Friday, October 7, 2016

New Fiction

Away Running by Luc Bouchard
“Matt, a white quarterback from Montreal, Quebec, flies to France (without his parents’ permission) to play football and escape family pressure. Freeman, a black football player from San Antonio, Texas, is in Paris on a school trip when he hears about a team playing American football in a rough, low-income suburb called Villeneuve-La-Grande. Matt and Free join the Diables Rouges and make friends with the other players, who come from many different ethnic groups. Racial tension erupts into riots in Villeneuve when some of their Muslim teammates get in trouble with the police, and Matt and Free have to decide whether to get involved and face the very real risk of arrest and violence.” –Amazon

Dancing in the Rain by Shelley Hrdlitschka
“While struggling with the death of her beloved adoptive mother, sixteen-year-old Brenna reconnects with members of her biological family, hoping to discover why her biological mother broke off contact many years earlier. At the same time, she is falling in love with Ryan, who provides support while she grieves but has to leave her when she needs him most. Despite powerful feelings of abandonment, Brenna realizes that getting strong physically and focusing on the needs of others might just help her move beyond her crippling grief, find peace and plan a future for herself.” –Amazon

Expecting by Shannon Freeman
“Three girls could not be more different. Kaelynn is pure country. Yessenia lives on the wild side. And Lyric is the good girl. They meet at a program for pregnant teens. The town's one high school is not an option. Who wants to be there, shunned and with growing bellies? Here, they can still take classes. And hopefully graduate on time. The girls soon lean in, relying on each other to see them through the drama.” –WorldCat

FatherSonFather by Evan Jacobs
“Jeff knew his dad wouldn't live forever. But he had already lost his mom. It would be too unfair. The 9-1-1 call was shocking. The hospital, impersonal. When his dad improved, he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. There, a transgender nurse took over his care. Jeff was appalled. But slowly, his admiration for her grew.” –WorldCat

Finding Apeman by M.G. Higgins
"I head straight to my room. Rummage in the corner of my closet. Toss shoes and my soccer ball off the old wooden toy box. Slide it across the floor. Pull the sandwich bags and scale out from under a stuffed tiger and an old Xbox. Convoy bought the scale for me. After I explained my aunt and dad would not understand why a seventeen-year-old needed a scale." –WorldCat

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
“A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.” –WorldCat

Roadside Attraction by M.G. Higgins
"Logan doesn't have time to dream. He works for his grandparents. Takes care of his dad. Crushes on his best friend's sister. Then a hitchhiker changes it all. Brooke. She's young. Too young to be alone. What is she running from? Logan soon realizes Brooke has a big-time problem. And what begins as a road trip ends with life-changing decisions." –WorldCat

Rodeo Princess by M.G. Higgins
“Stay out of my life. Or I'll tell...That was over three years ago. The last time I talked to Amy McNair. One of the prettiest girls in school. She's horse crazy. And an amazing barrel racer. But I'm going to win at the annual rodeo. Beat her. It's all I've got. Even my boyfriend's parents don't accept me. Mainly because of my brothers. They aren't exactly upstanding citizens. People think I'm the same as them. If only they knew.” –WorldCat

Sticks and Stones by Donna Shelton
“After the rape, sixteen-year-old Peyton feels dirty. Lost. She could have fought harder. Screamed. Been more aggressive. Gotten him to stop. She knows Brad will get away with it. He's gotten away with it before. The football team protects him. The school does too. It seems like everyone in town is on his side. Girls start to call her a skank. But Peyton is determined to get justice. Only she doesn't know how. The dominoes begin to fall when the truth comes out. First to her best friend. Then to a pastor. Who leads her to a soft-spoken police detective.” –WorldCat

That Selfie Girl by Linda Oatman High
“Macy is dead. Selfies while driving never end well. She knows it now #suckstobeme. And she has unfinished business. Her friend Ryan is planning to shoot up the school. But the afterlife is so ... unexpected. She gets distracted. Who knew she would find love?” –WorldCat

