Valerie DiLorenzo – teacher extraordinaire – takes students on a tour of their Mac desktops last Friday. Those of us switching from PC to a Mac loved this class. Check the JJML Newsletter for upcoming classes on the iPhone and iPad October 24th and October 31st respectively.
I read many fantastic reviews about Station Eleven, so my hopes were high for this book. It was good, well written, interesting, but not the fast-paced adventure that I was hoping for. Station Eleven explores several time lines that revolve around one celebrity actor, Arthur, and the people who knew him before the apocalypse. The characters are interesting figures that I enjoyed getting to know. It explores how these people cope with the end of the world and how they survive, or don’t. This book is primarily billed as a post-apocalyptic adventure, however it moves slowly at the start and spends a great deal of plot time flash-backing on the past pre-apocalyptic world. The finishing tie-ins of relationships and events are satisfying in the end and worth the slog to get to.
This young adult(teen) book is the first in a series about a brutal futuristic world. Society is divided into levels or classes of underprivileged and privileged with extreme variation between least to most. There is no changing rank, where you are born you stay, unless you happen to be Darrow. Darrow undergoes extreme changes in service to anarchists and rebellion, however he struggles to uphold his personal goals. Some of the twists and turns are unrealistic and alternately wonderful or terrible. The plot quality has an unevenness to it that shakes the reader’s emotions from love to hate. Ultimately, readers who enjoy the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Lord of the Flies will enjoy this one.
The 2014 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced today. You can view the list at http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2014_ypl_longlist_pr.pdf. The longlist announcements for Poetry, Non-Fiction and Fiction will be made this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
Tom Putnam is a singularly kind man working through life with an extremely difficult marriage. Things begin to look up when his wife Marjory, surprises him by inviting a new friend, Rose, into their lives. The story takes shape quickly after several life-changing events occur. Tom’s life is forever altered by Marjory’s sudden death and the arrival of an unknown son, Henry. He begins to realize deeper relationships with friends and the possibility of a fuller happier life. Strong love and connection bring the lives of Tom, Henry and Rose together in ways that surprise them all. Overall, this is a lovely feel good book.
Do you have a library card? Do all the children you know have library cards? Stop in to the library, at 34 West Water Street, to get a library card if you don’t already have one or if your old one has expired, and celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month. All children ages 5 and up are eligible for their very own library card. For more information, call (631)725-0049.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry takes us on a journey of healing that begins when a bad-humored, widowed independent bookseller finds himself in possession of an abandoned baby. The baby inexplicable connects with him and A.J. finds that he is unwilling to give her up. He begins the process of adoption and creating a meaningful life for the two of them. This is an endearing story that is very well written and enjoyable for bibliophiles. The audio version of the book had a fitting narrator who was good to listen to.