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Today is Groundhog Day, that holiday when a little creature emerges from its burrow to see if it's sunny or not and decides whether it wants to hurry back home and curl up for 6 more weeks of beauty rest.
Regardless of what the groundhog decides to do this morning, I think curling up for a while with a good book will be my goal of the week. So grab a warm blanket and a cup of cocoa while I present for you: four teen books to help you ignore the outside world!
Nothing helps you ignore the real world better than a book about a girl ignoring the real world! Anda starts playing a massively-multiplayer-role-playing game and begins to see how the lines between the real world and the online one can become blurred. This is a gorgeously illustrated graphic novel with an interesting message to share.
If your preferred reason for staying in bed is because you can't put your book down, this one is for you. Working from letters, manuscripts, reports, books, and other documents, Swanson has pieced together the story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the ensuing chase of John Wilkes Booth. Readers not only follow the course of Booth and his co-conspirators, but also Lincoln's final moments and the reactions of those around him. It's a serious page-turner, and you have the added bonus of saying it's a "history book" if anyone asks you any questions.
If you haven't read this one yet, go get it from a library right now. Eleanor and Park are both misfits in 1986 who have no choice but to sit next to each other on the bus one day. That act starts an unlikely friendship that grows from comic books and shared music. I know it doesn't sound like much, but you won't be able to eat, sleep, or breathe until it's done.
If you've ever spent a night on the couch watching The Bachelor while texting your friends to say you're watching The 100, this book is for you. America Singer is "Selected" to participate in a televised competition to compete to be the bride of Prince Maxon. The only problem is it's the last thing America wants. This book is a guilty pleasure that is best enjoyed from behind the book sleeve of something serious and intimidating like Crime and Punishment.
You have your list, now grab a blanket and stay inside until it's warm out!
Ever wonder how librarians hone their recommendation skills? Sometimes, our librarians play a game we call the 6 Degrees of reading. The rules are simple: choose six books, each connected somehow to the book above it, with the last book in the list connecting to the first. Periodically, we like the results enough to share them with you.
This time around: time limits and tempests.
Two stories run parallel in this novel of heartbreak and hope. Mara has five days left before she plans to kill herself before her Huntington’s Disease becomes more than she can bare. Scott has five days left as guardian to an 8-year-old foster son whose mother is being released from prison and plans to take custody. This book chronicles the five days that each has left with the ones they love.
A lonely old man is planning to kill himself now that his wife is gone and he finds he has little to live for. But the annoying new neighbors, old estranged friends, and a stray cat all interject themselves into his life and, unintentionally, find ways to foil his suicidal plans. While it sounds depressing, it is actually very funny and heartwarming.
Leo Gursky is a lonely old man who survived the holocaust but is now nearing the end of his life and worries that no one will notice when he is gone. Alma Singer is a fourteen-year-old trying to help her mother fight loneliness and depression. An obscure novel helps to bring these two strangers together where they may find salvation and peace.
Daniel Sempere is the son of a bookstore owner during the 1950s in Barcelona. He discovers an obscure novel, and begins a quest to uncover the many mysteries surrounding the book and its author. Zafon vibrantly creates a dark and mysterious Barcelona with a magical world lurking beneath the surface.
Sookie Stackhouse has a telepathic gift. But as a small-town waitress in Louisiana, her gift really only gets in the way. In this 7th book in the series, Sookie gets entangled in vampire politics which are especially dangerous since the local vampire queen has been weakened by the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Harris presents a supernatural South where magic lurks beneath the surface.
An investigative journalist delves into what happened at New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital during Hurricane Katrina. Inadequate planning left doctors and nurses without power, leadership, or a way to getting patients and personnel to safety. Over the five days they survived in the aftermath of the storm, life and death decisions had to be made. The fallout from those decisions eventually caused several of the staff involved to be charged with second-degree murder.
Hopefully as you read this you're getting ready to head to our Harry Potter Movie Marathon! We're celebrating Harry Potter this week, and as you'll see, we found out that he's a pretty big part of our collection.
(because I hope you're wondering: the 400s (language and dictionaries) are the only Dewey Decimal category without a book that references Harry Potter in at least a chapter title; looks like you'd better get started on that Parseltounge dictionary).