In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memoryof his escape, but bearing secrets about a terrible future that awaits all the refugees exiled from the empire.
Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling in the photos. Then the image had to be processed with casutic chemicals in an extremely dark room. Photography was a time-comsuming, expensive process that often lead to more failed images than successful ones.
In a new biography of one of the first professional female photographers, Stand There! She Shouted by Susan Goldman Rubin, we learn how Julia Margaret Cameron turned failure (fuzzy, slightly out of focus photos) into a trademark style. Many of her photographs now hang in the Victoria and Albert Museum in England, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Often using family members as her subjects, a portrait of her great-niece Rachel Gurney taken in 1872 entitled “I Wait” is among one of Cameron's most recognized images.
Check out these titles to learn more about how photographs have impacted history and how to take awesome photos of your life and times.
A bone-crunching journey from football's origins to the latest research on concussion and traumatic brain injuries in the sport. Fourth Down and Inches features exclusive photography and interviews with scientists, players, and the families of athletes who have literally given everything to the game.
It's that time again. The air is cool and crisp, the days are growing shorter, and the night is coming to life. What mysteries lie in dark? What stories will you uncover deep in the piling leaves? As the shadows come alive, magic awaits around corners and in the pages of new found books. For the macabre, the dark, the mysterious, the magical, and even the spookily funny check these out:(Note: Links open in new window)
Strange, Dark, Other Worldly Abilities
Dark Mysteries at the Academy
When Death (and Others) Come Calling
The Humorous Undead and Other Otherworldy Creatures
Welcome to Super Power Saturdays. Throughout Summer Library Club I will be posting a blog the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July that will highlight teen books with a focus on all things super powers. I will highlight teen powers in fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as feature some books that can help you write your own stories and create your own graphic novels. For today’s post I will feature super powers in fiction novels because a lot of great superhero books have flown their way from graphic novels and comics into fiction novels. A few great picks are:
- Fallout by Gwenda Bond
- Project Superhero by Paul Zehr
- Rise of the Heroes by Andy Briggs
- The Misshapes: The Coming Storm by Alex Flynn
- The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
- The Vindico by Wesley King
- V is for Villain by Peter Moore
- Legacy by Tom Sniegoski
- Super Human by Michael Carroll
If reading about superheroes inspires in you the desire or dream to be a superhero yourself or do amazing things in the world check out The Real Life Superhero Project. It is a website that highlights real life people who have become superheroes in their everyday lives. Each one is out there doing real things, such as helping the homeless, dedicating time to charities, working to make their communities safe, and helping kids find their own sense of honor and giving inspired by the comic books they grew up on. Each person is photographed in their favorite superhero gear. Supercool! For a sneak peak at some of these heroes and their mottos check out the video below.
For a list of these and other great teen super power books see our Teen Powers fiction book list in our catalog.
And don't forget to check back the second Saturday in June (June 13th) for a look at Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All! and the fourth Saturday (June 27th) for the post Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.
It is time to ride! The weather is beautiful. The sun is shining. What better way to kick start the summer than with biking! National Bike Month is the month of May. It is sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists. Check out their site for links to bike month dates and events, guides about planning a bike event, information about the National Bike Challenge from May 1st - September 30th, bike safety tips, and more.(Note: Links open in new window)
And to start Bike Month off pedaling fast, Bike to School Day is May 7th. The site Walk Bike to School has information about celebrating Bike to School Day as well as resources, activities, and safety tips for all year round.
The library also has a vast array of books related to biking. Check out the links below for how-to books, bike safety, history, and fiction.
In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a toddler she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.
Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.
Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the WAVES during WWII and taught men how to fly planes, but because she was a woman she wasn't actually allowed to fly them herself; and my husband, who served on the USAF for 20 years, during which he engaged in three wars and a number of insurgencies around the world, often in combat.
Here at the library we get a number of teens who are curious about the military, and are interested in reading both fiction and non-fiction books about life as a soldier. Need some suggestions? Here ya' go!
Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold I know, you're thrown by the fact that this is about a doll; don't be. The soldier doll is simply used to guide the reader through a number of wars, and to introduce us to the lives of the soldiers and civilians effected, and as a symbol–for hope, or death, only the reader can decide.
The Right Fight by Chris Lynch Readers who like to read about WWII will enjoy the newest Chris Lynch, about a young man who is drafted immediately before the beginning of WWII and sent to the North African campaign.
Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley Fans of spy novels will enjoy this WWII fiction about 17-year-old Betty who parachutes into German-occupied France to join the underground Resistance as a spy.
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft This book is awesome; it is actually on my Mock Printz list. Arlo Santiago lives life a moment at a time. His sister is slowly dying of a debilitating disease, and he and his family are still grieving over the death of his mother. To settle his mind he rides dirt bikes and plays drone warfare video games, both very well. So well in fact that the US military have taken notice and want him to fly real drones.