•  Book cover: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

    by Alexie, Sherman Year Published: 2008 F ALEXIE @ BASH Library

    Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    by Diaz, Junot Year Published: 2007 F DIAZ @ BASH Library

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ-the curse that has haunted the family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Claudette Colvin

    Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

    by Hoose, Phillip Year Published: 2009 92 COLVIN @ BASH Library

    On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Code Name Verify

    Code Name Verity

    by Wein, Elizabeth Year Published: 2012 F WEIN @ BASH Library

    Oct. 11th, 1943 - A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.  [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Gay America

    Gay America: Struggle for Equality

    by Alsenas, Linas Year Published: 2008 306.76 AISENAS @ BASH Library

    Profusely illustrated with archival images, Gay America reveals how gay men and women have lived, worked, and loved for the past 125 years. Gays and lesbians play a very prominent role in American life today, whether grabbing headlines over political gains, starring in and being the subject of movies and television shows, or filling the streets of nearly every major city each year to celebrate Gay Pride. However, this was not always the case, and this book charts their journey along with the history of the country.

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  •  Book cover: Nothing to Envy

    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    by Demick, Barbara Year Published: 2009 306.095 DENICK @ BASH Library

    Following the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen —an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Benedit Arnold

    The Notorious Benedict Arnold

    by Sheinkin, Steve Year Published: 2010 92 ARNOLD @ BASH Library

    Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Rape of Nanking

    The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of War World II

    by Chang, Iris Year Published: 1998 951.042 CHANG @ BASH Library

    In December 1937, the Japanese army invaded the ancient city of Nanking, systematically raping, torturing, and murdering more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. This book tells the story from three perspectives: of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved many. [Review from Goodreads.com].

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  •  Book cover: Watch that Ends the Night

    The Watch that Ends the Night

    by Wolf, Allan Year Published: 2011 F WOLF @ BASH Library

    Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Worst Hard Time

    The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    by Egan, Timothy Year Published: 2006 978 EGAN @ BASH Library

    In this layered account of the great dust bowl, Egan shares, incredible eyewitness accounts and explores the convergence of failed agricultural practices, ill-fated government policies, and the costs of "get-rich-quick" schemes. 

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  •  Book cover: American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    by Yang, Gene Year Published: 2006 2006

    All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he's the only Chinese American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: literature

    Almost Perfect

    by Katcher, Brian Year Published: 2009 F KATCHER @ BASH Library

    Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Chasing Shadows

    Chasing Shadows

    by Avasthi, Swati Year Published: 2013 F AVASTHI @ BASH Library

    Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop. Acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof. [Review from Goodreads.com] 

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  •  Book cover: Curiosities a Collection of Stories

    The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

    by Stiefvater, Maggie, Tessa Graton, and Breanna Yovanoff Year Published: 2012 F CURIOSITIES

    - A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
    - Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
    - A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream). 

    These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction. [Review from Goodreads.com].

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  •  Book cover: Disreputable History

    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

    by Lockhart, E. Year Published: 2008 F LOCHART @ BASH Library

    Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer and possibly a criminal mastermind. This is the story of how she got that way. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Finnikin of the Rock

    Finnikin of the Rock

    by Marchetta, Melina Year Published: 2010 F MARCHETTA @ BASH Library

    Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Going Bovine

    Going Bovine

    by Bray, Libba Year Published: 2009 F BRAY @ BASH Library

    All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Imaginary Girls

    Imaginary Girls

    by Suma, Nova Ren Year Published: 2011 F SUMA @ BASH Library

    Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Nothing

    Nothing

    by Teller, Janne and Martin Aitken Year Published: 2010 F TELLER @ BASH Library

    When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh-grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there. His classmates cannot make him come down, not even by pelting him with rocks. So to prove to Pierre-Anthon that life has, meaning the children decide to give up things of importance. The pile starts with the superficial—a fishing rod, a new pair of shoes. But as the sacrifices become more extreme, the students grow increasingly desperate to get Pierre-Anthon down, to justify their belief in meaning. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Please Ignore

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz

    by King, A.S. Year Published: 2010 F KING @ BASH Library

    Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Scorpio Races

    Scorpio Races

    by Stiefvater, Maggie Year Published: 2011 F STIEFVATER

    It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Under the Mesquite

    Under the Mesquite

    by McCall, Guadalupe Garcia Year Published: 2011 F MCCALL

    Lupita, a budding actor, and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer in this young adult novel in verse. When Lupita learns Mami has cancer, she is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit family. Suddenly, being a high school student, starring in a play, and dealing with friends who don't always understand, become less important than doing whatever she can to save Mami's life. [Review from Goodreads.com] 

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Science & Technology

  • book cover:  The Ask and the Answer

    The Ask and the Answer

    by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2009 F NESS @ BASH Library

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  • Book cover: Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    by Skloot, Rebecca Year Published: 2010 616 SKLOOT @ BASH Library

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Knife of Never Letting Go

    The Knife of Never Letting Go

    by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2008 F NESS @ BASH Library

    Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd, and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. [Review from Goodreads.com]

     

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  • How I Killed Pluto Book cover

    How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

    by Brown, Mike Year Published: 2010 523.49 BROWN @ BASH Library

    The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye. The debate culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  book cover: Monsters of Men

    Monsters of Men

    by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2010 F NESS @ BASH Library

    Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Steve Jobs book cover

    Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

    by Blumenthal, Karen Year Published: 2012 92 JOBS @ BASH Library

    From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius--his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched. [Review from Goodreads.com].

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  •  Book cover: 17 and Gone

    17 and Gone

    by Suma, Nova Year Published: 2013 F SUMA

    Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are seventeen and gone without a trace [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Behind the Beautiful Forever

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in the Mumbai University

    by Boo, Katherine Year Published: 2012 305.5 BOO @ BASH Library

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. [Review from goodreads.com] 

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  •  Book cover: Girl in Translation

    Girl in Translation

    by Kwok, Jean Year Published: 2010 F KWOK

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family’s future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition. Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Nickel & Dimed

    Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

    by Ehrenreich, Barbara Year Published: 2011 305.5 EHRENREICH @ BASH Library

    Reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity--a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival.

    Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6-$7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors. [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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  •  Book cover: Round House

    The Round House

    by Erdrich, Louise Year Published: 2012 F ERDRICH

    An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. [Review from Goodreads.com]

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  •  Book cover: Sold

    Sold

    by McCormick, Patricia Year Published: 2006 F MCCORMICK @ BASH Library

    Although Lakshmi's family is desperately poor her life still contains simple pleasures; but, when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather sends her away to take a job to support her family. When she arrives at “Happiness House”, full of hope, she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution [Review from Goodreads.com]. 

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