Recommended YA Reads – The haters by Jesse Andrews

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The Haters by Jesse Andrews

Corey and Wes are a couple of dork guys stranded at Jazz Camp for summer where they soon realise 1. the deep mediocrity of their own talents and 2. Jazz Camp is full of douches – apart from Ash – the unattainable and effortlessly cool girl who fits in at Jazz Camp even less than they do.

After an epic jam session together, Ash decides that the only way that their freshly formed band can get proper good is to immediately go on tour. So they bail on Jazz Camp, leave their phones behind, and hit the road.

On the run from the law, and cell phone-less, Corey, Wes, and Ash have some hella fights, some sex, some LOLS, some drugs, some self-discovery, some kind of rock n roll, and some crushing disappointments – not necessarily in that order.

This might be one of those books that people either love or hate, but for me it fell on the hilariously funny side, dick jokes included. It starts off a bit sluggishly, but it’s worth persevering, and hopefully you won’t be a hater and will find it hilarious too.

Read by Raschel

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Librarian Recommended Reads – The last mile by David Baldacci

Last mileConvicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution–for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier–when he’s granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime.

Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars’s case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men’s families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling them the truth.

The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars–guilty or not–a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?

A typical David Baldacci page turner guaranteed to get your suspense antennae working overtime.

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Librarian Recommended Teen Reads: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Isaac was the one common denominator that Ryan, Harley, and Miles had in common, and now he’s dead, leaving them individually and collectively messed up.

Isaac was the cool and popular one, the others labelled sporty, nerdy, and rebellious, but all feeling misunderstood and like their friendship is doomed without Isaac to hold them together. As they attempt to process their grief, they struggle against the boxes they’ve put themselves and each other in and start to uncover secrets and truths that will change the way they think about Isaac, themselves, and each other.

A fantastic realistic read about everyday sort of guys dealing with something bad happening told from the viewpoints of each of the characters.

Read by: Raschel

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Librarian Recommended Reads – Blackbird by Miloš : Music CD

BlackbirdGuitarist Miloš Karadaglić impresses with these wonderful arrangements of well-known Beatles songs.

He has collaborated with celebrated pop, jazz and classical artists, and recorded the album at the Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their music.

These fresh interpretations of familiar songs are by turns moody and uplifting.  A delight for everyone!

Click here to find Blackbird : the Beatles album.

Heard by Richard.

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Librarian Recommended Reads : The quiet spectacular by Laurence Fearnley

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Three strong female characters. One teen with an overbearing mother, one school librarian and one ex-business woman in mourning for her dead sister.

The characters are introduced in separate chapters in the beginning. So when they meet at the end you know how they will interact together. They meet in a wetlands sanctuary in a small town somewhere in New Zealand. The sanctuary is meaningful for them all.

Beautifully written — quietly spectacular. You’ll feel like you have met some new friends — all without leaving the house!

Click here to find a copy of The quiet spectacular.

Read by Lucy

 

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Librarian Recommended Reads – The Clarinotts : Music CD

The Clarinotts, release their self-titled major label debut.

The Clarinotts

The album features some of the most virtuosic music written for clarinet, arranged for two to three soloists and orchestra with piano – with repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn to Bonfá’s film music classic  “Manhã de Carnaval.”

Top notch selection, recording, and playing!

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Heard by Richard

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Recommended Graphic Novels: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an unpredictable teenage shapeshifter with a dark side. Lord Ballister Blackheart has a next level grudge and a burning desire to serve up a hot plate of revenge to his former BFF and now arch nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his bros at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

But soon their pranks escalate into a literal all-out battle which no one can come out of a winner. Unravelling Nimona’s shady past could be the key to saving not just the world but Nimona herself.

A read that tweens, teens, and adults can all enjoy. So much humour, magic, science, and wit, this story will make you LOL, but then it will make you awwww.

Read by Raschel

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