The library is finally back open and summer is quickly approaching! This year the library is letting students check out books for the whole season. If you have a clear library account and need some great things to read during your time off, come by and check out some of these titles that are perfect for lazy summer days.
THIS ONE SUMMER BY MARIKO TAMAKI: "Rose and her parents go on vacation to Awago Beach like they do every year, but this year Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting and she turns to her friend Windy for help dealing with her troubled family life."
BURN BABY BURN BY MEG MEDINA: "Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora's family life isn't going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late?"
FOREVER SUMMER: LAGUNA COVE AND CRUEL SUMMER BY ALYSON NOEL: "Contains two novels, including Laguna Cove, in which Anne, a newcomer to Laguna Beach, California, decides to learn to surf to fit in, but her competition, Ellie, still will not give her a break; and Cruel Summer, iin which Colby Cavendish, having shed her dorky image, is looking forward to an exciting summer with the 'in crowd,' including handsome Levi Bonham, but she gains a new perspective on her life and priorities when she is shipped off to Greece instead to spend the season with her eccentric Aunt Tally."
THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY BY JENNY HAN: "Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different as she finds herself falling for a boy she has known since childhood."
BITTERSWEET BY MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE: "Winning a scholarship to a prestigious college where she befriends a beautiful girl of privilege, unassuming Mabel joins her friend during a lakeside summer surrounded by wealthy vacationers only to discover morally ambiguous truths about her friend's family fortune."
SECOND CHANCE SUMMER BY MORGAN MATSON: "After Taylor Edwards' family gets devastating news, they decide to spend one last summer all together at their lake house in the Pocono Mountains, they get to know each other again and bond, and Taylor remembers her past friends and crush."
WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART: "Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer."
ONE CRAZY SUMMER BY RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA: "In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp."
SHOW AND PROVE BY SOFIA QUINTERO: "Friends Smiles and Nike spend the summer of 1983 in the South Bronx working a job at a summer camp, chasing girls, and breakdancing."
WHO: Marissa Meyer
WHAT: Young adult novelist known for The Lunar Chronicles
WHEN: Born February 19, 1984
WHERE: Born in Tacoma, Washington, where she still resides
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Cinder: "Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle."
Scarlet: "Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood."
Cress: "Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they are plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she is being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she has just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice."
Winter: "Princess Winter, admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, teams up with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, to defeat Queen Levana and find their happily ever afters."
Fairest: "Queen Levana is a ruler who uses her 'glamour' to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told . . . until now."
Heartless: "In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester."
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” (from Cress)
“'But hoping,' he said, 'is how the impossible can be possible after all.'” (Heartless)
“She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.” (Winter)
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time set aside to spread the word about the importance of mental health. Below are some books that deal with different aspects of that subject, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. William Nicholson once said, "We read to know we are not alone." For those of you who struggle with mental health, you're not alone. Keep reading for some book recommendations that prove it.
FINDING AUDREY BY SOPHIE KINSELLA: "Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum."
DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS BY EVAN ROSKOS: "A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house."
THE NATURE OF JADE BY DEB CALETTI: "Seattle high school senior Jade's life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo."
FIG BY SARAH ELIZABETH SCHANTZ: "In 1994, Fig looks back on her life and relates her experiences, from age six to nineteen, as she desperately tries to save her mother from schizophrenia while her own mental health and relationships deteriorate."
SCHIZO BY NIC SHEFF: "A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing."
MILES FROM ORDINARY BY CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS: "Thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the reality of what life with her mother means for both of them as her mother's mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control."
HOW I MADE IT TO EIGHTEEN: A MOSTLY TRUE STORY BY TRACY WHITE: "The author shares her struggles with self-esteem, drug addiction, and depression; and describes how she admitted herself to a mental institution after she put her fist through a window. Presented in graphic novel format."
THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY BY LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON: "Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives."
LINCOLN'S MELANCHOLY: HOW DEPRESSION CHALLENGED A PRESIDENT AND FUELED HIS GREATNESS BY JOSHUA WOLF SHENK: "A dramatic reassessment of the life and era of Abraham Lincoln argues that America's sixteenth president suffered from depression and explains how Lincoln used the ailment and the coping strategies he had developed to deal with the crises of the Civil War and personal tragedy."
REASONS TO STAY ALIVE BY MATT HAIG: "In a moving and entirely relatable account, an internationally best-selling author shares his struggle with depression and, helping those who are confused or daunted by the illness, reveals how he was able to triumph over the disease on order to live again."
April 29th was Independent Bookstore Day. One of the ways Auntie's celebrated was by hosting a book drive for LC's library. We received all of the great books below thanks to our partnership with Auntie's and the generous Spokane community. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! Come by the library and check out some of these new arrivals.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
Godforsaken Idaho by Shawn Vestal
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Misery by Stephen King
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Lumberjanes #2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel by Nancy F. Castaldo
The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Naked by David Sedaris
New and Selected Poems: Volume One by Mary Oliver
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
Startalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know about Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond with Neil deGrasse Tyson
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Click here to browse our catalog and read summaries of the books. Happy reading!
