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Are you looking for book recommendations? Want to read about issues and situations that teens and Middle School students are facing today? See our newly updated "Current Issues: Suggested Reading List for Teens" and "Current Issues: Suggested Reading List for Middle School." Also, scroll down on this page for updated recommendations from Mrs. Hamel.
Maker Space is Open!
We are excited to announce that our new Maker Space is now open in the old Media Center off the Library. If you are interested in 3D printing, circuits, sewing, painting, button-making, soldering, or many other tech and craft options, stop by to check it out. Some activities will require a short training session but many others are available immediately. You will need a pass to the Library, and ability to use the space may depend on availability of staff at this point. So bring a friend and get creative!
MVUHS Book Catalog:
Your Librarians Recommend:
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Recommended by Mrs. Hamel
If you are not reading books by Jason Reynolds (or Kwame Alexander, below) you need to be! These two authors are writing excellent stories of current issues for teens in our world today. Long Way Down and Solo are paired this month since they are both written in verse, potentially making them even more interesting and accessible to some readers. I like this style for how direct and "to the point" they keep the story-telling.
In Long Way Down we meet Will Holloman whose brother, Shawn, has been shot and killed, and Will knows the 3 rules he has been raised with: 1. No crying, 2. No snitching, 3. Get revenge - no matter what. Once we learn about this situation, we join Will on the elevator of his apartment building, with the gun he has taken from his brother's drawer, as he goes to get his revenge. Seven floors to go down in sixty seconds (yes - the rest of the book is time-stamped, from 09:08:02 a.m. to 09:09:09 a.m. - one minute!) as he confronts what has happened and has to decide what he will really do.
A few months ago, I recommended Reynold's book All American Boys and his book Ghost is on this year's Dorothy's List. We have several other titles by him as well, and they are all worth a look!
Solo by Kwame Alexander
Suggested by Mrs. Hamel
Some of you may have first read Kwame Alexander's book in verse, The Crossover, when it was on Dorothy's List two years ago. In Solo, we go on a major journey halfway around the world with Blade Morrison, whose father, Rutherford, is a world famous rock star, known for his substance abuse issues. Blade has to face the effects of this every day: from the perks of having an extremely wealthy family, to the embarrassment his father's actions bring, to the expectations of some (especially his girlfriend's father) that Blade will be no better than his Dad's worst behavior. I really loved this story as Blade tries to become his own man, out from under the long shadow of his father.