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What have you been Reading?

 Just curious about what people are reading out there in the world.  Have you read anything exciting that you would like to suggest to our fellow librarians?

I have 3 suggestions: YA, Tween and Picture book.

vanishing girlsI finished reading  Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver the other day.  I really like this author and have never been disappointed by her work.

It is about two sisters who become very distant after a car accident.  The animosity between the two sisters and trying to find a bridge to heal their broken relationship is well written and emotional.  It is a page turner and has a fantastic twist.

For anyone who liked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ,  I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson,  Hate List by Jennifer Brown or Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

rain reignThe book that has caught my attention and I highly recommend is Rain Reign by Ann Martin.  This book is perfect for students who like to read reality fiction, who like stories about dogs or just those who like having their heart strings tugged.

This is a story about a girl who loves homonyms and her dog.  Rose is a high-functioning autistic girl who has some trouble at school and at home.  On top of everything, her dog that means everything to her, disappears during a rain storm.   How Rose deals with searching for her dog and her relationships at school makes this a fantastic read about human compassion.

book with no picturesThe Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak is hilarious.  Who would think that this book would be anything since it literally has no pictures.  This is a must for storytime – just be ready to leave your inhibitions behind!






Submitted by Kathy Conroy from Westwood Jr and Mount Pleasant Elementary



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What are your top 5 teen books?


One of the main objectives of this site is to share information.  I would love to know which teen books you are recommending to the students?

My top 5 book recommendations are:

1.  The Summoning Series by Kelley Armstrong (for those who love paranormals)

2.  Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (for the sci-fi- action adventure readers)

3,  I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson (reality fiction readers)

4.  Just Deserts by Eric Walters (for reluctant boy readers)

5.  I am Malala by Malala Yousafzi (for those who enjoy biographies)

Please use the comment box to let everyone know what you are recommending!

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR

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How do you recommend books?

Are you an active participant when recommending books?  I came across a post written by Margaret Dunham about how to recommend books.  All the steps that she listed is something that I do.  The one step that is very important which is not on the list is to read as much as you can in your library and across the different genres.  Of course you can also look at book lists to find titles similar to what your student likes to read.  The final goal is to have your student leave with a book that they are excited to read.

Read the post here:  How to be Awesome at Giving Book Recommendations In Four Simple Steps

Posted by Kathy (Westwood Jr)