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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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Friday, December 12, 2008

Gladwell describes dramatic transformation of changes such as unknown books into bestsellers, as epidemics. In one of his examples, he describes Paul Revere as a “Connector” and a “Maven” who knew almost everyone in the region and had much information about the British.This is why he was able to galvanize the forces of resistance so effectively which may have been a major “tipping point” in the revolutionary war.A few people can make a big difference in the world if certain factors fall in place.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The White Masai

by Corinne Hofmann
Friday, December 12, 2008

I read this book when I returned from Africa last year and it was so good, I reread it. Corinne met a Masai on a trip to Africa and immediately knew she had to marry him. She closed up her life in Switzerland, moved into a mud hut with him and tried to make a go of it but eventually he because so jealous and sure that she was cheating on him, that she had to give up. The cultures were just too different. It gives a true picture of how the native Masai live and how someone like us finds it very hard to accept. I recommend it.

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The Kitchen Boy

by Robert Alexander
Friday, December 12, 2008

This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read in a long time. Using the facts of the Romanovs' imprisonment and eventual execution, Robert Alexander weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue. Even though you know the fate of the Romanovs, he manages to write the book in such a suspenseful way that you can't put it down. I highly recommend this book. In addition, check out this great website for the book. Hope someone makes this one into a movie.

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