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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

We dare our young adult readers in grades 6-12 to read this children’s book and not absolutely love it.  Whiivanle The One and Only Ivan was written for younger readers in grades 3 to 6 there is something so special about the experience of this very real animal. The book is inspired by the true story of a gorilla that spent 27 years in captivity and on display in a shopping mall. Ivan’s dreams and aspirations become actualized when he meets a new inhabitant at the mall,  a baby elephant named Ruby.  If this all sounds a bit too juvenile for our rather mature and sophisticated readers then that is all the more reason to take our dare and read this book and tell us what you think. We will risk our reputations that you will not be disappointed.

Mrs. Sayan

YA Librarian

OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2012

The end of the year has arrived and it’s time to look back on our favorite books of 2012. Here are some of our favorites:
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Mrs. Sayan

EVERY DAY by David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten
Mrs. Rosenberg
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ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese’s friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT by Colleen Clayton
The stress of hiding a horrific incident that she can neither remember nor completely forget leads 16-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy to become alienated from her friends, obsess about weight loss and draw close to Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston
Mrs. DeVito
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BEWITCHING by Alex Flinn
The witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in the best-selling novel Beastly shares the story of her immortal existence and how she has used her powers to influence popular fairy-tale characters, including Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, and Hansel and Gretel.
THE SELECTION by by Kiera Cass
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

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Not everyone living in Germany during WWII was a Nazi, some were book thieves. And how do we know this? Our friend Death, the narrator of this novel tells us so. Death is overworked and under appreciated during this most difficult time. The Book Thief is the coming of age saga of Leisel Memminger and her special story of how she endures daily life under very difficult circumstances. Leisel wins the affections of her foster father and mother, the young Jew the family is hiding in the basement, her next door neighbor Rudy and even Death. It is with wit and black humor that the author Markus Zusak approaches the story. The rich imagery he conjures makes it a story not easily forgotten.
I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN WORLD WAR II.
Mrs. Sayan
Young Adult Librarian