New October titles

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New from Joseph Delaney, the author of “The Last Apprentice” series – A New Darkness, which features Thomas Ward, spook.  Although he never finished his apprenticeship, he is now the Chipenden Spook.  Things become more difficult and complicated when he meets Jenny, who seems to know a lot about the new evil confronting Tom.  She is willing to share her knowledge if Tom will allow her to be his apprentice, the first girl ever in that capacity.  Will he?  Won’t he?

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Urban Outlaws by Peter Black – for fans of Alex Rider and other adventure lovers.  This is a book packed full of adventure and super-techie kids, amazing acts of daring and James Bond – like technology.  You will get caught up in the fantastic mission of these 5 extraordinary kids setting about to right the wrongs of society and you will be betting on this team the whole way.  You’ll also be looking for more books by this author!

Other new books you may like –

Blackbird by Anna Carey

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

Series Updates

Welcome back to school and a great collection of library books available.  Just for you we have updated some popular series with the newest books and we have added a series!

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There is  a brand new series by Cinda Chima: The Heir Chronicles.  We have 5 books in that series right now.   Come check it out today. You will recognize Cinda Chima as the author of the Seven Realms series.  On top of that  we  have added books 2, 3, and 4 from the Seven Realms series to our collection,  so lots to keep you reading if you are into fantasy fiction with wizards and magic!

Other series we have updated are:

The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney – books 9 through 12

Number Four by Pittacus Lore – The Revenge of Seven

Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz – Russian Roulette

The Missing by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Revealed

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – The Blood of Olympus

Come check us out!

Summer Fun!

Summer vacation is almost here.  I hope you have a great time doing things you love: working, sleeping late, hanging out with friends and READING!  You can check out books from the public library, pick them up at yard sales, swap them with friends, or read eBooks – ours continue to be available for checkout any time. Stop in the LMC before June 5 for instructions on accessing our eBooks over summer vacation.

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For EXTRA fun:

Take selfies of you reading at the many places you enjoy reading over the summer, like the park, the beach, on a road trip, wherever. Be creative and email or text your pictures to me at joan_wenger@elanco.org.  We’ll share them when school resumes in the Fall.

Summer’s coming!

School is almost over and all library books are due back by Friday, May 29.  Please be sure you have everything returned by that date, but don’t stop reading!  You can still access eBooks in the school catalog over the summer and you can visit any public library in the area.

If you are interested in taking advantage of our eBooks, stop in the LMC before June 5 to pick up directions on how to do this.  You will be using your school user name and password to access them and you will be reading them online.

The public library system is also a wealth of wonderful treasures.  In addition to books, they have DVDs and audiobooks to check out and computers to use on site.  And the very best thing is that you are able to order books from any one of the many libraries in Lancaster County and have it delivered to the library that is most convenient for  you.

To get a public library card, if you are 14 – 17 years old, you will need to have a parent accompany you with an ID (driver’s license or other ID that shows name and address.)  If you are 18 or over, you may use your school ID to get a library card.  You may also need to present a piece of mail addressed to you as that will show your address.

And it is all FREE as long as you remember to return your books on or before the due date.  They don’t have a super-extended grace period like we do, but it is still a great deal!

More next week…

Innovative Technologies

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The LMC has a new set of books called Innovative Technologies that you may find informative and intriguing.  The set includes titles on solar, wind, methane, and nuclear energies as well as a book on sustainable farming.  The books have lots of information on how these innovations are working, along with color pictures, text boxes, and bright diagrams.  On top of being full of helpful information, they’re also fun to read!

Stop in the LMC today to see these books and lots more on these or other topics. If you have trouble getting to the LMC or have any questions, you may contact me any time at joan_wenger@elanco.org

Fun Reading

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Spring is a great time to read something just for fun and the LMC has lots of great books for readers, no matter where your interests lie.Deb Caletti is always a great teen girl writer.  You may have loved her in The Six Rules of Maybe or Stay.   If so, you’ll want to read her latest book, The Last Forever, featuring Tessa, whose mother recently died and whose father thinks an impromptu road trip is the answer.  At first that doesn’t seem like a great idea, but then Henry enters the picture and things look different.  Are they better?

Also try Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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Science Fiction readers may want to check out Robin Wasserman’s book, The Waking Dark.  You may recognize her as the author of the books Skinned, Crashed, and Wired.  Something is waking in the quiet town of Oleander, Kansas and it is not good.  People are dead and there are only 5 people who have a chance of stopping the destruction before the whole town is gone.  They really have no other option but to stand and fight the darkness in their town and in themselves.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is another great read.

 

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Adventure addicts will like the newest Artemis Fowl book – The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer or any of the 12 books in the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flannigan.

The Living by Matt de la Pena is high adventure at every turn.  It begins on a cruise ship with a man overboard, and escalates with an interrogation and search, compounded by a tsunami and even when you survive all of that, you are still not safe.  The worst is yet to come.

Another great adventure book is Hostage Three by Nick Lake, which involves Somali pirates.

