We are reading The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher for January. Summary: Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's broken body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence.
What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father
is innocent -- isn't he? Before he's convicted, she's got to find out the
truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is
he only playing games with her -- the kinds of games that can kill?
Friday, March 18, 2016
The new Cafe Library book is in! We're reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Summary from the publisher: "World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival." Meeting date TBA.
Friday, January 15, 2016
We are reading The Spectacular Now by Tim Twarp. Summary: SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.
Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.
Starred Review from School Library Journal.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Cafe Library is reading Gabi a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. Summary: "Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity."
Friday, October 17, 2014
Cafe Library is up and running again!We are going to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I've read this book already and it's GREAT! Marina asked for this to be our first book club book this year, and of course I said YES! She has also agreed to lead the discussion. YAY!
Summary: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist - books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Our last Cafe Library read is Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Summary: "Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions." Our very own Emma will be leading the discussion!