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Friday, February 9, 2018

Bobby Sky: Boy Band or Die by Joe Shine

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RRISD alumnus and former DragonLibrary guest speaker Joe Shine has a new book–Bobby Sky: Boy Band or Die–available via NetGalleyBobby Sky is a prequel to Shine's 2014 dystopian thriller I Become Shadow.

Shine is a Dear Teen Me2015 Teens' Top Ten, and 2016 Lone Star Reading List author. For more information about Shine, check out his author site.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Manners Maketh Man

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography about Pulitzer-Prize winner Maya Angelou's childhood development and upbringing. It starts when she was very young and goes until she is a teenager. The reader gets a more personal look at Angelou's development, and it provides context for her poetry. I recommend this book. Angelou is known for her powerful voice in literature, and this book is definitely reminiscent of that. It is interesting to read a novel by her instead of poetry which she is known for. You would like this book if you like… nonfiction and autobiographies.

Zoe, RRHS Student 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy 136th Birthday, Virginia Woolf!

“Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation…”

- Virginia Woolf
A Room of One's Own

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor is a bit of a misfit. An overweight teen with wild red hair and a unique sense of style, she just doesn't fit in. New in town, Eleanor is immediately rejected by everyone on the bus except Park. Park casually lets Eleanor sit by him, but they ignore each other. Gradually with time, she starts reading his comics over his shoulder, and as he notices this, he begins lending them to her overnight. They eventually develop a great friendship. Eleanor lives at home with her mom, many younger siblings, and an abhorrent step-father. She isn't welcome there by him and had previously been kicked out of his house. At school, the local (mean) girls (and guys) are ruthless. Park tries to stand up for her but Eleanor doesn't want the pity-support. Because Eleanor is insecure with herself, issues arise too with meeting Park's family. However, Park stands by her through and through.

I love this book and have read/listened to it many times. The characters are personable, and you feel that Eleanor and Park are genuinely your friends. This is a classic YA coming-of-age fiction: boy meets girl, boy and girl sort out family and identity issues, boy and girl seek refuge in their relationship. If you love the typical John Green novel, I believe you will fall in love with this book as well.

- Dawn Dickerson, RRHS Faculty