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This week’s staff pick is the debut from author Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes.  Our staffer found it powerful, harsh, and multifaceted.  On the surface, they said it seems like ‘one of those’ fantasy novels, but it quickly sucked them in, and they really enjoyed it.  The first in a series, we highly recommend An Ember in the Ashes, for both teens and adults.

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir

Published: Apr 28, 2015 by Razorbill
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This week’s staff pick is the beginning of a new children’s/YA series full of adventure, male and female heroines, and the interesting and bizarre.  Our staffer found it refreshing, original, and highly recommends it.  Those who loved The Golden Compass, and fans of Garth Nix, Diana Wynne, Jones, and Tamora Pierce will love this novel about maps, adventure, and exploration.

“She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.”– Taken from Goodreads.com


The Glass Sentence

S. E. Grove

Published: Jun 12, 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Summer Reading starts today!  Sign up for your category and check out our awesome prizes! Then, obviously, get reading!

You can see on our homepage that we have an easy to find Summer section.  You can visit our Summer homepage, reading programs, summer reading, or summer concert series straight from our website.  Don’t forget to check out this summer’s awesome concert lineup.   Let’s make Summer 2015 one to remember!

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We hope you’re joining us in our 2015 Read Harder Challenge (flyers at Circulation and Reference), where we are challenging ourselves and you by reading books based on place, author, subject, etc.  Why? Because we’re stretching out of our reading comfort zones and trying some new things. Don’t forget that anything you read for the challenge can also count towards your summer reading! School summer reading counts too (for FTPL Summer Reading and the challenge).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015) and Pinterest page

– This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com where you can get reading suggestions for each category, and tell others what you think

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

It’s never to late to start, and anything you’ve already read this year that fits into a category counts! Join us in diversifying our reading, and check out some new books today.

Don’t miss what’s happening at FTPL! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and now Pinterest

 

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This week’s staff pick has been making the rounds around the staff, and everyone who’s picked it up has loved it.  This is a building-wide staff pick, and in November it’ll be a movie starring Matt Damon.    The premise is that an astronaut finds himself stranded on Mars, with no rescue in sight for years.   Compulsively readable, Mark Watney is funny, determined, and brilliant.  You’ll be rooting for him from page 1.   This is a fast read (you won’t want to put it down), and every staff member who’s read this encourages you to go pick this up and read it now.   Like, right now.  Hurry up and place your hold!

It should be noted that there is a lot of science in the book (there would have to be to survive), but it’s broken down into easily understood language, and doesn’t slow down the plot.  A couple engineers have read this, and say it checks out.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”–Taken from Goodreads.com 


The Martian: A Novel

Andy Weir

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by Crown
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The Martian

Andy Weir

Published: Jul 09, 2014 by Thorndike Press
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It’s getting hotter, school’s almost out, and it is once again time to participate in Franklin Township Public Library’s Summer Reading event!

You can see on our homepage that we have an easy to find Summer section.  You can visit our Summer homepage, reading programs, summer reading, or summer concert series straight from our website.   For our summer reading, don’t forget to check out the prizes and sign up for your category starting June 15.

summersite

 

Don’t forget to check out this summer’s awesome concert lineup.   Let’s make Summer 2015 one to remember!

We hope you’re joining us in our 2015 Read Harder Challenge (flyers at Circulation and Reference), where we are challenging ourselves and you by reading books based on place, author, subject, etc.  Why? Because we’re stretching out of our reading comfort zones and trying some new things. Don’t forget that anything you read for the challenge can also count towards your summer reading! School summer reading counts too (for FTPL Summer Reading and the challenge).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015) and Pinterest page

– This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com where you can get reading suggestions for each category, and tell others what you think

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

It’s never to late to start, and anything you’ve already read this year that fits into a category counts! Join us in diversifying our reading, and check out some new books today.

Don’t miss what’s happening at FTPL! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and now Pinterest