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


Tuesday, May 31, 2016










And The Winner Is…

The results are in! 565 votes were cast and the winner is Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

The full list of nominees, ordered by number of votes received, is:

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (99 votes)
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (98 votes)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (62 votes)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (57 votes)
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (51 votes)
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist (50 votes)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (49 votes)
The Crossover by Kwane Alexander (42 votes)
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (29 votes)
Greenglass House by Kate Milford (28 votes)


CCRSB Library Services would like to extend a huge thank you to all participating students for making this program a great success! It couldn’t have happened without you!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Fiction










Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae Files; Book One
“The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.” –Amazon

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
“Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids….They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. Some of the rules have been easy to follow….But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.” –Amazon

See How They Run by Ally Carter
Embassy Row; Book Two
“For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest. But the truth has only made her a target. And the past? The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim; love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive; and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.” –Amazon

Something Beautiful by Jamie McGuire
A Beautiful Disaster Novella
"America Mason, a sassy undergrad at Eastern State University, is in love with a Maddox--Shepley Maddox. Unlike his cousins, Shepley is more lover than fighter, but a road trip to her parents' home in Wichita, Kansas could mean the next step, or the end of everything." –WorldCat

The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Elemental Trilogy; Book Three
“When Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, demands that Titus hand over Iolanthe or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage, Iolanthe and Titus decide to infiltrate Bane's crypt, the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis.” –WorldCat

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Gold Seer Trilogy; Book One
"Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend -- who might want to be something more. She also has a secret. Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it. When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California -- where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey."–WorldCat

Wandering Star by Romina Russell
Zodiac; Book Two
“Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn. But news has spread that the Marad--an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy--could strike any House at any moment. Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight. Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there's much more to her Galaxy--and to herself--than she could have ever imagined.” –Amazon

Monday, April 4, 2016

New Fiction











Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms; Book Four
“While Cleo sets aside her feelings about Magnus to fulfill her royal duties, a betrayed Lucia teams up with a vengeful Fire god; Jonas becomes a pawn in the hunt for the Kindred; and King Gaius sails across the Silver Sea to forge a dubious alliance.” –WorldCat

Gathering Deep by Lisa Maxwell
Companion to Sweet Unrest
“Chloe Sabourin’s world was turned upside down three times over when she learned that the unspeakable murders in her native New Orleans―the ones that nearly claimed the life of her friend Lucy―were committed by her own mother, the dark witch Thisbe. Moving on from that is the toughest thing she’s ever had to do. Now a new series of ritualistic killings suggests that Thisbe is plotting again. Chloe seeks help from the mysterious Mama Legba, even though she’s unsure whether or not she can trust the Voodoo Queen. But when her boyfriend Piers vanishes, all signs point to Thisbe, and Chloe must quickly learn all she can from Mama Legba to save the one person she has left . . . even if it means bringing down her mother.” –Amazon

Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
Millennium; Book Four
“Late one night, journalist Mikael Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker -- a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it.” – WorldCat

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes; Book Two
“When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria's lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity -- with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses -- the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay.” –Amazon

See Me by Nicholas Sparks
“Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At twenty-eight, he's focused only on walking a straight line-getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rain swept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life. As for Maria, the hardworking lawyer and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Colin will challenge every notion she's ever had about herself and her future, making her question what truly makes her happy.” –WorldCat

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Firebird; Book Two
“Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse -- even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul's soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.” –Amazon

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
“After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by ‘Father,’ a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her ‘siblings’ begin to think he might be God. When Father disappears, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which may hold the power to all Creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come she has a plan. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.” –Amazon

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
“A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.” –WorldCat

Friday, April 1, 2016

New Fiction










Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
“Dubbed ‘Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.” –Amazon

Lungdon by Edward Carey
Iremonger; Book Three
“The dirt town of Foulsham has been destroyed, its ashes still smoldering. Darkness lies heavily over the city, the sun has not come up for days, and inside the houses of people throughout the capital, ordinary objects have begun to move. Strange new people run through the darkened streets. There are rumours of a terrible contagion. From the richest mansion to the poorest slum people have disappeared. The police have been instructed to carry arms. And rats—there are rats everywhere. Someone has stolen a certain plug. Someone is lighting a certain box of matches. All will come tumbling down. The Iremongers are in London.” –Amazon

Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Reawakened; Book One
“When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. And she really cant imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe. But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.” –Amazon

