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New YA Books!

I decided to touch upon some new Young Adult books that I am very excited about that have just come out or are due to be released.

The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie HalseAnderson’s new book. Well known for writing “Speak”, Kirkus Reviews writes, “Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, are bright, sarcastic loners plagued by agonizing memories that won’t quite stay repressed, despite their best efforts. Hayley meets, bantering boyfriend, Finn, who points some things out to Hayley in her life. Anderson is sensitive to many problems – physical recovery, grief, panic attacks and other tendencies that veterans can face when trying to recover.  A characteristically honest and deeply felt exploration of the lingering scars of war.”
David Almond’s current book is The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean telt by hisself. “Billy Dean is a secret child that was born on the day bombers came to Blinkbonny. He becomes the Angel Child, one who can heal the living, contact the dead, and bring comfort to a troubled world. But there is one figure who is beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy himself,” the book jacket writes. This is a book written in phonetic spelling. I am very anxious to start reading this one. The reviewers love it.
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard. “Emily Beam is a new student at Amherst School for Girls. She starts   in January of her junior year, having left her old school to overcome a tragedy. Emily feels an affinity for her namesake, Emily Dickinson, who lived close to her new school and draws on Dickinson’s spirit.” School Library Journal’s review writes, “There is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead who is working her hardest to get over a catastrophe.”
 Why We Took the Car by Tim Mohr is a debut novel. “Two Russian classmates Mike and Tschick take a summer adventure in a stolen car and drive all over Germany. The boys face conundrums like avoiding the police, buying gas and food when clearly underage, and vaguely seeking Tschick’s grandfather. Beginning at the end, with Mike narrating the explanation suggested by the title, this alternately wild, sad, hilarious, and tender tale chronicles the development of a strange and beautiful friendship,” writes  Publishers Weekly. Sounds like a great one to me.
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely. ”Kiely’s gutsy debut addresses abuse in the Catholic Church in the year 2001 only two months after 9/11. 16 year old Aidan’s family is falling apart. The scandal among the Boston archdiocese gets the town’s attention. This is challenging, thought-provoking material, presented in beautiful prose that explores the ways in which acts rendered in the name of love can both destroy and heal,” says the Booklist review.
Looking forward to hearing from you all and your favor reads.

Children’s Room isn’t for children any more!

This is for those adults who do not adventure up into the children’s room, thinking there is nothing there for them. Do I have an author for you!

Phillip Hoose is an amazing children’s writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He has a list of books that he have been published and one that stands out in the library world is The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004). This book received the Lupine Award, an award given to an outstanding children’s book with a Maine connection.

Phillip Hoose has a new book coming out in July 2012 that explores another story about a bird referred to as the Moonbird. B95 is a shorebird that was banded in 1995. This bird has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its astoundingly long lifetime of nearly 20 years – hence its name. “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival,” says the Kirkus Review. The book includes photographs, source notes, bibliography and an index.

We anxiously await the arrival of Phillip Hoose’s book. Check his books online and reserve a copy or come into the library. We’d love to see you.

Book jacket illustrations found at Google Images.

What are you reading right now?

Several years ago I watched an HBO movie on the life of Temple Grandin, a woman born with severe autism, who became a PhD professor at Colorado State University.  When I read a recent review for a new children’s book about this remarkable woman I knew it was one we should have in our collection.
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery is truly a memorable story for children as well as for adults.
                                       Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian


The question was asked, “What are you reading right now?” Well, my life at this time is a little to busy to finish a book. So I will tell you what I have been trying to read lately. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green is a new novel for Teens. It is about a girl with cancer named Hazel and a boy named Augustus. It has love, illness, Indianapolis, Amsterdam and all kinds of stuff.  I would love to catch you reading this book.
                                                              Ginni Nichols, YA Librarian


Of the several titles I have finished recently, Craft Activism: people, ideas and projects from the new community of handmade and how you can join in, by Joan Tapper was full of fun and interesting information.  This book has patterns, as well as interesting background about several crafting groups in the United States.  I found fascinating, some of the community art projects in the book. Truly a fun and colorful read!
                                                   Ann Russell, Technology Librarian
All of the titles mentioned are items owned by the Gardiner Public Library.  Check the website, or give us a call, and we will hold the item for you.
All of the book jacket illustrations were found as Google images.