Friday, December 5, 2014

Read, Write, Create, Imagine.....

At this busy time of the year, it is always important to take a minute to relax and take in your surroundings. The perfect way to do this is to choose a good book, curl up and shut out all the hustle and bustle around you. As I look out over the library this morning I see some students quietly working individually, others in a study group for an upcoming test while others are sitting in comfy chairs reading. The morning is my favorite time of the day, students in the library are calm, engaged and working hard.  At this time of the year I feel it is important to stress what we appreciate, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with students, to get to know them both academically and personally, to run a library where students are happy, engaged and feel comfortable. I an happy to be part of such an amazing staff and work with teachers who appreciate and understand the value of a school library and library teacher!

Book of the Week:
The Diviners / Libba Bray

Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors. She can not be pigeon holed into a certain genre or style as I feel all her books are unique in their own right. This is one of the best books I have read in years. It is full of mystery, magic, thrill and intrigue. It scared me, made me think and kept me on my toes. The best part is, the sequel is scheduled to be released in April!!

*Starred Review* Here's your headline, boss: Small-Town Dame Lands in Big Apple, Goes Wild, Tries to Stop Resurrection of Antichrist. It'll sell bundles! Indeed it will, as Bray continues her winning streak with this heedlessly sprawling series starter set in Prohibition-era New York. Slang-slinging flapper Evie, 17, is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled to be under the wing of her uncle, who runs the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. Business is slow (i.e., plenty of time for Evie to swill gin at speakeasies!) until the grisly arrival of what the papers dub the Pentacle Killer, who might be the reincarnation of a religious zealot named Naughty John. Even Evie's new pals hoofers, numbers runners, and activists, but all swell kids are drawn into the investigation. It's Marjorie Morningstar meets Silence of the Lambs, and Bray dives into it with the brio of the era, alternating rat-a-rat flirting with cold-blooded killings. Seemingly each teen has a secret ability (one can read an object's history; another can heal), and yet the narrative maintains the flavor of historical fiction rather than fantasy. The rest of the plot well, how much time do you have? The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It's jake, baby.

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