Posted in Library News

Summer Reading Book Fair at the RHS Library!

Something new is happening in the Ridley High School Library this season! Our friends at Children’s Book World in Haverford are bringing a Summer Reading Book Fair right to our readers! Required and recommended summer reading titles will be on display and available for sale in the library, May 22-26, at a 20% discount off the cover price. Contact Ms. Pickett if you’re interested in bringing your classes by the library to browse the summer reading selections!171256_feelin'_groovy_book_fair_flyerForm.pdf

Posted in Blogging for Books

A gripping, modern Midwestern Gothic!

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel has arrived!!
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Was this book written just for Ms. Pickett? It’s so in my wheelhouse! It’s ringing all of my bells! I’m here for The Roanoke Girls! Here’s why: that intriguing cover, a spookily labyrinthine farmhouse, seemingly idyllic small-town life churning with betrayals, a young woman’s struggle to break free of her own history, and the (really) dark secrets of the Roanoke family ….

After her mother’s suicide, 15-year old Lane Roanoke is sent to New Osage, Kansas, to live with her grandparents and cousin Allegra. Ten years later, Allegra has vanished and Lane returns to the Roanoke estate at her grandfather’s request. Chapters alternate between Lane’s indelible summer in Osage Flats (“Then”), and the fraught days following Allegra’s disappearance (“Now”). It all feels like standard girl-gone-missing fare until Amy Engel tosses a literary flash bang at the reader on page 32. Allegra’s own words are prophetic: “Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.” It’s finding out why the Roanoke girls don’t last long that will keep you turning pages at a frantic pace even as the chills run down your spine.

This modern twist on a rural Gothic noir calls to mind some of my recent favorites: S•Town PodcastWhere All Light Tends to Go by David Joy, The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh, All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh, and (from my TBR list) Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy.

The Roanoke Girls is available now in the Ridley High School Library. Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Posted in new books

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

These brand new books are available today in the Ridley High School Library!!

  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
    Beware a calm surface … you never know what lies beneath.
    The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense!
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
    Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach in Santa Cruz with her friends. But when her aunt is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins in landlocked Nebraska. With every photo and text, her friends back home feel further away. Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who dares her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Anise isn’t one to shy away from a challenge, because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.
Posted in audiobooks, Library News

The Wait is Over … AudioBook Sync is Live!

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Four of my favorite things: audiobooks, young adult literature, free stuff, and summertime (more time to read!). If you agree, read on because …

Sync 2017 is live as of April 27! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. For each week in the 2017 season (which runs for sixteen weeks total), SYNC will make two titles available for free. Once you download them to the device of your choice, they are yours forever! That’s two thematically matched, high interest audiobook downloads a week!

Why, you ask? Because SYNC (sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive) exists to bring the listening experience to the teen audience! Sign up to receive notifications when each week’s FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text, email, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Check out SYNC’s amazing 2017 line-up of classics, bestsellers, nonfiction, and award-winning young adult books today!

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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!!

Burntown by Jennifer McMahon
Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it’s known as “Burntown.” As the lives of these misfits intersect, and as a killer from the past draws ever closer, an edge-of-your-seat suspense story unfurls with one stunning twist and turn after another. Don’t miss Burntown!

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

These brand new books are available today in the Ridley High School Library!!

  • Bang by Barry Lyga
    Unflinching and honest, Bang is the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed, as true and as relevant as tomorrow’s headlines.
  • Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke
    When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and ghost towns. Now, in this graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, and the delicate passageways of the human heart.