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{December 10, 2011}   The Handmaid’s Tale

Title: The Handmaid’s TaleThe Handmaidco Tale Bookcover

Author: Margaret Atwood

MLA Citation: Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. Print.

Awards/Honors: Governor General’s Award for English Language Fiction (1985)
Booker Prize Nominee (1986)
Nebula Award Nominee (1986)
Arthur C. Clarke Award (1987)
Prometheus Award Nominee (1987)

Annotation: Offred works as a handmaid for the Commander. Her sole purpose is to produce a child for the Commander and his wife. Every month that goes by without becoming pregnant puts her at risk.

Booktalk: Offred can remember what life was like before the Republic of Gilead. Now her only purpose is to reproduce. She can only leave the house once a day to go to the market. Since the Republic bans women from reading, all the signs at the market are now pictures. Worst of all, though, is that she remembers what it is like to love. How will her memories and experiences influence her Handmaid’s Tale?

Straight from the Teens: Brittany (15) says, “I really want to read Bumped to see how the two compare.”

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{December 10, 2011}   Bumped

Title: BumpedBumped Bookcover

Author: Megan McCafferty

MLA Citation: McCafferty, Megan. Bumped. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2011. Print.

Annotation: When a virus causes everyone over the age of eighteen to be infertile, teen pregnancy goes from being something everyone looks down on to the only way to reproduce. Melody, a girl taking advantage of her fertility, meets her twin, Harmony, a girl raised in a religious family, wind up on an adventure they never could have imagined.

Booktalk: In a world where teen pregnancy is the only way to reproduce, would you be willing to reproduce with someone solely based on their genetics and trade your baby for money, tuition, etc.? Or would you still believe that their is something sacred about having a baby? These are the two sides Melody and Harmony are on. But when a case of mistaken identity happens, the two girls learn much more about themselves other than they share the same DNA.

Straight from the Teens: Lisa (16) says While there are many similarities in this book to The Giver, I really like how McCafferty didn’t just info-dump on you.”

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{December 10, 2011}   Matched

Title: MatchedMatched Bookcover

Author: Suzanne Collins

MLA Citation: Condie, Allyson Braithwaite. Matched. New York: Dutton Books, 2010. Print.

Awards/Honors: AML Award (2010)
New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010

Annotation: Oria’s officials decide everything for their citizens – even who they will be matched with for life.

Booktalk: Cassia is excited for the Matching Banquet and is anxious to learn who she will be with for the rest of her life. Yet, when a glitch reveals two faces, she begins to question Oria’s ways and who Oria has picked as her match. What happens when one of society begin to question the officials? Who will be the right match for Cassia?

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{December 10, 2011}   Nineteen Eighty-Four

Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

MLA Citation: Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1949. Print.Nineteen Eighty-Four Bookcover

Awards/Honors: Waterstones Books of the Century (1997, No 2)
Time’s All-Time 100 Novels selection
Prometheus Award (Hall of Fame, 1984)
The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels: The Board’s List (13)
The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels: The Reader’s List (6)
Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (9)
The Observer’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time (59)
New York Times Bestseller (Fiction, 1949)
Larry McCaffery’s 20th Century Greatest Hits (30)
Anthony Burgess: 99 Novels (1949)
Guardian 1000 (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
The Telegraph’s 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (2008)
Newsweek’s Top 100 Books: The Meta-List (2009, No. 2)
Locus 1987 Poll, All-Time Best SF Novel (34)
Locus 1975 Poll, All-Time Best Novel (41)
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today (1949)
New York Public Library’s Books of the Century (09|Utopias & Dystopias)
Locus 1998 Poll, All-Time Best SF Novel Before 1990 (21)
Classical Christian Education Great Books (American and Modern)
David Pringle’s Best 100 Science Fiction Novels (1)
Horror: Another 100 Best Books (30)
Cyril Connolly’s 100 Key Books of the Modern Movement (1949)
The Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read (21)
501 Must-Read Books (Science Fiction)
Classics of Science Fiction (16)
The Essential Man’s Library: 100 Must-Read Books
Bloomsbury’s 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels
Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century (22)

Annotation: Winston lives in a world where everything is controlled by Big Brother. His normal feelings of love and disagreement are crimes in Oceania, though, and he must choose between suppressing them or risking imprisonment and torture.

Booktalk: How would you feel if Big Brother watched your every move? Winston works for the Ministry of Truth, altering history to fit the needs of the Party. His natural feelings of love toward Julia can get him imprisoned. His disagreement with the altering of history can get him imprisoned. One flicker, one word to the wrong person can get him imprisoned. How would you feel if even a flickering thought could lead to your imprisonment and torture?

Straight from the Teens: Brittany (15) says I am always so amazed [when reading older books] how many things that they put into their futuristic world have either come true. I often wonder if scientists are inspired by the books.”

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{December 9, 2011}   The Hunger Games

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

MLA Citation: Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.

Awards/Honors: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2008: Children’s FictionThe Hunger Games Bookcover
New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2008
ALA Top ten Best Books for Young Adults Selection
Indies Choice – Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book Honor
Cybil Award – Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008)
Children’s Choice Book Award (2009)
YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten (2009)
Kirkus Best Book of 2008

Annotation: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are competing against teens from the other Panem districts in the Hunger Games, an event televised to all the districts. These are no ordinary games, though – the contestants must fight to the death.

