Here is the Ridley High School Library newsletter for September, with all of the news and new books worth checking out! Thanks for taking a moment to read about a brand new digital resource called Exploring Issues, the upcoming Big Library Read, September’s Top Three books, and the latest bestseller to go from the bookshelf to the big screen!
This News Worth Checking Out post is dedicated to the memory of
Ms. Debbie Montemuro Roberts, beloved Ridley High School teacher
and longtime audiobook listener.
Her kind spirit and dedication to our students will never be forgotten!
Back-to-school is a busy time of year, and sometimes enjoyment reading falls to the bottom of to-do lists for students and teachers alike. Audiobooks are a wonderful way to incorporate reading into your day, whether you are catching up on a bestseller, revisiting a classic novel, or simply trying something different. The Ridley High School Library’s selection of 200+ audiobooks is always growing, and we have a fresh batch of books-on-CD to kick off the new school year! Here are a few of my favorites (just click the book title for an audio excerpt and more information):
- The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman
- The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
- Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
For students with reading challenges, listening helps to fill in any gaps in comprehension. Skilled narrators use their voices to establish mood, heighten drama, and alert listeners to pivotal plot developments. Audiobooks also play a role in the library’s commitment to diverse literature by offering authentic representations of language and dialogue, and providing a “literacy bridge” for emerging readers. Consider diversifying your reading with an audiobook from the Ridley High School Library!
Each of these must-read new releases will be available in the Ridley High School Library on its “book birthday”! There is something for everyone:
- Mind-blowing science fiction
- Boundary-breaking fantasy
- Chillingly smart horror
- Heart-wrenching realism
- Breathtaking fractured fairy tales
Stop by today to check out our new arrivals, and remember that you can always place holds on new books and old favorites via Destiny Quest!
The Ridley High School Library says hello to Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner…
“Where are you guys? Text me back.” This seemingly unremarkable text from Carver Briggs to his three best friends may have precipitated the car crash that killed Blake, Eli, and Mars. Now the fourth member of their “Sauce Crew” must face both senior year at Nashville Arts Academy without his closest friends and a potential criminal charge of negligent homicide. Some of his classmates sympathize with Carver, and others (including Eli’s twin sister) blame him for the tragedy. Carver finds solace in the company of Eli’s former girlfriend, Jesmyn, even though part of him feels like he’s betraying Eli by growing closer with her. Meanwhile, Blake’s grandmother invites Carver to spend a “goodbye day” with her doing all the things that Blake loved best. As grief, guilt, panic attacks, and legal fees threaten the stability of Carver’s world he must find a way to make it through the goodbye days and go on living.
Jeff Zentner won the 2017 Morris Award for his debut novel, The Serpent King. In my opinion Goodbye Days, with its emotionally resonant depiction of a hot-button issue, is an even better book. The richness of Nashville’s arts scene and unique locales (including Centennial Park, the iconic Ryman Auditorium, and Parnassus Books) imbues every page and provides a wonderful backdrop to the story. Goodbye Days is a perfect choice for readers who enjoyed Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner.
Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!