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Did you know that YP staff members read many of the materials found in our department? This allows us to offer recommendations and provide readers advisory services to our patrons, from toddlers to adults! YP Currently Reading lets you know what materials we are reviewing, and what we think about them.
They call it "Progress". I guess it sounds better than "Juvenile Facility" or "Youth Institution". Reece is serving his sentence there, but he doesn't see much real progress. People come and go, but the situations remain the same. Reece is frustrated, because he wants a better life for himself, but he just can't seem to stay out of trouble. When he is placed on work release, Reece makes an unlikely friend who helps him realize that the past is behind him, and the future is what he makes of it.
Sixteen year old Tessa faces vampires, demons, and the truth about her missing brother in the fast paced adventure. Mysterious and intriguing characters such as Will, Jem and Charlotte join Tessa in the war against the Magister.
This book reminded me of traveling in the car with my Mom, Dad and Brother. We had fun and so do the Watsons!
This is a great family read because everyone can participate in solving the riddles presented! Each page gives a riddle that can be answered with the title of a popular children's book! Try to see how many you can solve, and be sure to check out the titles you have not read! Spot the Plot is a 2011-2012 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee for grades K-3, and promises to be popular with readers of all ages!
Mandy is a pregnant teenager who has to make some tough decisions about her future. She has had a rough life, watching her mother work through an endless string of dead end relationships. She has no idea how to parent a child or how to begin to make better choices for herself. When she meets a family willing to adopt her baby, she is exposed to a lifestyle vastly different from any she has ever experienced. She begins a journey of self-realization, which leads to an interesting, if unusual conclusion.
Adult fans of YA titles will appreciate Zarr's work, as will teens who have experienced their own love or loss.
Little Red Bird is a Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee for the 2011-2012 school year. Little Red Bird has spent her entire life in a cage and she is quite content there. But then the day comes that she is given the opportunity to spread her wings, and explore the world around her. Should she stick with what she has always known, in a place where she feels comfortable? Or should she venture out and experience new and different surroundings? The author thoughtfully asks readers, “What would you do?” making this book a great starting point for discussion about trying new things and taking chances.
Poor Alligator! He is best friends with a young girl named Amanda, and more than anything, he wants to make her happy! But Amanda is human, and Alligator is... well, stuffed, and they don't always see eye to eye. Anyone who has ever treasured a stuffed animal will appreciate the friendship between the two main characters and understand the obstacles they face in trying to maintain their relationship as Amanda gets older. Fans of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series will enjoy Amanda and her Alligator.
What do you do when the person you depend on most is killed in a traffic accident? For Gaston Giambanco Jr., the answer is simple… develop an intense hatred for the people who caused the accident. An illegal immigrant was behind the wheel of the car that hit Gaston’s mother head on.
Eager to escape the less than ideal home life that only worsened after the accident, Gaston sets out to make it on his own. His journey leads him to a job at a racetrack stable where he learns that in order to be successful he must rely on the very people he despises most.
At 150 pages, Homestretch is a fairly quick read with short chapters and a straightforward storyline that will engage horse lovers and race fans alike.
12 year old Matt Pin has been living with his adoptive family for two years. He loves his parents and his little brother. He's just made the school baseball team as a star pitcher and he is becoming an accomplished pianist. Life is good; but Matt keeps his nightmares and memories of his war-torn country to himself. He doesn't mention the helicopters, bombs, and flames that were a part of his life. He doesn't mention the mother and little brother he left behind. More importantly, he doesn't mention the cruel remarks he hears from his classmates whose family members fought in the war zone. It takes a wise baseball coach and an injured Vietnam Veteran to help put the broken pieces of Matt's life back together.
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