Brains, Love
by Jeff HartSenior Year. Zombie Virus. Two Undead Fugitives. One psychic zombie hunter. After Jake and Amanda devour half the senior class during lunch period, they realize something has gone terribly wrong. They’ve become zombies. As suspicious news reports are released calling the lunchtime massacre a run-of-the-mill “school shooting”, Jake and Amanda decide the open road is their only option for freedom and…Food. Meanwhile, Cass, a telepathic, zombie-hunting, government agent is tracking their cross-country movements, as she questions the ethics of her chosen profession. Tensions rise and attractions grow as the hunt for the undead duo continues across state lines and Jake, Amanda, and Cass find themselves in a strange zombie love triangle.Playlist: Strange Desire by Bleachers

The Disenchanchments
The Disenchantments
By Nina LaCourBev and Colby are the only seniors at their high school who are not going to college next year. However, they’ve planned an epic travel adventure filled with music, friends, and fun. First, they’ll embark on a West Coast tour with Bev’s band, The Disenchantments, followed by a year dedicated to exploring Europe. The van is packed, the band hits the road, and everything is going well, until Bev reluctantly admits to applying for college in secret. Colby is finally forced to figure out what his future looks like without Bev, or a backup plan.Playlist: Peace & Noise by Patti Smith

Amy and Roger's Epid Detour
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Morgan MatsonEver since her father’s fatal accident, Amy Curry doesn’t drive. No one talks about what exactly happened or whether Amy is to blame. In the aftermath, solitude becomes Amy’s best friend after her twin brother, Charlie, is placed in a North Carolina rehab center and her mom lands a teaching job in Connecticut. Sad and alone on the West Coast, Amy has to face her biggest fears to get from California to Connecticut with Roger, an old family friend, who is incredibly cute. Can Amy confront the ghost of her past while road tripping with a seriously hot chauffeur?Playlist: Coming Home by Leon Bridges

- Raemona

Book List: The Try Something Different List

By , July 7, 2015

 

 Burger Wuss
by M. T. Anderson

M.T. Anderson, author of the award-winning THIRSTY, cooks up a story of love and betrayal, with a side order of revenge–and serves it all with comedic relish. Anthony has never been able to stand up for himself–that is, not until his girlfriend, Diana, is in someone else’s arms. Then Anthony vows revenge and devises The Plan. It begins with getting a job at the fast-food restaurant where Turner (a.k.a. the guy who stole his girlfriend) happens to be a star employee. But when The Plan is finally assembled in this hilarious novel that PUBLISHERS WEEKELY called “both a tasty treat and a stinging satire,” will Anthony’s hunger for revenge be satisfied? And more important, will he prove he’s not a wuss?

 

 

The Lost Years of Merlin
by T. A. Barron

Washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, the boy had no home, no memory and no name… he was determined to find all three. This best-selling series follows the adventures and training of young Merlin on the mist-shrouded isle of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight. With this land’s inhabitants to guide him, the boy will learn that Fincayra’s fate and his own quest are strangely interwined. He is destined to become the greatest wizard of all time–known to all as Merlin

 

 

Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story
by Tonya Hegamin

Pemba knows she’s not crazy. But who is that looking out at her through her mirror’s eye? And why is the apparition calling her “friend”? Her real friends are back home in Brooklyn, not in the old colonial house in Colchester, Connecticut, where none of this would have happened if Daddy were still alive. But now all Pemba has is Mom and that strange old man, Abraham. Maybe he’s the crazy one. Thank goodness for Pemba’s Playlist and the journal she keeps. There are so many answers deep inside that music. So much is revealed in Pemba’s poetry — the bops she writes and those coming through her iPod. Phyllis, an 18th-century slave girl, has answers too. But Phyllis’s reality billows out from her visits to Pemba, visits that transform both girls in ways neither expected.