 

Stop in the LMC to check out any of these titles or choose from our great collection of lots more!

Swing into Spring

Spring also brings us baseball and softball – more opportunities to be outside and enjoying warmer temperatures!  And the LMC can support your Spring fever – whether you want fiction books to read just for fun or instructional books to improve your game.

Check out Baseball by Lizabeth Hardman, which gives some history of the game and

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then explains how things work.  Knowing something about the science of baseball and the human body can help you see ways to improve your game.

If you want to go further, Peak Power Baseball is a book where experts share their secrets on being successful in the field and taking your game to the next level.

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Just for fun, try John Feinstein’s mystery, Change-up, about 2 teenage sport reporters covering the world series when they discover some problems with a rookie pitcher that they go on to investigate.  Like other books by this author, there is a lot of sports related action.

Seven Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman centers

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on third base action and how the main character’s life is a lot like that, with deadly line drives and crazy “bad hops” and totally unexpected action.  Find out if this is good or bad.

In Out of Order, by A. M. Jenkins, the ball player, may be out of action if he doesn’t get his act together and his grades back up in the C range.  Is it worth it?  Can he do it?  And what about the girlfriend who dumped him … again?

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Stop in the LMC to check out these books or browse through lots more – sports related or not.

 

If you have a favorite book you would like to see featured here, email me at joan_wenger@elanco.org with the title and what you liked about the book.

Track & Field begins

Track & Field meets begin this week.  Get to know more about track & field with these library books, which include the history of the sport, in addition to some winning techniques and optional workout schedules –

Winning Track and Field for Girls by Ed Housewright

Track and Field by Nathan Aaseng

Also meet Olympic track stars like Jesee Owens and Florence Griffith Joyner in the biography section, and read these related fiction books:

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Run For Your Life is inspired by a true story of how a track & field team gave students more options and tools for success.

In Hurricane Power, David is recruited for the track team when he is seen chasing his mistaken hold-up victim to return his money.  He can only hope things get better from there!

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Get Creative!

​March brings the promise of Spring, longer days, and the earth’s renewal, so it’s a great time to get creative.  You can do that in so many directions.  Check out the LMC to find books to support your creativity in whatever form it takes.  Here are just a few possible creative outlets, but there are lots more!

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Stop by the LMC  today or check out our catalog at “GS LMC Resources” to see how we can help you expand your creativity.  Then respond here or by email to joan_wenger@elanco.org to tell me about your creative passions or what you have discovered.

 

From book to screen this summer!

Need something to read this summer?  Several young adult novels are being made into movies and will soon be at a theater near you.   Of course, most of the buzz has been about The Fault in Our Stars, which comes to theaters on June 6. You might want to order your tickets online because I imagine long lines for this highly anticipated movie.  Be sure to bring kleenex!  Author John Green has had a major role on the movie set, and from what I have read, the film is faithful to the movie.  Ansel Elgort plays Augustus Waters and Shailene Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster.  The two also starred together in Divergent.  In case you haven’t heard about this book, it is the story of two teens who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Even though many of us already know how the story ends, I expect we will still enjoy seeing Gus and Hazel move from print to screen.  So read the book, or read it again, buy your ticket, grab some tissues, and head to the theater for this one.  Everyone will be talking about it, so don’t miss it!

Spend July reading, or re-reading, The Giver by Lois Lowry.  The movie hits the theaters on August 15.  You may have read this book in Middle School, but it is certainly a story for all ages.  The story revolves around Jonas and his life in a Utopian Society that has eliminated pain and strife by converting to “Sameness,” a plan to eliminate emotional pain. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of “Receiver of Memory,” the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed again. As Jonas receives the memories from The Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge.  But, does he want this power and what will he do with it?  Jeff Bridges is starring as The Giver and Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas. Taylor Swift also stars.  From what I have read, the movie is not going to be entirely faithful to the book, so you might want to read it before heading to the theater to refresh your memory.

Another one you will want to see is If I Stay which opens August 22.  Based on the novel by Gayle Foreman, it tells the story of Mia, a young cellist, who hovers between life and death after a car crash kills her parents and brother. The story is told in flashbacks as her boyfriend and others try to convince her that life is worth living despite its tragedies.  Chloe Grace Moretz plays Mia, and Jamie Blackley plays her boyfriend.  I found this a powerful and emotional book that made me cry, so I am taking plenty of tissues to the theater with me!  You should too!

If you like action, adventure, with sci-fi mixed in be sure to catchThe Maze Runner on September 19, based on the book by James Dasher. The book is action-packed with twists and turns, and I hope the movie captures this same excitement.  Thomas wakes up to find himself in an enclosed environment that is similar to a maze. It is called the Glades and the other boys he meets have been trapped in the maze for almost two years. Thomas is determined to get out, but quickly realizes that is not going to be easy.  Dylan O’Brian plays Thomas, and Will Poulter plays Gally.  This is one guys especially are not going to want to miss.

So whether you are headed to the beach, the mountains, camping, or just hanging out in your backyard, these are four great books to read, to enjoy, and to experience on screen!