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May Book Horoscopes!

IntroWhy hello there, all you Push To Talk readers! The Greenwood Teen Advisory Board is proud to present you with this month’s issue of the Monthly Book Horoscopes, which are book recommendations based on YOUR Zodiac sign!

It’s May, and that means that the end of the school year is finally within reach. We thought we might take a look back and celebrate what school is actually all about (and no, it’s not torture)… learning! Each year we read a lot of great books in school, so this month’s issue consists of books which we were forced to read for school and ended up loving. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did! ❤ 🙂

haroun and the sea of stories

Aries Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

This beautiful story tells the tale of Haroun, a boy who, in telling his own story, discovers what exactly makes stories and storytelling so important. The book is full of adventure and fun magical realism!

 

 

great expectations

Taurus Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

We know what you’re thinking. “Seriously? That book sounds soooo boring…” Not so! Great Expectations is fun, and nowhere near as dry as you may expect. It’s a classic… you HAVE to read it! 😉

 

 

madame bovary

Gemini Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Originally published in 1856, this groundbreaking novel sent major, scandalous waves crashing through French society. It cleverly satirizes society in a way that is also quite dark, intense, and somewhat sad.

 

 

night

Cancer Night by Elie Wiesel

This book is a tragic and important memoir. Elie Wiesel describes his experience as a Jewish prisoner in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Though it is short, it is well-written and very meaningful.

 

 

as i lay dying

Leo As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

This book is told from the perspectives of members of a poor southern family when their mother dies, leaving them questioning the value of their existence and relationships with others while their family begins to fall apart.

 

joy luck club

Virgo The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

This book tells about the lives of four Chinese immigrant families in San Francisco. It tells about the struggles of living as an immigrant in America, and the story is centered on the game of mahjong, which they play together.

 

 

1984

Libra 1984 by George Orwell

If you haven’t read 1984 yet, you should, because it is essentially the prerequisite to all those fun YA dystopian books we are seeing so much of today. The thrill and caution of this classic will haunt you for a while. Remember, Big Brother is always watching so he will know if you don’t read it!!

 

raisin in the sun Scorpio A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

This is a raw and moving play about an African American family living in the 1950s. They not only struggle to prosper in a discriminatory society and to coexist with one another in a difficult environment.

 

 

pride and prejudiceSagittarius Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Do not dismiss this novel based purely on its reputation as a “romance novel.” Give it a read and you will be blown away by the hilarity and brilliance of Jane Austen’s wit as she satirizes the society of Regency England.

 

legendCapricorn Legend by Marie Lu

Legend takes place in the Republic, the dystopian remnants of the western United States. Day is 15 and has failed his Trial, making him the most wanted criminal in the Republic, and June, another 15-year-old, is commissioned to hunt him down and kill him. Nobody expected what happens next…

 

little princeAquarius The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

While this book is intended for a younger audience, it has a beautiful message that is prevalent to people of all ages. This little prince will remind you to live life with an open imagination and a kind heart.

 

 

running in the familyPisces Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje

This autobiographical novel explores many different writing styles and methods as Michael Ondaatje retells his own story along with that of his family. This book is full of beautiful imagery and careful examination of the relationships we have with other people.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who has been reading these Horoscopes so far this year. We hope we’ve taken care of you and that you’ve found something good to read every month. We love you (almost as much as we love books)!! Happy reading!

Greenwood Teen Advisers

GWD

 

April Book Horoscopes!

Book logoHi there, readers!  We promised you a special horoscope surprise this month, and the time has come to unveil it.

As you may know, April is National Poetry Month.  So, in honor of this event, our teen astrologers have carefully selected a phenomenal collection of poetry as your suggested reading material this month. It’s time for you to find out which poetry is best suited for YOUR Zodiac sign. 🙂

AriesAries  Pushing Through Solid Rock” by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Rainer Maria Rilke was a poet from Austria who wrote hundreds of beautiful, lyrical poems in different languages like German and French. To read more, check out Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, an eBook compilation of his work.

It’s possible I am pushing through solid rock
in flintlike layers, as the ore lies, alone;
I am such a long way in I see no way through,
and no space: everything is close to my face,
and everything close to my face is stone.

I don’t have much knowledge yet in grief
so this massive darkness makes me small.
You be the master: make yourself fierce, break in:
then your great transforming will happen to me,
and my great grief cry will happen to you.

 

TaurusTaurus  “A Suggested Campaign Song” by Alice Duer Miller

Alice Duer Miller was a feminist writer and poet who wrote satirical poems for the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s. You can find more of her work by following this link or by checking out one of her books, such as Women Are People!, from the library.