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Living Proud! Growing UP LGBTQ

Being Transgender by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“What is gender? What are gender stereotypes? What’s the difference between being a tomboy or an effeminate man and being transgender? What are your options when you feel like your physical sex is out of sync with who you are? Explore the answers to these questions and more with an in-depth look at what it means to be transgender.” –Publisher

Coming Out and Seeking Support by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
”The experience of publicly identifying oneself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is deeply personal for each individual. But while the particulars vary, there are issues and questions shared by all. Should I come out? When should I come out? Who should I come out to first? The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone.” –Publisher

Confronting Stereotypes by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Words have power and can be used to hurt people or make them feel good about themselves. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people know this all too well. If you let them, stereotypes can hold you back from being the full individual that you are. This book explores common LGBT stereotypes that persist both outside and inside the community. Explore where they come from and what they mean to you. Learn how you can do your part to reduce hurtful name-calling and appreciate LGBT people in all their diversity.” –Publisher

Facing Homophobia by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Learn about the fight for LGBT civil rights and why an end to prejudice against LGBT people is important for all North Americans. And learn about the ways young people, straight and gay, are working together toward mutual understanding, respect, and a better future for all of us by ending homophobia.” –Publisher

Finding Community by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people in the 21st century can find unprecedented support in a proud, vibrant, and diverse community both online and off. The resources and ability to connect with LGBT people around the world are exciting and very new. This book explores the history of the LGBT community from its roots in the 1800s, through World War II, the early activists of the 1950s, the Pride movements of the 1970s, and today’s move toward integration with mainstream communities.” –Publisher

Staying Mentally Healthy by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“As part of the normal experience of growing up, many teenagers feel significant stress, confusion, and self-doubt. These intense emotions can be overwhelming for anyone but are often that much more challenging for LGBT youth. Without the resources or support they need, too many will suffer the depression and self-hatred that lead to alcohol and drug abuse, unsafe sex, and suicidal thoughts.
The good news is that there are more sources of help to turn to today than ever before for struggling LGBT youth. Learn about groups such as the Trevor Project, Empty Closets, PFLAG, and other organizations that are there to assist young LGBT people and their friends make positive choices.” –Publisher

Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Until relatively recently homosexuality was considered a mental illness or a biological disorder, or worse. Today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have the evidence of scientific research and their authentic experiences of happy and fulfilling lives to support the pride of identity that is their right.  This book traces the nature versus nurture debate over the origin of same-sex attraction and gender identity. The theories put forth over the years that there’s a gay gene, that the way a child is raised can turn her gay, or that being gay is somehow a choice all came to be used in the service of political agendas, often harming LGBT people. Examining the major genetic, biological, and psychological theories of the origins of homosexuality, this book questions those traditional notions of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation that are at the center of LGBT people’s sense of identity and their struggle for civil rights and a happy and fulfilling life.” –Publisher

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Orca Currents

Bungee Jump by Pam Withers
"Thirteen-year-old Chris and his family are setting up a bungee jump in his backyard. It's a real large-scale bungee jump off a bridge that connects his backyard to a small island owned by his family. Not only is it going to be the coolest attraction around, but it also provides Chris with an opportunity to watch a real engineer in action. Chris would be excited about it if things didn't keep going wrong. The rumors of hauntings on the island, once the site of a hospital for children with leprosy, are getting out of control. And there are mysterious mishaps on the bridge. Chris worries that all of these problems will keep customers away. And if the bungee jump isn't a success, his family will lose everything." –WorldCat

Camp Disaster by Frieda Wishinsky
“Charlotte Summers is sure that summer camp is going to be a disaster. And she’s right. But it’s not as disastrous for her as it is for her counselor, Abby. Abby has no control over the girls in her charge. The control is held by the cabin’s mean girl. Charlotte realizes that she could tip the balance of power and unseat the bully, but does she have the courage to go for it?” –Amazon