The Game of Lives by James Dashner
The Mortality Doctrine; Book Three
“The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.” –Amazon

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Young Elites; Book Two
“Adelina Amouteru's heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?” –WorldCat

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard ; Book One
 “Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die….” –Amazon

Untamed by Anita G. Howard
A Splintered Series Companion
"Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.” –WorldCat

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Fiction










A School For Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Stranje House; Book One
“Scientific-minded Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to a school for unusual high society girls for the ostensible purpose of being reformed into a respectable lady, but is instead secretly enlisted into the war effort alongside Lord Sebastian Wyatt.” –WorldCat

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
”When Emily sees her developmentally disabled classmate Belinda being attacked, she does nothing at all. Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a center for disabled people. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?” –WorldCat

Dime by E. R. Frank
”As a teen girl in Newark, New Jersey, lost in the foster care system, Dime just wants someone to care about her, to love her. A family. And that is exactly what she gets—a daddy and two ‘wifeys.’ So what if she has to go out and earn some coins to keep her place? It seems a fair enough exchange for love. Dime never meant to become a prostitute. It happened so gradually, she pretty much didn’t realize it was happening until it was too late. But when a new ‘wifey’ joins the family and Dime finds out that Daddy doesn’t love her the way she thought he did, will Dime have the strength to leave? And will Daddy let her?” –Amazon

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
“Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities--but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions--and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women's rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.” –Amazon

Hit Count by Chris Lynch
“Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becoming ‘Starlo’ on his way to the top. Arlo’s dad cheers him on, but his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch games. Arlo’s girlfriend tries to make him see how dangerously he’s playing; when that doesn’t work, she calls time out on their relationship. Even Arlo’s coaches begin to track his hit count, ready to pull him off the field when he nears the limit. But Arlo’s not worried about tallying collisions. The winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince Arlo that everything is OK—in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.” –Amazon

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
“After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.” –WorldCat

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
“Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death….There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.” –Amazon

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
“What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.” –WorldCat

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
“When Kate Thompson's father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.” –Amazon

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
"The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory.” –WorldCat

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New Graphic Novels










Gris Grimly's Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
“Retells, in graphic novel format, Mary Shelley's classic tale of a monster, assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies, who develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.” –WorldCat

Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
“Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.” –Amazon

Lumberjanes: Beware of the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes; Book One
"Friendship to the max! At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together-- and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!" –WorldCat

Lumberjanes: Friendship To The Max by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes; Book Two
“Five girls become instant best friends when they go to camp and discover there is a lot more to the summer than learning to how to paddle a canoe. Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is not your average summer camp and Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers. Between the river monsters, magic, and myths, this summer is only just beginning!” –WorldCat

Old School by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Book Ten
"Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn't cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive?" –WorldCat

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 1 by Aya Shouoto
"On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she's never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!" –WorldCat

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 2 by Aya Shouoto
"Himari Momochi inherits Momochi House, an estate that exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Aoi is the human Omamori-sama, or guardian of the house, who can transform into a powerful spiritual being. But once Momochi House had chosen Aoi as its protector, all evidence of his existence in the human world was erased, and he has never been able to leave. Can Himari break Aoi free?"

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 3 by Aya Shouoto
"Himari Momochi inherits Momochi House, an estate that exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Four friends come over to visit Himari, but Aoi can sense that one of them is no longer alive. This spirit is absorbing Momochi House's power and is quickly transforming into a demon. Will Himari be able to stop its progression and save her friends?" –WorldCat

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
“The Sandman Overture heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman's origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.” –Amazon

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Teen Reader's Choice Award 2016











Attention all CEC students! It’s time to participate in the fifth annual CCRSB Teen Reader's Choice Award. This year's top ten books are as follows:

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
  • Nimona by Noella Stevenson
  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist 

Beginning on March 8th, participants are encouraged to read one or more of these books and discuss the titles on an online forum with other CCRSB students. Voting for your favourite book from this list will take place until May 20th. A winner will be announced on May 31st. Students will be able to vote electronically online or in the library by paper ballot.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Is African Heritage Month


Online Resources:


Audio Visual Materials: YouTube


CEC Library Resources:

African Canadian Fiction:

A Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill
George and Rue by George Elliott Clarke
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke

Black Fiction:

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

Biographies:

