July 6, 2015

Staff Pick - God Help the Child

Gold Help the Child tells the story of Bride who was born with dark, blue-black skin. Bride was raised by Sweetness, a mother who couldn’t bear to event touch her and whose affection stopped short of neglect. However, she grows to become a successful career woman in the cosmetics industry, and, with the help of a fashion consultant, learns to love herself through accentuating what her mother found so detestable.

Unexpectedly, Booker, the man Bride’s been seeing, skips town; his last words, “You not the woman I want.” This leads Bride to a trip through the country to Whiskey, Booker’s hometown. On the way, she wrecks her car and ends up spending six weeks recovering with a rural couple and Rain, the pale skinned girl they’ve also taken in.

When Bride's strength returns, she continues on her path to Whiskey where she plans to confront Booker. Along the way, we learn an important incident in Bride’s childhood that led to a series of events that came between the lovers.

Anger, pity, jealousy – Morrison develops her characters through their personal experiences and makes you feel something for them. God Help the Child is another wonderful book by the Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning author who doesn’t disappoint.

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-William

July 1, 2015

Staff Pick - Downcast

Downcast is about Stephanie Starr, a girl going through her senior year of high school with no expectation that this year would be any different than previous years. Because of her over controlling mother, she has no personal life, and is situated on the bottom rung of the high school social ladder because of the dowdy clothing her mother makes her wear.

However, life is about to change for Stephanie when two brothers start going to her high school for their final year. Haley and Zachary Smith are both handsome, and have the popular kids all vying for their attention, but Haley is interested in just one girl - Stephanie.

Life as Stephanie knows it begins to unravel the more she gets to know Haley, and she's not sure if she should be thrilled by all the changes, or terrified. Just who is Haley Smith, why is he so determined to win her, and why is her mother suddenly beginning to act so strangely?

Downcast is a fast paced book that I found difficult to put down. Stephanie Starr is a very relatable character as she goes through the ups and downs in her life, trying to find answers to all the questions that just keep piling up. In the end, she just might get more than any girl could bargain for.

If you'd like to check it out, you can find it in our catalog by clicking here.

-Amber

May 6, 2015

Staff Pick - Nest

In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. 
Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.  
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This story was nothing short of beautiful. Chirp's mom develops MS and then spirals into a clinical depression. Chirp, her sister Rachel, and her father are doing their best to cope in a world that seems to be fighting against them.

Their story was touching, inspiring, and thoughtful. I loved Chirp and Joey's friendship. The subject matter is a smidge heavy at times, but it ends up being so profound. I'd recommend this to both children and adults alike.

If you'd like to check Nest out, you can find it in our catalog by clicking here.

-Kilie

April 1, 2015

Staff Pick - The Glass Sentence

I loved this book. The concept was unique and creative.

In 1891, in a world transformed by the Great Disruption - when all of the continents were flung into different time periods, thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia's uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston's foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.

I enjoyed, not only the suspense in the search for Sophia’s uncle, but also the descriptions of the different parts of the world.

I highly recommend this book. If you'd like to check it out, you can find it in our online catalog by clicking here.

-Susan

March 26, 2015

Staff Pick - Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief is the first in Rick Riordan’s series that follows the adventures of Percy Jackson, the half mortal son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the Sea. Unaware of his godly heritage, twelve year old Perseus “Percy” Jackson starts to learn of his true identity after an encounter with his pre-algebra teacher, who transforms into a mythological creature called a Fury and attacks him.

Sent home for summer vacation, Percy plans to enjoy a trip to the beach with his mother, until a giant Minotaur attacks them and sends her to the underworld. He wakes up at Camp Half-Blood where he learns that his best friend is a satyr (half goat) and his favorite teacher is a centaur. Oh, and that he’s the son of Poseidon, who’s currently in a quarrel with Zeus and Hades about the location of Zeus’s missing master lightning bolt.

That quarrel sends Percy off on a quest across America to return the master bolt to Mount Olympus, a portal to which is now conveniently located in New York City. Whether it’s a fight with a mythological beast or escaping from an ambush, the pages of this book are filled with action that will carry you through to the end. An exciting and enlightening read!

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-William