Check Out what the Teen Advisory Board is Reading this Month:
The Impossible Knife of Memory- Laurie Halse Anderson
The Winner’s Curse- Marie Rukoski
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin
Being Sloane Jacobs- Lauren Morrill
No One Else Can Have You- Kathleen Hale
Sea of Shadows- Kelley Armstrong
Faking Normal- Courtney C. Stevens
Foundation- Issac Asimov
The Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkein
The Darkest Minds- Alexandra Bracken
Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling
Seriously, I’m Kidding- Ellen DeGeneres
Just Ella- Margaret Peterson Haddix
Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
STEM Girls: Books with girls rocking science and mathEarlier this week I reviewed 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil, a book that has a main character, a girl, that is basically a physics wiz. A lot of times, female main characters are into fashion or music and even sometimes sports. But a lot of times, if our main characters are into academics they are also social pariahs. Most of the time, academics aren’t even really mentioned in YA lit. But this too is diversity: showing that our main characters, both male and female, can be involved in a variety of interests, even academic ones. Boys don’t just have to be jocks and girls don’t just have to be fashionistas. So here is a list of books that have main female characters that are involved in science and math. Why just girl characters? Because even though girls now make up the majority of college students, they still seem to lag behind in math and science, especially in terms of recognition and leadership in the field. So here is some inspiration for us all, books that showcase girls being interested in science, math and those other subjects that fall under the umbrella of STEM eduction.
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Since it sparked the list, it deserves a place on the list. Two girls who are incredibly intelligent in physics use that knowledge to save 2 parallel worlds. Lots of science talk, scary tension, and a dash of romance.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo“People are always going to think something about you that isn’t real. It doesn’t matter what they think.”
While on her way back from an academic competition, Reese is in an accident and wakes up in a secret government lab really quite different. Can she find out what happened to her and what it means?
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris“Excuse me if I feel skeptical,’ I said. ‘Coach’s foot fell off. How exactly do you propose to cure that? Superglue?”
The coach is feeding the football team steroids that turn them into zombies, can Kate find an antidote before the entire high school eats itself?Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson" … and maybe I would do it better this time.”
Straight A student Kate Malone is waiting to hear from MIT when her perfectly organized world starts to spiral out of control. Then, something happens that truly blows it apart.The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly"The day the experiment succeeds is the day the experiment ends. And I inevitably find that the sadness of ending outweighs the celebration of success.”
Calpurnia Tate uses science to help her understand why yellow grasshoppers grow so much bigger than the green grasshoppers in her back yard. Along the way, she bonds with her grandfather and learns just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century. Historical fiction, MG lit.
Find Me by Romily Bernard"How can we all just keep swimming along when some of us are drowning?"
Wick Tate is a superb computer hacker, skills she’ll need to use when Tessa Waye’s diary shows up at her house with a simple request: Find Me. (Coming in September from Harper Teen)
In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters
“…between the war and the flu, no one’s going to escape being haunted. We live in a world so horrifying, it frightens even the dead.”
The Spanish flu is sweeping across the land. It is 1918. Mary Shelley Black is forced to rethink everything she knows, or thinks she knows, about life and death.
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzad
"The past doesn’t disappear, but it doesn’t have to define your future. That’s up to you.”
When Caro’s older sister Hannah returns, she is having a hard time adjusting. Hannah is the spiritual sister while Caro uses science to help her understand the world around her. But secrets about Hannah’s past lead Caro to better understand the both of them.
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe“This is what we do. We make tea and read books and watch people die.”
It starts with an itch. Then the fever comes. Soon after, you are dead. Kaelyn uses what she knows to try to keep herself alive when a virus sweeps over the island that she lives on.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)Me
Words are magic.
Massachusetts all the Way!
TFiOS tour visit in MA, don’t mind if I do…
One note = one vote. Like or reblog to vote for your state! Go Massachusetts! http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/demandourstars
We’ve got a meeting room all ready and waiting. I’m just saying.
Writing Club Book Soundtracks
Yesterday in Writing Club, we made up soundtracks to either books we have read recently, or are writing ourselves. Here are the soundtracks we came up with:
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
- Evesdrop- The Civil Wars
- I’ve Got This Friend-The Civil Wars
- Tell Mama- The Civil Wars
- I Won’t Give Up- Jason Mraz
- Let It Hurt- Rascal Flatts
- Girl In the Moon- Everly
- Cry- Faith Hill
- Need You Now- Lady Antebellum
- Poison and Wine- The Civil Wars
- Medicine- Shakira
- Better Dig Two- The Band Perry
- Chainsaw- The Band Perry
- Open Arms- Journey
Sin City by Jessie Harmon
- The City- The 1975
- Crushcrushcrush- Paramore
- Female Robbery- The Neighborhood
- Four Corners & Two Sides- Sleeping with Sirens
- Gonna Get Caught- Demi Lovato
- Master Plan- Adam Lambert
- Nirvana- Adam Lambert
- Pay Phone- Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
- Runnin’- Adam Lambert
- Thinking of You- Kesha
- Trespassing- Adam Lambert
- Vegas Lights- Panic at the Disco
- Where Have You Been-Rihanna
- Wonderland- Kesha
- Don’t Forget Where You Belong- One Direction
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
- Godzilla- Blue Oyster Cult
- Bad Reputation- Joan Jett
- Fame- David Bowie
- School’s Out- Alice Cooper
- Gold On the Ceiling- Black Keys
- Maneater -Hall & Oates
- Bandages- Hot Hot Heat
- Workout Plan- Kanye West
- Dancing in the Streets- David Bowie & Mick Jagger
We are (as if you couldn’t tell by our posts!) huge science fiction/dystopian fans here at PPL: we are tremendously excited for tomorrow’s visit with Mindy McGinnis, who’ll be talking about her dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink!
So of course we’re also thrilled that this year’s summer reading theme is Science! Here is a (very, very) brief guide to science fiction topics in some of our favorite YA reads. And to see these awesome book covers in full, click through the image to find our dedicated Pinterest board!
What happens in a single day in Massachusetts libraries?
Help answer that question by participating in the second annual Massachusetts Snapshot Day. On Saturday April 12, 2014, Randall Library will join other libraries across the nation to provide a snapshot of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that can help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.