Every morning, Patricia (Trisha) Polacco wakes to the sounds of singing birds on her old Michigan farm. She goes downstairs, pours herself a cup of coffee, and then plays an antique music box, enjoying its magical beauty. She then sits in her favorite chair, rocks and rocks, and dreams of stories, old and new, that she can tell to children through her words and her drawings.
Science fiction offers a rich history and has gone through many changes since its birth almost 200 years ago. The genre is so much more than mere aliens, robots, and time travel. It allows us to address complex issues in an accessible way.
"Because the day, it was school. It was the bells too loud or rattly in broken speakers that would never get fixed. It was the bad floors squeaky and footprinted, and the bang of lockers. It was writing my name in the upper-right-hand corner of the paper or Mr. Nelson would automatically deduct five points, and in the upper left-hand-corner of the paper or Mr. Peter would deduct three. "—Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
High school is a strange existence. It is a minefield of cliques, relationships, and hopefully schoolwork. There are several authors who have found a sharply accurate voice when writing as teens, John Green being the most successful.
When it does ring true, scenes and exchanges strike with the power to take us back to our most vibrant adolescent memories. These are the books that hold this ability for me. They are great high school narratives dealing with isolation, cliques, peer-pressure, and simply trying to survive.
Boy + Bot are two very different friends who share the same love of discovery. Boy encounters the robot in the woods while collecting pinecones and asks to play. "Affirmative!" the robot answers.
Welcome to Keyhouse: an unlikely New England mansion in Lovecraft, Massachusetts that opens doors to transformations that no one would ever expect—especially the new owners, the mourning Locke family. After their father Rendell is murdered in California, the grieving Mrs. Locke moves herself and her three school-aged children—Tyler, Kinsey, and young Bode—across the country to live with distant family.
Confession time: I am news junkie. Obsessed to the core with headlines, bylines, and editorials, I love starting my morning with a hot cup of coffee, a good podcast, and the online editions of my favorite papers.
You will find wisdom and comfort in this sweet, funny, and smart story. Counselor Maggie Brennan specializes in helping her patients in a special type of loss: the anguish of the loss of a four-legged friend. Her insight into the loss of this special bond moves her grieving patients who are often embarrassed and confused about the emotional turmoil caused by the loss of their pets: loss is loss and love is love. Her patients are not “Dog Crazy” but “Dog Normal.”
332 poems -- our largest number so far -- were submitted electronically by teens from our region. Amanda Rutstein, a poetry professor at the University of Mary Washington and manager of the Fredericksburg Writing Center, had the unenviable task of selecting only 24 winners. But how do you choose the best of the best when there are so very many entries? “I look for a variety of characteristics in a winning poem, but my top three are vivid imagery, use of figurative language, and ingenuity,” says Amanda. “It's fun to find the poems from students who took risks and the see the effort they put into those poems to make them shine...The ones who play with language always stand out.”
Winners will be awarded prizes and invited to read their work at the Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library, Wednesday, May 27 from 7:30-8:30. There will be a reception afterward, and the public is warmly invited to attend.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 Teen Poetry Contest!
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The Firm by John Grisham: "When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought that he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired the McDeeres a decorator. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray--doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail--already knew: You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice--if he wants to live." (Book Description)
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A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she's got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes. (catalog description)
Conflict of Interest by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg is one of the most recognized names in the thriller genre. Her latest offering, Conflict of Interest, is a masterpiece of suspensea complex and profound novel featuring a veteran female district attorney attempting to reconstruct her shattered personal life when she is suddenly plunged into a moral, legal, and emotional nightmare. (catalog description)
"In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play."
A zebra, a lion, a moose, and a sheep find shelter in a cave, but maybe they should have first asked The Very Cranky Bear. He chases the quartet out into the storm with a "ROAR!"