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It’s Tuesday! Time to Read a New Release!

This brand new book is available today in the Ridley High School Library!!

  • The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
    With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies!
    A sharp tongue and an unruly temper … Sage Fowler is not what you’d call a proper lady, which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. But soon Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about who to trust, and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.


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“Chapter Chat” with PA Author Dianne Salerni!

On Wednesday, December 2, Pennsylvania author Dianne Salerni stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a “Chapter Chat” that was part of Hey-YA Needs Diversity, a Ridley Professional Institute course. All of the teachers in the class read Dianne’s historical young adult novel, The Caged Graves, and enjoyed talking with the author about how she was inspired to write the book and what other projects she has in the works. The Caged Graves is a Civil War-era novel set in Catawissa, PA, that explores the mystery of why two — and only two — graves in the area are enclosed in iron cages. These “mortsafes” are real, and right here in PennsylvaniaWe truly loved the book and our time with Dianne, and look forward to sharing The Caged Graves with our students!Salerni_Visit

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New Crossover Reads on My Radar (Read-ar?)!

I recently sat in on an Editor’s Picks: Your Next Big Reads webcast featuring books that will be published in the coming months. A handful of crossover books (written for adults but with strong appeal for teen readers) caught my eye and immediately landed on my TBR list! What makes for a great crossover read? Any combination of the following:

  • A teenaged character
  • A coming-of-age theme
  • A hometown connection
  • A unique, attention-grabbing premise

Read on to see the crossover books that I can’t wait to share with students here at Ridley High School!

Coming February 2, 2016:Sweetgirl

With the heart and evocative atmosphere of Winter’s Bone and True Grit, and driven by the whip-smart voice of Percy James, this is a blistering debut about a fearless 16-year old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to an unexpected discovery and a life or death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the Midwest.

Coming April 5, 2016:Dodgers

Dodgers is the story of a young man named East who works for an LA drug gang. He and his younger brother are sent to Wisconsin to find a witness connected to a major case. The journey takes East out of a city he’s never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him. Over the course of his journey the book brings in elements from a diverse array of genres, including crime fiction, road narrative, and coming-of-age novel.

Coming April 12, 2016:Daredevils

This is an unforgettable debut novel about Loretta, a 15-year old married off as a “sister wife” during the mid-1970s, who makes a break for freedom. Daredevils is already being called … wait for it … THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL!

Coming April 26, 2016:Sleeping Giants

Seventeen years ago, a girl in South Dakota fell through the earth and woke up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today, she is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. This is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. World War Z meets The Martian meets The X-Files!

Which book catches your interest? Leave me a comment and let me know. Happy Reading!

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Stranded on the Red Planet in Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN!

Being left for dead on Mars is only the first challenge that Mark Watney faces in The Martian by Andy Weir. He needs water … he needs food … and he needs a way to contact Earth if he wants to keep even the slimmest hope of rescue alive. And speaking of alive: just think how his crew, and especially his commander, feel when they realize that they mistakenly abandoned one of their own! The Martian won an 2015 Alex Award, which is given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adult readers. And it’s easy to see why The Martian was a winner. It’s equal parts science, survival, sarcasm, and suspense. The final twenty pages are literally heart-stopping! Here’s a preview for the movie version of The Martian, coming this October:

You do not have to be a science fiction fan to gravitate to this novel from self-proclaimed “space nerd” Andy Weir. It’s a book that everyone will love, so beat the space race and check it out from the library on the first day of school!

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A Back-to-School Book Giveaway!

Thanks for making your way to the Ridley High School Library blog! Weekly posts on the blog feature new arrivals, book reviews, excerpts, tech tips, library events, and fundraisers. And now, we are showcasing our very first giveaway! Ridley School District teachers and administrators may enter to win a copy of Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin simply by signing up to follow this blog! Click FOLLOW (on the right-hand side) to get notifications of new posts via email AND be automatically entered in the giveaway. Entries will be accepted through September 18, 2015, so don’t wait! Click on the book cover for an excerpt of this brand new psychological thriller with plenty of “crossover” appeal to teen readers:
Black Eyed Susans

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Have you heard about the We Need Diverse Books movement? It’s a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates for literature that represents the lives of all young people. We Need Diverse Books recognizes all diverse experiences, including LGBT, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and religious minorities. And the Ridley High School Library HAS diverse books, with more coming in all the time! Just check out the new bulletin board, featuring lots of our new arrivals. The bulletin board also proudly displays some #WeNeedDiverseBooks signs from some of your teachers, and an extra-special sign by Tiffany Schmidt, author of Hold Me Like a Breath and more. So when school starts up again in September, make sure you drop by the library to check out our diverse books and choose one to read!Diverse Books Bulletin Board

P.S. To learn more about We Need Diverse Books, watch this #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign video:

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Lunch with a Local Author, Part II

On Thursday, July 9, Pennsylvania author Tiffany Schmidt stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a Lunch with a Local Author, which was part of the brand new Ridley Professional Institute course called Hey-YA Needs Diversity. Tiffany is the author of the young adult novels Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath. She also recently wrote the wonderful picture book, The Adventures of Black Dog. Each of the teachers in Hey-YA Needs Diversity read her choice of Tiffany’s books. This made for a lively discussion about how she finds inspiration for her writing, the publishing business, and what amazing books we need to add to our “to-read” lists. Getting to know Tiffany and learning more about her young adult novels has made us even more excited to share them with our students this coming school year!