Death Drop by Melanie Jackson
“On his way to baseball practice, Zeke lines up for Vancouver's newest thrill ride: Death Drop, an elevator that falls faster than gravity. The theme of the ride is based on the story of Persephone, who tumbled into the underworld. Zeke tumbles into a frightening situation himself after he discovers a little girl who is lost. He takes her to the Death Drop manager's office. But later, when he tries to find out what happened with her, the ride's staff say they never saw her! To find the missing girl, Zeke must navigate a devilish plot that includes Dante Gabriel Rossetti's famous painting Proserpine, a fiery drop into flames, and an angry coach.” –Amazon

Leggings Revolt by Monique Polak
"Eric and his buddies have left behind their all boys school to attend high school with girls. Eager to find his place in this exciting new world, Eric joins the student life committee, unaware that he is expected to enforce the school's strict dress code. The dress code is particularly harsh on the girls he is keen to get to know. Eric finds this awkward, but it's nothing compared to the position he finds himself in when the whole school revolts.” –WorldCat

Lost by John Wilson
"Sam and Annabel are pleased when they are selected to take a cruise to the Arctic. And they are thrilled when they learn that the cruise will take them past a site connected to the most famous mystery in Arctic history: the Franklin Expedition. But things on the cruise are not what they seem. When Sam and Annabel make a startling discovery on a small island close to where archaeologists are diving on the wreck of the Erebus, one of the Franklin's ships, they are confronted by an old enemy. Isolated and outnumbered, how can they possibly save the priceless artifact that may hold the answer to the Franklin mystery?" –WorldCat

On Cue by Cristy Watson
"Randi wants to be an actress and is excited about practicing her craft in drama class. So she is devastated to learn the program has been cut. When her friends put together a successful proposal to have drama class taught as an extracurricular activity, Randi is thrilled. Until the reality sinks in. Extracurriculars are scheduled after school, and after school Randi is expected to take care of her special-needs brother. Can Randi find a way to make it all work out?" –WorldCat

Shatterproof by Jocelyn Shipley
“Thirteen-year-old Nate needs a break from looking after his newly disabled mom. One day when his mom thinks he's at a cross-country meet, he goes to the mall with a friend he's forbidden to have contact with. At the skate shop he sees a new board he can't afford but has to have, and Nate gets talked into running a scam. It turns out Nate looks a lot like a teen TV star filming in the area. So he and his buddy get girls to pay cash to be extras on set. It's all fine until Nate meets a girl he really likes. Nate knows he has to tell her the truth, but he's not sure he has what it takes to come clean.” –Amazon

Taz’s Recipe by Diane Tullson
“Fourteen-year-old Taz knows one thing for sure: she's a perfect disaster in the kitchen. Every time she tries to cook, chaos ensues. After fires, toxins and more than one minor injury, Taz will be happy if she makes it through her food-science class in one piece. But when the class enters a competitive race for a coveted program and Taz is put in a group that expects to win, the pressure is on. As the competition heats up, Taz is desperate to hold her own and not let her team down.” –Amazon

Three Good Things by Lois Peterson
“Leni has lived in so many different places in the last few years that she{u2019}s not surprised when her mom wakes her in the middle of the night and tells her to pack up her things. The reason for this move? Her mom tells her they have won the lottery, and they have to go underground. Leni is still not surprised when they end up in a filthy motel. But when Leni makes a new friend and tries to explain their lifestyle, she begins to understand just how messed-up her life has become.” –WorldCat

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Fiction

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
“In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own.” –Amazon

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
The Dark Artifices; Book One
“It's been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.” –WorldCat

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
“Presents an illustrated edition of the fantastical book featured in the Miss Peregrine series that includes unusual fairy tales about wealthy cannibals, a fork-tongued princess, and the origins of the first ymbryne.” –WorldCat

