Thursday, September 15, 2011

And another one bites the dust...

This month for Tigard Reads we're celebrating all things space. BookTRON just met and discussed Laika, the first living Earth creature to be sent into space. So by now you all now that, as with most books that prominently feature a dog, Laika's story does not end well. At least not for Laika, though she does represent one of the giant steps human-kind took in order to reach the moon and beyond. So, what if Laika's fate had been different? Author/artist Nick Abadzis couldn't resist imagining a few alternate endings. Take a look. It may make you feel better.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Then Things Fell Apart

Keek is having the worst summer of her life so far. It's the summer of her 15th year, and her parents are splitting up because her dad cheated on her mom with Keek's best friend. She and her boyfriend had a fight and he may be not speaking to her or he may just be unable to reach her because her phone is broken (she may have thrown it against a wall). She is stuck at her grandmother's with a wicked case of chicken pox and there is no Internet access. All she has is a 103 degree fever, a typewriter and a well-loved copy of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. In her isolation, Keek has plenty of time to think about her life, and the insights she comes up with are both enlightened and hilarious. Read And Then Things Fall Apart for a tender, realistic, laugh-out-loud story of a teen forced by circumstances into an extended period of introspection.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stump Your Librarian


I challenge you. Are you bold enough to accept this challenge? Intelligent enough? Sassy enough?
The answer is yes, you all share these wonderful qualities. But that doesn't mean you will win. Why?
 Because. I. Rule.

Stop by the Young Adult Desk during the month of September and try to Stump Your Librarian. If we can't answer your question within 10 minutes, you win a book of your choice. I'm not too worried about losing a lot of books, though I wouldn't mind being wrong.

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