This Summer at the Library

This Summer at the Library

Monday, June 17, 2019

June is Audio Book Month

June is Audio Book Month
and as a huge fan of audio books,
I just had to share some I've enjoyed that are available to you for free
via National Digital Doorway
on the Overdrive or Libby app.

You can find them here:

→ Sadie by Courtney Summers, Read by: Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, Fred Berman and 
Gabra Zackman

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson, Read by: Imani Parks

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton, Read by: Christopher Gebauer

Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Read by: Dion Graham

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Read by: Caitlin Kelly

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry, Read by: Michael Crouch

→ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Read by: Lin-Manuel Miranda

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. SΓ‘nchez, Read by: Kyla Garcia

Pride by Ibi Zoboi , Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Read by Arielle DeLisle

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen, Read by: Rebecca Soler

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, Read by Natalia Payne

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle, Read by: Tim Federle

For more audio books and e-books as well, visit Nassau Digital Doorway

Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Review

πŸ“–Recommend for Grades 7 and upπŸ“–
by Adib Khorram
            Darius Kellner is a bi-racial (his mother is Persian and his father white), clinically depressed, bullied teen who only has one friend. Also, unlike his little sister, only understands a few words in Farsi making it difficult to communicate with his maternal family in Iran. Upon learning that his grandfather is dying, Darius, his sister, and their parents travel to Iran to spend time with him. While at first unsure about the trip, Darius finds his idea of it changing upon meeting his grandparent’s neighbor Sohrab, who also helps him grow during his time in Iran.

            A truly moving and wonderful story, readers will enjoy getting some insight into Persian culture through the eyes of a character who isn’t fully part of it. At times readers may be bothered by Darius’ behavior but most of it is understandable. His depression is a part of his story (there is a big stigma against mental illness in Iran) but not his whole story. The supporting characters wonderfully help shape Darius and his journey throughout the book.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Book Review

πŸ“–Recommend for Grades 6 and upπŸ“–
by Alan Gratz
            Michael O'Shaunessey is an Irish teen living in Nazi occupied Germany. At the start of the war, Michael learns that not only is his father the Irish Ambassador to Germany but that he and Michael’s mother are both spies for the Allies. Michael becomes a spy himself and joins Hitler’s Youth in order to gain information. When Simon, a British pilot sent to take photos of a secret project, crashes his plane in Berlin, Michael finds himself in danger for aiding Simon in his mission.

            Fans of historical fictions, especially set during World War II, should definitely check out this book. While Michael’s life differs from that of his classmates, this book is a great look at the lives of teen boys in Berlin during the war. On top of that it is a great spy fiction with a page turning action scene.
Library Catalog - E-book - Downloadable Audio

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Peer Book Review

πŸ“–Recommend for Grades 6 and upπŸ“–
by Jen Wang
Reviewed by 8th Grader Kimberly R.
            Prince Sebastian has been hiding a secret from everyone except from Francis. His parents have been looking for a bride for him while he puts on dresses, pretending to be a girl to sweep through Paris.

            The Prince and the Dressmaker was an amazing book because the book was trying to teach that whatever gender you are, you are still able to wear anything you want. 
Library Catalog - E-book - Downloadable Audio

Friday, June 7, 2019

Peer Book Review

πŸ“–Recommend for Grades 8 and upπŸ“–
by Jason Reynolds
Reviewed by 10th Grader alias Marty McFly.
“Will’s older brothers, has been shot dead. Wills a sadness so great he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood, there are rules:           
No. 1: Crying: No matter what don’t cry
No. 2: Snitching: Don’t know matter what
No. 3: Revenge: Do no matter what” 

I thought this book was amazing. It had so many underlying themes in it and I thought it was great. The character really reminded me about myself and my past life. Even though the plot was inconclusive and you don’t get a proper ending, I thought it was a great way to end the book.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Peer Book Review

πŸ“–Recommend for Grades 9 and upπŸ“–
by Jason Aaron
Reviewed by 8th Grader Carlos U.
                        When an extremely powerful space-god, The Watcher is dead, Marvel’s heroes are lead into an investigation. Along the way they discover other forces and new questions arise.

            I enjoyed the dark story and plot. The art work was amazing too. Over all it wasn’t the worst but could be better. It felt a tad bit slow. Other than that, it was fine. 
Library Catalog - E-book - Downloadable Audio

Friday, May 31, 2019

Book Review

πŸ“–Recommend for Grades 7 and upπŸ“–
by Malala Yousafzai
            *Refugee (n): a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution.
            Malala Yousafzai is an advocate for girl’s education and Nobel Peace Prize winner. She is also a refugee, forced to leave her home in Pakistan with her parents and brothers. In this book she shares not only her story but brings together the stories of other girls who are refugees. The road to safety for these girls was not an easy one. Some were separated from their family by who was granted asylum and who wasn’t, while some had family who died along the way. Some may break your heart, while some may also inspire. What all these girls have in common is that for their safety, leaving their home was their only option, and Malala choice to help share their stories.
            The topic of refugees is a big one today, making this an important read. It is an odd feeling knowing the stories these girls share happened in recent history. As the narrative is broken down into individual stories, this makes it easy to stop and process each story before going on to the next one. Malala also prefaces each section with how she came to know these girls and decided to share their story.

*Definition taken directly from Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online
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