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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

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"A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death - live on the Internet - and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans?" - From the Publisher

My favorite aspects of this book were the humor used by the main character and the somewhat neutral ending. Unfortunately, I had trouble connecting with the main character's perspective; furthermore, I don't think that I would want be friends with people who are mean and insensitive. Butter was an enjoyable quick read, and you would like this book if you like Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

- Clay Bennett, RRHS Faculty

Thursday, October 26, 2017

DragonReaders: Friday, October 27, 2017

The next meeting of the 2017-18 DragonReaders will be Friday, October 27, 2017 in the library, during all lunches! Cone join us to discuss anything you’ve enjoyed reading lately.  Furthermore, we provide light refreshments and encourage you to bring your lunch to the meeting! Visit the library website to secure your hall pass. See you there!

Hunter (Hunter, Bk. 1) by Mercedes Lackey

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In a world overrun by monsters and things known as "Othersiders," some kids are given the gift of being "Hunters." The job of Hunters is to protect regular citizens from these monsters. After Joyeaux Charmand is called by her Prefect Uncle to the city of Apex, a place where the best Hunters go to protect the city, she must find her way after an act of sabotage is carried out. I strongly recommend this book; I never thought I could put down. It gets exciting right when you think it is about to start calming down, and it is a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy. You would like this book if you like books about fantasy or magic such as Harry Potter or books about science fiction like Divergent.

- Sam, RRHS Student

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Couri Vine by Vanessa Shealy and Leah Lovise

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Young People for the Leader (Book 1)

This is a fine introductory outing for Couri, combining tropes of children’s literature with good old-fashioned pulpy sci-fi. An outsider ripped from her everyday school & community life by revelations about her family and her world that she alone can resolve, Couri follows in the footsteps of Monica Huges’ Olwen in Keeper of the Isis Light with many of the lunar trappings of Paula Danziger’s This Place Has no Atmosphere. Lovise’s character designs are distinct and her linework approachable without being overly cute; rendering of sci-fi stables like robots and spacecraft bear recognizably classic influences, often with a whimsical twist. Panel structure is regular and easy to follow, generating some of its own vernacular for communicating speed and flow.

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Journey to the Planet Earth (Book 2)

Couri’s adventure takes her far from home in pursuit of her history and a way to rescue her grandfather as the tale takes on both the timeline of ecological disaster and the family drama which has created the world she inhabits. This issue incorporates more action and intrigue, expanding the mystery by explaining part of it. The map endpapers, which will hopefully continue throughout the series as a world-building supplement to the text, incorporate more than what the plot touches on and bring contemporary elements of ecological concern into the sci-fi setting.

You would like this series if you like…Space Dumplins, Keeper of the Isis Light, or This Place Has No Atmosphere.

- RET3, Guest Reviewer

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sesame Street: Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies (with apologies to J. K. Rowling)

Student Review: Red Queen (Red Queen) by Victoris Aveyard

Mare Barrow is a Red, a normal girl in the servant class of humanity, but she is different. Silvers are all powerful, god-like, humans with abilities and silver blood. They are in power over each other and the Reds. Mare makes a desperate attempt to save her friend from the war, and in the process, discovers that she is different. She can do things she shouldn't be able to do because she's just a Red. Now Mare has to live with the Silvers and pretend to be one, because if she's discovered, she will die. This book is well written and has you nervous and anxious for what is going to happen next. It has great comedic and relate able moments as well as an air of romance without being too fluffy. It's action packed and mysterious; almost all genres in one! The author writes the story in a way that gets you connected to the characters faster than you'd even think was possible. You would like this book if you like ... The Percy Jackson series, or The Hunger Games series, dystopian novels, and high amounts of sarcasm.

-Zoe, RRHS Student

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Star Wars Reads Day 2017

Happy Star Wars Reads Day 2017! Drop by Dragon Library as we promote literacy and celebrate all things Star Wars.