Thursday, February 11, 2016

Patron Review ~ Fever 1793

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Published: 2000
Genre: Young Adult, Historic Fiction,
Description:
On the heels of her acclaimed contemporary teen novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson surprises her fans with a riveting and well-researched historical fiction. Fever 1793 is based on an actual epidemic of yellow fever in Philadelphia that wiped out 5,000 people--or 10 percent of the city's population--in three months. At the close of the 18th century, Philadelphia was the bustling capital of the United States, with Washington and Jefferson in residence. During the hot mosquito-infested summer of 1793, the dreaded yellow fever spread like wildfire, killing people overnight. Like specters from the Middle Ages, gravediggers drew carts through the streets crying "Bring out your dead!" The rich fled to the country, abandoning the city to looters, forsaken corpses, and frightened survivors.

In the foreground of this story is 16-year-old Mattie Cook, whose mother and grandfather own a popular coffee house on High Street. Mattie's comfortable and interesting life is shattered by the epidemic, as her mother is felled and the girl and her grandfather must flee for their lives. Later, after much hardship and terror, they return to the deserted town to find their former cook, a freed slave, working with the African Free Society, an actual group who undertook to visit and assist the sick and saved many lives. As first frost arrives and the epidemic ends, Mattie's sufferings have changed her from a willful child to a strong, capable young woman able to manage her family's business on her own. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

Review by patron, Isabelle:
It was very informative about when yellow fever first broke out. It was very good.



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Patron Book Review ~ Bamboo People

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Published: 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Description:
Bang! A side door bursts open.

Soldiers pour into the room. They're shouting and waving rifles.

I shield my head with my arms. It was a lie! I think, my mind racing.

Girls and boys alike are screaming. The soldiers prod and herd some of us together and push the rest apart as if we're cows or goats.

Their leader, though, is a middle-aged man. He's moving slowly, intently, not dashing around like the others. "Take the boys only, Win Min," I overhear him telling a tall, gangly soldier. "Make them obey."

Chiko isn't a fighter by nature. He's a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese soldiers destroy his Karenni family's home and bamboo fields. Timidity becomes courage and anger becomes compassion as each boy is changed by unlikely friendships formed under extreme circumstances.

This coming-of-age novel takes place against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma. Narrated by two teenagers on opposing sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and the Karenni, one of the many ethnic minorities in Burma, Bamboo People explores the nature of violence, power, and prejudice.

Review by patron, Anonymous:   
Easy to understand, likeable characters, Easy to follow. A plot that is slow paced, but engaging.



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Monday, February 1, 2016

Patron Book Review ~ She is Not Invisible

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Published: 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery,
Description:
Set in London and Manhattan, prize-winning author Marcus Sedgwick explores obsession, trust and coincidence in a page-turning thriller about Laureth Peak's mission to find her missing father.

Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.

On impulse she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

Review by patron, Anonymous:   
It is unique, and carefully woven. It is hard to put down and has a thrilling story.



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Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Teen Audio Books!






<<<< Read along with the book while you listen!

(We already own the books Countdown, Briar's Book, Tris's Book & Daja's Book)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Patron Review ~ As Easy as Falling Off of the Face of the Earth

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Published: 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Adventure
Description:
A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.


Review by patron, Anonymous:   
It was creative and funny and it was one problem after another. The characters were unique and funny and the situations were unique.



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