More YA Summer Reads

by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor

As summer rolls on, we here at Blogging Book Topics offer a few books for younger readers to get into. These titles range from the 1970s to the 2010s. From the frozen tundra, to Washington State in 1900, to a family vacation in Maine, these books are enjoyable for younger, and not-so-younger readers!

Julie of the Wolves
by Jean C George
DB 34451/ CL 9740
Julie, a 13-year-old Eskimo girl, runs away rather than agree to an arranged marriage. Lost and starving on the frozen tundra, she makes friends with a pack of wolves. Newbery Medal 1973. For grades 5-8.

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by Judy Blume
DB 33199
The Tubmans and Hatchers are sharing a summer home in Maine, throwing together five-year-old Fudge, his older brother Peter, and Peter’s arch-enemy Sheila ‘Queen of Cooties’ Tubman for three long weeks! Mayhem becomes the order of the day as children, adults, and pets find themselves in one predicament after another. For grades 3-6. 1990.

The Trouble with May Amelia
by Jennifer L. Holm
DB 74608
Washington State, 1900. Living with seven brothers and a Finnish father who thinks girls are useless is difficult for twelve-year-old May Amelia. So May Amelia eagerly translates for her father when a man offers to buy their farm. Sequel to “Our Only May Amelia” (DB 50217). For grades 5-8.    2011.

LBPH at Fontana Fest 10

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be at the 10th annual Fontana Fest on Saturday, August 9 from 11-3 taking place at Highmark Stadium at Station Square. LBPH will be there, too! Stop by, get some information, play some games that are fun for the whole family and say hi!


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Best of BARD: July 2014

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

July is for thrills. If you need any proof, just check the Top Five downloads for BARD during the month, and you’ll see we like it action packed. Jack Reacher punches his way to the top of the list, but hot on his heels are the latest by Gross and Evanovich. At spot four, it’s nice that some are trying to relax and beach read, because Robyn Carr steps in and she almost never features explosions. Then it’s back to to mayhem with the sneaky J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith taking on the final spot with the sequel to The Silkworm. Check out the list below and keep the action coming as we close out summer.

Three Jack Reacher Novellas
by Lee Child
DB 78830
In “Deep Down,” Jack Reacher matches wits with four formidable females. In “Second Son,” at thirteen in Okinawa, Jack Reacher already knows how to outwit and overpower anyone. In “High Heat,” sixteen-year-old Jack Reacher deals with a New York City heat wave, murder spree, and blackout. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

Cover for Everything to Lose by GrossEverything to Lose
by Andrew Gross
DB 78704
Single mom Hilary Cantor can just barely pay for school and therapy for her son who has Asperger’s syndrome–but then loses her job. At the scene of a fatal car accident she finds thousands of dollars in a bag. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.  2014.


Top Secret Twenty-One
by Janet Evanovich
DB 78831
New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer Jimmy Poletti was caught selling a lot more than used cars. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. But leads keep turning into dead bodies. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

The ChanceCover for Robert Galbraith's The Silkworm
by Robyn Carr
DB 78444
FBI agent Laine Carrington returns to Thunder Point, Oregon, to recuperate from a gunshot wound she sustained in “The Hero” (DB 77556). She meets ex-con mechanic Eric Gentry, and they fall in love despite their disparate backgrounds. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

The Silkworm
by Robert Galbraith
DB 78834
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. As Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes: the novelist had just completed a manuscript featuring poison-pen portraits of almost everyone he knows. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

National Night Out

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is taking part in the National Night Out event. Our branch will be open from 5-8 PM on August 5, 2014. Stop by and say hi and sign up for a library card tonight!

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Game of…Books

by Abbey Lukiewski,
LBPH Reader Advisor

There is a list for young adult Game of Thrones followers. Here are some of the titles I recommend:

Cover of Graceling by Cashore

by Kristin Cashore
DB 67938
In a world where some people are born with an extreme and often-feared skill, Katsa struggles with hers–the “grace” of killing. When she first encounters Prince Po, whose grace is incompatible with hers, she doesn’t foresee the bond that will form between them. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2008.

