Tuesday, February 24, 2009

JELLICOE ROAD - Not Just an Award Winner, A Great Read

This year's winner of the Michael L. Printz Award (given for excellence in literature written for young adults) is Melina Marchetta for her book Jellicoe Road. I finished this book last night and must say it qualifies for five stars in my rating system. The story follows Taylor Markham as she tries to put the pieces of her life together while trying to understand what a friendship between five teenagers twenty years ago has to do with her.

When I began the book, I kept thinking ..."This is the book that won the award? How?" But I didn't feel that way for long, because soon I was wrapped up in the life of Taylor and her classmates, the Townies, the Cadets and .. oh yes .. a friendship between five teenagers that started as a result of a horrendous accident twenty years earlier.

Jellicoe Road was such a good book that this morning I requested the other title we have by Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca. GOOD READING!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Check Out Next Good Book

Next Good Book is a great way to find a great book to read. Check out one of the premade lists, such as: Transform Yourself! for Young Adults and A Dozen Immortals for Young Adults ; or do a subject search and find just what you are looking for!

Click HERE to try it out, or go to the library home page and click Next Good Book on the left hand side of the page. You can log on and create your own book list to share with your friends, log on to discuss the books you read or just use the 'guest shelf' to collect books you want to see. The 'guest shelf' will not save after you log off. To save your list for another session, you must register. Build a book list of books you think a friend MUST read and email it to them!

If you need help with Next Good Book, just ask your librarian!