New fiction titles will be making their way on the shelves this week. Stop by to check out these offerings...
The Alex Award is given each year to 10 adult books that have been identified as having special appeal to teen readers. This year's Alex winners cover a broad range of genres, and are now available for sign out from our WCHS Library. Check out these great titles for your Spring Break reading!
If you would like to investigate past winners, check out the Young Adult Library Services Association website. You'll find that many past winners also reside in our library!
New fiction selections are starting to arrive in the library. One exciting new series to check out is Monument 14, by Emily Laybourne. Here's what the reviewers are saying:
"...a combination survival and apocalyptic story.”—VOYA
"...a real thriller…”—Booklist
“…Laybourne’s debut ably turns what could have been yet another postapocalyptic YA novel into a tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller.”—Publishers Weekly, starred
"...intriguing beyond the survival elements..."—Horn Book
"...readers will eagerly await the second volume. "—Kirkus
"Concise, clear, and riveting. A cliff-hanger ending leaves readers devastated but breathlessly awaiting the sequel. A stellar addition to any collection." — School Library Journal
The New York Times Book Review
Laybourne's strong characterizations of the resourceful, optimistic children who make up this improvised family intensify the horror of the situation and make the almost cartoonish series of catastrophes frighteningly real.
—Jennifer Hubert Swan
One of the things I love most about summer holidays is having time to read -- uninterrupted -- for pleasure. But there are so many great books out there, and the summer break is only a few weeks long. So what to read? Here are some great reading lists to help narrow down the choices:
Happy summer reading!
Film makers seem to have discovered young adult fiction. Lately, Hollywood's been mining YA reads for great stories to adapt to film. Common Sense Media suggests reading these novels while they're still in development, and before they hit the theatres. I'm excited to see the movies, but I know I always enjoy the book more. As Coomon Sense Media notes, "...as amazing as some adaptations are (Harry Potter, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings), it's nearly impossible for a movie to be better than the book on which it's based."
You can find The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, If I Stay, The Maze Runner, and Eleanor and Park in the WCHS Library.
Lois Lowry's award-winning novel will soon be coming to theatres. Check out this trailer:
You can find The Giver in your WCHS Library collection.
This morning, I read a disturbing blog post about a situation in Idaho, where parents called the police about students handing out banned books.
It seems parents in Meridian School District in Idaho convinced administrators to ban Sherman Alexie's novel Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the Grade 10 curriculum, claiming the book contained inappropriate language and sexual activity. Students, unhappy with the decision, launched a petition and collected over 350 student signatures. The ban was upheld, and students, in response, held a protest where they distributed free copies of the book to those who had signed the petition. That's when parents called the police.
The Western Canada High School Library supports the principles of intellectual freedom, and respects your right to freely choose reading material. We work to build a library collection that gives our school community access to a broad spectrum of ideas, and a diversity of viewpoints. We select our resources based on their individual strengths, and never make decisions about including or excluding a book on the basis of controversial content, language or topic.
Incidentally - Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was first published in 2007 to critical acclaim. It was a National Book Award Winner, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, won Best Book of the Year from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Horn Book, and was selected as Best Young Adult Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association. It's a wonderfully poignant, funny and thought-provoking novel, and I highly recommend it.
You can find Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and other novels by Sherman Alexie in the WCHS Library collection.
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