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Hottest new reads: Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn


Continued interest: Gregory Maquire's Wicked, Son of a Witch, Mirror Mirror, Lost and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.


Abraham, Susan Gonzales     Surprising Cecilia          In the 1930s as she ventures from her small and poor New Mexican farming community to go to high school in the city, teenaged Cecilia finds herself challenged in unexpected ways.  (Fiction)


Adlington, L. J.(Lucy J.)     The Diary of Pelly D.     When Toni V, a construction worker on a futuristic colony, finds the diary of a teenage girl whose life has been turned upside-down by holocaust-like events, he begins to question his own beliefs.  (Fiction)


Adoff, Jaime     Jimi & Me.      After his father's tragic death, twelve-year-old Keith James moves to a small Midwestern town where his mixed race heritage is not accepted, but he finds comfort in the music of Jimi Hendrix and the friendship of a white classmate. (Fiction)  (Coretta Scott King Award)


Allende, Isabel      The House of the Spirits. translated from the Spanish by Magda Bogin.       Traces the lives of the Truebas, beginning with clairvoyant Clara del Valle's summoning of the man she intends to marry, ambitious Esteban Trueba, and following their participation in the history of their times which is their destiny.  (Fiction)


Armstrong, Jennifer     Photo by Brady: a Picture of the Civil War.    Tells the story of the Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady, and the band of field photographers he hired to travel with the troops and record images of the time. 


Averett, Edward     The Rhyming Season.      A senior basketball-player shoulders the hopes of a dying mill town and her bereaved family when she and an eccentric English teacher-coach try to lead their team to state basketball history.  (Fiction)


Bailey, John,1944       The Lost German Slave Girl: the Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom In Old New Orleans.      The author plumbs the boundaries of slave law and identity in the 19th century, focusing on the famous case of Sally Miller--a German girl who was reported to have been kidnapped and sold into slavery in New Orleans. 


Bartoletti, Susan Campbell      Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler's Shadow      Explores the various factors which led many of Germany's young people to pledge their loyalty and support to the dictator and join the Hitler Youth during his rise to power. 


Bauer, Joan     Best Foot Forward     Between school and Al-Anon meetings, Jenna helps Mrs. Gladstone cope with escalating problems that result from the merger of Gladstone Shoes with Shoe Warehouse Corporation, while managing a new employee with a shoplifting record.  (Fiction)


Beard, Phili       Dear Zoe      Tess DeNunzio tries to deal with the death of her younger sister, Zoe, by writing her a letter, as she moves from her mother and stepfather's family to live with her real father, and begins a romance with a boy who lives next door.  (Fiction)


Black, Holly      Valiant: a Modern Tale of Faerie      When she runs away to New York  seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell finds that escape from her own reality is impossible as she encounters colorful, desperate, and strange new friends who end up giving her the surprise of her life.  (Fiction)


Blumenthal, Karen      Let Me Play: the Story of Title IX: the Law that Changed the Future of Girls In America.      Explores the history, struggle, and passage of Title IX, the law that allowed girls the freedom to pursue sports of their choosing, and the effects this law has had on society since its inception.  (Fiction)


Bruchac, Joseph       Code Talker: a Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two.       After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.  (Fiction)


The Building of Michigan's Mackinac Bridge.      Over 32 minutes of actual historic footage of the building of the Machinac Bridge.   (DVD)


Burfoot, Amby        Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Know to Run for Fun, Fitness, and Competition.     Discusses nutrition, injury prevention, women's running, endurance, the mental side of running, cross-training, and the marathon. 


Caputo, Philip     10,000 Days of Thunder: a History of the Vietnam War.      Provides an in-depth examination of the significant events and battles of the Vietnam War, discusses the resulting social unrest in the United States, and offers profiles of the major political players of the period. 


Carlson, Lori M.      Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today.     Presents ten short stories about contemporary Native American teens by members of tribes of the United States and Canada, including Louise Erdrich and Joseph Bruchac.  (Fiction)


Carlson, Lori M.      Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States.     A variety of Latino poets, both familiar names and new voices, illuminate the difficulty of straddling cultures, languages, and identities, while celebrating food, family, love, and triumph. 


Cary, Kate         Bloodline: a Novel .    In this story told primarily through journal entries, a British soldier in World War I makes the horrifying discovery that his regiment commander is descended from Count Dracula.  (Fiction)


Castellucci, Cecil        Boy Proof      Feeling alienated from everyone, Los Angeles high school senior Victoria Denton hides behind the identity of a favorite movie character until a new boy at school helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies.  (Fiction)


Chan, Gillian      The Turning.     When sixteen-year-old Ben Larsson is forced to move to London with his estranged father after his mother's death, unexplained events begin to happen and an ancient force begins to lure him into nearby woods.  (Fiction)


Charlesworth, Monique       The Children's War.       The disintegrating world of Europe in the midst of World War II is seen through the eyes of two youngsters, Ilse, a half-Jewish girl and Nicolai, a young boy in Germany who finds refuge from his involvement with the Hitler Youth in his growing attachment to his nurse, Ilse's mother. 


Congressional Quarterly Guide to Current American Government: Fall 2006. 


