Ry, 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.
In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd.
Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the definition from the website Holiday Insights. According to them a geek is “an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his [or her ;-)] technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise.” So whether you are a geek or a nerd - tech savvy, a bookworm, own every comic book ever printed (or aspire to!), so immersed in games (video or otherwise) all else pales, or some other wonderful variety of geek - today is your day. Applaud your unique inner wonderfulness!
In honor of Geekness Day, and being of the bookish (and sciencey! and maybe even gamer!) sort of geek :-), I've listed some of my favorite books below. Some of the characters might qualify as geeks :-), some are just my favorites.
Oh, and don't forget to check out Geektatsic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. It is a collection of short stories by prominent (and some might even say geeky ;-)) authors of teen literature covering all things, well, Geeky.
Happy Reading and have a Geektastic day!
It's Summer! The best place to be is at the pool, except when you are at the library! When you are sitting in your deck chair hanging out in the sun (or shade), check out these reads to keep you cool.
- Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall
- Surrounded By Sharks by Michael Northrop
- Stotan by Chris Crutcher
- Of Poseidon (First in the Syrena Legacy Trilogy) by Anna Banks
- The Vicious Deep (First in the Vicious Deep Series) by Zoraida Cordova
- Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Nick Pearson, a teen in the Witness Protection Program, moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.
15 year old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians in the fading world of magic. When visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin all signs point to Jennifer and Big Magic! Also available is #2 The Song of the Quarkbeast.
This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher. Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.
Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next!
The Fault in Our Stars, a young adult novel by acclaimed author John Green, has flown off the shelves with the premier of The Fault in Our Stars movie. If you loved this book (or movie), or if you are the 168th person in the request line for this fabulous novel, check out these read alikes. They may help dampen any post-reading-an-emotional-book withdrawal that many fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” have experienced.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find. This whirlwind romance is sure to captivate readers from the first page to the last.
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
“I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison.”
Lucy Grealy is diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer when she is nine years old. When she returns to school, she faces taunts from classmates and friends. This book captures the essence of true strength of truth and beauty, and addresses what it means to triumph over suffering.
The Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
An unlikely romance develops between a science-minded girl who is determined to reclaim her reputation and a boy with Asperger's Syndrome. This is a story about two kids who discover that the best parts of people can’t be summed up easily. Forget the cheesy cover—it is worth it.
Panic is a secret game that pits player against player in mental and physical challenges designed to push them to the breaking point. Only one person in the poor town of Carp, New York will win the $67,000 prize. Heather never planned to play, but nothing is going to keep her from winning.
Don’t have time to read because the end of the school year is so busy? Download 2 free audiobooks from the SYNC website. Each summer SYNC provides access to free audiobooks all summer long. You can download the audiobooks to any computer with Overdrive and then transfer the titles to an MP3 player (including iPods).
The program pairs a classic title with something more contemporary. For example: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie and Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro will be available from May 29-June 4. Check back each week for new pairings across many genres: including historical fiction, murder mysteries, horror, and fantasy.
Get all the details and instruction for use at the SYNC webpage. (http://www.audiobooksync.com/)
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.