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Russian Roulette is a dangerous game of chance -- each player in turn, using a revolver containing one bullet, spins the cylinder of the revolver, points the muzzle at the head, and pulls the trigger.  But the newest, tenth, and final book in Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series is a sure bet.  Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin sheds light on Yassen Gregorovich, Alex Rider's mortal enemy.  Before you take the journey down his darkened path, make sure you've read the first nine titles.
1. Stormbreaker
2. Point Blank
3. Skeleton Key
4. Eagle Strike
5. Scorpia
6. Ark Angel
7. Snakehead
8. Crocodile Tears
9. Scorpia Rising
10. Russian Roulette



Most people (including me!) get stuck in a reading rut from time to time.  I don't mean we quit reading altogether.  I mean we quit reading anything that isn't dystopian or vampiric or whatever genre dominates our reading lives.  Variety is the spice of life, people!  Why not mix it up?  This blog challenges you to try something a little different.  Each featured trio of titles was carefully crafted to include some of the best of each genre.  Who knows?  You may discover a new favorite.
Battle Ready
Blood Red Horse by K. M Grant, Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
The Fae
The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Game On
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde, Insignia by S. J. Kincaid, Saga by Conor Kostick
Gang Life
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper, Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Gone Viral
Legend by Marie Lu, Partials by Dan Wells, Quarantine by Lex Thomas

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a product of my Midwestern parents' upbringing.  Yes, it's true -- I prefer basketball to football.  I know this makes me a bit of an oddball around here.  It also means I'm not especially qualified to write a blog about Mike Lupica's new book, QB 1.  Luckily, Goodreads summed it up WAY better than I could:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Travel Team, Heat, and Million-Dollar Throw comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.
See what I mean?  Now, even I want to read it.  Better add my name to the waiting list before you football fans beat me to it. 

Ellen Hopkins quickly became a household name in teen literature after the publication of her first novel, Crank.  Written in verse, it is based on her older daughter's addiction to crystal meth.  All her subsequent novels have also been written in verse and all deal with tough issues, from drug abuse to prostitution.  Her lastest release, Smoke, continues the riveting story of Pattyn Von Stratten, whom we first met in Burned.  Find all Hopkins titles in the Teen Spot at Hoover Public Library.
1. Crank (also on CD)

My coworkers were surprised when I first started blogging, and they were shocked when I decided to post something every day.  It's not because I struggle with words.  In fact, I've often been accused of narrating my life as I live it.  No, it's because I do not usually embrace technology.  I don't have cable or internet at my house.  I don't know how to use the Kid Zone's storytime iPod.  I refuse to trade in my reliable flip phone for a smartphone.  I'm not on Facebook or Twitter.  Technologically speaking, I seem to be trapped in the 1990s.  Why did I tell you all of that?  To demonstrate how easy it is to track your reading history through the Hoover Public Library's website.  Even I can do it! 
STEP 1: Go to
STEP 2: Log in at the top of the page by typing in your name and barcode (the long number on the back of your library card)
STEP 3: Click the "My Reading History" button (second from the left on the top of the page)
STEP 4: Click the "Opt In" button (by itself at the bottom of the page)

See?  I told you it was easy.  Now everything you check out on your library card will be saved in your Reading History list, even after you turn it in.  Isn't that enormously helpful?


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Junior high students in grade 8 and high school students who live in the city limits of Hoover or have a parent/guardian who works for the City of Hoover may participate. The library will not accept volunteers who are required to do court-ordered community service.