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Book of the Week

This week’s book of the week is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement. Narrated by Death, this charming yet heartbreaking book is sure to leave a lasting impact.

Book of the week

Image result for caraval This week’s book of the week is “Caraval” by Stephanie Garber.

After year and years of writing to the creator of Caraval, the most magical experience ever invented,  Donatella finally receives her first invite  to the game of wonder and excitement. Will Caraval live up to her years of anticipation? Will it provide a needed escape from her abusive father? Will she be able to win the coveted prize? Read Caraval to unlock all the mysteries hidden on the strange and wondrous island that is Caraval.

This book is a must read for those who love fantasy, mystery and romance.

Book of the Week

Image result for the hate u give This week’s book of the week is “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

This book is  heartbreaking and honest. The Hate U Give follows Star and she walks though witnessing the death of a childhood friend, Khalil, at the hands of  a police officer as well as all other parts of being a teenage girl.  Thomas does an pronominal job of bring the reader with star as she experiences every emotion possible, processes this huge loss in her life and learns what it means to advocate for Khalil, herself, and all minorities.

This is a must read. While there is strong language and mature plot points, it is a very import topic to understand and Thomas covers it in such an engaging way.

Book of the Week

Image result for ready player oneThis week’s book of the week is Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One”

In a world that has deteriorated almost to the point of no return, OASIS, a virtual reality video game, has become an escape not only for Wade Watts, but also for the entire world. When the creator of OASIS dies, he leaves a video message detailing a contest for his entire fortune and control of OASIS. This book is action packed and full of plot twists. Every page leaves you ready for the next. While the book is written by a gamer you certainly don’t need to understand video games to truly enjoy this dystopian novel.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy dystopian, action packed books.

Book of the Week

This Week’s book of the week is “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer.

You may have heard of Wonderland before but you have not seen it through the eyes of Catherine. Catherine may very well be the next queen of hearts. But the truth is, she doesn’t want to be a queen, not now not ever. She certainly don’t want to be the wife to the king of hearts.  Can this sweet baker who loves to laugh and dream truly become the classic villain we have all heard so much about?

“Heartless” is a must read for fans of unconventional fairy tales.


Come pick up some free books! The LMC will be giving away free books from 11/5-11/9 while supplies last. Come see what treasures you can find.

Book of the Week

This week’s Book of the week is “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon.

For as long as she can remember Madeline has lived here. The same house, the same filtered air, the same smiling faces of her mother and nurse.  And for the most part she has grown content with that. She knows she can’t leave. Not now, not ever. Because the reality is Madeline is allergic to everything, everything.  But when a new family moves in next door, the joy and contentment she has clung to for the past 14 years slips away. All at once she needs to know what it means to truly live.

“Everything, Everything” is a must read for fans of romantic fiction.

Changes, changes and more changes.

Welcome to Garden Spot’s Library Media Center! This school year has already been full of changes. At the end of last year the beloved library assistant, Mrs. Wenger, retired after an amazing 23 years of service. A new library Assistant, Miss Rudy, started in September in a slightly different role than Mrs. Wenger. There have also been some physical changes to the library as new classrooms were built for the Elanco Online Learning classes. Another change this year is the librarians’ schedule. Mrs. Means, Ms Tenenbaum and Mrs. Betzner will be in the library on a rotating schedule as needed/ available.  So stop on over to the Library to check out all the changes and find a good book!

Welcome back!

The Library Media Center welcomes you back to another school year at Garden Spot High School and Middle School!  The Library is expanding its services this year, by having a Librarian in the Media Center every Tuesday and Thursday.  Be sure to stop in and meet Mrs. Betzner, Mrs. Means, and Ms. Tenenbaum.  They can help you find something fun to read, assist you with research assignments, show you how to cite your sources correctly, and direct you to the best resources for your projects. If you prefer e-books and audio books, we can show you how to use Overdrive to find them. You can access all the e-resources 24/7 online both at school and at home. The Media Center will also be offering special programs and activities for Teen Read Week, Teen Tech Week, and National Library Week. No matter what your information or reading needs, the Library Media Center has you covered!  Hope to see you in the Media Center!




Playaways are self-contained audiobooks.  All you need to use them is a set of headphones – yours or ours.  They’re small – easily fit in a pocket or computer case.  They run on batteries, which the library supplies. And they’re entertaining to listen to – read in an interesting voice.  Check out some of these new Playaway titles.  They are also available as books or eBooks.

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Al Capone Does my Homework continues the stories from Al Capone Does my Shirts.  and  Al Capone Shines My Shoes.  In all of these, the teen writer lives on Alcatrez with his family in the 1930s while his father is a prison guard there and interesting things happen to Moose because of it.  You’ll find reading these books to be a lot more fun than living on Alcatrez surely was!  Find out what it’s like interact with one of the most famous gangsters of the time.

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D-Day, the Invasion of Normandy, 1944 is available as a book or a Playaway,   You will find so much information and many interesting stories about this successful, but very costly, invasion.  Packed with facts, dates, times and individual accounts of this eventful day.  This is a non-fiction book.



Also look for these and more:

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer about a teen law enthusiast and problem solver.

Crossing the Wire about a penniless teen struggling to cross the Mexican border.

Fellowship of the Rings – the first in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Guts – the true stories behind Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet and Brian books.



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