Monday, August 14, 2017

Always Available: New E-Audio from Hoopla

Did you know that with your Arlington Public Library card, you have access to lots of cool new audiobooks that you can play from your computer or your mobile device? We have them from several vendors, but today we're going to highlight a few that are always available once you've downloaded the Hoopla App or visited the collection through our website.

These are available today! Grab a pair of headphones and download one!

All descriptions are from the catalog: 

Solo by Kwame Alexander
Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, who knows the life of a rock star isn’t really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can’t make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun—including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. Haunted by memories of his mother—who died when Blade was nine—and the ruin his father’s washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life on his own. But, he’s not all alone: He’s got the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert; the secret love of a girlfriend, Chapel; and his music.   All may not be well in the Morrison home, but things are looking up for Blade, until he discovers a deeply protected family secret—one that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.  Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. 

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
All of Maggie's focus and free time is spent swimming. She's not only striving to earn scholarships—she's training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team, and cheers her on. But Levi's already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it's not until Maggie's away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the "typical" high school experience she's missed by being in the pool.

No one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers-his uncle and aunt-in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock's true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Throwback Friday: Teen Review of 'Rats Saw God' by Rob Thomas

This summer we'll be highlighting some of our older faves that you might have missed. Today recent grad (yay!) Anna shares a book that unexpectedly knocked her out:

Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas

Rats Saw God is just so different from other novels I read that it’s found a place in my heart. I can list a couple reasons why I enjoyed it, but there’s no one outstanding feature--it just worked really well as a story. When people ask me for book recommendations, it’s one of my go-to novels. It starts like a typical story I’ve read before, but it goes somewhere new and refreshing.

Formerly a 4.0 student with a bright future and a wonderful girlfriend, events that went down Steve’s 10th and 11th grade years have led him to a senior year that’s hazy and full of gloom. Now, he’s failing all of his classes and the only way he can graduate is if he passes a remedial class with only one assignment: write a 100 page paper about himself.

The novel flips between his past and present and it is intriguing how Thomas weaves the narratives together. The “plot” of the novel is less important than the fact that the topics he covers (like Dadaism) are so wild that they kept me invested. While I couldn’t personally relate to Steve’s situation, he has such a strong, original voice that I couldn’t help but empathize with his problems and frustration.

The characters are probably one of the key reasons I admire this book; authentic characters are my weakness. Upon finishing Rats Saw God, I had to stop and think a lot about life and expectations and existence. Any book that can take you to a different world while simultaneously making you ask big questions about your own reality is worth reading.

I really wasn’t expecting much from this book when I checked it out, but Rats Saw God stole my heart and I hope it takes yours too.

More to read:

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Get it Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Up and Coming: We are Okay by Nina LaCour

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

What Do You Mean You Never Read "Rats Saw God" by Rob Thomas




Monday, August 7, 2017

Up and Coming: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Librarian M tells us about the latest from E.Lockhart:

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Something is up with Jule West Williams. A detective has tracked her to a fancy resort and Jule is desperate to get away from her. The story starts here and works backwards through time to reveal how Jule got to this point in her life.

And that’s all I can really say about this book without revealing something best left for the reader to discover. If you are up for a twisty book with a main character who kind of gives you the creeps, pick up Genuine Fraud and find out what all the fuss is about!

More to read:

Teen Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Up and Coming: We Were Liars

Notes from Y'ALLFEST: My True Love Gave To Me Edition

You Oughta Be in Pictures: F is for Feminism. And Frankie.

Up and Coming: We Were Liars



Friday, August 4, 2017

Throwback Friday: The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

This summer we'll be highlighting some of our older faves that you might have missed.Today Maria shares one of her all time favorites:

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October, 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents, in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.

She was a person of sixteen or so--alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blond hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.

This is the beginning of The Ruby in the Smoke and I don't know how you can read that section and not immediately want to dive into it!
This is one of the best historical novels ever.  You have Victorian London, a spunky teen, romance, intrigue, murder, in other words a great mystery.  And once you are finished you can go to its sequels, for this is the first of a quartet (granted that I think it should only have been a trio for #4 is more of a companion not a true sequel, in my opinion).

Sally’s father is dead and Sally is suspicious about the circumstances around his death.  He was a successful businessman yet her inheritance is not what it should be.  She decides to investigate and that she does.  Here is a heroine that doesn’t know much about French literature, but she knows about ledgers, numbers, stocks and she sets up her business in London, something unheard of at the time.

You will fall in love with Sally, guaranteed!

More to read:

What Do You Mean You Never Read the Sally Lockhart Trilogy by Philip Pullman?

Friday Getaway Read: His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Fandom Fridays: Hey Marshmallows, it's Veronica Mars

Golden Compass Movie ... Thoughts?