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Treat Yourself to a New Read – Especially for Teens

ALA book recommendationsTo quote Bram Stoker of Dracula fame: “I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”   I do believe that Nancy Fort, RFL staff member, in her second of a series of book reviews, has chosen some great titles with teens in mind.  “Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

I admit it…I read Twilight. I couldn’t help myself. I devoured the Anne Rice vampire series many years ago and was eager to return to the land of the undead. This was not my first foray into the Young Adult (YA) section. I could not help picking up Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (how can anybody resist that title?) It is a great story with a unique viewpoint and the basis for a very good movie as well. I recommend it to lots of people and they often look at me as if I am joking. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson broke my heart as did Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein both tales about ordinary young people during extraordinary times. Wonder by R. J. Palacio and Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper were each recommended to me by elementary school students. Both books focus on children who deal with physical limitations but remind you that there is more to a person than what you see.


What’s New? Treat Yourself to a New Read

This is the first of a series of book reviews by staff member, Nancy Fort.  Looking for a great book to read?  Check out her recommendations!

ALA book recommendationsYou’ve heard of “Eat the Rainbow”…now you can Read the rainbow.  Several of the books that I have read recently use colors to add depth to the characters and story.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak  I didn’t really want to read another book set during World War II but this offers such a unique perspective that I was immediately drawn in. Zusak’s narrator often notes the color of the sky or landscape to illustrate the emotional temperature of the scene. There is a film adaptation of this novel available at the library and I just may borrow it to see if the filmmakers carried this use of color into the film.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami  This was the first book that I have read by this well regarded author but it won’t be the last. The story begins with the teenager Tazaki and his group of four friends. All of their names refer to colors in Japanese, except for Tazaki’s. He feels this makes him a bit of an outsider to the group and as the story unfolds, he spends many years trying to reconcile this image of himself with the events of his life.

Sacré Bleu, a comedy d’art by Christopher Moore  This story follows the quest of French impressionist painters for the sacred blue. It is a strange and fanciful tale of painters and the lengths they will go to for their art.