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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

Ransom by Lois Duncan

Ransom

Ransom

It’s the end of the school day and you’re excited to start the weekend.  But when you realize the bus driver has his own agenda…Follow the cheerleader, the loner, two brothers, and an army brat as they discover they have been kidnapped on their way home from school.  Pick up Ransom by Lois Duncan today and enjoy the twist and turns of this fast moving book.  From the bestselling author of I know What You Did Last Summer, Lois Duncan will keep you wanting more.  

If you like this, you may also like: Twisted by Laurie Anderson and Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan.

By jperez on April 7, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Daughter of Smoke of Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Are you looking for a book that is filled with fantasy, action, and romance; well Daughter of Smoke and Bones is the book for you. Imagine living a double life, in which one you’re a normal 17 year old and in the other you’re running errands collecting teeth for a monster; well welcome to the life of Karou. Everything has been going great until the Angels start to appear, and Karou is faced with the ongoing war between “Good & Evil” and the love of her lives! “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

You may also like Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr; Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
By: Maria R.

By hmarroquin on February 3, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

There are some characters from books that leap off the page and into your heart, and somehow you know they’re going to stay long after you’ve finished reading. The Mighty Miss Deza Malone is one of these.  Deza Malone is twelve years old and living with her family in Gary, Indiana in 1936.  She observes the devastation of the Great Depression with wit, humor, and unquenchable curiosity.  Already a ravenous reader and enthusiastic essay-writer, her parents and teachers have told her that she is meant for a special path in life. As the Great Depression takes its toll, Deza’s father leaves Gary to find work.  Before long Deza, her brother Jimmie, and their mother follow him, riding on trains and hiking north to Michigan.  But when they can’t find him, Jimmie too leaves to find work.   Facing one challenge after another, you see that it’s not just her intelligence that makes her such a special girl, but her courage as well. Deza never stops believing in her family’s motto: “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.”

 

By Allison S.

By hmarroquin on January 20, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

The Fantasia Anthology

The Fantasia anthology

The Fantasia Anthology

Revisit Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia featuring music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classic animated shorts set to pieces of classical music including those of Bach and Stravinsky. Included in this 2 disc set is Fantasia 2000, which includes music of Gershwin and Beethoven.

You may also like: The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins

By jperez on November 18, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Film, Music, Youth

Caperucita descolorida

Caperucita descolorida  por Yanitzia Canetti

Que mejor libro que un libro con cuentos clásicos.

Esta serie de libros “Había otra vez” te entretendrá con historias originales y conocidas tanto para adultos como para niños pero con pequeños y divertidos cambios en las historias.

Si te gusto Caperucita descolorida, puedes leer estos libros de la misma serie: Blanca Nieve y los siete gigantones, Pinocho no era el mentiroso, El patito bello o La peluca de Rapunzel

By hmarroquin on September 23, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad all year

Frog and Toad All Year

Meet Frog and Toad, two friends who share an adventure throughout the seasons of the year.  Join Frog and Toad as they have a fun time sledding  down a snow covered hill or enjoying one of summers delicious treats, ice scream.  Great for early readers, Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel takes readers in a humor filled story as children successfully learn how to read beginner chapter books.

You may also like: Fox All Week by Edward Marshall and It’s Justin Time, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger.

For other Early Reader Level 4 books, check out our catalog.

By MPPL on September 9, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad all year

Frog and Toad All Year

Meet Frog and Toad, two friends who share an adventure throughout the seasons of the year.  Join Frog and Toad as they have a fun time sledding  down a snow covered hill or enjoying one of summers delicious treats, ice scream.  Great for early readers, Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel takes readers in a humor filled story as children successfully learn how to read beginner chapter books.

You may also like: Fox All Week by Edward Marshall and It’s Justin Time, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger.

For other Early Reader Level 4 books, check out our catalog.

By jperez on Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth