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February’s Library News & New Books!

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New Books for Cooks!

Today’s Special: Freshly published cookbooks!

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

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Pickett’s Picks: Spring 2018 Edition!

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.
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The Graphic History of Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton: founding father, familiar face on the $10 bill, subject of a musical you might have heard of, and now the star of his own graphic history:9780399580000The biography opens with Hamilton’s childhood in the West Indies, where he grew up the “bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar” (thanks, John Adams). Essentially orphaned, Hamilton departed for America after St. Croix’s prominent citizens raised money to fund his education. Alexander Hamilton never looked back. He went on to serve alongside George Washington in the Revolutionary War before becoming the first Secretary of the Treasury (and full-time thorn in the side of Thomas Jefferson). He also repeatedly crossed paths with and developed a profound contempt for Aaron Burr, who ultimately challenged his rival to the duel that ended Hamilton’s life.

Alexander Hamilton casts a wide historical net, covering plenty of background information on the philosophical origins of democracy, the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution, the creation of the Constitution, and more. Jonathan Hennessey’s exposition-heavy style of narration may deter readers who are hoping for a Hamilton highlight reel. This is, instead, a rigorously-researched factual biography, and the text’s challenges occasionally outweigh its rewards. On the other hand, Justin Greenwood’s vibrant, energetic artwork will hold the reader’s interest on every page. Overall, Alexander Hamilton is an engaging tour through the life and times of one of the Revolutionary Era’s most well-known but somehow unknowable figures, a man who “straddles history and myth.”

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September’s Library News & New Books!

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!

Just click on the image for all of September’s news worth checking out!September