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ELLINWOOD — There are new CDs at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
“Looking for Alaska” by John Green. This Michael L. Printz Award winning book is available on CD, and chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. Miles Halter leaves for boarding school to seek what they dying poet Francoix Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” What he finds is Alaska Young, a clever, funny, and screwed-up young woman who pulls Miles into her labyrinth and catapults him into the “Great Perhaps”.
Also on CD by John Green, Paper Towns. When Margo Roth Spegelman climbs into Quentin Jacobsen’s window, summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge. He follows and his life becomes a mysterious adventure on a disconnected path.
“Divergent” and “Insurgent,” are the first two titles in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. On an appointed day, all sixteen year olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. But Beatrice makes a choice that surprises everyone, and may unravel her “perfect society.
“The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery” by Steve Sheinkin. Before Benedict Arnold became one of our country’s most infamous villains and traitors, he was first a great war hero. But his thirst for recognition would ultimately be his undoing. This is his story.
“Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Thomas Jefferson had additional four children through a relationship with Sally Hemings, a slave owned by his family. This is the story of their lives, told in three parts from the points of view of three of Jefferson’s slaves, shedding light on what life was like as one of Thomas Jefferson’s invisible offspring.
“Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos. The author reads his Newbery Award winning novel and shares his fictionalized adventures growing up in the town of Norvelt, where he experiences life through the unusual chore of typing obituaries. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched into escapades and exploits involving homemade airplanes, a dancing plague, Hells Angels… and possibly murder.
“Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian” by Eon Colfer. In the final installment of the bestselling series, Artemis Fowl’s archenemy has masterminded a way to secure her release from prison and bring the human and fairy worlds to their knees. And unless Artemis can stop her, the evil pixie’s next move will destroy all human life on earth.
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.