 

Black, White, Other: In search of Nina Armstrong 
by Joan Steinau Lester

Identity Crisis. As a biracial teen, Nina is accustomed to a life of varied hues mocha-colored skin, ringed brown hair streaked with red, a darker brother, a black father, a white mother. When her parents decide to divorce, the rainbow of Nina s existence is reduced to a much starker reality. Shifting definitions and relationships are playing out all around her, and new boxes and lines seem to be getting drawn every day. Between the fractures within her family and the racial tensions splintering her hometown, Nina feels caught in perpetual battle. Feeling stranded in the nowhere land between racial boundaries, and struggling for personal independence and identity, Nina turns to the story of her great-great-grandmother s escape from slavery. Is there direction in the tale of her ancestor? Can Nina build her own compass when landmarks from her childhood stop guiding the way?

 

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece
by Annabel Pitcher

My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece. Well, some of her does. A collarbone, two ribs, a bit of skull, and a little toe. To ten-year-old Jamie, his family has fallen apart because of the loss of someone he barely remembers: his sister Rose, who died five years ago in a terrorist bombing. To his father, life is impossible to make sense of when he lives in a world that could so cruelly take away a ten-year-old girl. To Rose’s surviving fifteen year old twin, Jas, everyday she lives in Rose’s ever present shadow, forever feeling the loss like a limb, but unable to be seen for herself alone. Told with warmth and humor, this powerful novel is a sophisticated take on one family’s struggle to make sense of the loss that’s torn them apart… and their discovery of what it means to stay together.

 

Three Rivers Rising: a novel of the Johnstown Flood
by Jame Richards

Sixteen-Year-Old Celstia spends every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh, a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam. Tired of the society crowd, Celestia prefers to swim and fish with Peter, the hotel’s hired boy. It’s a friendship she must keep secret, and when companionship turns to romance, it’s a love that could get Celestia disowned. These affairs of the heart become all the more wrenching on a single, tragic day in May, 1889. After days of heavy rain, the dam fails, unleashing 20 million tons of water onto Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the valley below. The town where Peter lives with his father. The town where Celestia has just arrived to join him. This searing novel in poems explores a cross-class romance–and a tragic event in U. S. history.

 

Miracle
by Elizabeth Scott

Megan survived the plane crash-but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author of The Unwritten Rule and Between Here and Forever . Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back. Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable-or maybe unwilling-to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved…

 

Like Sisters on the Homefront
by Rita Williams-Garcia

When Gayle gets into trouble with her boyfriend, her mother sends the street-smart 14-year-old’and her baby, Jose’down to Georgia, to live with Uncle Luther and his family. There’s nothing to do, nowhere to go, and no one around except kneesock-wearing, Jesus-praising cousin Cookie. Then Gayle meets Great, the family matriarch’and her stories of the past begin to change how Gayle sees her future.

 

 

 

The Bomb
by Theodore Taylor

Shortly after the first atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, World War II came to and, and the terrible reality of the atomic age began . . . Sixteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu has lived on the Bikini Atoll in the western Pacific all his life. Now the United States government wants to use his home as a site for atomic weapons tests. The islanders are told that they must leave weapon tests. The islanders are told that they must leave the island in the interest of world peace but can return when the island in the interest of world peace but can return when the land is safe again. Sorry doesnt believe the story. He is sure that radioactive fallout will poison the warm blue waters and beautiful white sand beaches, and Bikini Atoll will be lost to its people forever. Sorry knows that he has no choice but stop this disaster before it starts — even if it means standing alone against the U.S. military, and risking his own life to save his ancestral land.

Diane

Book Review: Scowler

By , July 4, 2015

Scowler by Daniel KrausScowler
By Daniel Kraus

I came across Scowler while at the library. I did not check it out at that point, because while it piqued my interest, I am always somewhat hesitant to pick up teen novels. Many teen novels that I have read have diverse plots, and are well written. However, I would quickly discover that a major part of the books’ focus are on the main characters’ love lives— a love triangle usually ensues. I like romance in small doses. When I realized this book was a Horror/Suspense novel, I quickly ran to check it out from the library.

