unRequired Reading Blog

11/16/2016 - 11:12am
Peter & The Starcatchers by Dave Barry

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Peter & The Starcatchers by Dave Barry
The young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold but the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerse the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan. (catalog summary)

Other books in the Starcatchers series include: Peter & the Shadow Thieves, Peter & the Secret of Rundoon, and Peter & the Sword of Mercy.

Some other adventure books that you might enjoy include:



The Boy Who Spoke Dog
by Clay Morgan
After being marooned on an island near New Zealand, Jack, an orphaned cabin boy from San Francisco, becomes allied with a group of dogs who protect the local sheep from wild dogs. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 

11/15/2016 - 2:25am
Cover to The Madman of Piney Woods

I sound like a broken record sometimes about the power of books, but I think one of the most magical things about reading is how it can sweep us up and transport us to other worlds and times and help us experience something without actually being there. Reading stories set in the past can help us understand that time, bringing the past alive to show us what it was like to live in a different time by putting us right in the middle of a story. As a reader, I like having some excitement in the stories to make them even more enjoyable. Here is a selection of books set in the past with page-turning drama, including mystery, murder, and adventure.

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

In early 1900s Canada, the neighboring communities of Buxton and Chatham share the legend of the “Madman of Piney Woods.” When Benji of Buxton, a descendant of American slaves, and Red of Chatham, a descendant of Irish immigrants, meet at a school event and strike up a friendship, they find they have much in common, including feeling the strange presence of the Madman of Piney Woods.

11/14/2016 - 9:05am
The Dark Horse by Marcus Sedgwick

When Horn's war party found the girl, she was hidden in the corner of the cave, undressed, and past comforting by the wolves who raised her. They had been slaughtered by the Lawspeaker's band or else run off, howling their rage and loneliness. A foundling, surely, filthy, perhaps seven or eight summers old. Horn, the Lawspeaker, growled that she should not join the Storn tribe. A worthless child . . . another mouth to feed in starving times.

11/07/2016 - 8:22am
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Love the feeling of anticipation of each and every fall and curve of a roller coaster? Do you relish the moment when it’s over, and you realize you were holding your breath the entire time? Many people look for those same feelings while reading, and Our Chemical Hearts delivers just that.

11/02/2016 - 12:42pm
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (catalog summary)

If you liked The Westing Game you might like:


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. (catalog summary)

 

 





Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Myster
y by Peter Abrahams
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/01/2016 - 12:51am

I knew the perfect column to appear in today’s paper would be one that focused on scary books. Just one problem: I don’t read very many scary books. I have some guilt over this because, as a librarian, I feel like I should read all types of books. And I try. I really do. But the truth is, I don’t enjoy scary books, and, while I advocate reading widely to stretch your mind and to be exposed to all the wonderful literature out there, I also think there are so many good books available that you shouldn’t spend time reading a book you really aren’t enjoying. So, I don’t read scary books unless I have to, like when I need to prepare for a book discussion group.

10/28/2016 - 12:48am
If you like Zombie movies

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Are you a Zombie-movie fiend and you're just tired of the same ole same ole Zombie flicks? Why not try a book, filled with plenty of guts and gore? Check out these unique and undead book titles, and curl up with a zombie--I mean, a good book. This is the ultimate zombie book match! [Titles range from Teen-Adult fiction.]

Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Alice Bell must learn to fight the undead to avenge her family and learn to trust Cole Holland who has secrets of his own. (catalog summary)
Other books in the series: Through the Zombie Glass, The Queen of Zombie Hearts, A Mad Zombie Party
 


This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It)
by David Wong [sequel to Jon Dies at the End]
David and John, are embroiled in a series of horrifying yet mind-bogglingly ridiculous events caused primarily by their own gross incompetence. The guys find that books and movies about zombies may have triggered a zombie apocalypse, despite a complete lack of zombies in the world. As they race against the clock to protect humanity from its own paranoia, they must ask themselves, who are the real monsters? Actually, that would be the shape-shifting horrors secretly taking over the world behind the scenes that, in the end, make John and Dave kind of wish it had been zombies after all. Hilarious, terrifying, engaging and wrenching, This Book Is Full of Spiders, the next thrilling installment, takes us for a wild ride with two slackers from the midwest who really have better things to do with their time than prevent the apocalypse. (catalog summary)


 


 

Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child [A book from the Agent Pendergast series]
After New York Times reporter William Smithback and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI Special Agent--returns to New York City to investigate a murderous Obeah cult. (catalog summary)



 

10/26/2016 - 12:29pm
https://librarypoint.bibliocommons.com/list/share/402855529_crrl_scottphillips/684148510

Louisa May Alcott did not write because she had the need to get the stories out. Louisa May wrote for one reason: she wanted her family to be rich.

10/26/2016 - 12:25pm
Cover to Anna Dressed in Blood

It's the time of year when skies turn gray, dead leaves are underfoot, and horror stories feel just right. I've found some corkers for you: things with teeth or bad intentions. There are novels; for those who prefer their horror in small, uh, bites, there are short stories, too. All are written by women. Have fun and pleasant dreams!

10/24/2016 - 12:46am
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

Theresa, better known as Tree, is just at the age when guys are starting to notice her. She doesn’t have any time for them, though. She’s got to get home after school. With her mom working and living somewhere else and no dad they can remember, it’s up to Tree to look after her brother Dab. Dab might be older in years than Tree, but he’s younger inside. Always been that way.

No, Tree doesn’t have time for the boys and men who call her name on the street—until she sees the finest looking young man ever. He doesn’t call her name. He doesn’t say anything at all. The truth of the matter is, Brother Rush, for that is his name, is a ghost.

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