Coming Soon to a Library Shelf Near You

Cover of "Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, ...

Cover of Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2)

Vision and Hearing Testing is going on in the library today, so I have a chance to get some new books processed!  We have received two shipments from Junior Library Guild and as usual, the books look extremely interesting.  Watch the shelves for these titles!

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater – the sequel to Shiver - werewolves and romance, gotta love it!

Blade: out of the shadows by Tim Bowler – second book in the Blade series – violence and mayhem on the mean streets of London

The view from the top by Hillary Frank – a disastrous summer of love and friendship for six recent high school graduates

The space between trees by Katie Williams – a haunting thriller about a dead body in the woods

The enemy by Charlie Higson – teens fight for survival after the adults turn into zombies

The Grimm legacy by Polly Shulman – high school student Elizabeth gets a job at an unusual “library” and discovers that magical items are being stolen from the collection

Worldshaker by Richard Harland – steampunk adventure on a ship as large as a city

First strike by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards – the further adventures of spy kids Rich and Jade Chase

Fire will fall by Carol Plum-Ucci – bioterrorism, supernatural events, spies and teenage drama in New Jersey

The cardturner: a novel about a king, a queen, and a joker by Louis Sachar – a new novel from the author of Holes, about a boy who discovers the meaning of his own life while playing bridge with his elderly great-uncle

Happy Frankenstein Day!

Cover of "Frankenstein: A Kaplan SAT Scor...

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Today we celebrate the 213th birthdayof Mary Shelley, the author of the novel Frankenstein.

Quick quiz: Who is Frankenstein?

If you said Frankenstein is the monster, you are WRONG!  Frankenstein is the name of the doctor who creates the monster in Shelley’s famous novel.  The monster itself does not have a name. 

Want to learn more?  Try these books:

  • Frankenstein: a Kaplan SAT score-raising classic by Mary Shelley (FIC Shelley) – an enhanced version of the original novel, with definitions of SAT words
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein’s creator: first science fiction writer by Joan Nichols (921 Shelley) – a biography of the author
  • Spirit like a storm: the story of Mary Shelley by Calvin Miller (921 Shelley) – another biography


Who Do You Write Like?

Painting The Writing Master by Thomas Eakins

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Have you ever wondered what famous author your writing is most like?  Now you can find out at I Write Like, a website that will analyse a sample of your writing and tell you whose style of writing yours most resembles.  Different types of writing will give you different results: I plugged in a blog post from this blog and it told me I write like Stephen King.  Next, I plugged in a sample of fiction I had written and it told me I write like James Joyce!

Have fun and find out who YOU write like. :)


An orange-sable Pomeranian named Coco.

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Today is National Dog Day!  All of you dog owners out there should give your pooch a big hug and let him (or her) know how much you appreciate him (or her). 

If you don’t have a dog, don’t despair.  You can still celebrate National Dog Day with a good book:

  • Stray by Stacey Goldblatt (FIC Goldblatt)
  • No more dead dogs by Gordon Korman (FIC Korman)
  • Cracker!: the best dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (FIC Kadohata)
  • The story of Edgar Sawtelle: a novel by David Wroblewski (FIC Wroblewski)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (FIC DiCamillo)
  • Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: the ultimate episode guide by Jim Milio (636.7 Mil)
  • Adopt the perfect dog by Gwen Bailey (636.7 Bai)
  • The truth about dogs: an inquiry into the ancestry, social conventions, mental habits and moral fiber of Canis familiaris by Stephen Budiansky (636.7 Bud)

Kiss and Make Up Day

Lipstick used to make a symbolic kiss.

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that today is “Kiss and Make Up Day.”  I didn’t either, until I consulted, my source for all wacky holiday knowledge.

In celebration, here are some books with the word “kiss” in the title (and one that doesn’t, but is about kisses):

  •  A kiss in time by Alex Flinn (FIC Flinn)
  • Kiss of life by Daniel Waters (FIC Waters)
  • Lips touch: three times by Laini Taylor (FIC Taylor)
  • Kiss me kill me by Lauren Henderson (FIC Henderson)
  • Shadow kiss by Richelle Mead (FIC Mead)
  • Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle (FIC Myracle)
  • Naomi and Ely’s no kiss list by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (FIC Cohn)
  • If we kiss by Rachel Vail (FIC Vail)
  • Silver kiss by Annette Curtis Klause (FIC Klause)
  • the Diary of a Crush series by Sarra Manning (FIC Manning) : French kiss; Kiss and make up; and Sealed with a kiss

Last Chance for ID/Yearbook Photos!

Tomorrow will be the LAST day to get your photo taken if you want to be in the yearbook!  You will also receive your student ID card, which is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  Please make sure you take a photo if you haven’t already!

Pictures will be taken in the Auditorium foyer all day as follows:

SENIORS – go during your English class

JUNIORS – go during your US or Art History class

SOPHOMORES – go during your World History class

FRESHMEN – go during your Science class

If you took your picture during registration or on the first day of school and HAVE NOT RECIEVED YOUR ID yet, check at the table in front of the Auditorium.

Teens’ Top Ten 2010

Cover of "Shiver"

Cover of Shiver

Voting is now open for the American Library Association Teens’  Top Ten list!  This is a “teen choice” list: teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.

Vote here before September 17, 2010.  You can vote for up to three (3) titles.  Winners will be announced at during Teen Read Week, October 17-23.

The nominated titles are (titles MHS Library owns are in bold):

  • Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  • The Roar by Emma Clayton
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  • hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
  • Dragonfly by Julia Golding
  • The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
  • I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
  • Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  • Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
  • By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
  • Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
  • Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • City of Fire by Laurence Yep

How many of the books on the list have you read?  And which ones will make the final list?

Howling at the Moon

Cover of "Liar"

Cover of Liar

Tonight is a full moon and you know what that means: werewolves!

Of course, we all know that Jacob and his friends from the Twilight series are werewolves (ok, technically they are shapeshifters who take the form of wolves, close enough!), but there are plenty more werewolves prowling the library shelves.  Check these out:

  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier (FIC Larbalestier)
  • Sharp teeth by Toby Barlow (FIC Barlow)
  • the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow (FIC St. Crow)
  • the Demonata series by Darren Shan (FIC Shan)
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (FIC Stiefvater)
  • Unleashed by Kristopher Reisz (FIC Reisz)

Mockingjay Madness

Suzanne Collins Talks About The Hunger Games T...

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Tomorrow is the big day: the release of the long awaited final book in the Hunger Games trilogy.  While you are waiting for the library’s copies to arrive and be processed, you can join in some local (and online) Mockingjay Madness:

Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in LaVerne is holding a Mockingjay release party on Tuesday (8/24).

Borders Books at the Montclair Plaza is having a Hunger Games fan event on Saturday (8/28).

LibraryThing is holding a Hunger Games photo contest now through Sunday (9/29).  You can win a box set of all three books!