Connor, Leslie       Dead on Town Line      Uses short free-verse poems to tell the story of a murdered teen's experience of her afterlife, including her efforts to have her body found and to provide comfort to her loved ones. (Fiction)


Cothran, Helen     Teen pregnancy and parenting.       Articles offer contrasting views on whether adolescent pregnancy is a problem, reasons why teens get pregnant, preventing pregnancies, choosing abortion or adoption, and social attitudes toward teen parents. 


Coy, John        Crackback.       Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.  (Fiction)


Crutcher, Chris       The Sledding Hill.    Billy, recently deceased, keeps an eye on his troubled best friend, fourteen-year-old Eddie, and helps him stand up to a conservative minister and English teacher who is orchestrating a censorship challenge. (Fiction)

Dearing, Joel         Volleyball Fundamentals.     Contents include:  The W formation -- Creating topspin -- Serving -- Receiving serve -- Setting -- Attacking -- Blocking -- Digging -- Team defense -- Team offense -- Transition -- Modified games -- Scoring systems -- Off to the end line.


Deem, James M.        Bodies from the Ash.        Details the events that occurred when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii in 79 A.D., focusing on how this information was deduced from the skeletons found by archaeologists at the site. 


Delaney, Joseph       Revenge of the Witch.       Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."  (Fiction)


Dendy, Leslie A; Boring, Mel;  Mordan, C. B; ill.        Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-experimenters In Science and Medicine.        A collection of ten stories explores how scientists throughout the years have discovered and found cures for various medical diseases and issues, including the cure for yellow fever and the development of the first heart catheter. 


The Devil and Daniel Webster /: All that Money Can Buy.      Jabez Stone asks the talented lawyer Daniel Webster to get him out of the bargain.  (DVD)


Draper, Sharon M.(Sharon Mills)        Copper Sun.       Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.  (Fiction)


Draper, Sharon M.(Sharon Mills)         Forged by Fire.      Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.  (Fiction) (Coretta Scott King Award)


Farrell, Jeanette       Invisible Allies : Microbes that Shape our Lives.        Relates the historical significance of using "friendly" microbes to preserve foods, our long-standing ambivalence about the microbes that live on and in us, and our growing understanding of their importance. 


Farrell, Jeanette      Invisible Enemies : Stories of Infectious Diseases.     Presents stories of seven diseases that changed the course of human history--updated to reflect new medical and social developments on AIDS, malaria, and smallpox. 


Feinstein, John        Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four.      A portrait of the NCAA Final Four competition is presented from the perspectives of schools, coaches, and players who have made it to college basketball's final weekend, in a collection that also includes accounts by officials, referees, and scouts. 


Fergus, Jim      The Wild Girl: the Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932: a Novel.      Heading west to join the search for the kidnapped son of a wealthy Mexican landowner, Ned Giles meets a troubled Apache girl, imprisoned in a Mexican jail, whose fate forces him to make a choice that will change his life.  (Fiction)


Flake, Sharon      Bang!       A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a disintegrating family, and destructive temptations as he struggles to find his identity as a young man. (Fiction)


Fleischman, Paul      Zap.       A comic drama which combines famous scenes from well-known plays to create something to keep the audience guessing to the very end. 


Foer, Jonathan Safran      Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close        Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.  (Fiction)


Frank, E. R.        Wrecked            After a car accident seriously injures her best friend and kills her brother's girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Anna tries to cope with her guilt and grief, while learning some truths about her family and herself.  (Fiction)


Friedman, Thomas L.     The World Is Flat: a Brief History of the Twenty-first Century.        Offers a concise history of globalization, discussing a wide range of topics, from the September 11 terrorist attacks to the growth of the middle class in both China and India. 


Friedmann, Patty         Side Effects: a New Orleans Love Story.       In awe of high school girl Anna Cayne and her penchant for affectionate magic tricks and riddles, a man is baffled by her mysterious disappearance just before Valentine's Day and retraces the time they spent together for clues to her fate.  (Fiction)


Gravelle, Karen       The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to know but Don't Kow to Ask.      Offers anecdotes and tips for new drivers on topics including road rage, traffic accidents, driving in bad weather, and getting a ticket. 


Gruber, Michael       The Witch's Boy.      A grotesque foundling turns against the witch who sacrificed almost everything to raise him when he becomes consumed by the desire for money and revenge against those who have hurt him, but he eventually finds his true heart's desire.  (Fiction)


Grundy, Pamela.; Shackelford, Susan           Shattering the Glass: the Remarkable History of Women's Basketball.       A history of women's basketball in the United States traces its invention in the late-nineteenth century through its current high-profile position today, sharing portraits of past and current contributors while exploring the sport's relationship to changing ideas about women's equality. 


Guiness World Records: 2006. 


Hart, Lenore        The Treasure of Savage Island.        After Rafe, a runaway slave, stows away on a ship that wrecks off an island near the Eastern Shore, he is helped by thirteen-year-old Molly, and the two of them share an adventure involving pirates, spies, and a lost treasure. (Fiction) 


Hautman, Pete        Invisible.     Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.  (Fiction)


Hearn, Julie           The Minister's Daughter.        In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.  (Fiction)


Hinman, Bonnie         A Stranger In My Own House: the Story of W.E.B. Du Bois.     Examines the life of the African American scientist, scholar, and leader who helped establish the NAACP and devoted his life to gaining equality for all people. 


