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  • Library Media Coordinator: Mrs. Simons

    Email Address: simonst

    Phone number: 357-0720x223

    See Mrs. Simons if you need any login information for any of the

    available ebooks, online tools, or databases offered.

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     YES! You can check out a book during remote learning! See the links below for ebooks or audiobooks. 

    For print, contact Mrs. Simons by phone or email. Books can be picked up or delivered with classwork. 

  • Scythe

    by Neal Shusterman Year Published: 2016 Action and Adventure

    I love a good dystopian novel! It's fun to imagine what craziness will happen in the future. No one could have envisioned the pandemic, but here we are. No one could envision a future that needs a killing task force. But Neal Shusterman did. 

    In this futuristic world, humans have figured out how to conquer death. No one dies, so to keep the population down, some people must be randomly chosen to be killed or 'gleaned'. There is a special task force entrusted with this job - the Scythes. To be a member is to be honored and feared. Two teenagers have been chosen to join, but only one can ultimately be the next reaper. Whoever doesn't win the "honor" must kill the loser. However, it might not be that simple. As one can imagine, the formerly organized and efficient gleaning system is experiencing some problems. You'll definitely want to keep reading the other two books in the trilogy. 

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  • Educated: a memoir

    by Tara Westover Year Published: 2018 Memoir, Autobiography

    You know how you have to look when you're driving past an accident on the highway? You don't want to see, but you gawk anyway. That is what keeps you reading Educated. You keep reading on because you just can't believe your eyes. People really live like this? 

    This is the story of Tara Westover, a VERY well-educated woman who grew up forbidden to attend public school. Her family lives in rural Idaho and the father demands the family subscribe to some unconventional restrictive teachings of the Mormon church. She grows up in what to many of us would be labeled an abusive, stifling environment. This is the story of her breaking out of that world and the price she must pay to do so. Every other page turn will make you say, "Really?! Did that really happen?" It did. It does. Educate yourself about it. 

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    Dread Nation

    by Justina Ireland Year Published: 2018

    If you would have told me I would love (and I mean LOVE) a book about post Civil War era zombies, I would have laughed all the way to the library. I didn't even want to read it, but it was on the BOB list last year and I had to do my duty. Zombies? I don't do zombies. 

    But - and I can't tell you why- this crazy world of dead bodies rising from the battlefields  and the girls who are trained to kill them, works. It works SO well. Yes, the Civil War is over, but the struggle for equality, survival and common human decency rages on. Maybe that's why it works. It's a fantastic adventure with a protagonist who, right from the beginning, you want to hang out and fight with. But it's also about more than just fighting zombies. Jane is a warrior whose cause you can believe in.

    Highly recommended by EVERYONE I know who read it. (Mrs. Casper, Arri, Mrs. Hawks, Emma, Charles...)

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    Far from the Tree

    by Robin Benway Year Published: 2017 Realistic fiction

    The beautiful thing about books is that you can walk in someone else's shoes for a while. In this book, loved by everyone I checked it out to, you get to experience the lives of people dealing with unimaginable angst, heartache and sometimes joy. Three biological siblings  find each other and grapple with the meaning of family. Each is grappling with troubles of his or her own and then they all must deal with their newfound "family." One is a teenage mother who gave her baby up for adoption, one is a long time resident of the foster care system and another is dealing with addiction and divorce in her family. The story jumps from one character's life to the next until we arrive at the end with a big picture of how they all mesh together. Spoiler alert, but it's a happy ending, which is something of a rarity these days. 

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