Black in the White House: Life Inside George W. Bush’s West Wing by Ron Christie
Black Women Who Made A Difference in Nova Scotia edited by Dolly Williams
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Grant Fuhr: The Story of a Hockey Legend by Grant Fuhr
Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life, Martyrdom, and Meaning for the World by William Robert Miller
My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King
Oprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley
Political Profiles: Michelle Obama by Jeff C. Young
Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
Sister To Courage: Stories From The World of Viola Desmond by Wanda Robson
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
The Hermit of Africville: The Life of Eddie Carvery by Jon Tattrie
They Had A Dream by Jules Archer
Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

Nonfiction:

Farewell to Jim Crow by R. Kent Rasmussen
Fire on the Water: An Anthology of Black Nova Scotia Writing edited by George Elliott Clarke
Montgomery: Launching The Civil Rights Movement by Linda R. Wade
Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature by George Elliott Clarke
Race and Ethnicity edited by Uma Kukathas
Racism edited by Noel Merino
The Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker
The Times of African Nova Scotians: A Celebration of Our History, Culture and Traditions
Thinking Black: Some of the Nation’s Best Black Columnists Speak Their Mind edited by DeWayne Wickham
Trials and Triumphs: The Story of African-Canadians by Lawrence Hill
Voices: Canadian Writers of African Descent edited by Ayanna Black

Poetry:

The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron
Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Biographies











A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me by Jason Schmidt
“In his searing, honest, and ultimately inspiring memoir, Jason Schmidt tells the story of growing up with an abusive father, who contracted HIV and ultimately died of AIDS when Jason was a teenager.” –WorldCat

Breaking the Code by Pat Matter & Chris Omodt
“A highly respected Hells Angel president. An honest, hard-working cop. Both of their lives on totally different paths until their worlds collide.  With no holds barred, Omodt and Matter rip back the curtain of seedy reality and toss you headlong into the complex relationships of biker gangs and the cops whose job it is to pursue them.” –Amazon

Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill
“In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of ‘normalcy’ to embody one’s true self.” –Amazon

The Snowball : Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
“A portrait of the life and career of investment guru Warren Buffett sheds new light on the man, as well as on the work, ideas, business principles, strategies, and no-nonsense insights that have guided his phenomenally successful business endeavors.” –WorldCat

So That Happened by Jon Cryer
“In 1986, Jon Cryer won over America as Molly Ringwald’s loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink in a role that set the tone for his three-decade-long career in Hollywood. He went on to establish himself as one of the most talented comedic actors in the business, ultimately culminating in his current turn as Alan Harper on the massively popular sitcom Two and a Half Men. With the instincts of a natural storyteller, Cryer charts his extraordinary journey in show business, illuminating his many triumphs and some missteps along the way. Filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Cryer offers his own endearing perspective on Hollywood, the business at large, and the art of acting.” –Amazon

Friday, December 11, 2015

New Biographies











American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle
“The astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, whose record 150 confirmed kills make him the most deadly sniper in U.S. military history.” –WorldCat

In Real Life: My Journey To A Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa
“Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair). Yet, Joey wasn’t always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance.” –Amazon

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison
“A fully documented, inspiring portrait of the 15th-century peasant-turned-saint draws on historical facts, folklore and centuries of critical interpretation to evaluate the questions attributed to her character.” –WorldCat

Joan of Arc: Her Story by Regine Pernoud and  Marie-Véronique Clin
“A biography of Joan of Arc, the 14th century French woman warrior. The authors describe her peasant origins, her career as commander of troops fighting the English, her death at the stake for heresy, and her elevation to sainthood in 1920.” –WorldCat

Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters
“The real-life Alex Vause from the critically acclaimed, top-rated Netflix show Orange Is the New Black tells her story in her own words for the first time—a powerful, surprising memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond.” –WorldCat

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New Nonfiction










Agnes Warner and the Nursing Sisters of the Great War by Shawna M. Quinn
"In Agnes Warner and the Nursing Sisters of the Great War, Shawna M. Quinn explores the world of these brave women--the grueling, dangerous conditions of work and the brutal realities they faced. Drawing upon the letters of Saint John native Agnes Wagner, Quinn paints a picture of the dedicated women who witnessed firsthand the atrocities of war." –WorldCat

Japan Its History and Culture by W. Scott Morton and J. Kenneth Olenik
“This work covers from the nation's earliest known civilization (about 30009 BCE) onwards. It traces various aspects of Japanese art, religion, the imperial court, militarism, race, geography, and agriculture, and analyzes the social, political, and economic life of Asia's wealthiest nation.” –WorldCat

