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365 Days of Wonder

R. J. Palacio did something Wonder-ful.  She wrote a book about a boy named Auggie.  He was born with extreme facial deformities and not expected to survive.  But he did, and now he faces another big challenge . . . attending a mainstream school and being treated like every other fifth grader.  Wonder reveals that struggle from Auggie's point of view, but you also hear from his sister, her boyfriend, his classmates, and more.  It is such a powerful story, one that quickly became a must-read across the country.  We have eighteen copies here at Hoover Public Library (though we have a hard time keeping them on the shelves).  We also have the companion ebook The Julian Chapter available through Overdrive.  Julian is the bully in Wonder, and he finally tells his side of the story.

Now, I told you all of that as lead-in to a very Wonder-ful announcement.  There is a new book called 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts.  Mr. Browne is Auggie's teacher, and he is fond of inspiring his students with principles to live by.  There is a precept for every day of the year, contributed by noteworthy people such as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucious, and 100 readers of Wonder.  Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from the book characters.  This is a must-read for every student and teacher touched by Auggie's story.

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Telgemeier, Take Three

Raina Telgemeier is the author/illustrator of the ridiculously popular graphic novel Smile.  Seriously, even kids and teens who don't read graphic novels have read this book.  Why is it so beloved?  1. It is based on the author's life,  2.  It perfectly captures a common adolescent experience, and 3. It is chock full of hope for things to get better no matter what the present circumstances.  Now, you may have noticed that this blog is titled Telgemeier, Take Three. That's because her third book, Sisters, comes out tomorrow, August 26, 2014.  But I could have also called it The Return of Telgemeier because Sisters is a companion book to Smile.  Let's see what blast from her past Raina will be sharing this time.

Raina begs her parents for a sister, but she gets more than she bargained for once Amara is born.  From the moment she was brought home, Amara hasn't been quite the cuddly playmate that Raina had hoped.  As the years pass, the girls bicker constantly and, apparently, couldn't be more unalike.  When the girls, their mother, and their little brother all pack up to drive to a famiy renuion, it seems like the trip's just going to be more of the same, with the girls incessantly picking on each other all the way from San Francisco to Colorado.  However, the road trip doesn't quite go as planned.  It ends up covering more ground -- both literally and figuratively -- than they expect.

I see you noticed that I didn't tell you the name of Telgemeier's second book.  Don't worry!  I won't leave you hanging.  It is called . . . Drama.


The first book in Lauren Myracle's Internet Girls series was completely groundbreaking when it was published in 2005.  An epistolary novel documenting tenth grade written entirely in IM messages between three teen girls?!?!  Yeah, it practically flew off the shelves.  And managed to drag teens away from the computer to read a real, live, actual book.  The fourth book, yolo, comes out on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  The girls are in their first year of college, and it's documented with the latest technology -- texts and tweets.  Find all four of the books in the Teen Spot at Hoover Public Library!

  1. ttyl
  2. ttfn
  3. l8r, g8r
  4. yolo 

Lois Lowry has written many wonderful books, but the most popular (and controversial) is The Giver.  This quinntessential dystopian novel won the 1994 Newbery Medal.  Since then, it has sparked numerous classroom discussions and debates.  The movie adaptation, which hits theaters on August 15, 2014, is sure to do the same . . . and not just because of the subject matter.  Hollywood made some changes.  While participating in a panel at Comic-Con, Lowry addressed some of the differences between the book and the movie.  If she's satisfied, I'm satisfied.  If you haven't read the book yet (or if, like me, you need a refresher course), the Hoover Public Library can help.  We have the book in many formats.


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