We are waging-can you doubt it?
A campaign so calm and still
No one knows a thing about it,
And we hope they never will.
No one knows
What we oppose,
And we hope they never will.

We are ladylike and quiet,
Here a whisper-there a hint;
Never speeches, bands or riot,
Nothing suitable for print.
No one knows
What we oppose,
For we never speak for print.

Sometimes in profound seclusion,
In some far (but homelike) spot,
We will make a dark allusion:
“We’re opposed to you-know-what.”
No one knows
What we oppose,
For we call it “You-Know-What.”

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March Book Horoscopes!

IntroWhy hello there, lovely readers! A new month is here, and that means it’s time for the next installment in everybody’s favorite recurring blog series. We are pleased to present you with the March installment of Greenwood Teen Advisory Board’s (TAB) Monthly Book Horoscopes, book recommendations based on YOUR Zodiac sign!

This issue is packed with a great variety in genres and, as always, covers books from all reading levels. Get excited, readers, because SPRING!!! is finally just around the corner! To celebrate, we have a special treat planned for our April issue… so stay tuned!

Aries

Tomboy by Liz PrinceTomboy

This endearing memoir in the form of a graphic novel tells the relatable story of growing up and trying to find a social identity. Liz Prince has never identified with the girly girls, but she also doesn’t truly fit in with the bros. What does it really mean to be a girl? Anybody who has been through middle school (and anybody who still has that adventure ahead of them) will relate to this book.

Taurus

Good OmensTaurus by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

If you like mythology, satire, and/or knee-slapping wit, then congratulations! – read this book.  Legendary authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett team up to tell the hilariously original and most decidedly fact-checked account of how the apocalypse actually happened. Angels, demons, and prophecies twisted together with some modern humor = this deliciously wordy bible of brilliance.

Gemini

The Eye of the World by Robert JordanEye of the World

Fantasy lovers looking for something new to read, your search is over! This book is the first installment of the Wheel of Time series, an epic saga that has been around since 1990. These adventures draw on all kinds of different mythologies to create a world crafted so intricately you won’t want to leave. It’s a good thing there are fourteen books in the series. You will be reading for a while!

Cancer

Ender's GameEnder’s Game:  Battle School by Orson Scott Card

You may have already read the great science-fiction novel Ender’s Game. You may even have seen the movie that came out in 2013! But the real question is, have you read it in graphic novel format? We didn’t think so. This special adaptation puts a new twist on the original story with illustrations that allow you to experience Ender’s adventures in battle school in a whole new way.

Leo

Something to Blog About by Shana NorrisSomething to Blog About

Libby Fawcett is blogging about her life online, in secret. The blog is where she can rant and vent about all the things she isn’t able to (or simply doesn’t wish to) discuss in person with anybody in her life. But what is going to happen when her blog is exposed for everyone to see? This book is a great coming of age story about the tribulations of being a girl in high school.

Virgo

Barrel FeverBarrel Fever by David Sedaris

This snappy collection of short stories and essays attacks everyone and everything – nobody is safe from David Sedaris’s cracking wit. If you are looking to bring a little more sarcasm and humor into your life, this should definitely be next on your to-read list! Please note that this book caters more towards an older audience – parental guidance is suggested for our younger readers.

Libra

Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society

Katrina Bishop was born into a family of con men, and now she believes to finally have left that life behind her. She attends a fancy boarding school and doesn’t want to go back to her family’s scheming ways. But when she finds out her father is in trouble for stealing a series of priceless paintings, she needs to intervene. The suspense and girl-power is awesome! This book is the first book in a series.

 Scorpio

Amy and Roger's Epic DetourAmy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

This is a story about a girl named Amy Curry who has to spend her summer driving her mother’s car from California to Connecticut in lieu of their cross-country move. An old family friend, Roger, accompanies her on the trip. Roger and Amy, who is struggling to come to terms with her father’s recent death in a car accident, discover a lot about each through their journey through this cute, inspiring book.

Sagittarius

Redshirts by John ScalziRedshirts

Andrew Dahl is excited to assume his new position in xenobiology on the starship Intrepid. But soon Andrew starts to notice something fishy going on with the mysterious Away Missions, which always seem to render one lower-ranked crew member dead. Set hundreds of years in the future, this is an excitingly original sci-fi read packed with suspense and guaranteed to satisfy your thirst for adventure.

Capricorn

The SilmarillionThe Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you are an unsatisfied Lord of the Rings fan dying for more material to sink your teeth into, then you need to check out the Silmarillion. This book is Tolkien’s deeper look into the mythology of Middle Earth, with explicit explanations of its legends and painstaking accounts of its histories that give insight into the cultures, languages, and backstories of the characters we see in Tolkien’s famous epics.