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock
Edgar Brim Trilogy; Book One
“Edgar Brim is a sensitive orphan who, exposed to horror stories from his father as a young child, is afraid of almost everything and suffers from nightly terrors. His stern new guardian, Mr. Thorne, sends the boy to a gloomy school in Scotland where his dark demons only seem to worsen and he is bullied and ridiculed for his fears. But years later, when sixteen-year-old Edgar finds a journal belonging to his novelist father, he becomes determined to confront his nightmares and the bullies who taunt him.” –WorldCat

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Thousandth Floor; Book One
“A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something... and everyone has something to lose. Leda is addicted to drugs she never should have tried, and a boy she never should have touched. Eris faces a betrayal that will tear her family apart. Rylin's job leads to a new romance and a new life-- at the cost of her old one. Watt is a tech genius hired to spy on an upper-floor girl, and caught in a web of lies. Avery is genetically designed to be perfect; she has it all-- except the one thing she can never have.” –WorldCat

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns; Book One
"In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born--three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to control storms or flames with the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, able to ingest the deadliest poisons without harm. And Arsinoe, a naturalist, can control nature. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose ... it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown." –WorldCat

Vivian Apple At The End Of The World by Katie Coyle
“Sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged 'Rapture' to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivan's quest for the truth begins.” –WorldCat

Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Fiction

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
“Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.  Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.” –Amazon

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter; Book Eight
“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.  As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.” –Amazon

Recreated by Colleen Houck
Reawakened; Book Two
”Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity. Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering. For before he departed,  Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.”  –Amazon

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles; Book Three
“Lia has survived the Venda but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it. With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier – as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.” –Jacket

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
”Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, flashing past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect ... until she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything is changed. Rachel goes to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?” –WorldCat

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
5th Wave; Book Three
“The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They're down here, they're up there, they're nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us. But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth's remaining survivors will need to decide what's more important: saving themselves ... or saving what makes us human.” –WorldCat

United As One by Pittacus Lore
Lorien Legacies; Book Seven
“The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities-like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi-and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way ... but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith's best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own. The Garde have always known there is power in numbers. If they can find these new allies and join forces with them, they just might be able to win this war. The time has come for the Garde to make their final stand.” –WorldCat

Monday, September 26, 2016

New Biographies

Born Survivors by Wendy Holdern
“Relates the true account of three pregnant women who met in Auschwitz, where they concealed their pregnancies from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele and fought for their survival as well as the survival of their newborns as they embarked on a treacherous journey to freedom.” –WorldCat

Can I Let You Go? By Cathy Glass
”Faye is 24, pregnant, and has learning difficulties as a result of her mother's alcoholism. Faye is gentle, childlike and vulnerable, and normally lives with her grandparents, both of whom have mobility problems. Cathy and her children welcome Faye into their home and hearts. The care plan is for Faye to stay with Cathy until after the birth when she will return home and the baby will go for adoption. Given that Faye never goes out alone it is something of a mystery how she ever became pregnant and Faye says it's a secret. To begin with Faye won't acknowledge she is pregnant or talk about the changes in her body as she worries it will upset her grandparents, but after her social worker assures her she can talk to Cathy she opens up.” –WorldCat

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile by Helen Rappaport
“In this work, the author, a Russian historian, narrates the compelling story of Lenin's life and political activities in the years leading up to the revolution. As he scuttled between the glittering capital cities of Europe, from London and Munich to Vienna and Prague, Lenin found support among fellow emigres and revolutionaries in the underground movement. He came to lead a ring of conspirators, many of whom would give their lives in service to his schemes. An account of Lenin's little known early life, this book tracks in detail the formation of one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century.” –WorldCat

Girl Alone by Cathy Glass
”When Joss came to me she was angry, upset and confused. At the age of nine, she returned home from school to find her father's lifeless body in the garage. Four years later she was still hurting. She was smoking cannabis, drinking alcohol, stealing, going missing and was in trouble with the police and at school. Time was running out and I was her last chance.” –WorldCat

