Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's New Wednesday 10/31/12

Here is a sampling of the large order we received this week:

The Racketeer by John Grisham
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Vietnam Series #1, 2, 3: I Pledge Allegiance, Free-Fire Zone, & Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch
The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1 by Mark Frost
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Necromancing the Stone (sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer) by Lish McBride
Uggie--My Story by Uggie


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday 10/30/12

Here are the top ten checkouts at the CHS Library this week:

1. Nook (not technically a book, most readers are reading Mark of Athena, Tilt, or Finale)
2. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
3. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
4. Thirteen Reasons Why: a Novel by Jay Asher
5. The Dead by Charles Higson
6. Deadly Little Secret: a Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
9. The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's New Wednesday

We have quite a long list this week, and this isn't even all of them!  I am in the process of ordering lots of new books, so I will be posting the ones that people have been asking for, are sequels to popular books, and ones that I think will stand out.  Enjoy!

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein
Erebos: It's a Game. It Watches You. by Ursula Puznanski
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Every Day by David Levithan
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me by Jerry McGill
Bitterblue (sequal to Graceling) by Kristin Cashore
Son (last book in The Giver series) by Lois Lowry
Because it is My Blood (sequel to All These Things I've Done) by Gabrielle Zevin
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
One Last Strike by Tony La Russa

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Here are the top ten checkouts for the CHS library this week:

1. Thirteen Reasons Why: a Novel by Jay Asher
2. Nook (not a book, but one of our most popular things!)
3. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
4. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
7. Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
8. The Bully by Paul Langan
9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
10. The Dead by Charles Higson

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ZombieFest - Day 3 - Zombie Jeopardy

Today was Zombie Trivia Day so we played a couple rounds of Zombie Jeopardy.  The teams that won received a coupon for a free hot chocolate/cappucino or popcorn in the library.  We will be giving away bigger prizes at the parties during Friday's lunches!

Here's a screenshot of the game:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ZombieFest 2012 - Day 2

Students were able to zombify cookies and marshmallows today, along with getting their picture taken with a zombie background.  We had a lot of fun! Here are the photos from the event:

Monday, October 15, 2012

ZombieFest Day 1- Zombie Felties

Today was the first day of Teen Read Week, which means it is officially ZombieFest week in CHS Library.  During lunch today, students were able to start working on a craft taken from the book Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate.  We only tried making the easiest ones from the book (Zombie Puppy, Zombie Kitty, and Dead Ducky) as we know the others would be too much of a challenge for all of us novices in sewing.  The students are only just getting started and will be working on their felties until the end of the week.  Watch for some pictures of finished products; but, for now, here are the ones created as examples by the CHS Library ladies:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What's New Wednesday

New books in the CHS Library:

Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquette for The Living Dead by David P. Murphy
Something Strange and Deadly  by Susan Dennard
Anything but Ordinary by Lara Avery
Promised by Caragh M. O'Brien (#3 in Birthmarked trilogy)
Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Here is another installment of the Top Ten checkouts in the CHS Library for the week:

1. Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel by Jay Asher
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
7. Switched by Amanda Hocking
8. The Fear by Charles Higson
9. Maximum Ride 2: The Manga Version by NaRae Lee
10. Maximum Ride 3: The Manga Version by NaRae Lee

I am glad to see some graphic novels make the list!  I see that The Mark of Athena and Tilt are not on here, but I think that's only because we cannot track what is being read on our Nooks. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ZombieFest 2012!

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Book Summary (from
Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.
Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt….
Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?
Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?
Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.
Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.

Ms. Kiplinger's Opinion:  I chose this book to read for several reasons: 1) Ellen Hopkins' books are always checked out at our library, 2) I had already read the adult companion novel Triangles about the parents of the teens in this story, 3) I am learning to love novels in verse, 4) Ellen  Hopkins is going to be at the YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium that I am attending in November, and 5) Ellen is notorious for her banned/challenged books and it is Banned Books Week!

So, now to my thoughts....

I feel bad that I am just now jumping on this bandwagon, I tried to read one of her novels when she first became popular, but couldn't bring myself to enjoy the novel in verse at that time.  I am now enraptured by this author, I nabbed Crank when I saw it had come in this morning because I knew I probably wouldn't get another chance anytime soon.  (Don't worry, it wasn't on hold for anyone!)  Even though the story is very similar to the one I read in Triangles, I still had to finish it and hear things from the teen's point-of-view.  I read it all in one evening because I couldn't stop....and it was on hold for at least 3 other people.  This is a tough story about family's dealing with the problems that many families have to deal with (if your family never has to face any of these issues, you are lucky).  There is a chronically ill child, a gay teen, fighting and boy trouble, a teen with HIV, a teen who gets pregnant, a cheating/alcholic dad and so on.  You get the idea! The story is told from the perspective of several different teens with some "guest spots" going to other (somewhat more minor) characters at the end of each section. The writing is beautiful, but easy to understand and follow.  I enjoy how there are bigger picture ideas implanted into the poems if you read the words that stand off to the side alone.  If you are a fan of Ellen Hopkins, or even if not, you will enjoy this book!  In fact, I purchased it as an e-book as well since we have so many wanting to read it. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What's New Wednesday

These are some more of the new books in the CHS Library:

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan
Chew: A Graphic Novel by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Emory's Gift by W. Bruce Cameron
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal by Mark Owens
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Here are the top ten check-outs at the CHS Library this week:

1. Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5. Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush saga #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Pretty Little Liars (#1) by Sara Shepard
7. Silence (Hush, Hush saga #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
8. Thirteen Reasons Why: a Novel by Jay Asher
9. Warm Bodies: a Novel by Isaac Marion
10. Crescendo (Hush, Hush saga #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

It seems the Hush, Hush saga is dominating the list this week.  I guess everyone really is preparing for the release of the final book on October 23.  The Hunger Games also got knocked out of its top spot this week.  I predict that The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus series #3) by Rick Riordan will be on this list very soon!

Banned Books Week!

Well, it is officially Banned Books Week!  Although we've had our display up for a few weeks now, I want everyone to be reminded what it is all about.  This week is a celebration of our freedom to read what we choose and not be criticized or judged.  Here are the top ten banned/challenged books of 2011 (the most recent list):

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; mature content; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; mature content; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; mature content; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; mature content; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; mature content
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; mature content
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; mature content
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism
Want to find out more about Banned Books Week?  Here are some links:

American Library Association
Google Books- Explore Banned Books
Banned Books Week YouTube Channel