Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So Many Ebooks, So Many Choices!

The sun is out but the temperature is COLD!  This seems like a good opportunity to bundle up under a warm blanket with a good book, right?

However, what happens if you finished, or don't have a book to read?  And you can't find any ebooks you want to read on the school's online catalog?

Well there are a couple other options.

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Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks for you to read on a variety of formats.  You can download and read them on a Kindle, use your Overdrive app on an iPad, or even read them straight on your desktop or laptop screen.

The downside is these books tend to be on the...old side.  Project Gutenberg only digitizes titles which are out of copyright.  However, that doesn't mean there aren't some great books here.

For example!

They have the entire series available for you to download.  Did you know the next play our Theater Department is putting on is Anne of Green Gables?  It's not just a classic, it's cute and funny and heartwarming, you might laugh out loud and possibly shed a small tear!

These were two of my favorites when I was a kid.  There's still something so awesome imagining coming up to your room and discovering it's been transformed from a cold attic to a warm place with a fire and a chair and a pot of hot chocolate.  Magic!  (or is it?)

Some of you may remember me booktalking 7th Sigma by Steven Gould.   

 (After Kimble's father is taken away for medical attention, he chooses to stay and live in the desert Southwest, also known as the territory. It's a dangerous place for anyone, let alone a teen. No one can carry metal in order to avoid the metal-eating bugs that destroy everything in their path. Eventually he finds a place to call home and puts his skills to work helping Territorial law enforcement.) 

Did you know that Steven Gould based his book (even the name of his character!) off of Rudyard Kipling's Kim?  He did!  And it's just as awesome, though in a totally different setting.    

So if you read 7th Sigma and loved it you should definitely check out Kim.

 It doesn't get much better than talking animals.  And a wise-cracking parrot!

Jules Verne was one of the first writers of Science Fiction.  Around the World in 80 Days is pure adventure, though.


Alright, enough of the classics, you say?  How about some modern fantasy?  Did you know that Amazon offers some of it's Kindle titles for free?  That's right!  Generally it will be the first book in a series because they want to hook you but still, you don't have to pay anything for that first one and there's no pressure to buy the rest.  Here are two of my favorite fantasy titles currently offered for free.

If you like Steampunk, or fantasy, or action and adventure, this book is for you.  If you like strong feisty female protagonists, this book is for you!  If you like an odd cast of quirky characters who make far too many jokes and talk far too much during missions when they should be working on their stealthy sneaking...this book is for you!

Errol Stone has had a hard life.  He's seen a lot for someone who's not even sixteen.  And unfortunately, he's found drinking helps him forget so he drinks a lot.  But one fateful day, he's asked to carry a message to someone and it all changes.  He finds himself being hunted, having to flee, making some powerful friends and enemies and finding if he digs deep within himself, he has the power to fight back against his past and make something of his future.

I have such a soft spot for young heroes.  And those who work hard, and become really good at something (like fighting) just makes me all giddy.  Errol is such a great kid.  You'll root for him when he stumbles and cheer out loud when he triumphs.

So there you have it!  That's a pretty solid selection of titles to keep you busy during the cold days!  And as always, I love hearing from you.  If there's a book you think would be perfect for our library, let me know and I'll take a look!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Countdown to the most prestigious children's literature award in America!

The 2013 Newbery Awards are just around the corner (January 27th to be precise).

Middle School Library Club has been very busy picking contenders and reading them so they can decide what should win.

After much discussion they've narrowed their selection down to two titles.

After their grandmother tells them that their missing dad was killed in a fight with an angry man, Annie and Rew spend their days imagining what exotic jobs he probably had, but a prison escapee unravels all their stories.
"This book is awesome. It should totally win!" ~Lauren L.
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.
"It's a little creepy, I mean the doll is made out of china made from the bones of a girl. But it's good and could win." ~ Lauren P.

We'll find out Friday, January 31st if their choice won!