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Airborn (Book on CD)

by Kenneth Oppel
Thursday, February 12, 2009

A creatively original Victorian era fantasy where airships are one of the major modes of transportation.The style has been compared to that of Jules Verne with adventures, storms, pirates, strange creatures and a bit of romance.The descriptions of the airships makes it possible to believe that they really existed.The last 1/3 of the book is a “page-turner’ with non-stop action.A very captivating fantasy written for upper elementary age readers, but also a “great read” for adults, too.

Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

This was a spellbinding true story of a young man who graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, gave away his money to charity and went to Alaska. The film shows his quest for giving up the easy life and the people he met on the way who helped him reach his goal. He broke all contact with his family and a lot of the film is told in the words of his sister. Really worth watching.
 

 
Sue Neff, Youth Services
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A Walk in the Woods

by Bill Bryson
Thursday, February 12, 2009

This is a humorous and entertaining descriptive narrative of Bryson’s experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail in the 1990s. It also includes great background about the history, wildlife, and fragile environment of the Appalachian Trail, one of Eastern America’s treasured wilderness areas.

Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director

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Kira-Kira (Book on CD)

by Cynthia Kadohata
Thursday, February 12, 2009

This 2005 Newbery Medal winner is written for a middle and high school audience, it will also appeal to adults.The Japanese-American Takeshima family moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s when Katie, the narrator, is in kindergarten.The sense of time and place is vividly portrayed as Katie’s older sister, Lynn, teaches her to have a positive outlook on life no matter what is happening around them.Kira - Kira means shining or glittering in Japanese.Despite the hardships, grief and the prejudice the family experiences, they are able to support each other and maintain a loving and stable home.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

The incredible story of a woman who can't forget anything. Sometimes it is a gift and other times a burden, but Jill tells her life story and how her remarkable memory influenced her life. She has no control of what is swirling around in her head since memories, good and bad, just are there all the time. I highly recommend this as a great read or listen.
 
 
Sue Neff, Youth Services
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