Want to read great books like We are the Goldens, The Here and Now, Let's Get Lost and Tabula Rasa BEFORE they are published?
Before publishing companies release new books they make copies available to readers to gain feedback and create publicity for the book, these are called Advanced Reader Copies. BRHS is able to get digital advanced copies of books for free! So if you want to read the next blockbuster book before your friends, talk to Miss Clarke in the library about becoming part of the BRHS YA Galley Group.
If you liked Divergent, The Hunger Games or The Bourne Identity then you need to read this book. Tabula Rasa is the story of Sarah, a patient in a top secret government hospital where people are sent to have their memories erased, which is really extreme if you think about it, considering the novel is set in present day America.
But then something goes completely wrong during Sarah's "procedure." The power goes on and off numerous times and during one of the outages someone slips a plastic bag of pills into Sarah's hand. She has no idea what these pills are for except for the note in the bag that reads:
"TAKE ONE PILL AT A TIME, AT 24-HOUR INTERVALS.
24 HOURS EXACTLY.
REMAIN STILL AFTER TAKING" (p. 26).
Without another thought Sarah takes the first pill and is immediately hit with a memory from her past which knocks her to the floor; where she discovers someone has hid clothes for her and a passcard to open the hospital doors, someone is helping her escape! Sarah has just enough time to change her clothes before the hospital is rocked by an explosion and mercenaries being firing upon the hospital searching room by room for someone. It is then that Sarah realizes, "I'm on my own, stranded here, and no one is coming to help me" (p. 40).
Will Sarah escape from the hospital? Will she be able to survive if she does? And will she ever get her memories back and figure out her identity? You will have to read for yourself when Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin comes out next Tuesday, September 23!
To help you keep reading throughout the summer, and throughout the whole year, Random House Canada has created a YA Reading BINGO card which challenges you to read books based on different themes.
There are 24 in total but you can cross two squares off with one book if both themes appear in the same book, or you can challenge yourself to read 24 different books, it's up to you! The idea is to have fun while you are reading, and since it's summertime you can read whatever books interest you and not have to worry about books for your ELA courses.
For more information visit the Random House Reading Bingo Challenge page here, and teachers there is a Reading Bingo Card for you as well!
The Library Café is now closed for the semester. A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make this service a success, from the Foods class students who made cookies, to the teachers, and even you, the students who purchased hot beverages from the library!
Look for the Library Café to reopen in September and keep an eye out for more new changes to the library in the fall.
Look for We Are the Goldens coming soon to the library...
"So, Layla, there's something I need to tell you. Don't be mad. Please. Please don't be mad. I hate it when you're mad at me. I am only doing this because I love you. Because our lives are intertwined" (p. 136).
Releasing today is Dana Reinhardt's newest novel We Are the Goldens. It's a novel about Nell and her older sister Layla who are so close it is almost like they are one person. The story opens with Nell and her friend Felix beginning their first day of high school at City Day, the high school where Layla is already a student and star of the varsity soccer team. Nell has been looking forward to joining her sister in high school and becoming the only freshman to join the varsity soccer team. It doesn't seem like long after Nell arrives at City Day that she feels things are changing with Layla, she is becoming more withdrawn and seems disinterested in many of the things Nell is so excited about. Layla has a secret and Nell is determined to find out what is bothering her sister and continue to be her confidante and closest ally. But this time things are different for Nell, she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her sister's secret.
"While you glared at me. I felt something shifting. A fault line springing up. I stood on one side, and you stood on the other. I'll probably always remember where I was and what I wore and all that: it was that kind of moment. I could no longer pretend. Something was happening. Something that shouldn't be. And I had absolutely no idea what to do." (p. 66-67)
Turning twenty-one might seem like a long way away for some of you, but that just gives you more time to read these 21 recommended books before your 21st birthday!
Chapters Indigo has put together this list and you can check it out on their website or stop by the library and browse the display for your next read and to pick up a checklist.
A crime has been committed in the Library.
Join the CSI team and search for the missing evidence.
Below you will find a crime scene photo as well as the initial police report. Use your detective skills to locate
the missing novel (and you can win a prize!)
Here is a hint: the Sherlock Holmes novels were written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Ever wonder where Hollywood writers get their ideas for the next new blockbuster film? It might surprise you to learn that many current Hollywood films are actually based on books! In fact did you know that anticipated films such as The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner and Gone Girl along with recent release Divergent were actually successful books before being remade for the big screen.
Check out the trailers below for some films coming to theaters in 2014 and check the display in the library to read the book before you see the movie.
Divergent by Veronica Roth