WHO: Sherman Alexie
WHAT: Novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, screenwriter, and WSU grad
WHEN: Born October 7, 1966
WHERE: Born in Wellpinit, Washington; currently resides in Seattle
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: "Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot."
Blasphemy: "A collection of thirty-one new and selected short stories by Native American author Sherman Alexie."
The Business of Fancydancing: "This collection of poems and stories was Alexie's first book."
Indian Killer: "A murderer, dubbed the Indian Killer, is stalking and scalping white men in Seattle, and John Smith, a Native American man who was adopted by a white couple at birth and who is slowly descending into madness due to his alienation from either the white or Indian culture, seems to be a likely suspect."
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven: "Contains a collection of twenty-four short stories that chronicle the daily life on a Native American Indian Reservation on Spokane, Washington."
Reservation Blues: "Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in 1931, and was murdered seven years later. He reappears in 1992 on the Spokane Indian Reservation and meets Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who starts Coyote Springs, an all-Indian Catholic rock-and-roll band."
“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four hugest words in the world when they're put together.
You can do it.” (from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian)
“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?” (Flight)
“I used to sleep with my books in piles all over my bed and sometimes they were the only thing keeping me warm and always the only thing keeping me alive. Books are the best and worst defense.” (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven)
If you like audiobooks (or are interested in giving them a try), check out SYNC. It's a free audiobook program for teens. For 16 weeks, you'll get "pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes." Check out the books for this first week:
It's National Poetry Month, a time when poems and poets get an extra bit of appreciation. Not to be overlooked are novels in verse. I like this simple description of the form from NoveList's Krista Biggs: "Novels in verse showcase a variety of poetic forms and techniques while telling great stories."
Keep reading for a list of titles that do just that.
AUDACITY BY MELANIE CROWDER: "A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."
INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN BY THANHHA LAI: "Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama."
KARMA BY CATHY OSTLERE: "Fifteen-year-old half Hindu, half Sikh Maya, having traveled from Canada to New Delhi to put her mother's ashes in their final resting place, finds herself in the middle of chaos after Indira Gandhi is assassinated and must disguise her identity and rely on a boy she just met in order to be reunited with her father and remain safe."
AFTER THE KISS BY TERRA ELAN MCVOY: "A novel in verse which follows the thoughts and frustrations of Becca and Camille, both involved with Alec, as they go through their final semester of high school."
THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY BY DAVID LEVITHAN: "A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories."
SOLD BY PATRICIA MCCORMICK: "Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape."
UNDER THE MESQUITE BY GUADALUPE GARCIA MCCALL: "Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry."
Since 1996, April has been declared National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry and its influence in our culture. If you're a fan of this art form or are simply curious about it, keep on reading and get inspired.
WHAT MAKES A POEM A POEM?
If you've ever asked that question, watch this video. Educator Melissa Kovacs shares different forms of poetry in this short animated piece.
This is the original daily poetry series featuring new, unpublished poems, as well as a few classics. Sign up right here to get poems delivered to your inbox every day.
Here's another option for daily poetry geared specifically to high school students. This site shares a poem for every day of the school year. You can view all of those poems here. (This one is a personal favorite.)
This site is a great option when you're looking for a specific type of poem. You can browse by subject, occasion, poetic term, and more. Another resource this site offers is a page dedicated to audio and podcasts.
Spotify is known for streaming music, but you can also listen to poetry. Check out this playlist of Shakespeare's sonnets and this collection of poems by women.
Writer Austin Kleon is known for his newspaper blackout technique, which you can see here. Grab a newspaper, a marker, and give this a try yourself.
What are some of your favorite sources for poetry? Leave a comment and let us know!
WHO: Rainbow Rowell
WHAT: Author of young adult and adult fiction
WHEN: Born February 24, 1973
WHERE: Born in Omaha, Nebraska, where she still resides
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow: "Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up."
Eleanor & Park: "Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."
Fangirl: "Feeling cast off when her twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father."
Landline: "Georgie McCool knows her marriage has been in trouble for a long time and it may be finally at an end, despite their love for each other, but one night Georgie discovers a way to communicate with her husband in the past."
“You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I'm yours. The me that's me right now is yours. Always.” (from Eleanor & Park)
“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.” (Fangirl)
“Georgie. You cannot be jealous of Dawn--that's like the sun being jealous of a light bulb.” (Landline)
Check out some of the new books that just hit our shelves! We're thankful for the LC community because all of these books were donated. Many were purchased through our Auntie's Bookstore wish list, but several were surprise "I don't need this anymore, but thought you might want it" donations.
Thank you so much to those of you who have donated so far! We love supporting Auntie's through our wish list, and are always happy to give your unwanted books a new home.
THE REMAINING SERIES BY D. J. MOLLES:
1. The Remaining
THE SONG OF ICE AND FIRE SERIES BY GEORGE R. R. MARTIN:
1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Storm of Swords
4. A Feast for Crows
5. A Dance with Dragons
THE DARK DIVINE TRILOGY BY BREE DESPAIN:
1. The Dark Divine
2. The Lost Saint
3. The Savage Grace
FALLEN BY LAUREN KATE:
THE CHEMICAL GARDEN TRILOGY BY LAUREN DESTAFNO:
To see all of the new books we've added this year, click here.