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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A few more good books for the summer...

Every year WASHYARG (Washington Young Adult Review Group) gathers nominations from librarians and teens across the state for the best book of the year.  Out of all the nominations, they choose 10 books.  Read at least 2 books, then vote for your favorite in March @ your school library.  Here are the 2013 nominees:

Happy Reading!

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's almost summer!

Now that you've just about finished another school year, it's time to look at reading some great books just for you, not that assignment!  YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has compiled a list for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten Nominations. http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teens-top-ten  Plus, some members of Readers Anonymous (PTHS book club) gave a few suggestions.  William recommends The Lost Gate and The Gate Thief by Orson Scott Card.  He also liked Every Other Day by Jennifer Barnes.  Nathan has been sucked into Game of Thrones and is waiting for more copies to be processed so he can continue the series.  Savan stopped by and is rereading Anne McCaffrey because she likes the worlds the author creates.She's also been reading books by Ellen Hopkins (sometimes painful to read, but really compelling). Hunter hasn't read anything except class assignments (she's taking 2 Math classes this year!!), but enjoyed reading Much Ado About Nothing.  Ms. Stolaas recommends Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder and Michael French. 


Friday, March 22, 2013

Teen Community Read Celebrates 100th birthday of PT Library!

The book chosen for this years Teen Community Read is Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman.  It's an amazing story about a man who went to school for the very first time when he was 98 years old and learned to read.  Glaubman saw a photo in his local newspaper of Dawson reading his birthday cards at his 100th birthday party, called him on the phone, then flew to Dallas, Texas to meet him. He flew back and forth from Seattle to Dallas many times, even living with Dawson, and spent hours listening to and recording his stories.  Glaubman captures Dawson's irresistable voice and view of the world, from segregation, civil rights, presidents, and world events.  Through it all shines the inspiring message that sustained Dawson for over 100 years, "Life is so good.  I do believe it's getting better."
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library.  Richard Glaubman will give a presentation on Thursday, April 18 at Port Townsend High School from 9:40am-10:30am or 11:10am-Noon.  Presentations are open to the public. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Readers Anonymous loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Readers Anonymous, the Port Townsend High School book club, really liked Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  They loved the world the author created, the humor, and the suspense.  Even self professed "haters of fantasy" were intrigued with the story and found themselves drawn into the plot.  Which is complex and constantly questioning good/evil.  This book sparked an intense discussion about family and friends...how far would you go for them?  Definitely a 5 star rating!