The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters by O no Yasumaro
 “Japan's oldest surviving narrative, the eighth-century Kojiki, chronicles the mythical origins of its islands and their ruling dynasty through a diverse array of genealogies, tales, and songs that have helped to shape the modern nation's views of its ancient past.” –Amazon

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
“This is the story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.” –WorldCat

Symphony For The City Of The Dead by M. T. Anderson

“In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.” –Amazon

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Fiction












Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
“Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.” –WorldCat

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses; Book One
“When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin--one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.” –WorldCat

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
“Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote.” –WorldCat

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
“Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.” –Amazon

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass; Book Four
“Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire -- for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.” –WorldCat

Split Second by Kasie West
Pivot Point; Book Two
“Seventeen-year-old Addie struggles to retrieve her lost memories and makes a startling discovery that challenges everything she's ever known about herself, her family, and her world.” –WorldCat

The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr
“It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine.  But it's 1941, and things are different this year.  Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets—for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park.Kalinka has lost her home, her family, her belongings—everything but her life.  Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski's horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends—until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good.Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen forest to save the only two surviving horses—and herself.” –Amazon

Monday, December 7, 2015

New Fiction











Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
“Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.” –WorldCat

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
“Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.” –WorldCat

Fragile Bones: Harrison and Anna by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
“Told in the alternating voices of Harrison and Anna, Fragile Bones is the story of two teens whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Each One-to-One novel tells the story of a different pair of teens participating in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Follow the lives of this group of friends who come together with different expectations and problems, seeing the world from their own unique perspectives and facing it head on together.” –Publisher

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
“Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.” –WorldCat

Rise by Andrea Cremer
Nightshade; Prequel
“Everything Conatus stands for is at risk. Hoping to gather enough resistance to save their order, Ember and Barrow attempt a desperate escape. But fate offers little mercy. When their mission is exposed, the  couple face relentless pursuit by the supernatural horrors that act on the commands of Eira’s ally: the mysterious Bosque Mar.” –WorldCat

Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer
Nightshade; Book Four
“Bosque Mar haunts Adne and Logan's dreams, trying to turn Adne to the dark side as he attempts to escape the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle of the War of All Against All.” –WorldCat

Ungodly by Kendare Blake
Goddess War; Book Three
"For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn't know could fill a book. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods' illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved. But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces."--Publisher

The White Rose by Amy Ewing
Jewel: Book Two
“After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death, so along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.” – WorldCat

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.” –
WorldCat

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Fiction










The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
“Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.” –Publisher

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
“Fig looks back on her life and relates her experiences, from age six to nineteen, as she desperately tries to save her mother from schizophrenia while her own mental health and relationships deteriorate.” –WorldCat

Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
“Lillian Firestone is Chinese, but the kids in her 1951 Kansas City high school can't separate her from the North Koreans that America is at war with. Sick of the racism she faces at school and frustrated that her adoptive white family just sees it as 'teasing,' Lily begins to search for her birth mother.” –Amazon

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Thirteen-year-old Habo, with his light eyes and skin, has always looked different. Because of this difference he feels isolated. Although he is loved by his sister Asu, Habo is abandoned by his father, treated cruelly by his brothers and shunned by the village children. When the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, Habo knows he is to blame. Habo and his family, fleeing persecution, journey to the home of his aunt in Mwanza. But Habo is an Albino and they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. Soon Habo is being hunted. To survive he must do two things: run and find a way to love and accept himself. –Summary

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
It has been a decade since Alice Metcalf, devoted mother, wife, and scientist, went missing.  All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna, Alice’s thirteen year old daughter, refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. As a result, she seeks help from the two people who might still be able to locate her mother: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance.  Together this trio discovers truths destined to forever change their lives. –Summary

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Companion book to: Between The Lines
”Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah's world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver's role in Delilah's favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after.” –WorldCat

 The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi
“Two teens from different ethnic groups in present-day Afghanistan must fight their culture, tradition, families, and the Taliban to stay together as they and another village boy relate the story of their forbidden love.” –WorldCat

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
”After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.” –Amazon

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
“Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance -- so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who's grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.” –WorldCat

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
“When a celebrated New York City teenager, known for her subversive street art, mysteriously dies, her life is examined in a series of interviews with her parents, friends, boyfriends, mentors, and critics.” –WorldCat