Ry Burke is 19 years old young man itching to be free from his mother, but who feels totally responsible for her and his sister. He vacillates between wanting to leave and go to college, and then wanting to stay on their farm in Iowa because it’s all he knows. Ry finds himself in a situation where he has to defend himself, and his family. Therefore, he calls upon old protectors to help him out once again: the kind Mr. Furrington, the wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.

The story opens with the anticipation of a coming meteor shower in the 1980s. It is made clear that this event will be central to the plot and characters involved. We then jump to 10 years prior, when events start unfolding in the Burke household that shine a light on the current situation.

Kraus presents a very frank (and sometimes horrifying) look at the impact violence, abuse, and mental health issues have on people (children, in particular). Therefore, readers should be aware that there are scenes that have uncensored cursing, nudity, and intimate situations in them. I would definitely recommend this book to adults and teens alike.

Summer Challenge Book Lists: Anti Heroes

By , June 20, 2015

All the Truth That’s in Me  by Julie Berry Judith cannot speak and has subsequently been brutally rejected within her isolated community. But she sees what others miss.  Thus it is up to Judith to save her village when attackers come from across the sea.

 

 

 
The Green Arrow by Andy Diggle After a hedonistic playboy is betrayed by his long-time assistant and left for dead, he remakes himself in the image of Robin Hood, complete with longbow and thirst for justice.

 

 

 

 

 

Half Bad  by Sally Green Nathan’s mother was a beloved white witch, or so legend goes. His father is the most vile and evil of witched, responsible for the death of Nathan’s mother. Nathan, then, has a mixture of powers and impulses, some good, and some deemed bad. He tries to do right despite the war that rages within him and around him.

 

 

 

 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Seraphina is a socially awkward but gifted musician. She is certainly the last person to find in the middle of a murder investigation. But in order to protect her deepest secret, Seraphina is forced to track a killer.

 

 

 

 
Hero   by Perry Moore Thom Creed’s father is a disgraced ex-superhero, and Thom himself possesses some healing powers. But after a chance comment referring to Thom’s sexuality leads to Thom running away from home, he encounters real villains and gets the chance to become a real hero.

 

 

 

 

Side Effects May Vary   by Julie Murphy After Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she decides to use the time remaining to even the score with those who have caused her grief in the past. Despite the subjectivity inherent in this plan, Alice is ruthless in her revenge schemes. She engages nice guy Harvey, who loves her, to help her inflict damage. Then Alice goes into remission. Can she undo the damage she’s done?

 

 

 

 

 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith Finn is the model for a character in his father’s sci-fi novel, bringing him unwanted attention. After rescuing a boy, his dog, and his grandfather, Finn is thrust even further into the “hero” mode. His task: Locate the real Finn, before he gets buried under too many labels.       Diane

Summer Challenge Book List: Real Heroes

By , June 2, 2015

Grace, Gold & Glory  
by Gabrielle Douglas with Michelle Burford

Gabby Douglas, the U. S. gymnast and all-around gold medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics, tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination.

 

 

 

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist  
by Margarita Engle

Evokes in free verse the voice of Gertrude Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth century-century Cuba.

 

 

 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope 
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone’s crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his village by building a windmill.

 

 

 

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World  
by Tracy Kidder

Biography of physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer and his work fighting tuberculosis in Haiti, Peru, and Russian.

 

 

 

 

 Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of a SEAL Team  
by Marcus Luttrell

The story of the tragic Navy Seal mission in 2005 Afghanistan in which Luttrell was the only survivor.

 

 

 

 

109 Forgotten American Heroes
by Brian McMullen and Chris Ying

An off-kilter exploration of some of our nation’s most incredible–and little known–stories.

 

 

 

 

 Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America   
by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the present.

 

 

 

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust  
by Doreen Rappaport

Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owen and Hitler’s Olympics  
by Jeremy Schaap

The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the complex tale of one remarkable man’s courage.

 

 

 

 

 Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference  
by Warren St. John

The extraordinary story of a refugee football team and the transformation of a small American town.

 

 

 

 

 I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban  
by Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right for an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.

 

 

 

Diane

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