Monday, September 28, 2015

Banned Books Week - Celebrate the Right to Read

Thanks for Emily L for researching and putting together this display of frequently challenged young adult fiction.

Banned Books Week is observed during the last week of September to acknowledge attempts to remove books from classrooms and libraries. The theme this year is young adult fiction, often targeted in the name of protecting children and young adults from offensive language, sexual themes, violence, political viewpoints, and books that are “unsuited to any age group.”

Exploring tough themes in fiction is a safe way for children and teens to learn about the world around them and build empathy for others. For those children and teens who have already been affected by the issues they read about, having access to fiction that reflects the world as they have experienced it can be reassuring and validating.

You don’t have to like every book. You don’t have to agree with every book. But celebrate your right to choose which books you read, and allow others to do the same.

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (F Ale)
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (GN F Sat)
  3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (other books by Toni Morrison at F Mor)
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (F Hos)
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (F Chb)
  6. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (GN F Tel)
  7. Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher (other books by Chris Crutcher at F Cru and PBK C)
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry (F Low)
  9. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (F Cis)
  10. Looking for Alaska by John Green (F Gre)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SAT Prep

Are you ready for the SATs next weekend? If you feel like you could use a little practice, stop by the library to borrow an SAT prep book or visit the College and Career Resources tab above for links to more test prep online. 

The test this weekend is not the new SAT test - the new test won't be offered until March 2016. If you're taking the SAT this spring, check out the differences between the current test and the new test.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you liked your summer reading book, there's more where that came from.

Right now, collections of books like each of the summer reading options are on display in the library. If you liked the book you read or are looking for something just a little bit different, check out these displays!

Follow UHS Library's board Like your summer reading book? (September 2015) on Pinterest.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

October 15 Book Club Pick: Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

The first book club meeting of the year will be on Thursday, October 15. The first book is Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. Copies will be available in the library starting next week, and all are welcome to read and join the discussions.

From Goodreads"Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list."

The other picks for first semester are:

Book Club: First semester voting is today after school!

If you're interested in helping choose the books Book Club will discuss in October, November, December, and January, come to the library after school today with your list of suggestions!

New members are always welcome; talk to Ms. Charpentier if you have any questions.