Welcome back everyone…

Final projects, essays, quizzes and exams are approaching. Now that we have rested, it is time to get focused.

A few tips on how to stay focused after Spring Break:

  • Get organized
  • Review your material
  • Make study groups
  • Focus on what’s important; play later
  • Don’t procrastinate

 

Quote of the Month (for Seniors especially): 

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~Buddha

New Arrivals

Fiction

The Colossus Rises by Peter LerangisThe Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die. Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him. The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

 

The Journey Back by Priscilla CummingsThe Journey Back  by Priscilla Cummings

Escaped and on the run, can Digger find redemption? His bold escape from a juvenile detention facility nearly kills him, but soon an angry fourteen-year-old Digger is on the run, hijacking a tractor trailer, “borrowing” a bicycle, and stealing a canoe. When injuries stop him, Digger hides at a riverside campground, where he befriends a young boy and a girl his own age. New friends, a job caring for rescued horses, and risking his life to save another make Digger realize that the journey back is not just about getting home, it’s about discovering what he’s really running from, and how to come to terms with his troubled past.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe… There’s a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London. Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose… But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions. A thrilling teen mystery.

 

Paper Valentine by Brenna YovanoffPaper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Non-fiction

Battle of the Dinosaur Bones by Rebecca JohnsonBattle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh VS Edward Drinker Cope by Rebecca Johnson

In the 1880s, science witnessed a major shift: Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution. People dug up the first dinosaur fossils. And the field of paleontologythe study of ancient plants and animalsemerged. Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope became enthralled with these new ideas, discoveries, and developments. Both were determined to become world-famous paleontologists. When they met in 1863, they started off as friends. But within a few years, competition drove the men apart. Each fought bitterly to discover more fossils, name more species, and publish more papers than the other. In their haste to outdo each other, they both produced some shoddy work. The resulting confusion took many years to discover and correct, and their toxic relationship crippled the field of paleontology for decades afterward. However, the competition also produced a wealth of fossils. These laid a firm foundation for the field of paleontology and supported Darwin’s theory of evolution. Marsh and Cope’s discoveries generated keen public interest in prehistoric life and rich data for future generations of paleontologists. This book explores the great rivalry between Marsh and Cope, showing how it brought out the best and the worst in themwhile bringing humankind a brand-new view of life on Earth.

From Hardships to Championships by Glenn StoutFrom Hardships to Championships by Glenn Stout

Many of the baseball greats overcame huge challenges to be sports heroes–here are five inspiring stories of men who did just that. Baseball is considered America’s pastime, but not all players grew up living the American dream. Babe Ruth, Jim Peirsall, Torii Hunter, Ron LeFlore, and Joe Torre sure didn’t. Poverty, abuse, and addiction are a few of the issues they had to deal with as kids, but they turned their lives around to play the game they loved.

 

The Race to Discover the Aids Virus by Stuart A. KallenThe Race to Discover the AIDS Virus: Luc Montagnier VS Robert Gallo by Stuart A. Kallen

In the early 1980s, doctors sounded the alarm. A mysterious new diseaseacquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDSwas spreading around the world. Researchers set to work to discover what was causing AIDS. They suspected a virus. Two teams of scientistsone in the United States and one in Franceworked tirelessly to identify the virus and to develop a blood test to detect it. The news on April 23, 1984, that the U.S. team, led by Robert Gallo at the National Cancer Institute, had isolated the virus was a cause for celebration. But some people werent celebrating. In Paris, France, Luc Montagnier and his team at the Pasteur Institute were furious and frustrated. They had uncovered the AIDS virus, they claimed, and now Gallo was taking credit for their discovery. The battle over who would be recognized for discovering the AIDS virus is a complex and compelling story, filled with mystery, deception, and hope. It involves sophisticated microbiology, the coveted Nobel Prize in Medicine, big egos, and great amounts of money. In this book, author Stuart Kallen chronicles this riveting human tale about a bitter scientific rivalry.

 

Summaries and pictures provided by GoodReads.