Aquarius

Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen CooperAquarius

No, not that Odyssey – this book is about the journey of a very special cat named Homer. This heartwarming true story explains how Homer changed Gwen Cooper’s life, not only through his incredible persistence and will to survive through times of tragedy but also through the way she saw her own struggles reflected in him. Read this book if you like kitties, but also if you want to feel inspired.

Pisces  

Half MagicHalf Magic by Edward Eager

What happens when you wish on a magic coin that is only worth half as much as a normal one? The answer is described in this charming novel and contains just the right amount of silliness balanced with profound life insights. Readers of any age will laugh and sigh as they follow the mischief that ensues when four children misguidedly wish their hearts’ desires to come half true.

Remember to come back in April to get your next astrologically endorsed recommendation! We love you, happy reading!!

–Greenwood Teen Advisers

GWD

February Book Horoscopes!

starbookFebruary is weird because it is the second month of the year, the first month of a new semester, and the second-to-last month of winter; the month that despite it’s only having 28 days somehow seems to drag on and on in cold ambiguity.

Luckily, we’ve selected a bunch of fantastic books to engage your consciousness so that before you know it, spring will be just over the horizon!  Remember to help yourselves to any of the books on this list, which as always come from a variety of genres and reading levels.

AriesYoung Warriors

Young Warriors by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman

This book is an anthology compiled by two great authors. It is a collection of fantastical tales of young people showing strength. If you feel yourself in need of some inspiration to get you through the last part of winter, this book will give you the relief your adventurous heart is yearning for.

Rosie ProjectTaurus

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

This is hilarious and heartfelt romantic comedy is sure to please you as we approach Valentine’s Day. Don, the main character, likes his life to be orderly and doesn’t like taking risks. He suffers from an unfortunate lack of social skills, but he finds love in Rosie, a wildly different woman who pushes him out of his comfort zone, as he helps her search for her missing father.

GeminiCurious Incident

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book is an inspiring story about Christopher John Francis Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum who has a very particular view of the world around him. Then one day his neighbor’s dog Wellington is killed, and Christopher takes on the role of a detective to figure out what happened.

Fahrenheit 451Cancer

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The start of the new semester is a great time for you to go back and read a classic – or if this is your first time reading it, enjoy this treat! Fahrenheit 451 is the dystopian tale of everyone’s worst nightmare – a world without books. Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn them. Poetic, striking and important, his story will both entertain you and make you reflect about the value of art.

LeoFlowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Charlie is a mentally disabled man who is being subjected to experimentation in a series of studies to increase his intelligence. The same treatments are being given to Algernon, a lab mouse. When Charlie’s intelligence begins to accelerate beyond what anyone had imagined was possible, everyone is thrilled – until Algernon begins to deteriorate unexpectedly. What will happen to Charlie?

WatchmenVirgo

Watchmen by Alan Moore

This brilliant graphic novel tells the story of what happens to superheroes when they begin to suffer from failures that seem to be uncomfortably akin to those of humble mortals. This book talks about humanity and questions what it truly means to be a superhero, all the while never ceasing to entertain. Continue reading

January Book Horoscopes!

**All library locations are closed today!  Happy New Year!  See you in 2015!!**

starbookA brand new year deserves a brand new start.

The stars have told us that in order to welcome 2015, we need to ease ourselves into our reading. This January, you can delight in reading a childhood favorite that is, of course, perfectly suited for your Zodiac sign.

Yes, you read that correctly: we’re giving you picture books!  Indulge in a little New Year’s nostalgia as you look through the list, and make sure to check back in February for next month’s horoscope.

Baby Bear

Aries Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

In this collaboration by Bill Martin and Eric Carle, Baby Bear is introduced to the many different animals of North America on his search to be reunited with his mom. Refresh your animal knowledge and wonder about the world through the eyes of this adorable little mammal.

 

Martha SpeaksTaurus Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

Martha is just like any ordinary dog, except for one small detail… she can speak English! When Martha eats alphabet soup, the letters go to her brain instead of her stomach, and she can talk just like any other human. This is a hilarious series about all the strange situations a talking dog can get you into.

 

Gemini   Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo LionniAlexander

Alexander is a real-life mouse who wants nothing more than to be a toy like his wind-up friend, Willy. But this changes one day when Alexander learns that Willy is going to be thrown away! What will he do now?

 

Henry and Mudge

 

Cancer Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

This series tells about the adventures of Henry and his dog Mudge. In the first book, we learn about the story that begins their friendship. Mudge is big and slobbery, but also the most loveable best friend that Henry (and us readers) could ever ask for.

