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Technology has become an integral part of our lives, to the point that many of us can’t imagine (or remember) life before we had personal computers and cell phones. Technology is also a huge part of literature, from characters with cell phones to cyborgs & robots to space travel. In honor of Teen Tech Week (March 6-12, 2016), I’ve created a list with some of my favorite young adult titles that feature technology—and one that features life after technology fails.
Also, don’t forget to come see us for Teen Tech Week: Create It At Your Library.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: "Shifting among multiple viewpoints but focusing mostly on blind French teenager Marie-Laure and Werner, a brilliant German soldier just a few years older than she, this novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece. The main protagonists are brave, sensitive, and intellectually curious, and in another time they might have been a couple. But they are on opposite sides of the horrors of World War II, and their fates ultimately collide in connection with the radio-a means of resistance for the Allies and just one more avenue of annihilation for the Nazis. Set mostly in the final year of the war but moving back to the 1930s and forward to the present, the novel presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending." (Library Journal)
If you enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See, you may also like these titles:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
"In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can." (Book Description)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
"Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe." (Book Description)
“The sharper your knife, the less you cry.”
Chefs dominate the cooking industry; the big ones have TV shows, cookbooks, their own magazines. Because of them, there are cooking shows for every taste and better produce in your local market. Here is a selection of notable memoirs; two of the authors uplifted home cooking in America.
Dr. McLaughlin has been practicing mindfulness meditation for nearly 20 years and teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at Mary Washington Hospital. He is a founder and teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Fredericksburg and the Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg.
From the Director, Martha Hutzel:
Our beloved former Director Donna Cote worked in the CRRL system for an astounding 44 years, leading us for the past 34. Indeed, in many ways, her staff was her extended family, and Donna nurtured us all. She took a personal interest in our lives as we strove for excellence in our careers and our service to the community.
“Shallow graves always give up their dead.” -- These Shallow Graves
In the 1890s, there was only one acceptable job for a heiress and socialite like Josephine Montford—leveraging her beauty and breeding to marry well and young. None of the teens at Miss Sparkwell’s School for Young Ladies have any goals beyond that—except Jo. She longs to be a gutsy investigative journalist like Nellie Bly. (True fact: In a day when daring careers were only for men, Nellie Bly faked mental illness to be admitted to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and the exposé she wrote about it changed mental health care forever.) It’s hard to imagine a dream that could be further outside the seemingly impermeable box of restrictions that Jo’s family and society have constructed for her.
If you like The 5th Wave, you may also like these titles:
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
"While camping in a national park in Michigan, 17-year-old Alex, a girl coping with a brain tumor and the side effects of its treatment, survives a series of electromagnetic pulses that may have taken out the entire world. Miles from nowhere, she hikes with new companions-an obstinate eight-year-old orphan named Ellie and a young soldier named Tom-as they try to make sense of things. Aside from wrecking their equipment, the pulse has killed most adults and morphed young people into psychotic flesh-eating monsters that are soon dubbed the Changed." (Publisher's Weekly)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
I think. I create. I invent. Create it at your library during Teen Tech Week, March 6-12, 2016. Our libraries offer teens a space to explore, create, and share while extending learning beyond the classroom. Joining in the fun is easy! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to drop by the teen area any time during the hours listed below and get creative. Share your creations with your friends and with us by tagging them @crrlnews #TTW16 .
EBook and eAudio fans, rejoice! We recently increased checkouts and holds in OverDrive to seven each, up from four! Don’t forget this applies to each card in your household. The same card can be used to check out books in different formats to go to multiple devices. For example, one card can be used to check out a Kindle book, an eAudio MP3, and an eBook that you read on your smart phone through the OverDrive App.