Graveyard For Dreamers: One Woman’s Odyssey in Africa by Joan Baxter
“Graveyard for Dreamers is a personal and colourful account of living, travelling and reporting on coups and customs in seven West African countries.” –Amazon

Hitler’s Secretary: A Firsthand Account of Life With Hitler by Traudl Junge
”In 1942 Germany, Traudl Junge was a young woman with dreams of becoming a ballerina when she was offered the chance of a lifetime. At the age of twenty-two she became private secretary to Adolf Hitler and served him for two and a half years, right up to the bitter end. Junge observed the intimate workings of Hitler's administration, she typed correspondence and speeches, including Hitler's public and private last will and testament; she ate her meals and spent evenings with him; and she was close enough to hear the bomb that was intended to assassinate Hitler in the Wolf's Lair, close enough to smell the bitter almond odor of Eva Braun's cyanide pill. In her intimate, detailed memoir, Junge invites readers to experience day-to-day life with the most horrible dictator of the twentieth century.” –WorldCat

The Rise of Barack Obama by Pete Souza
“Photojournalist Pete Souza documents the meteoric rise of the charismatic Barack Obama from his first day in the U.S. Senate up to the Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza, who also accompanied the senator to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa, and Russia, had access to photograph the senator and presidential candidate in private and public moments during Obama's rise to political stardom. Most of these have not been seen before. Souza provides extended commentary about each photo to place it in context, and describe the scene and participants.” –WorldCat

The Silent Cry by Cathy Glass
“When Cathy sees Laura in the school playground she joins the other parents in admiring her gorgeous newborn baby, Liam, but when Laura suddenly feels unwell Cathy is so concerned she walks her home. Laura then disappears for weeks. Her seven-year-old daughter Kim is collected from school by Laura's mother-in-law, who wants nothing to do with anyone outside the family. Busy fostering, Cathy tries to put her worries to one side, until late one night she receives a phone call that changes everything. Cathy is shocked by the decline in Laura's mental health. She thinks Laura could be suffering from severe postnatal depression and knows she must see a doctor urgently, but Laura's family have other ideas.” –WorldCat

Tommy Douglas by Vincent Lam
“Tommy Douglas was a prairie politician who believed in democratic socialism and the crucial role of civil rights. Douglas, a championship boxer and Baptist minister, later exchanged his pulpit for politics, sitting as a federal MP and then serving for 17 years as premier of Saskatchewan, where he introduced the universal health-insurance system that would eventually be adopted across Canada. As leader of the national NDP, he was a staunch advocate of programs such as the Canada Pension Plan.” –WorldCat

Friday, September 23, 2016

Music CDs

Art Blakey
Tracks from the greatest hard-bop drummer of 'em all! Includes; ‘Confirmation’; ‘Blues March’; ‘Evidence’ (with Thelonious Monk); ‘Free for All’, and more. –Summary

Benny Goodman
”This 77 minute survey of Benny Goodman's music begins with a teenaged clarinet virtuoso first establishing himself in the context of late 1920s Chicago jazz, then rapidly moving on to New York. In the process, he recorded with leading bands of the day…. Goodman virtually created the swing era by combining the work of the best African American arrangers, such as Fletcher Henderson and Mary Lou Williams, with the best white musicians, like himself and drummer Gene Krupa, wrapping it up in a tightly rehearsed package. Goodman also broke down social barriers when he featured black musicians on stage in his small groups, and those bands are well represented here.” –Amazon

Charles Mingus
This CD includes nine of the most famous tunes from the indomitable Charles Mingus; American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader.  Includes ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’; ‘Better Git It in Your Soul’; ‘Mood Indigo’, and more. –Summary

Coleman Hawkins
”Coleman Hawkins had one of the longest creative careers in jazz, and this compilation, spanning every decade in which he recorded (and accompanying Ken Burns's documentary Jazz), shows that his imagination was as enduring as his ruggedly bristling tenor saxophone sound.” –Amazon

Dizzy Gillespie
From small-combo bebop to big-band Latin excursions, Dizzy was always the innovator. Sixteen tracks include ‘A Night in Tunisia’; ‘Groovin’ High’; ‘Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac’, and more. –Summary.

