You might have known that Mr. Meyer was an avid TV & movie buff, but did you know that he's also a reader? It's true!
This story is exciting and dramatic, but it's totally true! It's the story of the Russian Revolution focuses completely around the royal family, the Romanovs. We meet Nicholas before he marries his wife, Alexandra, and becomes Tsar of Russia. We follow their story through the birth of four children, political power and turmoil, and the revolt of the Russian people. We follow the family as Nicholas abdicates control of the country and as the family is exiled and awaits their fate.
Why It's Worth Reading:
Murder, intrigue, revolution, clerics - there is not a dull moment in the Romanov's story. And it's all the more fascinating because every adventure and event really happened! Candace Fleming does an incredible job of showing how privileged and out of touch the family could be, and yet also, how human they were. If you like history at all, you would probably love this book. If you're a Downton Abbey fan, the Romanov's lived during the same time period and experienced many of the same class issues, though obviously to a greater degree. The Family Romanov was nominated for the YALSA Nonfiction Award this year, and I can see why. It's fast-paced and reads like a novel, but with all of the facts and knowledge that you'd expect from great nonfiction.
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Source: NHS Library Media Center
Awards: YALSA Nonfiction Honor 2015, LA Times Book Prize YA Lit. Shortlist 2014, recommended by Bookends blog
Do We Own a Copy?: Yes!
Ms. McKaig really does it all, doesn't she? She runs all things drama, the Cat's Eye News, WOVI radio, and still has time to read!!
Check out Mrs. Taylor, looking sharp & reading one of our new graphic novels, Adrian and the Tree of Secrets by Hubert.
The Rapture is coming and Vivian Apple could not care less. Unlike the so-called Believers, including her recently devout parents, Vivian knows that the Church of America, its leader, Beaton Frick, and all talk of Rapture can be chalked up to the ramblings of a crazy man and his followers. But the morning after the anticipated Rapture, Vivian returns to an empty house with two holes in the roof of her parents’ bedroom. 3,000 Believers have disappeared in a similar fashion, convincing and converting millions of new followers – but not Vivian. With society becoming increasingly dangerous for non-Believers, Vivian, best friend, Harp, and mysterious new friend, Peter, go on the run, seeking a safe haven from judgment and answers to questions about their lives and the future.
Why It's Worth Reading:
I have continued to think about this book regularly since I read it. I found the concept interesting and the outcome thought-provoking. Modern American society is full of conversation and controversy surrounding politics and religion, particularly when the two areas collide. Though this book involves a fictional America and a made-up religion, the big ideas draw interesting comparisons to the real world. It's dystopian, but also different. And it's a compelling, fast-paced, adventure-filled story to boot. What's better than a mentally stimulating page-turner?
I will say, the cover looks a bit happy-go-lucky for the weight of the book. It's a bit more serious than it looks, but in a really great way.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Source: LIBRES & Netgalley
Awards: 3 starred reviews and a lot of buzz
Do We Own a Copy?: My LIBRES copies always get added to our collection!
Travis Coates has terminal cancer throughout his body. He's watching his illness slowly tear apart his entire family. When he decides to cryogenically preserve his head, he assumes that he will never come back or that his potential reanimation will happen so far in the future that the world will be a new place to him. So when he is brought back only five years after his death, he's not sure how to handle things. His parents, friends and girlfriend are all five years older and have moved on with their lives, but he awakens feeling as though he just left them. Plus he's an international media sensation and he's got an entirely new body to figure out. Whoa.
Why It's Worth Reading:
It's the best book I've read in a while! (Finally! The slump is over.) The premise seems very science fiction heavy, but this is really a book about relationships, romantic or otherwise, and how they evolve. I absolutely related to Travis' frustration feeling stuck in time and left behind, but I completely understood how his parents and friends might have felt as well. This is a novel will a couple of big questions at its heart, but it is easy to read and full of humor too. (Seriously. A book about a kid freezing his head called Noggin? It's frequently hilarious.) Fans of The Fault in our Stars will probably love this, but I think there's something in this book for everyone.
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Awards: Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015 (Top 10), National Book Award Finalist 2014
Do We Own a Copy?: Yes. And conveniently, the NHS Student Book Club just selected this as the title for our April 21st meeting, so grab a copy today and join us to discuss it!
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