Needs ideas for summer reading? Teenreads.com has created the Ultimate Reading List. The list contains over 400 titles both adult and young adult books and has just been updated to include books published this year. The Ultimate Reading List includes a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles. Great site for summer reading ideas.
Read and vote on your favorite book/author. Teen Book Choice Award finalists have been selected and it’s time to vote for your favorite book/author of the year. The Teen Choice Book Awards winners will be announced live at the 6th annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala on May 13 at the Liberty Theater in New York City.
Every year the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) selects the best fiction for Young Adults. This year there are 102 books on the list. (2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults). From this list, YALSA also selects the top ten books of the year. We have most of these books our library, so if you need a good read you may want to consider these books.
F Carson The girl of fire and thorns. A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.
FCohen Leverage. High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.
F King Everybody sees the ants: a novel. Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their…
F McCall Under the mesquite.
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more
responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry.
F Myracle Shine. When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.
F Ness A monster calls: a novel. Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
F Sepetys Between shades of gray. In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and…
F Stiefvater The Scorpio Races. Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
F Taylor Daughter of smoke & bone.
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
F Zarr How to save a life. Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill’s mother agrees to adopt Mandy’s unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
Hampton, Dan. Viper pilot : a memoir of air combat. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2012.
Profiles the life of fighter pilot Dan Hampton, a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons sent first into a war zone and purposely drawing fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery; describes his service in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and includes actual flight data, mission reports, and intelligence summaries, all of which have been declassified.
Wasdin, Howard E. I am a SEAL Team Six warrior : memoirs of an American soldier. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012.
Howard Wasdin reflects on his life and military career, discussing his difficult childhood, training, goal to become a member of Navy SEAL Team Six, experiences during the Battle of Mogadishu, and more.
Wasdin, Howard E. SEAL Team Six : memoirs of an elite Navy SEAL sniper. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2011.
Howard Wasdin describes his experiences as a member of the SEAL Team Six, a group of highly trained snipers in the United States Navy SEALs, discussing training, combat, and the dangers he faced.
Greitens, Eric, 1974-. The warrior’s heart : becoming a man of compassion and courage. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
Eric Greitens shares his life journey from being an average kid to working to make a difference in the world’s trouble spots and joining the Navy SEALS to protect the weak, and encourages readers to reflect on the power of choice and acts of courage.
Eyewitness to World War II : unforgettable stories and photographs from history’s greatest conflict. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2012.
Brady, James, 1928-2009. Hero of the Pacific : the life of Marine legend John Basilone. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2010.
Examines the life and death of Marine Sergeant John Basilone, the only Marine to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II, tracing his youth in a small New Jersey town to becoming one of World War II’s most celebrated heroes.
Smithson, Ryan. Ghosts of war : the true story of a 19-year-old GI. 1st ed. New York : Collins, c2009.
Ryan Smithson recounts the experiences he had serving his first tour of duty as an Army engineer in Iraq when he was only nineteen.
Kyle, Chris, 1974-. American sniper : the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. New York : W. Morrow, c2012.
Junger, Sebastian. War. 1st ed. New York : Twelve, 2010.
Meyer, Dakota, 1988-. Into the fire : a first-hand account of the most extraordinary battle in the Afghan War. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2012.
A Medal of Honor-awarded Marine sniper shares the controversy-marked story of his heroic contributions during a 2009 Taliban ambush during which he saved a company of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors, a victory that compelled him to disobey orders and assume command without reinforcements or artillery support.
Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. This year Banned Books Week is September 30 – October 6, 2012. Banned Books Week is marking its 30th anniversary this year and continues to support the freedom to read and the harms of censorship.
Check out the display case outside the library to see books that have been banned in the US last year. It may surprise you.
Bill Moyers, legendary journalist, has produced a video essay in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week.
The Destiny Quest mobile app let’s you use your mobile device to search the GHS library – anytime, anywhere. You can view the books you have checked out, place holds, and create bibliographies.
Destiny Quest: Free and available for iOS and Android mobile devices. Download the Destiny Quest app then open and enter the URL: http://destiny.kentisd.org/. Select Grandville High School from the list. You can enter as a guest or login with your Grandville network login and password.
The Follett Digital Reader integrates with Destiny Quest and provides access to the Follett e-books in our library. The app works on iPads and Android™ tablets 3.0 and above. Here are some of the features:
Read online or download for offline reading
eBook automatically returns after the loan period expires
Interface designed specifically for tablet experience
Intuitive gestures for page turning and page zoom
Bookmark, Search, Dictionary, Book Info, Table of Contents, Note Taking and Highlighting
Offline (download) features:
Bookmark, Table of Contents, and Book Info
Download the Follett Digital Reader app from the app store. Open and enter the site for Grandville HS: http://wbb09818.follettshelf.com. Guest login is: grandville and the password is dawgs.
The third FREE app is the Catalist Digital Mobile App. Catalist Digital provides access to the e-audiobooks available in Destiny. Download from the app store.
Using the Catalist Digital Mobile App is easy. Once you download it to your mobile device (the app can be used with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android phones and tablets), simply log in with the Username: grandville and Password: dawgs. You’ll immediately see your school’s digital audiobook library.