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National Book Award 2017 -- Young People's Literature

And the winner is . . . Far from the Tree by Robin Benway.

FINALISTS
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

LONGLIST
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
 

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Filled with WONDER

When Wonder came out in 2012, I loved it.  And I was not alone.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio took the kidlit world by storm.  And it wasn't because it was being heavily pushed by the publishing industry.  No, it was being promoted by the people, young and old(er), who read it and felt compelled to pass the magic of Auggie onto other readers.  I found out about it from a middle school teacher who frequented the library.  And as soon as I finished it, I started recommending it to just about anyone who asked for a good book.

And now Wonder is a feature film.  It hits theaters this weekend.  Yes, I'm going to see it.  And, if it's movie magic . . . well, I bet you can guess what I'll do.

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Keeping You Posted About Raging Readers

At the October meeting of Raging Readers (our teen book club), the group discussed Scythe by Neal Shusterman.  Everybody loved it . . . and had A LOT to say.  Then they chose a completely different kind of novel to discuss at the November meeting.  I've read Posted.  It's awesome.  You'll want to read it.  And then you'll want to exchange words about it.  So click on the title to place your hold.  Read it, then show up at the library on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Posted by John David Anderson"There was a war.  This is where it ended.I can't tell you exactly when it changed, when it spiraled out of control like a kite twisting in the wind. When it stopped being something funny and clever and became something else. Maybe there was no single moment. Maybe underneath all the squares plastered on the walls and notebooks and windows there was the same message over and over. We just ignored it because it was easier to stomach that way.
I know what you are going to say: sticks, and stones, and broken bones. But words can kick you in the gut. They wriggle underneath your skin and start to itch. They set their hooks into you and pull. Words accumulate like a cancer, and then they eat away at you until there is nothing left. And once they are let loose there really is no taking them back."

EXTRA INFO
The author's website has lots of great extras about the book.  Take a look.

I grew up in a house filled with books.  Both of my parents were avid readers.  My dad favored Louis L'Amour.  My mom was Agatha Christie all the way.  So it's no surprise I, too, became a reader.  And a librarian!  What is surprising is that I have never read a Louis L'Amour book.  And, until recently, I had never read Agatha Christie.  But the new cinematic interpretation of Murder on the Orient Express came out this weekend, and I really want to see it.  So I simply had to read the book first.  One should ALWAYS read the book before watching the movie.  I enjoyed the story . . . and the interesting and mustachioed Hercule Poirot.  I'm not sure if I'm a fan of Kenneth Branagh's version of Poirot's mustache, though.  That thing is seriously ridiculous.  I hope I'll be able to focus on his words in the movie, that his formidable facial hair won't distract me from what's important.

Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin (November 7, 2017)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is one of the most famous pieces of civic architecture in the world. But most people are not as familiar with the reserved college student who entered and won the design competition to build it. This accessible biography tells the story of Maya Lin, from her struggle to stick with her vision of the memorial to the wide variety of works she has created since then. The carefully researched text, paired with ample photos, crosses multiple interests—American history, civic activism, art history, and cultural diversity—and offers a timely celebration of the memorial's 35th anniversary as well as providing an important contribution to the current discussion of the role of women and minorities in society.

There is also a new picture book biography about Lin, if you'd like to introduce her to a younger reader.
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey (2017)

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