Booktalk: Every year Panem holds The Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death televised competition that The Capitol uses to remind the Districts of the power they have over them and commemorate the ending of the Dark Days. Twelve through eighteen-year-olds have their names entered every year into the drawing – and they can enter their name more times every year to get rations for their family. Katniss has twenty entries at the age of sixteen. Gale, her hunting partner and friend, has fourty-two names at age eighteen. The odds are not in their favor. When Katniss ends up a Hunger Games tribute, she must fight for her life.

Straight from the Teens: Kaleb (14) says “The Hunger Games really got me to start reading. I just couldn’t imagine being in the tributes position. Or the government forcing their people to do this!!”

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{December 9, 2011}   Brave New World

Title: Brave New World

Author: Aldous HuxleyBrave New World bookcover

MLA Citation: Huxley, Aldous. Brave new world,. New York: Harper & Bros., 1946. Print.

Awards/Honors: American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit (1959)
Modern Library’s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century

Annotation: Taking place in 2540 AD, Brave New World depicts a world where individuals are bred to fulfill specific roles in society and are conditioned to never challenge their roles or long for the roles of others. Some, however, see the downfall of this world.

Booktalk: What would you do if you knew people behave a certain way because they had been bred, conditioned, and drugged to be? Bernard, a psychologist, knows the truth – the ingrained beliefs of the society come simply from repeating phrases to children while they have been asleep. Challenging those beliefs, however, have resulted in threats of reassignment to desolate locations. When an 18-year-old man is brought to the World State, a man raised amongst the savages, the World State will be challenged. How would you react if you saw this Brave New World?

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{December 9, 2011}   Ship Breaker

Title: Ship Breaker

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi

Illustrator: Nathan Hale

MLA Citation: Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship breaker. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. Print.

Awards/Honors:National Book Award for Young People’s Literature  Nominee (2010)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominee (2011)
Michael L. Printz Award for Best Young Adult Novel  (2011)

Annotation: Nailer works breaking down old ships, pulling copper with his crew as they struggle to meet quota and stay small enough to keep their jobs. After a city killer comes through, however, Nailer makes a discovery that could end his days hauling copper.

Booktalk: Nailer works for Bapi’s light crew, scavenging metal from the inside of ships. After a city killer blows in, Nailer and his friend and crew boss, Pima, make a discovery that would allow them to quit light crew for good – a swank’s clipper ship that crashed ashore. There is another surprise waiting for them within the clipper, however, complicating things beyond gathering their scavenge before others move in.

Straight from the Teen: Danny (17) says, “I liked this book a lot because the dystopian society is believable and it takes place in the U.S.”

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{November 20, 2011}   A Wrinkle in Time

Title: A Wrinkle in TimeWrinkle in Time bookcover

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

MLA Citation: L’Engle, Madeleine. A wrinkle in time. New York: Square Fish, 2007. Print.

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Newbery Medal Recipient 1963
Sequoyah Book Award 1963
Horn Book Fanfare Best Book 1963
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award 1965
Locus Poll All-Time Best Fantasy Novel 1987
Locus Poll All-Time Best Fantasy Novel Before 1990
ALA 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000

Annotation: Meg, her brother, and friend travel through time to rescue Mr. Murry and save their family – and the universe.

Booktalk: If time travel was possible, how would it work? Meg, her genius litter brother, Charles, and their newly made friend, Calvin, learn how it works through the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which by using a tesseract. They set off on an adventure through time and space to rescue Meg and Charles’ father who went missing while researchaing tesseracts. Yet evil exists, even in other times and dimensions, and it will take all of Meg’s love to save them all and return through A Wrinkle in Time.

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{November 13, 2011}   The House on Mango Street

Title: The House on Mango StreetHouse on Mango Street Bookcover

Author: Sandra Cisneros

MLA Citation: Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books, 1984. Print.

Awards/Honors: Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award

Annotation: A series of short vignettes that tells the story of Esperanza’s life as a Latina girl in the Latino section of Chicago.

Booktalk: “The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don’t have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and their isn’t a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom. But even so, it’s not the house we’d thought we’d get.”

Through a series of vingettes, we learn about Esperanza – her friend Cathy who will only be her friend until Tuesday, her Mama with her hair that looks like candy circles and smells like bread, her job matching negatives to their photos where she had to lie about her age, and so much more.

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{November 13, 2011}   Rapunzel’s Revenge

Title: Rapunzel’s RevengeRepunzel's Revenge Bookcover

Author: Sean and Dean Hale

Illustrator: Nathan Hale

MLA Citation: Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale. Rapunzel’s revenge. New York, N.Y.: Bloomsbury, 2008. Print.
Awards/Honors:ALA Notable Children’s Book (ALA)
Amelia Bloomer Project Selection (ALA)
An Al Roker Today Show Book Club Pick
An IndieBound Next Pick
Cybils Award (Graphic Novels)
Great Graphic Novels for Teens (YALSA)
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (YALSA)
Texas Maverick Graphic Novel List
Utah Book Award
Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee

Annotation: Hale and Hale present us with a different Rapunzel story – one where Rapunzel rescues herself and goes on a truely Western adventure to rescue her real mother and punish Mother Gothel.

Booktalk: Do you know the story of Rapunzel? Well, take everything you know about it and throw it out the window – Hale and Hale stand the story on its head! Turning Rapunzel into the heroine and replacing medieval castles with the Wild West and a tree ,tree that serves as Repunzel's tower they re-imagine the tale that everyone knows.

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