Cafe Book

10/03/2017 - 9:04am
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary Lambert

Annabelle Balog wants her family to be a little more normal. Normal dads don’t wear old-timey Sherlock Holmes hats. Normal older brothers are actually home every once in a while. Normal little sisters aren’t in danger of being crushed under newspapers. And normal moms are not hoarders.

But Annabelle’s mother is a hoarder, and their house is packed to the brim with junk. There are towers of newspapers, hundreds of empty egg cartons and milk jugs, an entire room full of broken toys and dolls. Nothing can be thrown away, and, as Annabelle’s mother continues to collect and keep everything, there is little room left for anyone else.

06/14/2017 - 12:01am
Cover to Need

Through a partnership between Central Rappahannock Regional Library and 14 area middle schools, each year seventh and eighth graders across Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, and the City of Fredericksburg participate in Cafe Book. Reading from among 16 recently published young adult books, they have lively book discussions over lunch and vote on their favorites.

08/08/2016 - 3:50pm
If you like The Lockwood & Co. Series by Jonathan Stroud

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Book #1 in the series)
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. (catalog summary)

If you like the first book in the Lockwood & Co. series, try the other two:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like the Lockwood & Co. book series, try these other titles:

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
 

 

 

 

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

 

 

09/07/2017 - 3:27pm
Brown bag lunch and books

It's lunchtime, and students carrying lunch boxes and cafeteria trays begin filing into the school library and finding seats. Librarians from the school and public libraries eagerly await their arrival. Once everyone's settled, they facilitate student discussion of 16 recently published teen titles, reminding students to start with what they liked and guiding them to elaborate on any concerns, beyond simply "It was boring." After meeting, reading, and discussing for an entire semester, teens vote for their favorites. The results become each school's "Top Teen Picks" list. The public library's copies get an award sticker, and these books become the most sought-after titles on our shelves. The semester wraps up with a visit to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, where the students continue their tradition of lunching in the library while also touring the building, answering trivia questions based on the books, and cheering for their school's winners. 

02/23/2015 - 1:43pm
Cafe Book 2015: Dixon-Smith Top Picks

What’s all of the cheering about? Recently, teens from Dixon-Smith Middle School’s Cafe Book program came to Central Rappahannock Regional Library for their Get Together Day. Here, the students learn which of the 20 Cafe Book titles they voted for became their school’s Top Picks. As you can see, many of the students got very excited when their favorite books were announced as top picks.

06/27/2013 - 7:02pm
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Don't know what to read this summer? Let the 7th and 8th grade teens at Thornburg Middle give you a few exciting suggestions! After their Cafe Book meetings this spring, they voted on their Top Picks and Favorites. Check them out!

Top Picks:
 
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
 
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
 

Everneath
 by Brodi Ashton
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth. 
 
 
 
 
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Venom
 by Tera Lynn Childs
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates. Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it's also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster. 
 

 
 
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star
 by Maureen Johnson
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation. 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorites:
 
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth OppelStarters by Lissa PriceUltraviolet by R.J. Anderson
 
Starters by Lissa Price
 
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
05/16/2013 - 3:18pm
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Cafe Book participants at Spotsylvania Middle School have read, discussed and enjoyed the selected books of this year, but only the best titles make the list of "Top Picks."

Top Pick:

This year's favorite is clearly Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

Three teenaged descendants of Medusa (the once beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology) must unite and embrace thier fates to overcome the monsters walking hte streets of San Francisco.
 

Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  

Starters by Lissa PriceWonder by R. J. Palacio

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Starters by Lissa Price

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

05/16/2013 - 3:05pm
Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

The votes are in and the winners have been chosen.  The 7th and 8th grade students at Rodney Thompson Middle School have chosen their favorite titles for this year's Cafe Book program.

Top Picks:

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex
A boy who may be part changeling, twins involved in a bizarre secret experiment, and a clurichaun in a red tracksuit try to save the world from an evil cereal company whose ultimate goal is world domination.

 

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans



Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.

 

 

 

Other Favorites:

Starters by Lissa Price Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

Starters by Lissa Price

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

05/16/2013 - 3:14pm
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Gayle Middle School's 7th and 8th graders have voted on the top picks of this year's Cafe Book titles to determine which ones are their absolute favorites.

Top Pick:

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.


Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi AshtonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsGirl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Sheltr by Harlan CobenStarters by Lissa Price This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Starters by Lissa Price

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

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05/16/2013 - 3:13pm
Starters by Lissa Price

Seventh and eighth graders at Dixon-Smith Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

The Top Pick:

Starters by Lissa Price

In a future Beverly Hills, biological warfare has made sixteen year-old Callie and her younger brother orphans. In order to survive, Callie agrees to the newest fad – body renting – where seniors use her body to re-live their youth, but she ends up caught in a web of lies and assassins. 


Other Favorites:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Everneath by Brodi Ashton Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans Outlaw by Stephen Davis Sheltr by Harlan Coben Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThis Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

 Wonder by R. J. Palacio

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Cafe Book is supported by a generous donation from the Carver family in memory of their mother Ruth---middle school librarian, literacy advocate, and lover of reading.

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