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02/06/2017 - 12:28am
The Body in the Woods by April Henry

If you stumbled across a body in the woods, would you be horrified like Alexis, electrified like Ruby, or panicked like Nick?

In April Henry’s The Body in the Woods, high school students Alexis, Ruby, and Nick’s first official Search and Rescue (SAR) for the Portland County Sheriff’s Office did not go as planned, to say the least. They were assigned to find an autistic man in Forest Park, but found a young woman’s body instead. Realizing that she was very recently murdered, the three students reached the conclusion that one of the many park visitors they conversed with on the trail could be the killer.

02/16/2017 - 4:01pm
If you like The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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 the book matches here.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” ― Offred, The Handmaid's Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules. (catalog summary)

The Handmaid's Tale is an upcoming American television series based on the book. It has been ordered by streaming service Hulu with a straight-to-series order, with the production beginning in late 2016. Atwood will serve as consulting producer.¹ Elisabeth Moss will star in the series, along with Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel, and Madeline Brewer. It will premiere on April 26, 2017. There has been two movies based on Atwood's book: 1990's The Handmaid's Tale, and 2016's The Handmaiden. See the first trailer below book suggestions.
 


If you enjoyed the dystopian themes of this novel and would be interested in similar works, here are some other titles you may enjoy:
 

1984
1984
by George Orwell
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions--a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time. (catalog summary)

 

 


02/02/2017 - 12:25am
Cover to I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery

Poems by Cynthia Grady with illustrations by Michele Wood

Cynthia Grady and illustrator Michele Wood have crafted a book to share with children where each poem, together with its picture, is a thoughtful illumination of some aspect of slaves’ experiences.

02/01/2017 - 9:08am
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

The main character in Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything, Madeline, lives in a bubble. Literally. Her house has an airlock and the very rare individuals allowed to enter must go through a decontamination process. Direct contact with anything can be potentially life-threatening, and Madeline has lived this way as long as she can remember. It’s all she knows. She has been comfortable with and understood this life. Until now. Because, when a cute boy named Olly moves in next door, she finds herself wanting more.

01/31/2017 - 12:24am
Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved

The 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner Cry, Heart, But Never Break, is a wonderful story that can help your child understand what death is and why, and why it happens in a creative but wise way. 

01/30/2017 - 12:23am
The Singing Bones: Inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Singing Bones is a unique and brilliant take on the Brothers Grimm and their timeless folktales that have traveled through the ages.

02/08/2017 - 9:29am
If you like James Patterson's BookShots


BookShots by James Patterson: "Life moves fast—books should too." 

BookShots are paperbacks developed by notable author James Patterson that are 150 words or less. They are also cheap—five dollars, no more, no less. Not only do the BookShots feature Patterson's famous characters like Alex Cross and Michael Bennett, but they also feature other genres Patterson is known for as well. You can read on any electronic device as well.

Featured below are the BookShots we have, divided in genre form. All summaries are from JamesPatterson.com/bookshots
 


Steamy Romances

$10,000,000 Marriage Proposal



$10,000,000 Marriage Proposal Will you marry me for $10,000,000?
I am a creative, open-minded businessman with limited time and desire to play the field. This is a serious proposal. A mysterious billboard intrigues three single women in LA. But who is this Mr. Right? And is he the perfect match for the lucky winner?

 

 

01/26/2017 - 12:20am
Cover to Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow

“Ready or not, here I come!”

It’s the familiar call of Hide and Seek. Children know and love the game, and even adults remember the thrill of hearing friends count to ten before coming to find them. In Have You Seen Elephant? by debut author and illustrator David Barrow, a young boy and his elephant spend an afternoon playing the classic game. Elephant tells the boy before they start playing: “I must warn you, I’m very good.” And he’s not lying. As the two friends play, the reader sees Elephant hide in delightfully obvious places . . . but the boy cannot find him. A young child will have a blast finding Elephant at the turn of every page. Have You Seen Elephant? is the perfect story to read one-on-one with a child or with a group. It is sure to generate giggles!

01/24/2017 - 9:25am
Hands-On Healing Remedies

Note: Please check with your physician before beginning to use any remedies, natural or otherwise, as they may interact with existing medication or be disallowed because of your physical condition.

01/23/2017 - 9:06am
Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest

A mother's protection is a wondrous thing. When Rosemary felt her mother's powerful spell wrap around her so hard it forced her to the ground, she knew she had no reason to be worried for her own safety. But then it cut off as though cleaved with a sword, and Rosemary knew that something terrible had happened to her.

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