 

Leo Arthur by Marc BrownArthur's Teacher

Another classic series, Arthur is a kid who lives with his mom, dad, and annoying sister, DW. Arthur is an aardvark and all his friends are animals too, like Buster the bunny and Muffy the monkey (can anyone detect a pattern here?). Many a childhood has revolved around these books.

 

Caps for SaleVirgo Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

This man is trying to sell his caps. He stacks them all on top of one another and wears them all at once! But there is one small problem – they keep disappearing mysteriously. Little does he know that there are sneaky monkeys that keep filching his caps away from him throughout the book.

 

Libra  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda WilliamsLittle Old Lady

You might say this is a Halloween book, but it is great for telling a spooky tale at any time of year. The Little Old Lady is steadfast in her assertion that she is not afraid of anything. But the more scary things she meets along the pathway home, the more her stubbornness begins to waver…

 

 Trouble with SecretsScorpio The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The beloved Berenstain Bears are a bear family that live together in their tree house in Bear Country. Mama, Papa, Sister, and Brother experience many different things throughout this series that teach them lots of important life lessons. Most importantly, though, they’re cute and funny!

 

Sagittarius An Undone Fairytale by Ian LendlerAn Undone Fairy Tale

This book is side-splittingly hysterical. It starts like a typical princess-locked-in-a-tower story, but the characters painting the set, gathering props and costumes, and narrating the story can’t make everything happen as fast as the reader is turning the pages. The result is madness!

 

Gregory's Shadow

 

Capricorn  Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman

This is a touching book about Gregory Groundhog, who is nervous about upcoming Groundhog Day because he doesn’t know if Shadow will show up. Gregory has to be brave and conquer his timidness as he confronts his fear of Shadow and makes a new friend.

 

Aquarius  The Minpins by Roald DahlMinpins

Little Billy is always bored. One day he decides to sneak out into the dark and sinister Forest of Sin, despite his mother’s warnings of all the terrible monsters that live in there. Inside he meets the Minpins, tiny people the size of match sticks who he must help defeat the terrible Gruncher that preys on them.

 

Grey Lady

 

Pisces  The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

A woman buys strawberries at a market, but somebody stalks after her to tries to steal her strawberries. This book has no words at all – just pictures, which means you can have lots of fun making up the dialogue for the characters.

See the whole list in the catalog here.  🙂

Happy Reading, and Happy New Year!

–Greenwood Teen Advisers

GWD

December Book Horoscopes!

starbookIt’s December and that means the final month of the year is here! Everyone is returning from the Thanksgiving holiday and hunkering down for the grind as we enter the weeks approaching winter break. Yes, it’s cold outside, and it gets dark way too early, but there are a lot of things we like about winter too! This edition of our Monthly Book Horoscopes (book recommendations based on YOUR Zodiac sign!) will give you some suggestions for the best books to read as we dive into winter. As always, free to try out any of the books on this list because they are all SNOW fabulous!

Young ElitesAries The Young Elites by Maire Lu

This great, dark book will put you in the perfect mood for the stormy winter months. Adelina Amouteru, the anti-hero main character, is a rare survivor of the blood fever. Does this make her an abomination, or the master of strange new powers, as the rumors say? This book is full of inner conflict and contains many very different kinds of characters that have banded together to create the Dagger Society. This gorgeous fantasy is fast-paced and gets right to the point. It’s also the first in a series, so the adventure does not stop here!

Winter TownTaurus Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Evan is a senior in high school who likes to draw, but doesn’t feel he can make a career out of it. His best friend, Lucy, comes to visit like she does every winter break, but this time, something’s changed. Evan is glad to see his friend but knows there is something she isn’t telling him – she seems very tense unless they are talking about their plan to make a comic book together. The characters are really relatable and the chapters are interspersed with comics made by Evan.  A perfect winter break read!

Iron KingGemini The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan has never really fit in at home or at school. Her father disappeared when she was six years old and since then, something has been different about her. Who would have thought that she was really the daughter of a faery king and that her life plays an important role in the midst of a giant war? This book has a creative take on traditional mythology and will also make you laugh. Continue reading

November Book Horoscopes!

Monthly Book Horoscopes: November

 starbook

The Halloween candy is being digested, the pumpkins are beginning to get a little bit moldy, and the leaf piles are growing ever larger on the ground. November has arrived, which means it’s time for the third edition of Monthly Book Horoscopes – book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign! These books have been hand-picked by us Teen Advisers from a variety of genres and reading levels. Take a look at your Zodiac sign to see what is recommended specially for you this month! And, as always, feel free to check out any of the books on this list, because they are all wonderful. Continue reading