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This week's book pick is Now Is the Time For Running by Michael Williams.
On the day the soldiers come to Deo and his older brother Innocent's village of Gutu in Zimbabwe, a soccer match is in full swing. The soldiers accuse the villagers of being traitors to the president and lay waste to the village, leaving Deo and Innocent the only survivors. Knowing they must flee, the brothers make their way to South Africa and try to find work. Above all else Deo knows he must take care of Innocent, who is developmentally disabled, but he soon discovers they are not wanted in South Africa and help is hard to find. When tragedy strikes yet again, will Deo find the strength to keep going?
This week's book pick is Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi.
For the past four years Donna has held herself apart, not knowing how to move forward after her father died from cancer. She has no idea what she wants to study in college, until the day she attends the funeral services of a fellow senior at Brighton Brothers Funeral Home, the same funeral home her family used for her father. Suddenly, it clicks - Donna wants to be a mortician. She instinctively knows she'll be good at readying the dead for their final moments among the living, and comforting those who are mourning the deceased. Against her mother's strenuous objections Donna applies to mortuary school, and decides to do an internship at Brighton Brothers. Although Donna knows deep down she needs to move past her grief, she finds it much easier to be angry at her family for being able to do so. What will have to change for Donna to be able to find her place among the living once more?
Voting for the Teens' Top Ten starts this Monday, August 15th! You can vote for up to three nominees; for a list of the nominees, click here. Voting ends on September 15th. The winner will be announced during Teen Read Week! The Teens' Top Ten is a teen's choice book award, nominated and voted on by teens. Cast your vote!
This week's book pick is Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks.
When Marie-Claire's uncle Gerard comes to stay with her family in the summer of 1940, no one has any idea that he has brought a dangerous disease with him - tuberculosis. After he is moved to the nearby Pembina Hills sanatorium, Marie-Claire knows he probably won't come back. Several months later, she is in total disbelief as she too is diagnosed with TB and sent to the sanatorium, along with her younger brother and sister. Cut off from everything she has ever known, Marie-Claire is beyond angry at her situation. She rebuffs her new roommate Signy's attempts to make her feel better, and concentrates instead on the remorse she can't seem to make go away. Was it her fault that her brother and sister got sick? What if they never get well?
Come to AniManga Club this Monday at 4pm. We'll be watching Bleach: Episodes 31-34 and eating lots of Pocky!
This week's book pick is Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu.
As an albino Sunny has always felt like an outsider, even more so since her family has moved back to Nigeria. Her classmates taunt her mercilessly at school, and at home her brothers are constantly picking fights. But soon Sunny is about to make a discovery that will change everything. With the help of her new friends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny finds out she is part of the magical underground world of the Leopard People, and possesses powers beyond anything she's ever imagined. Yet Sunny has no knowledge of how to control her powers, and realizes she is years behind Orlu and Chichi when it comes to harnessing her abilities. When the three are informed that they have been chosen along with their friend Sasha to uncover and annihilate a serial killer who is running rampant in Nigeria, Sunny has no idea how they will succeed.
This week's book pick is The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt.
It's the summer of 1986, and thirteen-year old Drew feels like her entire life has been derailed. Instead of becoming a real employee at her mother's new cheese shop like she'd expected, Drew's mother informs her she can't afford to pay her. Then Drew's crush Nick starts dating another girl. And to top it all off, Drew finds out her mother has started dating as well - behind Drew's back. Drew's always been somewhat of an outsider, and now she feels more adrift than ever. When Emmett steps into the picture, Drew realizes she may not be so alone after all. But Emmett has problems of his own, and Drew will have to dig deep insider herself to see if she has what it takes to help him.
Come to YA Movie Night this Monday at 6:30 pm. We'll be watching Lemonade Mouth and eating lots of cheesy popcorn!