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
DB 75094
After exhibiting new-found powers during an attack on her convoy, Alina Starkov is taken from her post as a lowly assistant cartographer–and away from her only friend, Mal–to become the protegee of the mysterious and deadly Darkling. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2012.

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Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas
DB 76152
After serving a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, assassin Celaena Sardothien receives an offer from Crown Prince Dorian. She will be freed–if she acts as his champion in a new royal assassin competition. Violence. For senior high readers. 2012.

Get Seussical at LBPH!

by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Adviser

Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is a true treasure. Readers of all ages can enjoy his wordplay and positive messages. Younger readers might know his work from the many movie adaptations of his books, but they did start out as books. Here are three classic Seuss titles that are great to read, or revisit. Enjoy some Seuss this summer!

The Lorax
DB 31231Cover for The Lorax by Seuss
Once, when the grass was still green, and the pond was still wet, and the clouds were still clean, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-a-loots, and Humming-Fish lived happily among the Truffula Trees. The Once-ler settled in this beautiful place and discovered that he could make Thneeds, which sold quite handsomely, from the Truffula Trees. Overcome by greed, he did not heed the warning of the Lorax. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 1971.

The Cat in the Hat
DB 33062
Nonsense verses tell how the fantastic cat in the hat entertains two children on rainy day.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck
DB 34054
Angry about the same four things always falling from the sky– rain, sunshine, snow, and fog–the king of the kingdom of Didd orders his royal magicians to create something new to fall from the sky! Easy reading for grades 1-4. 1949.

2014 Man Booker Longlist

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

This year marked the first time in the history of the Man Booker Prize to celebrate authors outside of the Commonwealth of Nations (aka the British Commonwealth). This development has made the longlist announced last week eclectic and exciting. Americans of note include 2006 National Book Award author Richard Powers, as well as bestsellers Karen Jo Fowler and Joshua Ferris. While some of the nominated books are a little too new to be recorded for our collection just yet, I wanted to compile a post featuring some of the excellent authors prior works. In addition, we will look at their current successes.Man Booker Prize

Joseph O’Neill is among the nominees for his latest, The Dog. He previously won the PEN/Faulkner in 2008 for Netherland. Check it out – DB 67189. Howard Jacobson is looking to become a two-time Booker winner with his effort, J. He previously won in 2010 for The Finkler QuestionDB 71932. David Mitchell, an author whose work seems to win or be nominated any time he puts ink to the page, has another deserving effort with The Bone Clocks. Get familiar with his work in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – DB 71475. Finally, Ali Smith (nominated this year for How to Be Both) is another name synonymous with acclaim – having been nominated for the Man Booker and Orange Prize several times, and winning the Whitbread Novel of the Year for The Accidental – DB 61928.

The longlist for 2014 also features authors in our collection such as Richard Flanagan, Niall Williams, Siri Hustvedt, and David Nicholls (whose last novel, One Day – DB 72311, was made into a motion picture). If you want to get a head start on the three novels remaining so you can share your opinion when the shortlist is announced, check out these titles from this year:

Cover for Orfeo by Richard PowersOrfeo
by Richard Powers
DB 78227
Future America. When he calls emergency services for help with his dying dog, composer Peter Els sets in motion a chain of events that forces him to flee from Homeland Security. Els’s search for music in everything has people thinking he is a bioterrorist. Some strong language. 2014.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Jo Fowler
DB 76947
1996. Rosemary Cooke is away at college and her sister Fern and brother Lowell are long gone. As Rosemary slowly reveals, Fern is a chimpanzee–who was removed from the family home when Rosemary was five–and Lowell became an animal-rights activist who Cover for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferrisblamed Rosemary. Strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
by Joshua Ferris
DB 78771
Successful Manhattan dentist Paul O’Rourke finds himself impersonated in social media accounts established inexplicably in his name. The imposture gradually forces Paul to confront his past and ultimately to question his own identity. By the author of “Then We Came to the End” (DB 65387). UNRATED. Commercial audiobook. 2014.