Teen

Kira-Kira (Book on CD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Cynthia Kadohata

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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Accidents of Nature (Audiobook)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Harriet McBryde Johnson
This is a funny, poignant coming of age story that gives one insight to the handicapped world. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, goes away to a camp for the disabled for the first time. She has grown up in a small town where she is the only handicapped person she knows and she considers herself to be part of the normal world. She writes about her 10 days at camp where she gains new insight into the world of the “crips”, the “Mr.’s”, the “walkie-talkies”, the “norms and into herself. The book changed the way I will perceive handicapped people in the future.

Laura G., Youth Services
 

Hairspray (Music CD)

Monday, May 19, 2008

I love musicals and loved the 2007 version of the musical Hairspray. I was so happy when my hold came in for the soundtrack. I love listening to soundtracks for musicals; you get to revisit the whole play. So I checked out the library's copy and listened to it in my car for about a week straight (and I drive about 1 1/5 hours a day). It always put me in a great mood. So if you've seen the movie, be sure to check out the soundtrack.

Janice, Youth Services

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Forgotten Ellis Island: the Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital

Monday, May 19, 2008
Lorie Conway

Most of us know something of Ellis Island and the amazing number of immigrants who entered the United States in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.We study the hows and whys that so many left their native countries and traveled here.We know of the terrible conditions that many traveled in on the long journeys.But, did you ever stop to think of the number of immigrants who arrived on the shore of Ellis Island ill or carrying a contagious disease?What happened to those people?

Enter America’s Immigrant Hospital.“The hospital was massive and modern- 22 state-of-the-art buildings crammed onto two small islands, which were man-made from rock and dirt excavated during the building of the New York subway system.” (page 5).Read about the controversy surrounding ill immigrants, the building of the hospital, the staff that provided amazing care, and the patients.This is a fascinating look at an extraordinary institution, filled with photos of both then and now.Lorie Conway produced a documentary about the hospital, and this is the companion book.I haven’t been able to find a copy of the documentary available for purchase, but I’ll keep looking.

Holly, Youth Services

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Black Duck (Book on CD)

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Janet Taylor Lisle

It's the Spring of 1929 on the New England shore... Prohibition... Smuggling Liquor... and a dead body found on the beach.

So begins Black Duck the story of Ruben and Jeddy and their, along with most of those in the small community, involvement in rum-running. Black Duck is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that will have you on the edge of your seats at times. The author’s note at the end of the audio tells of the actual events that inspired the story.

Holly, Youth Services

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100 Cupboards (Book on CD)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
N. D. Wilson

One of those books on CD where I found myself wanting to drive for the sole purpose of listening! You know, where you sit in the garage for as long as you can get away with. Plus, I found myself telling everyone – adults and kids- how much I was enjoying the story. The back of the book on CD summed it up nicely…

“Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It’s an unfamiliar house- Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle and three cousins- so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowing turning….

Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers doors- ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room- with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.”

And the best part…100 Cupboards in the first of a new fantasy adventure! A great listen for ALL AGES.

Holly, Youth Services

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Author Russell Freedman...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I discovered Russell Freedman when I stumbled acrossEleanor Roosevelt: a life of Discovery.I enjoyed the book so much; I ended up naming our cats Franklin and Eleanor.Russell Freedman draws you into his current subject and doesn’t let you go.I eagerly await his new titles.The latest is Who Was First? Discovering the Americas. Freedman writes for the teen audience, but he pays them the same respect as one would an adult audience and thoroughly researches his subjects.After reading The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (Livingston Reads! 2008 selection) I picked up Freedman’sChildren of the Great Depression.Give Freedman a try, regardless if you are no longer in the “teen audience”, you will be surprised by what you find.

Holly, Youth Services

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The Education of Little Tree (Book and DVD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Forrest Carter
The Education of Little Tree

This story tells a tale both harrowing and enlightening about American Indian children taken from their parents and brought up to conform to the
customs of  "the white man." The author is a descendant and his story is that of his grandfather. This is a brilliant read and must watch movie.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Skuldduggery Pleasant

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Derek Landy

Average teen Stephanie's uncle passes away and she is stunned to discover that she inherits his house and belongings. When she stays overnight on her own at his house one night, she is startled when someone tries to break in. Not really someone but something - not human - some sort of creature. Skulduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue and saves her life.

She has only met Skulduggery twice before, at her uncle's funeral and at the reading of his will. Both times he was clothed from top to bottom, even his face was was covered by a scarf. This time, he has revealed his true form - he's actually a skeleton. It's a little bit of an involved story, him turning into a skeleton... but he was once a person - a magical person. Stephanie is immediately thrust into a world of magic that exists within hers and she's in up to her neck - luckily Skulduggery is a detective & ready to help out. Because they need to figure out what's going on, how to save the world, why Stephanie is in danger, and if an ancient relic exists and how it relates to all of this. Get ready for quite a ride!

Janice, Youth Services

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Downloadable Videos

Sunday, February 24, 2008

First you'll need to download the software - don't worry it's easy! Then you can make your selections from all the titles available for you to download - you'll need to enter in the numbers from the back of your library card before you can download them.

I used this a few weeks ago when I was ill and I was bored of being at home. I found it very easy to use and enjoyed the titles I dowloaded - mainly "library world" titles.

Some of the titles available include: shows like Fitness On Demand, Antiques Roadshow, America's Test Kitchen; movies like McClintock, My Best Friend's Wedding, Black Hawk Down, The Fifth Element, Desperado, Men In Black; Children's Shows like Boohbah, Caillou, and more!

Some of the things I'm looking forward to downloading for myself are some of the "Hollywood Favorites" movies like My Best Friend's Wedding; and shows of "Fitness on Demand"! I think this is a great service! If you have questions, don't hesitate to call the Reference Desk at the library: 517-546-0720 x106.

Janice, Youth Services

 

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