Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Lowry's Stunning Finale Print Email

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Lois Lowry's The Giver won the Newbery Medal in 1994 for its thought-provoking exploration of a world without choices. Then came Gathering Blue and Messenger, which explore the same haunting themes. Technically for children, these books and the questions they invoke have intrigued readers of all ages. Lowry, who celebrates her 76th birthday on March 20, recently concluded The Giver quartet with the publication of Son. Set in the same familiar world, Son follows a 14-year-old birth mother's quest to find her child after he is taken from her. This thrilling conclusion to an acclaimed series once again raises fascinating questions and offers a powerful message about hope and the nature of love.

Hot Lists! Finding New Reading Print Email

Bright red box with bold yellow type reading You’ve just finished a book and you’re sorry to see it end. What will you read next? Finding your next great read may be as simple as opening email! And today would be a GREAT day to sign up for eNewsletters (if you have not done so already) as most of them publish between the 9th and the 13th of the month.  Topics include fiction genres, new and notable nonfiction, DVDs, audiobooks, teen picks and children's picture and chapter books.  To see a sample, click on any of the links on this page.  Your email will not be used for any other purpose and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Whatcom READS! Followup Title Print Email

If this year's Whatcom READS! title, Snow Falling on Cedars, and related programs around the county sparked your interest in the experiences of Japanese-Americans during World War II, you might want to get on the list for this just-published title. Author Jan Morrill based The Red Kimono on the experience of her mother, a Buddhist Japanese-American who was an internee during the war. Morrill tells the story from the point-of-view of three teenage protagonists: nine-year old Sachiko and her 17-year old brother, Nobu, who struggle to understand why their community has turned against them, and Terrence, an African-American teenager who has just learned that his father was killed at Pearl Harbor.  All three respond to these forces outside their control in different ways; one learns acceptance, one is imprisoned by resentment, and one will seek a path to forgiveness.

A Round-the-World Contest Print Email

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March is Women's History Month, and readers can mark the occasion by learning about two of America's most adventurous women.  In 1889, after Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days became popular, two publications sent female reporters on their own race around the world to beat the fictional record.  In Eighty Days, Matthew Goodman recounts the frenzied journeys of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland and offers a fascinating look at life during the late 19th century.  On a personal level, Bly and Bisland were a study in contrasts, but both were pioneering journalists who challenged gender stereotypes in the Victorian era.

Stephenie Meyer's Alien Love Story Print Email

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After her wildly popular Twilight series had teen fans crowding bookstores and theaters, Stephenie Meyer tried her hand at writing for adults with The Host, first published in 2008.  Now The Host, a sci-fi thriller featuring a love triangle with only two humans involved (it's complicated), comes to theaters on March 29th in a film adaptation written and directed by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show).  This story is vampire-free but it does have aliens--"souls" who have taken over Earth and captured humans to serve as host bodies for their occupation.  If you haven't read this one yet, you've got time to check out all the action--romantic and otherwise--before the movie opens on the big screen in a little more than a month.

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