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Check out this excellent review entry from our Books You Love Contest:
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I picked this book to review because of its in-depth description about the characters. There are three main characters names Peeta, Katniss, Gale. Gale is one character that isn’t thrown into the games. It all starts when Peeta is one of the main boy characters who is thrown into the games in the first book. Haymitch says, “You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him.” This is a quote in the book that Haymitch say to Katniss about Peeta. Katniss is the main girl characters who is also thrown into the game in the first book. These two are then thrown back into the games “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.” This is where Katniss is talking to Peeta about her feeling on their engagement. Katniss and Peta are being forced to get married because of what happened in hunger games. The first book has now been turned into a movie and has done really well in the box office. The target age group is for young adults and preteen people of all ages will love this book. The book can be read by both boys and girls. I loved this book it kept my attention throughout the whole book and it was very interesting. This book was so amazing I gave it five stars because of the story line. This book has past all expectations it goes in depth on the story and how they survive in the wilderness. You should read this book because it is a great story about love and fear of the games. The main reason that I picked this book to read was because it was a great storyline that keeps people reading more. Before you read Catching Fire you should read the Hunger Games. The last book is Mockingjay and continues the story even more.
Check out the excellent review entry from our Books You Love Contest below.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
This book may not be a Nancy Drew book style novel but after a couple of short chapters in I got sucked into the crazy life of Tandy Angel. The mysteries of her family come to light after Tandy and her brothers are accused of murdering their parents in the middle of the night. This book keeps you hooked with unusual family members,the family secrets, and that intriguing thought of who killed Malcolm and Maud Angel.
CRPL’s Books You Love Contest is going on now until February 16th. Check out the excellent review entry below and learn more about the contest here.
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
So B. It is a touching book. I have only known a couple of people who read it, so it’s not a popular book. But I still love it. The last chapter is my favorite. It also makes me think about how I have a good life. -Z.O.
Sophie, Grace, Bailey, Vanessa, and Maddie
If you haven't heard about this book then read on, because it is amazing and everyone should read it. Auggie Pullman, fifth grader, was born with a facial deformity. “Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse,” he says when describing his looks to the reader. He has never been to public school but he is about to start when this book begins.
Check this out! "The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small (thejuggernaut.ca) for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. Biblio-Mat books cost two dollars. When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion."
Read more about it here.
So, it’s International Games Day tomorrow. Did you know that the library actually has a pretty good selection of books on gaming? Let’s explore.
Plain old fiction
Here we’ve got some good old-fashioned fiction. All three of the books below would probably be considered science fiction. They focus on a world, a future world most of the time, where video games and virtual reality are serious business.
In Insignia, the main character is offered a place fighting in World War III because of his gaming skills. The main characters must decide if they want to fight against a government who uses video games to control its citizens in Epic. And in Game Over, extraterrestrials try to control the world’s children through video games. Click any cover to check out the Goodreads page.
Gaming seems like it should go hand in hand with graphic novels, and it turns out that is the case. With these books you’ll find a boy getting sucked into a video game, a guy trying to decide between becoming a doctor and playing video games, and Spiderman. Quite a range of topics all based on video games.
A lot of people shy away from non-fiction. It can be dull and boring. The trick to finding good non-fiction is to find a topic that interests you. If you’re into video games, you might want to consider picking up one of the books below.
Super Mario tells the story behind the crazy popular Mario franchise, apparently the creator is a weird guy. Vintage games: An insider look at the history of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the most influential games of all time may have one of the longest titles I’ve ever seen. It seems pretty self explanatory. Ditto for 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die.
Read any good Banned Books lately? Check out some of these links and let me know what you’re reading!
- Epic Reads has a good informational post (and cute graphic from above) all about Banned Books Week
- Interview with Lauren Myracle on Why Her Books Top the List that America wants Banned (her tyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r books made number 1) via The Daily Beast
- Simon & Schuster celebrate Banned Books Week with awesome author quotes like the one above, and a giveaway prize pack.
- The Hunger Games inspires Banned Books week posters in Wylie, Texas at the Smith Public Library via The Examiner
Happy Banned Books week! No, not BAND books – banned – as in schools, libraries, and other organizations have outlawed books based on something someone found objectionable. Celebrate your freedom to read at the Cedar Rapids Public Library and check out a banned book from the display at the front of the Westdale branch. Also, don’t forget to check out the CR Book Connection blog this week to read all about Cedar Rapids librarian’s favorite banned books!
Here are 10 books and the reasons they were banned:
April is National Poetry Month and we’ve been busy with our book club, book group, and Teen Advisory Group creating short poems out of the spines of books. We have a whole album full of them on our Facebook page for 6th-12th graders here…but if you’d like to share your own, send it in during the month of April to armstrongm (@) crlibrary (dot) org or post in on our Facebook wall and we’ll add it to our little collection. Here are a few more of my favorites…enjoy!