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Gwiazd naszych wina by John Green

Gwiazd naszych wina

Gwiazd naszych wina

Hazel choruje na raka i mimo cudownej terapii dającej perspektywę kilku lat więcej, wydaje się, że ostatni rozdział jej życia został przesądzony już podczas stawiania diagnozy. Spotkanie z grupą wsparcia dla chorej  młodzieży bohaterka powieści poznaje niezwykłego młodzieńca Augustusa Watersa, okazuje się, że jej historia przyniesie jej coś czego nie spodziewała się -radość i wsparcie.

Książka Greena jest wnikliwa, odważna, humorystyczna i ostra, według mojej skromnej opinii, to najambitniejsza i najbardziej wzruszająca powieść tego autora. Autor w błyskotliwy sposób zgłębia ekscytującą, zabawną, a równocześnie tragiczną kwestię życia i miłości. Mimo, że bohaterami książki jest młodzież – książka jest wspaniałą lekturą dla każdego.

Kilka slów o autorze: John Green jest znanym pisarzem amerykańskim – autorem książek dla młodzieży. “Gwiazd naszych wina” przyniosła mu największą popularność i poczytność. Autor jest także laureatem licznych nagród literackich, takich jak: The Printz Medal, Edgar Award oraz Printz Honor.

By mariag on April 28, 2015 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Polish

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

The Martian

Space travel is a dream for most people. Being among the stars, travelling to new and exciting planets, and is something Mark Watney is a part of. He’s part of a team that’s sent up to Mars to do tests and experiments. When something goes horribly wrong, he’s stranded on Mars with little resources. Not enough resources to last him until the next mission can pick him up. Dealing with the harsh Mars climate and natural disasters, and minimal supplies, Mark must find a way to stay alive until the next landing.

The Martian is packed full of adventure, science, and the “what if” we’ve all been thinking. This award-winning book is written for adults with teen appeal. This book is available as an audiobook and as an eBook download as well.

Similar books to The Martian include: The Running Man by Richard Bachman, Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, and When the Devil Dances by John Ringo.

Reviewed by Megan

By jperez on March 30, 2015 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

“So she became a symbol of peace, of self-sacrifice in the name of peace, for many people. There was much talk of her ‘Eastern wisdom,’ which she dismissed when it reached her ears. ‘There is no particular wisdom in the East,’ she said to Argalia.  ‘All human beings are foolish to the same degree.’” (286)

A young, golden-haired man shows up at the court of the emperor of Hindoostan with a secret. A secret “which only the emperor’s ears may hear,” and a story that has traveled generations and great continents to arrive…

But what do three boyhood friends from Italy have to do with a legendary princess from East Asia?  Part love story, part history lesson, Salman Rushdie beautifully weaves numerous interconnected stories, richly detailed against the background of 17th century Italy and Eastern Asia.  Though these tales are abundant with beautiful strong-willed women, mysterious world-travelers, and philosophical poet-emperors, there are lessons for all of us, even if it’s just that, no matter how large the world, “All human beings are foolish to the same degree.”

Also available in Large Type, Audio CD, and Ebook.

Review by A.Smith

By MPPL on February 23, 2015 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald

Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers

Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers

Did you know there is an exhibit at the science museum called Everybody Stinks? Well there is, and according to Stink Moody, it is amazing! Meet Stink, a second grader and the shortest kid in his class at 3 feet 8 inches tall. During Stinks visit to the museum, he not only discovers incredible facts on smell but learns there is a stinky sneaker contest. With his nose, stink knows he has a chance to win. How you ask? Stink can smell a corpse flower a mile away – gross! Want to know if Stink wins the Golden Clothespin Award? Read Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers as Stink and his fellow classmate Sophie of the Elves challenge each other to see who has the best sniffer.

You may also like: Horrible Harry in room 2B by Kline, Suzy; I even funnier by Patterson, James; Mr. Klutz is nuts! by Gutman, Dan

By jperez on January 26, 2015 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

Willow Chance is not your normal everyday 12-year old girl. She a young genius that is obsessed about counting by 7’s, passionate about all medical conditions, and is a strict vegetarian.  But after moving to a new school, Willow is immediately seen as an outcast after being accused of cheating on a test.  To fix the problem, the school district has Willow see Dell Duke, the schools counselor who has issues of his own.  Though she is an outsider at school, Willow loves who she was and loves her life until the day she discovers her parents have been involved in a tragic accident.  Until now, Willow did not need to adjust the outside world but now is forced to adapt.  Her new friend, Mai Nguyen convinces her mom to take Willow in as a temporary guardian which sparks the future for Willow. Counting by 7s is a heartbreaking story that follows Willow Chance through her personal stages of loss, grief, and happiness.

