Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coming soon to your library...

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How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

"It's not romance, exactly -- but it's definitely love."  
Beatrice, or Robot Girl, knows a thing or two about detachment. Without roots or friends, she grew up always moving from town to town with her parents. Now it's senior year of high school and she's starting from scratch again in Baltimore, Maryland, resigned to coast through the year without growing too fond of people and places she'll just have to say goodbye to in June. Then she meets Jonah the Ghost Boy, the one whose classmates held a mock funeral for in 7th grade. Despite his efforts to shut her out, the town misfits form a curious and endearing friendship over a late night radio program. Beautifully written, this story of heartache and friendship on the brink of growing or ending in the face of personal tragedy, will appeal to any age group. The themes are universal but told in a unique voice that makes this novel stand out from others of its kind. Beatrice and Jonah and full-blooded, irresistible characters, whose struggles are our struggles. 

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

It takes a graveyard to raise a child, which is the premise of Neil Gaiman's Newbery Award-winning audiobook The Graveyard Book. In this original story, it is often the living, rather than the dead, who are frightening or dangerous, cleverly exposing the truth about people by flipping assumptions about community on its head. After the initial darkness of the first chapter, the story lightens, winding its way through Bod Owen's unique childhood, where he learns the ins and outs of life through his dead (or sometimes undead) companions. It shows, rather than tells, how much the living can learn from those who came before us. Gaiman’s characters are always vivid, from the ghouls to the Grey Lady to Silas, the fast-food savvy vampire. The prose is wonderfully crafted and the audiobook has the added bonus of being read by Neil Gaiman himself. All matters of lovely British accents aside, he reads fluidly, creating distinguishable voices for each of the characters. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Did you know you can check out books for your kindle, iPad, and computer?!

In order to check out these books, it is recommended and in some cases required that you have:

Click here to go to MyMediaMallGo to MyMediaMall to download OverDrive popular fiction and nonfiction eAudiobooks, eBooks and eVideos onto your home computer or laptop. Use your valid Wauconda Area Library card to check out titles.




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What 10 Classic Books Were Almost Called

From this
very cool website:

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald went through quite a few titles for his most well-known book before deciding on The Great Gatsby. If he hadn’t arrived at that title, high school kids would be pondering the themes of Trimalchio in West Egg; Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires; On the Road to West Egg; Under the Red, White, and Blue; Gold-Hatted Gatsby; and The High-Bouncing Lover.

2. George Orwell’s publisher didn’t feel the title to Orwell’s novel The Last Man in Europe was terribly commercial and recommended using the other title he had been kicking around—1984.

3. Before it was Atlas Shrugged, it was The Strike, which is how Ayn Rand referred to her magnum opus for quite some time. In 1956, a year before the book was released, she decided the title gave away too much plot detail. Her husband suggested Atlas Shrugged and it stuck.

4. The title of Bram Stoker’s famous Gothic novel sounded more like a spoof before he landed on Dracula—one of the names Stoker considered was The Dead Un-Dead.
5. Ernest Hemingway’s original title for The Sun Also Rises was used for foreign-language editions—Fiesta. He changed the American English version to The Sun Also Rises at the behest of his publisher.

6. It’s because of Frank Sinatra that we use the phrase “Catch-22” today. Well, sort of. Author Joseph Heller tried out Catch-11, but because the original Ocean’s Eleven movie was newly in theaters, it was scrapped to avoid confusion. He also wanted Catch-18, but, again, a recent publication made him switch titles to avoid confusion: Leon Uris’ Mila 18. The number 22 was finally chosen because it was 11 doubled.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird was simply Atticus before Harper Lee decided the title focused too narrowly on one character.

8. An apt precursor to the Pride and Prejudice title Jane Austen finally decided on: First Impressions.

9. Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Secretly, apparently. Mistress Mary, taken from the classic nursery rhyme, was the working title for Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

10. Originally called Ulysses in Dublin, James Joyce’s Dubliners featured characters that would later appear in his epic Ulysses a few years later.

Source: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/70037

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Award Winning Books For Teens

 Check out some of these awesome books!

Where Things Come Back book cover
Where Things Come Back
By John Corey Whale
Why We Broke Up book cover
Why We Broke Up
By Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman
Little, Brown
The Returning book cover
The Returning
By Christine Hinwood
Jasper Jones book cover
Jasper Jones
By Craig Siley
The Scorpio Races book cover
The Scorpio Races
By Maggie Stiefvater

Thursday, February 2, 2012

See what's new or on order at the library! Click here to find out how Wowbrary can help keep you up to date on the library's most recent additions. Once a week, Wowbrary crafts a list of the library's newest titles into an easy-to-browse website complete with images and summaries. You can even sign up to receive a weekly email of the top 20 items.