Ella Fitzgerald
“From her early Decca sides with Chick Webb to her classic Verve songbooks, 18 tracks spanning 25 years! Includes ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’; ‘Night and Day’; ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’; ‘Sophisticated Lady’; ‘Blue Skies’ (with Paul Weston & His Orchestra); ‘Mack the Knife’ , and more.” –Amazon

Herbie Hancock
Tracks from this legendary pianist and innovator include ‘Speak Like A Child’; ‘Rockit’; ‘Watermelom Man’, and more. –Summary.

Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. This 76 minute survey of his music includes ‘Lonely Woman’; Blues Connotation’; ‘Ramblin’, and many more. –Summary

Sidney Bechet
This CD contains twenty songs by master soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet. Includes ‘Wild Cat Blues’; ‘Polka Dot Rag’; ‘Shake It and Break It, and more. –Summary.

Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis 
Sketches of Spain, with its emphasis on flamenco, rich orchestrations, and relaxed tempos, is one of Davis's most popular recordings. This CD includes ‘The Pan Piper’; ‘Will O’ The Wisp’, and ‘Solea.’ –Summary

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Music CDs

A Proud Canadian by Stompin’ Tom Connors
This is a great CD and a good one to introduce anyone to Stompin’ Tom as it's gives a great cross section of his career and his range of songs. Titles include ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’, ‘Margo’s Cargo’ and The Hockey Song’.  –Summary

Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“Deluxe digitally remastered CD/DVD edition of this classic 1967 album from the Rock guitar legend. This edition is housed in a lavish six-panel digipak with 36 page booklet including detailed session info, liner notes, photos and memorabilia. The DVDs contain an exclusive ‘making of’ mini documentary.” –Amazon

Dangerous by Michael Jackson
MJ's 1991 blockbuster was the fastest seller of his career on the back of hits like ‘Black or White’; ‘Remember the Time’; ‘In the Closet’; ‘Heal the World’ and ‘Who Is It’. –Summary

Featuring by Norah Jones
This CD is a compilation of previously released cameos, duets and collaborations as a guest appearance. –Summary

It’s Time by Michael Buble
“Young crooner Michael Buble delivers an album of love songs as powerful as chocolate and candlelight. From covers such as Ray Charles' ‘You Don't Know Me’ to ‘Home,’ penned by Buble and Amy Foster-Gillies, the album is a romantic treat.” –Amazon

Not Too Late by Norah Jones
“On top of the musical world since her spectacular 2002 début album Come Away With Me, Norah Jones' 2007 release Not Too Late is considered by some critics to be the best showcase of her true vocal talents. The album was her first for which she wrote or co-wrote every song, and according to her, some of them are much darker than those on her previous albums.” –Amazon

Ten by Pearl Jam
“Pearl Jam's debut CD made a huge impact on the music scene upon its release in 1991. Ten added to the growing grunge scene and featured the singles ‘Even Flow’; ‘Jeremy’; ‘Alive’; and more.” –WorldCat

Use Your Illusion l by Guns N’ Roses
1991 release from the L.A. hard rockers, one of two albums released at the same time. Features 'Live And Let Die', 'Don't Cry', 'November Rain' and more. –Summary

Use Your Illusion ll by Guns N’ Roses
1991 release from the L.A. hard rockers, one of two albums released at the same time. Features fourteen songs including ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ and ‘Don’t Cry’. –Summary

