New Choices for World Book Night

New Choices for World Book Night

Do you know people who don’t read much or at all but for whom a good book could make a big difference? For World Book Night (April 23, 2014), you can volunteer to be a giver of books, whether to teens or adults.

There is no money required from you, but there are rules to follow. Due to demand for more books for at-risk youth, the folks at World Book Night have announced three additional titles from which to choose. Two are young adult books, and one is a middle reader.

The additional WBN US picks for 2014 are:

Cover to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


·         Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (Amulet/Abrams)

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time--when not playing video games and avoiding Earl's terrifying brothers-- making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. … he and Earl don't make them for other people. Until Rachel. Rachel has leukemia, and Greg's mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl must abandon invisibility and make a stand. (Young Adult)

·         Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.S. Simon (Candlewick)  

A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. (Middle Reader)

·         The Raven's Warrior by Vincent Pratchett (YMAA Publications)

Cover to The Raven's WarriorIf Death takes a man it is called fate, when Death leaves a man it is called destiny. Wounded in battle (900 A. D.), a near-dead Celtic warrior is taken by Viking raiders and sold into a Baghdad slave market. He is dragged further East, through the desert, into the ‘Middle Kingdom’ where he is bought by a Taoist Priest and his beautiful daughter. Hazy images of silk, herbs, needles, potions and steel, can only lead to one thing, he has been purchased by a wizard and his witch. Arkthar fears for his soul.

Death finds Arkthar’s predicament interesting. “I have heard the delirious ramblings of countless dying minds. I am amused by yours.”

“Don’t be afraid, I won’t take you now. Your life sentence has just begun.”

Arkthar’s ‘owners’ become his teachers and then his companions. The priest wizard and his witch daughter heal and teach Arkthar their Eastern ways of medicine, science, war and philosophy.

Under the watchful eye of death, this journey unfolds, as a slave becomes a king, and new root of Arthurian legend takes hold. (Young Adult)

Click here for the complete list of the 2014 book choices. If you would like to be a giver, go to: The deadline to apply is January 5, 2014.