Roundabout Roundup

Want to donate to a worthy charity AND pick up some great books to read?  Check out the Roundabout Charity Book Sale, outside Room A101!  Every Friday, your Librarian will highlight books available in the sale.  

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Alexie, Sherman.  “The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian.”  One of the top young adult novels in recent years!  “Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.”  Book description from Also available at BWYA Library.

Shan, Darren.  “Cirque du Freak #9: Killers of the Dawn.” Have you dipped into the Cirque du Freak series yet?  If not, rush to the BWYA library now to pick up the first book by the author described as Steven King for kids.

Doctorow, Cory.  “Little Brother.”  Heads up, this book is on the E8 LA and E9 LB English reading lists!  “Seventeen-year-old techno-geek “w1n5t0n” (aka Marcus) bypasses the school’s gait-recognition system by placing pebbles in his shoes, chats secretly with friends on his IMParanoid messaging program, and routinely evades school security with his laptop, cell, WifFnder, and ingenuity. While skipping school, Markus is caught near the site of a terrorist attack on San Francisco and held by the Department of Homeland Security for six days of intensive interrogation. After his release, he vows to use his skills to fight back against an increasingly frightening system of surveillance. Set in the near future, Doctorow’s novel blurs the lines between current and potential technologies, and readers will delight in the details of how Markus attempts to stage a techno-revolution.” Editorial review from Booklist via

Nafisi, Azar.  “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A memoir in books.” “For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. …Azar Nafisi’s luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice.” Book description from

Hinton, S. E. “The Outsiders.” Try this classic book, recommended on several English class reading lists!  “No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on “greasers” like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down…” Book description from  Also available at the BWYA Library.

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