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Highly Recommended Reading
The Bomber Mafia (audiobook) by
Explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war.
This book was made to be listened to. Featuring archival interviews, speeches, and audio, this is an audiobook unlike most others.
The Bomber Mafia by
Traditionally, audiobooks are recorded to support the print version, but the opposite is true for The Bomber Mafia. This book is well-worth reading and even more worth listening to. This could transform how we view audiobooks!
Puberty Is Gross but Also Really Awesome by
Gina Loveless remembers going through puberty with reverence and joy. Oh, wait . . . puberty? Scratch that. Puberty was totally awful, awkward, and full of embarrassing moments. (And frankly, adulthood hasn't been much different.) She used her background as a fact checker for Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, her MFA in creative writing from California Institute of the Arts, and her memory of how much puberty was gross, but also really awesome, to put together this book and help kids realize that puberty may be weird, but at least it's weird for everyone.
With her friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive by the Premier, Talin is forced to betray her fellow Strikers and her adopted homeland. She has no choice but to become the Federation's most deadly war machine as their newest Skyhunter.
1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by
"Here, for the first time, Ai Weiwei explores the origins of his exceptional creativity and passionate political beliefs through his own life story and that of his father, whose own creativity was stifled. At once ambitious and intimate, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows offers a deep understanding of the myriad forces that have shaped modern China, and serves as a timely reminder of the urgent need to protect freedom of expression."
Award Winners & Nominees
Alex Award Winners and Nominees
Check out these Alex Award titles we have for you in the library. Typically, these books "can't miss" for most older teen readers. PLEASE NOTE, these books are written for adults, so the content is most appropriate for more mature readers in Y10-Y13.
Printz Award Winners and Nominees
These titles are excellent stretch books for many Y9 readers and above. PLEASE NOTE, that there may be uncomfortable content for less mature readers.
Excellence for debut Young Adult writing.
Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
The Man Booker Prizes
The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for five decades.
Y10-Y13 Pleasure Reading Lists
These lists come from Nancie Atwell, Global Teacher Prize winner and leading expert on teen literacy.
Cult of Pedagogy YA Book Suggestions
Cult of Pedagogy shares a list of titles that are "a list that covers so many genres and has the potential to turn so many students into lifelong readers."
Y7-Y10 Pleasure Reading Lists
Student recommendations from Nancie Atwell's Center for Teaching and Learning. Scroll through to find your approximate year group.
99 Book Recommendations from John Green
Favorite author John Green provides some top suggestions to read.
Hey guys, look into these lists!
Outlandish books for outlandish readers.
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How Long to Read?
Want a quick book to read? Seeking something to take you away for hours on end? You can answer both questions on "How Long to Read."
Books and Authors
Use this site to discover what books to read next. Simply join (for free) and then enter a book or author you like, and the database will return with a whole range of suggestions.
We offer a wide variety of Ebooks and Audiobooks through Sora in your browser. You can read and/or download via the Sora app on your mobile devices!
Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with our digital titles.
The Sora app is available for iPhone/iPad or Android™. Install Sora and begin reading!
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Sign in using your school login username and password. Browse and borrow as you please!
Policies and Privileges
It is your responsibility to bring your school ID card each day.
Students, you must use your school ID cards for access to all services provided in the Library. All items to check out include print materials and equipment such as E-readers; you must have your ID to do so. You can also use your student ID card for photocopying and printing.
Beyond that simple statement, it gets even easier:
- Respect your Library space
- Respect other students in your Library
- Respect everything and everyone in your Library
Secondary Checkout Limits
We encourage--and expect--secondary students to choose and manage their reading. This policy is firm.
Year 7-9 Students
- Up to 6 items per student
- Up to 2 OverDrive titles per student
Year 10-13 Students
- Up to 10 items per student
- Up to 2 OverDrive titles per student
Primary Students (Y4-Y6)
- 2 print items per student
- Must be arranged through Primary Librarians
We invite you to enjoy the Secondary Library, so please do visit us. To browse, ask questions, seek guidance to support your child's reading, or simply to learn about our space is something we hope you do.
The ideal time to visit the Secondary Library is after school hours between 3:00-4:30. We reserve the school hours (7:30-3:00) for student and teacher use. The library is a classroom, so your understanding is appreciated.
Because this is a teaching and learning space, we ask that you follow the same, simple expectations we have for the students. When visiting the library, please model and support these standards. It is helpful for students to see.
- Please wear your Parent ID badge prominently; we need to know who you are.
- Please engage in a book, magazine, newspaper, or browse our collection.
- You are also invited to chat with the librarians seeking insight or support for your children.
- Please take care of all phone communication needs (calls and texts) before entering.
- Turn off and tuck away your devices.
- Please enjoy your coffee and snacks in the Cafeteria or at the Rooftop Café, not in the Library.
- Parents who are with their Primary students are asked to use the Primary Library.
- If you are simply waiting for your child to finish classes or CCAs or need a place to socialize, we ask that you do so at the Rooftop Café or in the Cafeteria.
- 1 Chinese print item per parent
- 1 English print item per parent
- Parents may not check out items in their child's name
- We expect the students to learn how to manage and maintain their reading as they grow older.
|Books (print & digital)
|Magazines and Journals
|Audio-Visual (Audiobooks, DVDs, etc.)
*Rather than charging fees for most overdue materials, we ask that you return or renew items. You will not be allowed to check out any additional items if you owe a fine or have anything overdue. The rule of thumb: if you expect to check something out, take care of your obligations.
**If a missing or damaged item is part of a set and we are not able to replace the missing portion, then you need to pay for the replacement of the entire set, which means the cost may be significantly higher. This applies to both books and AV materials.