On Wednesday, January 31, Ridley High School students had an opportunity to Skype with bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. She is the author of the Red Queen fantasy series, which will conclude in May with a fourth and final installment, War Storm. Red Queen depicts a world divided by blood: commoners with Red Blood serve the Silver-blooded, magical elite. As a commoner, Mare shouldn’t have any special abilities … but when her latent powers manifest in front of a noble court, she is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.
From her home in California (and with a guest appearance by her dog Indy), Victoria chatted with students about how she was inspired to write the Red Queen series, the joy of plot twists, how she tackles the problem of writer’s block, and the challenges of writing a four-book series without leaving any plot holes. Our students came prepared with thoughtful questions and enjoyed Victoria’s insights into the career of a full-time, professional writer.Extra thanks to Ms. Monte, Ms. Koszarek, Mr. Breckenridge, Ms. Pena, and all of the student participants for contributing to this successful event!
Stop by the Ridley High School Library anytime to browse and borrow one of these brand new books for cooks, which also happen to be perfect for maintaining your New Year’s Resolutions! There’s something here for every taste and kitchen comfort level, from family-friendly feasts to more elegant menus for entertaining. Check one out today!
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard
Kids Cook!: 100+ Super-Easy, Delicious Recipes from Good Housekeeping
Sheet Pan Cooking: 70 Easy Recipes from Good Housekeeping
The Summer Table: Recipes and Menus for Casual Outdoor Entertaining by Lisa Lemke
The Winter Table: Fireside Feasts for Family and Friends by Lisa Lemke
Power Bowls: 100 Perfectly Balanced Meals in a Bowl by Christal Sczebel
The Grand Central Market Cookbook: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles by Adele Yellin and Kevin West
If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks bulletin board, Spring 2018 Edition! It features brand new books from favorite authors, intriguing debut novels, must-read crossover releases, and at least one jaw-dropping cover (can you guess which one?). Here are just a few of the books that I’m looking forward to reading and sharing with students at Ridley High School during the upcoming semester. What are YOUR picks?? Leave a comment and let me know!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
In Zélie’s world, magic has disappeared and magis are targeted by a ruthless king. Seventeen year-old Zélie has always feared she would share the fate of her mother, who was assassinated by the king’s guards. With the help of her brother and the fugitive Crown Princess, Zélie sets off on a journey to restore her people’s magical abilities. Get ready for danger, magic, and star-crossed romance!
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
In this debut novel set in Saudi Arabia, where the law forbids romantic relationships outside of marriage, two teens fall in love with tragic consequences.
The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury This electrifying debut is a fusion of psychological thriller and coming-of-age tale: Trapper/hunter Tracy Petrikoff knows her way around the Alaskan wilderness but can’t remember what happened when she was attacked in the woods. This has been described as “the Bronte sisters meet Stephen King”; need I say more?
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world.
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
When Marvin Johnson’s twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom. This one puts me in mind of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and I can’t wait to read it!
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone–a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. But when Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble. Twisty, ingenious, and moving.
Relative Strangers by Paula Garner
A simple quest to find a baby picture for the senior yearbook leads to an earth-shattering discovery: for most of the first two years of her life, Jules lived in foster care. Reeling from feelings of betrayal and with only the flimsiest of clues, Jules sets out to learn the truth about her past. This is a poignant coming-of-age novel about making peace with missing pieces from the author of Phantom Limbs.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The new novel from the beloved author of bestseller The Nightingale!
Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar: a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. Also, it’s the Civil War plus the undead and I am so here for it!!
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough A stunning debut novel-in-verse based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Enduring the subjugation of women, rape, and torture, Artemisia is buoyed by her deceased mother’s stories of strong women of the Bible.
It’s a holiday tradition! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year just in time for holiday shopping and New Year’s Resolution reading lists. Every list is unique, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere; they really are the best of the best! And there’s something for everyone here: a teenager’s quest to find her biological family, a once-a-year performance of a fantasy game show, the brotherly bond between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, a hundred-year old skeleton that reveals painful secrets from the past, a teenage coder who glitches herself into a high-stakes online tournament, a ghostly sixty-second elevator ride, and a mythic lost city. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2017! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Thanks for taking a moment to read about the newest audiobooks in our OverDrive lending library, the best new books to read, Great Lives from History: 2000-2016, November’s Top Three books, and more! Just click on the image for all of November’s news worth checking out!
After you’ve had something good to eat for Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget to fill up your OverDrive app with something good to READ! We’ve just added THIRTY brand new titles to Ridley High School’s OverDrive collection, including the newly crowned National Book Award winner, two uniquely wonderful graphic novels, new books by favorite authors such as Miranda Kenneally and Joe Hill, and so much more!
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook)
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway (winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature)
Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges
Hooper by Geoff Herbach
Now Is Everythingby Amy Giles
Odd & True by Cat Winters
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill
Visit rhslibrary.lib.overdrive.com to browse, sample, and borrow our available eBooks and audiobooks! And while you’re there, check out the Collections link with handy shortcuts to popular genres and categories, including Hip Historical Fiction, Good Sports, and “Crossover” Novels! For information on student and staff usernames, please see Ms. Pickett.