Van Halen by Van Halen
“Considered to be one of the best debut albums by a hard rock band, Van Halen's 1978 debut album features ‘Runnin' With the Devil’; ‘Jamie's Cryin'’; and more.” –WorldCat

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Branford Marsalis Quartet Performs Coltrane’s A Love Supreme
“Recorded at the Bimhuis Jazz Club in Amsterdam in 2003, presents the music of the Branford Marsalis Quartet while on tour.” –WorldCat

Charles Mingus Live in ‘64
Charles Mingus showcases three exceptional concerts performed in April 1964 featuring his most celebrated lineup.  Recorded within an eight-day span, the three concerts showcase Mingus's visionary leadership and the band's incredible depth and diversity with unique performances and arrangements of classics.” –WorldCat

Count Basie Live in ‘62
“Features one of the greatest big band orchestras captured at the height of their considerable powers. This recently discovered concert is the earliest known complete concert of Count Basie and his orchestra released on DVD.” –WorldCat

Ella Fitzgerald Live in ’57 & ‘63
“Features Ella Fitzgerald in two distinct performances. The first is the earliest known complete concert of Ella to be captured on film.” –WorldCat

John Coltrane Live in ’60, ’61 & ‘65
John Coltrane provides an epic 95-minute overview of a true giant of 20th-century music. Three separate shows reveal Coltrane's ascending creative arc from hard bop innovator as a member of the Miles Davis Quartet in 1960 to consummate bandleader in 1961 to unrivalled jazz visionary in 1965.” –Amazon

Life and Debt
“This documentary examines the effects of World Bank and the International Monetary Fund loans on the infrastructure Jamaica established in the wake of independence from the UK in 1962. Seven billion in debt (circa 2000), Jamaica has seen its agricultural industries laid to waste by the impossibility of competing with subsidized, multi-national American based companies. The poverty of an "average" Jamaican in a shantytown near Kingston is in stark contrast to the luxurious tropical fantasy paradise experienced by tourists in posh Montego Bay. In a dog-eat-dog global economy, the US and its multinational corporate clients have all the advantages, while Jamaica has no agriculture, no industry, and no tax base--only ever-growing debt. “ –WorldCat

 My Sister’s Keeper
“Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donator. Their desperate decision to conceive another child raises both ethical and moral questions and begins to erode their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart.” –WorldCat

Sonny Rollins Live in’65 & ‘68
“Performances featuring the jazz saxophonist filmed for Danish television. The first is from the 1965 Copenhagen Jazz Festival and the second for the 1968 television program, Saxophone colossus.” –WorldCat

The Music Instinct: Science and Song
The Music Instinct provides a ground-breaking exploration into how and why the human organism is moved by the undeniable effect of music, and the deep connection between music and our bodies and brains. The program follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture in search of answers to music's deep mysteries.” –WorldCat

Wes Montgomery Live In ‘65
“Features Wes, in intimate studio settings, leading three different lineups through some of his best-known tunes. This rare footage illuminates Wes's extraordinary musical vocabulary and unconventional picking technique.” –WorldCat

Where To Invade Next
“Presents the theory that the American dream, all but abandoned in the United States, has been adopted successfully in other countries, including Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia, and Iceland, looking at such areas as worker benefits, public expenditure for the common good, and state-funded higher education.” –WorldCat

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Fiction

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
“Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, so when she is taken to the king's dangerous court she believes death will soon follow. But night after night Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, leading her to unlocking years of fear that have tormented and silenced the kingdom, and soon she is dreaming of bigger, more terrible magic, power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to rule of a monster.” – WorldCat

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen; Prequel
 “In two revealing prequels to Red Queen, Queen Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life. Meanwhile, Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance--and stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to an attack on the Nortan capital: Mare Barrow.” –WorldCat

