RHS Book-A-Day Blog

An “almost” daily update on books you can find in the RHS Library Media Center.

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming

Posted by rhslibrary665 on October 14, 2009

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and MaryHe borrowed nearly every book he read and claimed that all his “schooling did not amount to one year.” She attended years of boarding school, and her “family’s library was filled with leather-bound books by Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Plato.” Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s backgrounds differed considerably, both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other. Photographs, letters, newspaper articles, and many other primary source materials illuminate this intimate biography of the Lincolns. (review from Junior Library Books).

Winner of the 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. A 2009 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book.

Call Number:  920  FLE
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

Posted by rhslibrary665 on November 25, 2008

Robin Perry of Harlem, New York, has enlisted and been shipped off to Iraq. There, he and his Civil Affairs unit undertake a series of missions that lead to some baffling interactions with Iraqis. They help arrest an old man who Robin thinks may be innocent; they search the house of a seemingly harmless family and find bomb detonators hidden in the kitchen. Increasingly unsure of who is a friend and who is an enemy, Robin and his fellow soldiers are suddenly sent on their most dangerous mission: to rescue three kidnapped Iraqi children.

Call Number:  F MYE
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Posted by rhslibrary665 on November 21, 2008

Seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, where she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.  A dark romance of adventure and vampirism.

Call Number:  F MEY
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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Black Box by Julie Schumacher

Posted by rhslibrary665 on November 12, 2008

Dora and Elena are as different as two sisters can be. Dora’s tall and theatrical; Elena is short and practical. “It was as if, growing up, Dora had occupied a certain space and developed a certain kind of personality,” Elena says, “and I had taken what was left over. On a barometer, Dora was a storm on the horizon; I was the needle that always pointed to steady.” But after Dora is admitted to the local hospital following a suicide attempt, Elena finds it increasingly difficult to remain the family’s “steady Eddie.”

Call Number:  F SCH
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Posted by rhslibrary665 on November 6, 2008

“I looked at the clock.10:15. Saturday. September 26. And for me, the start of a new calendar: PD1 (The Day I Heard of the Proton’s Death).” When Will, a high school freshman, learns about proton decay, he realizes that nothing lasts forever. Will doesn’t want things like his Saturday night pizza-and-Monopoly tradition with his best friends to change, but he would love it if his little sister, Tabby, weren’t such a brat anymore. Then Tabby is badly injured, and Will sees that, like the world around him, he may need to change, too.

Call Number:  F LOC
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman

Posted by rhslibrary665 on November 4, 2008

World War II is over, and Freddie, a veteran, decides not to return to America, but to travel around Europe as a ventriloquist. The problem is no one wants to hire him, as his act is mediocre at best. Then Freddie is visited by the ghost of Avrom Amos, a Jewish child who saved Freddie’s life during the war. Avrom offers Freddie a deal: he’ll make Freddie a star if Freddie helps track down the Nazi who killed him. Winner of the 2008 Sydney Taylor Award.

Call Number:  F FLE
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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Noman: Book Three of the Noble Warriors by William Nicholson

Posted by rhslibrary665 on October 30, 2008

Seeker’s power has grown immensely, and he has nearly fulfilled his destiny—to destroy the Savanters, the sworn enemies of his clan. As Seeker pursues some of the final remaining Savanters in distant lands, a charismatic figure, the Joy Boy, rises in his absence. The Joy Boy’s message of peace and happiness mesmerizes everyone who comes in contact with him, including Seeker’s old friends Morning Star and the Wildman. When Seeker’s destiny places him at odds with his friends and the Joy Boy, Seeker must question all he believes.

Call Number:  F NIC
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Posted by rhslibrary665 on October 28, 2008

“Being of sound mind, I do hereby leave to Hattie Inez Brooks my claim and the house and its contents, as well as one steadfast horse named Plug and a contemptible cow named Violet.” When orphaned sixteen-year-old Hattie inherits her uncle’s Montana homestead, she jumps at the chance to finally have a home of her own. Hattie must “prove up” the claim, however, by fencing off and cultivating the land within ten months—or she’ll lose everything. Recipes. Suggestions for further reading. Library edition with trade jacket added. A 2007 Newbery Honor Book.

Call number:  F LAR
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

Posted by rhslibrary665 on October 27, 2008

“I looked at the clock.10:15. Saturday. September 26. And for me, the start of a new calendar: PD1 (The Day I Heard of the Proton’s Death).” When Will, a high school freshman, learns about proton decay, he realizes that nothing lasts forever. Will doesn’t want things like his Saturday night pizza-and-Monopoly tradition with his best friends to change, but he would love it if his little sister, Tabby, weren’t such a brat anymore. Then Tabby is badly injured, and Will sees that, like the world around him, he may need to change, too.

Call number:  F SPI
Located in the RHS Library Media Center

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Telling Christina Goodbye by Lurlene Daniels

Posted by rhslibrary665 on January 10, 2008

Review by Brittney D.

This was a really sad heart breaking book. It is about moving on after you have lost someone you where close to, and how to do so. The book always had my attention. Once you start reading you can’t stop!
This book is about 4 teenagers in there senior year. Their names are Trisha Cody, Christina and Tucker. Trisha is dating Cody and Christina is dating Tucker. One night they all decide to go to a basketball game. Tucker was driving and they drive up to a car full of kids who where messing around not letting them pass…….All of a sudden Trisha wakes up in the hospital. She finds out that Tucker is fine, Cody is in a coma, and her best-friend Christina is DEAD!!! Now she has to face life without her, and her boyfriend. Then the best thing happens. Cody wakes up but he can’t remember a thing, not even her!!

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