September is …?

I consulted my list of wacky (and not-so-wacky) holidays and discovered that September is:

  • Library Card Sign-Up Month
  • National Sewing Month
  • National Piano Month
  • International Square Dancing Month

All MoHi students already have a library card (aka student ID card) and I really can’t see putting together a display for any of the three other “months.”  Square dancing? Really??

So, what should we feature in the library for September?  Things have settled into what passes for normal around here, and the display case is empty.  What should I put in it?  What’s a good theme for September?

Got Tdap?

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Have you gotten your Tdap immunization?  Have you brought proof of immunization to the Nurse’s office?  If not, hurry up!  The deadline to turn in proof of Tdap immunization is NEXT THURSDAY, September 8, 2011.  If you don’t comply, you will not be able to attend school as of September 9, 2011.  That’s right: no shot, no school.

PLEASE, if you haven’t gotten immunized yet, do it soon.  MoHi has the highest compliance rate in the district (91%) but that means over 300 students have still not gotten their shots.  This is very important to help prevent the spread of the whooping cough (pertussis) virus, which is a serious public health risk.

And besides, if you can’t come to school, you can’t be in the running for the BRAND NEW CAR being awarded for perfect attendance!🙂

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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The Huntington Beach team won the Little League World Series this weekend!  Let’s celebrate with some great baseball books:

Center field by Robert Lipsyte (FIC Lipsyte) — Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

Mexican whiteboy by Matt de la Peña (FIC Pena) — Danny, who is tall and skinny but has a talent for pitching a fastball, cannot seem to fit in at school in San Diego, where his Mexican and white heritage causes people to judge him before he even speaks.

Heat by Mike Lupica (FIC Lupica) — Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

Cats Rule, Dogs Drool

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Today is National Dog Day, which makes me think … why are there so many days about dogs?  What about the cats?  Cats deserve equal time! 

So, without further ado, some books about cats:

White cat by Holly Black (FIC Black) — When Cassel Sharpe discovers that his older brothers have used him to carry out their criminal schemes and then stolen his memories, he figures out a way to turn their evil machinations against them.

Feral by Bev Cooke (FIC Cooke) — A street kid and a small cat experience fear, hunger, and pain in a dangerous subterranean world.

Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging by Louise Rennison (FIC Rennison) — Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.  Also the rest of the series: On the bright side, I’m now the girlfriend of a sex god; Knocked out by my nunga-nungas; Dancing in my nuddy-pants; Away laughing on a fast camel; Then he ate my boy entrancers; Startled by his furry shorts; Love is a many trousered thing; Stop in the name of pants!; and Are these my basoomas I see before me?

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents by Terry Pratchett (FIC Pratchett) — A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

The wild road by Gabriel King (FIC King) — Tag, a pampered kitten, ventures outside his world of comfort and privilege in order to answer a call to bring the King and Queen of cats to Tintagel before the spring equinox, not realizing he will also have to face a human enemy who wants the Queen for evil purposes.

No one noticed the cat by Anne McCaffrey (FIC McCaffrey) — Regent Mangan Tighe, fully aware of the exact moment he will die, plans for the smooth ascension to the throne of his young prince, Jamas, by leaving behind Niffy the cat, an extraordinary guardian who, in her own particular way, will provide vital guidance to the new ruler of Esphania.



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Today is Kiss and Make Up Day, so here are ten books with “kiss” in the title:

  • A kiss in time by Alex Flinn (FIC Flinn) — Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades seventeen-year-old Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a 300-year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away.
  • Kiss me kill me by Lauren Henderson (FIC Henderson) — Longing to be part of the in-crowd at her exclusive London school, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Scarlett, a trained gymnast, eagerly accepts an invitation to a party whose disastrous outcome changes her life forever.
  • Kiss & blog by Alyson Noel (FIC Noel) — Best friends Winter and Sloane make a pact to do whatever it takes to get noticed in their sophomore year, but once Sloane is taken up by the “popular” crowd, she quickly leaves Winter behind, and Winter must consider the consequences when she decides to take revenge by airing all of Sloane’s secrets on an anonymous blog.
  • Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle (FIC Myracle) — Sixteen-year-old Lissa’s relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.
  • Naomi & Ely’s no kiss list by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (FIC Cohn) — Although they have been friends and neighbors all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.
  • Frogs & French kissesby Sarah Mlynowski (FIC Mlynowski) — Love spells run amok in New York City when high school freshman Rachel asks here younger sister, who is a witch, for magical help in winning the affection of heartthrob Raf Kosravi. 
  • If we kiss by Rachel Vail (FIC Vail) — Fourteen-year-old Charlie feels guilty because she has a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, and her loyalties become even more confused when she discovers that her mother is dating the boyfriend’s father
  • Kissing the rain by Kevin Brooks (FIC Brooks) — Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder.
  • Kissing doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser (FIC Hesser) — Fourteen-year-old Tara describes how her increasingly strange compulsions begin to take over her life and affect her relationships with her family and friends.
  • Silver kiss by Annette Curtis Klause (FIC Klause) — Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful but frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe’s brooding thoughts about her dying mother. But Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years ago.

Move Over, Vampires …

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Today is Be an Angel Day, so we’re highlighting one of the newest fads in YA fiction: angels.  Because vampires are so over …

  • Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (FIC Fitzpatrick) — High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (FIC Fitzpatrick) — Nora, concerned that she seems to be in danger more than the average high school student, and having decided she relies too much on her guardian angel, Patch, sets out to investigate what really happened the night her father left for Portland, Maine, and never came back. 
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate (FIC Kate) — Suspected in the deathof her boyfriend, 17-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her. 
  • Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith (FIC Smith) — When Miranda’s guardian angel Zachary recklessly saves her from falling into an open grave and dying, the result is that she turns into a vampire and he is left to try to reinstate his reputation by finally doing the right thing.

Well, okay, that last one has angels and vampires, but we can’t get rid of all those blood-suckers at once, can we?🙂


Book Review: Stay by Deb Caletti

Stay by Deb CalettiSimon Pulse, 2011.  313 p. (FIC Caletti)

Clara and her father have come to a remote beach house in Washington state for the summer in order to escape from her obsessive ex-boyfriend, Christian.  Even though Clara hasn’t told anyone where she is, she still keeps looking over her shoulder, afraid Christian will be there.  To further complicate things, she meets Finn, who runs a sailing ship tour with his brother.  Finn is everything Christian was not, and Clara finds herself falling for him.

Clara isn’t the only one to find love: her father starts dating the lighthouse keeper, who also happens to be Clara’s boss.  But things aren’t all wonderful for Clara and her father.  Something happened at the beach when Clara was a little girl, something involving her dead mother.  While Clara unravels the secrets her father has been keeping, she suddenly gets a phone call from Christian.  Has he found out where she is?

This is a compelling story of obsessive love, stalking, family secrets and healing broken hearts.  The beach setting makes it a great summer read, or one to read in the winter while dreaming of summer.