Horowitz, Anthony         Raven's Gate.      Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.  (Fiction)


Houston, Julian        New Boy.      As a new sophomore at an exclusive boarding school, a young black man is witness to the persecution of another student with bad acne who is also Jewish.  (Fiction)


Hughes, Dean      Search and destroy.       Recent high school graduate Rick Ward, undecided about his future and eager to escape his unhappy home life, joins the army and experiences the horrors of the war in Vietnam.  (Fiction)


Irving, John         A Prayer for Owen Meany: a Novel.      Owen Meany hits a foul ball while playing baseball in the summer of 1953 that kills his best friend's mother, an accident that Owen is sure is the result of divine intervention.  (Fiction)


Irving, John        The Cider House Rules: a Novel.     The practices of Dr. Wilbur Larch--obstetrician, orphanage director, ether addict, and abortionist--are hindered, abetted, and continued, in turn, by his favorite orphan, Homer Wells.  (Fiction)


Jacobson, Jennifer         Stained.      In Weaver Falls, New Hampshire, in 1975, seventeen-year-old Jocelyn looks for answers when her lifelong neighbor and friend, Gabe, turns up missing and she learns that, while her boyfriend has been telling everything to a priest, Gabe has been keeping terrible secrets. (Fiction)


Johnson, Maureen       13 Little Blue Envelopes.        When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.  (Fiction)


Jordan, Michael        Driven from Within.      The sports icon pays tribute to the mentors, teachers, and role models who shaped his life and career, sharing the lessons he has learned about the power of collaboration and teamwork. 


Kanipe, Jeff      Chasing Hubble's Shadows: the Search for galaxies at the Edge of Time.      Documents how astronomers are learning from objects in the universe that are on the edge of visibility, and discusses how these objects are informing the scientific community about the beginnings of time and other mysteries. 


Katz, William Loren               The Black West : a documentary and pictorial history of the African American role in the westward expansion of the United States.    Presents a documented look at a lesser-known aspect of African-American history, based on the personal writings of the explorers, cowboys, settlers, and soldiers of pioneer America. 


Kirkpatrick, Stephen.   Lost in the Amazon.       Recounts the experiences of a wildlife photographer and his team who got lost in the Amazon jungle, and tells of their struggle to survive and find their way back to civilization. 


Klass, David         Dark Angel.      When his older brother is released from prison, seventeen-year-old Jeff's family secret is revealed, causing upheaval in his home, school, and love life.  (Fiction)


Koopmans, Andy       The Harlem Renaissance.        Discusses the reasons and people behind the Harlem Renaissance, a period of growth and acceptance of African American art, literature, and music that began in New York City but extended across America. 


Krasner, Steven.        Play Ball Like the Hall of Famers: the Inside Scoop from 19 Baseball Greats.    Featuring some of the greatest players to ever don a baseball uniform, each chapter includes an with interview an athlete, a glossary of baseball terms, anecdotes from the player's career, and memories from his youth, as well as advice for getting and maintaining a mental edge during the game. 


Krovatin, Christopher       Heavy Metal and You.      High schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.  (Fiction)


Lanagan, Margo         Black Juice.      Provides glimpses of the dark side of civilization and the beauty of the human spirit through ten short stories that explore significant moments in people's lives, events leading to them, and their consequences.  (Fiction)


Lehman, Carolyn         Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse.       Presents the stories of young victims of sexual abuse who discuss their experiences and describe the ways in which they were able to overcome their past and recover from their trauma. 


Lester, Julius           Day of Tears: a Novel In Dialogue.    When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history and breaks a promise by selling Emma, his most-valued slave and caretaker of his children--a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences.  (Fiction)  (Coretta Scott King Award)


Lowry, Lois     The Giver.         Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.  (Fiction)   (Newberry Award)


The Man Who Would Be King.     Danny Dravot and Peachy Carnehan leave 19th century India and set out for the isolated, primitive land of Kafiristan, whose people haven't seen an outsider in hundreds of years.  Based on the novel by Kipling. (DVD)


Paolini, Christopher    Eragon    In AlagaFesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.


The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Cats,Cat Breeds and Cat Care.     The very latest veterinary-approved advice on cat care and the most up-to-date coverage of the world's cat breeds. 


The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Dogs, Dog Breeds, and Dog Care.     The definitive dog encyclopedia: comprehensive visual guide to more than 180 breeds from all over the world. 


The U.S. Congress and you.       Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and Representative Dave Camp. (DVD)


Walls, Jeannette     The Glass Castle       The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.  (Required reading for MSU Freshman)


The War In Iraq: The Illustrated History.     Beginning centuries before the rise of Saddam Hussein and continuing in the volatile aftermath of his fall, The War in Iraq: The Illustrated History relates, in vivid words and pictures, the saga of an ancient, beleaguered people. Dramatic, intimate photographs of Gulf War II tell a gripping tale. 










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