The Book of the Week is Breaking Night by Liz Murray. It’s a 2011 Alex Award winner!
Murray is famous for going from “homeless to Harvard” and now she’s sharing her story in this amazing memoir. She was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was teased constantly for her dirty clothes and lice-infested hair. She was soon skipping so much school that she was placed in a halfway house for girls. By fifteen she was out on the streets, getting food out of trash cans and riding the subway all night to keep warm. How did she make it off the streets and all the way to Harvard and beyond? There’s only one way to find out – read Breaking Night! If you enjoyed The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, you are sure to enjoy this similar story of triumphing over adversity.
This week’s Book of the Week is Stuck on Earth by David Klass.
It’s an alien novel with a twist. Ketchvar looks just like a common snail, but he’s really an alien scout who has been sent to earth to decide whether humans should be saved before the Sandovinians — they would be the aliens from Sandoval — move in and take over the planet. So Ketchvar decides to occupy the brain of a high school student named Tom … which is accomplished via a nostril, of course. Soon Ketchvar finds himself wrapped up in the daily drama of Tom’s life – complete with annoying family members, relentless bullies, and one very alluring girl next door. Stuck on Earth is a unique and funny novel for everyone who is Stuck on Earth!
This week’s Book of the Week selection is Pick-Up Game, edited by Marc Aronson. I know what you’re thinking: most novels have an author, not an editor, right? Well, this novel has a unique format – it’s actually nine linked short stories by some of the very best young adult writers around.
Pick-Up Game takes place during one single, steaming hot July day at the New York City’s West 4th Street Court, also known as The Cage. Hotshot players mingle with wannabes, professional team scouts, and admiring fans from the neighborhood. Find out how it all goes down in this fast-paced novel in short stories that pick up where the last one ends. This novel in stories is a slam dunk!
Actually, the Book of the Week is Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This is great news for everyone who loved her debut novel, Before I Fall. And this brand new book is every bit as good as her first one!
In Delirium, it’s been sixty-four years since the government identified L-O-V-E as a disease. It’s been forty-three years since the scientists perfected a cure for love, or “amor deliria nervosa.” Everyone undergoes this procedure on their eighteenth birthday. Now Lena is just ninety-five days away from going through with the procedure. She looks forward to it because she knows that the cure will make her happy and safe forever. Then something changes. Lena meets someone special, and she becomes infected with amor deliria nervosa. Suddenly ninety-five days doesn’t seem like enough time. Will she go through with the procedure? Can she live in a world without love once it’s over? This epic romance is perfect Valentine’s Day reading. Stop by the library to get a copy today!
It’s a New Year, which means it’s time for some new features on the Ridley High School Library Blog! One of these is the new Book of the Week feature. Every week I’ll spotlight a new book that is SO worth reading! The inaugural Book of the Week is MATCHED by Ally Condie.
In the Society, the officials decide everything. Where you work. When you die. Even who you marry. 17-year old Cassia Reyes has always trusted their choices, so when she is matched with her best friend, Xander, she has no reason to question whether the Society really knows best. She knows that one day Xander will be the perfect husband for her. But when the face of another boy she knows quickly flashes on the Matching screen, Cassia starts to wonder if she belongs with Xander after all. Then, just before he dies, her grandfather teacher her part of a forbidden poem that begins, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Cassia realizes that the poem has been banned because of its message to fight. Will she live the life that’s been assigned to her, or will she fight to follow her own path?
Read MATCHED by Ally Condie, available today in the library. It’s available on audiobook, too!