Forest of Ruin by Kelly Armstrong
Age of Legends: Book Three
“The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade. Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, whose hold on the people grows stronger every day, Emperor Tatsu begs Moria to put aside past grievances and ally with Gavril--at least long enough to make an attempt on Alvar's life. Meanwhile, reunited with her long-lost grandfather, Ashyn discovers that she is the key to a ritual that could reawaken an ancient dragon and turn the tide of the coming battle in their favour.  But with lies and betrayal lurking around every corner, Ashyn and Moria will have to decide once and for all where their allegiances lie. And it may not be where their hearts would lead them.” –Amazon

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Aza Ray Boyle's life has been defined by a unique lung disease and her evolving friendship with Jason, but just before her sixteenth birthday, she is swept up into the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity.” –WorldCat

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle; Book Four
“Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.” –Amazon

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
“Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season—when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17—is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think. Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There's a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she'll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she'll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she's ready or not.” –Amazon

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl; Book Two
“Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions – intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control – and hoping for answers to her never-ending questions – she agrees to undergo training with her Luiseach mentor, even though she still hopes to give up her powers someday.” –Amazon

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
“Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the things that no one is brave or clueless enough to ask. That is, except for Normandy Pale and her friends Dusk and Neil. They are juniors at Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design, and they have no fear. They are the Truth Commission. But Normandy’s passion for uncovering the truth is not entirely heartfelt. The truth can be dangerous, especially when it involves her sister, Keira, her brilliant older sister, the creator of a best-selling graphic novel series, who has left college and come home under mysterious circumstances, and in complete silence.” –Amazon

We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
“Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend--Ashley's mother, whose gay ex-husband lives in their guest house.” –WorldCat

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Fiction

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
“Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man.” –Amazon

Dorothy Must Die Stories: Vol. 2 by Danielle Paige
“Follow Dorothy’s iconic companions from the beloved classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as each of their gifts becomes key to the downfall of Oz. After Dorothy Gale wished her way home and long before Amy Gumm found herself in Oz, Dorothy’s friends left the Road of Yellow Brick to go their separate ways. But in a place like Oz, where magic and temptation lurk, the gifts from the Wizard begin to take on a life of their own. The Tin Woodman becomes twisted with longing. The Scarecrow develops a taste for plotting. And doubt consumes the Cowardly Lion.” –Amazon

Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E. K. Johnston
“At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.” –WorldCat

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen, Book Two
“Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?” –Amazon

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
“Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself.” –WorldCat

Soldier by Julie Kagawa
Talon; Book Three
“Ember stands with Riley and his band of rogue dragons, instead of becoming an assassin for Talon. Meanwhile, she's lost contact with her twin brother Dante, as well as with Garret, a former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.” –WorldCat

The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux
Asylum; Novellas
“Before Dan, Abby, and Jordan ever set foot inside the Brookline asylum, its legacy of terror stretched far and deep. Be careful where you go digging in history. Sometimes the past is better off buried….Enter the twisted world of the Asylum series with these three bone-chilling novellas, available in print for the first time and featuring new found photographs. Also includes bonus sneak peeks at Asylum, Sanctum, and Catacomb, for readers who are brave enough to put the pieces together.” –Cover

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Trials of Apollo; Book One
“After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor. But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.” –Amazon

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die; Book Three
“My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because—just like Dorothy—I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin. The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it. But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened. And if I don’t find a way to close it? Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. Now it’s up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all.” –Amazon

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is a competition organized by CEC librarian Ms. Allen.  This is the first year for the program which involved four participating schools throughout CCRSB. Students in participating schools read twelve books from which questions were taken. The books comprising the battle are former Teen Reader’s Choice Award titles. The battles were held at CEC on 30 May 2016.

The Battle of the Books was undertaken this year as a means of celebrating five years of the Teen Reader’s Choice Award. The battle is also seen as a way to encourage and promote the joy of reading while fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation.

The competition was fierce! The final results, after six rounds of competition, were as follows:
1st place: Cobequid Educational Centre 
2nd place: North Colchester High 
3rd place: Hants North
4th place: Bible Hill Junior High

For further information regarding the participants and books please see