 
You may also like: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Out of My Mind by Draper, Sharon; Mockingbird by Erskine, Kathryn
By jperez on December 13, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Windows 8 Simplified

Windows 8 Simplified

Windows 8 Simplified

Are you new to computers? Do you need a refresher on the Microsoft Windows operating system? Don’t get left behind–pick up Microsoft Windows 8 Simplified today! Learn Windows’ newest operating system visually with step-by-step guides that will have you browsing the Internet and downloading your vacation photos in no time. The best part of Windows 8 Simplified? You can start anywhere: from the beginning or from the middle of the book, each lesson offers additional tips to fulfill the task at hand.

You may also like: Windows 8 for Dummies and Office 2013

By jperez on September 1, 2014 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction

Unwindby Neal Shusterman

Unwind

Unwind

Unwind is a dystopian thriller by Neal Shusterman that follows three teens on the run from a government that believes in “unwinding” and body harvesting. This all sounds great and fine on paper, but what happens when you’re the one that’s selected to be unwound? Risa, Connor, and Lev find out. Risa is a ward of the state without any parents and without an overwhelming talent in her selected field; she needs to be unwound to make room in an overcrowded home. Connor is a trouble maker and has always pushed the limits in school and at home. His parents cannot handle an unruly child any longer. Lev is a tithe. He was born and raised as a donation. What happens when they fight back? What happens when they don’t want to be unwound? What happens when they run? This is the first in a series of four. Although controversial in topic, this disturbing novel inspires deep thought about organ donation and one’s personal right to make decisions regarding his or her body

If you like this book, here are some other recommendations: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro.

By: Megan

By jperez on August 11, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Prawie siostry Maria Ulatowska

Prawie siostry

Prawie siostry

Prawie siostry, nowa powieść autorki bestselleru Sosnowe dziedzictwo Marii Ulatowskiej jest miłą powieścią na lato.

Po ukończeniu liceum Leksi, Teo i Luśka, czyli Aleksandra, Teodora i Jolanta, trzy przyjaciółki z tej samej klasy, postanowiły, że bez względu na to, jak potoczą się ich losy, będą się spotykały co pięć lat w umówionym miejscu, zawsze tego samego dnia. Każda opowie wtedy, co się wydarzyło przez ten czas w jej życiu. A dzieje się wiele, jak to w życiu. Pojawia się pewien mężczyzna, jest więc miłość, odrzucenie, tęsknota, ból po stracie najbliższej osoby, zdrada, wybaczenie… Ale czyż z tym wszystkim nie poradzi sobie prawdziwa przyjaźń? Ta największa, trwająca przez lata…

Osadzona w trzech planach czasowych opowieść o wielkiej próbie lojalności, wierności i pamięci; o wartościach, dla których czas jest najtrudniejszym sprawdzianem.

Maria Ulatowska – autorka poczytnych książek obyczajowych („Sosnowe dziedzictwo”, „Pensjonat Sosnówka”, „Przypadki pani Eustaszyny”, „Domek nad morzem”, „Całkiem nowe życie”), urodzona i mieszkająca w Warszawie, najbardziej chciałaby, żeby można było się rozdwoić I mieszkac w kilku miejscach na raz. Tak jak wielu  z nas.

 

Maria G.

By mariag on July 16, 2014 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Polish

Museum of Thieves

Museum of Thieves

Museum of Thieves

In the city of Jewel, children are escorted by a silver guardchain from the moment they learn how to walk, and are attached securely to their beds at night–how else could the city keep its precious children safe?  But Goldie Roth is tired of living chained to her parents, and when Separation Day is abruptly cancelled, she runs away! Now free to roam the city, but with nowhere to go, Goldie discovers Jewel’s most ancient secret: the Museum of Dunt. As she learns about the darker sides of her city, she will need all of her boldness to protect that secret, and the lives of everyone in Jewel.

This is the first installment in a fantastical, dystopian tale for a younger crowd!
If you like books like this, check out these: Inkheart by Funke, C. and The Sixty-eight Rooms by Malone, M.
by Allison S.
By jperez on June 6, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Uncategorized, Youth

Inquebrantable: mi historia, a mi manera: La autobiografia official de Jenni Rivera

Inquebrantable : mi historia, a mi manera

Inquebrantable : mi historia, a mi manera

Piensas que sabes todo sobre Jenny, pues piensa otra vez. A pesar de su franqueza con el público, ella se guardó bastante. Pero ahora puedes descubrir unos de sus más íntimos secretos en su autobiografía. Con su historia escrita por su puño y letra ella te guía por la montaña rusa que fue su vida. Descubre como a pesar de todos sus pesares ella logro ser Jenni Rivera, La Diva de la Banda ¡La Gran Señora!

Otros libros que te gustarian: Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar por Virginia Vallejo; Vivir para contarla por Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Por Maria R.

By MPPL on May 19, 2014 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction