You’ve never seen a story about growing up quite like this. Man Made Boy is about Boy, the son of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride. It has monsters, the epitamy of misunderstood, questions about good and evil, mistakes, crazy families, love, and growing up. Our staff member said it’s well worth staying up late to finish, and we believe her.
“Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.
Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.
This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man.”–Taken from Goodreads.com
It’s summer, and that means it’s time to get dirty. While we have lots of books about hiking, exploring, how to navigate and identify things in the woods from insects to trees to snakes, sometimes all you have is a smartphone. There are lots of great apps for outdoor learning out there, and here are some lists to get you going (there are far more than what we’ve found, we’re sure). From Commonsensemedia.org, Open Education, and the User Generated Education blog. The image above is taken from EEWeek.org which is a great website about outdoor learning you should explore.
Have fun this summer and don’t forget you can find out more about all the cool stuff you discover in the library! And don’t forget that books you read on birds, foxes and bugs count towards summer reading (and go well with our science and discovery theme)!
This week’s staff pick is the award winning “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” by Gavin Extence. It’s a literally laugh out loud and cry book, and appropriate for teenagers to 100+. It’s got a little bit of science (perfect for this summer’s reading program themes), Vonnegut, and a whole lot of crazy adventure making this a great read for just about everyone.
“A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn’t had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing …
Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world. “–Summary taken from Goodreads.com
Have you checked out one of our Staff Picks yet? The Staff Pick of the Week can be followed on our blog, Facebook Album, or you could look at one of our Staff Pick Bookmarks.
We have 12 bookmarks broken up by genre, including: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, YA, Nonfiction, and Classics. They’re even color-coded! Nonfiction titles are blue, fiction is green, and YA is black. Bookmarks can be found at the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk and in the YA room on top of the display. Not every bookmark is out all the time, so keep checking back!
We also want to know what YOUR favorite books are. Tell us on Facebook or Twitter, and maybe one day we can have Patron Pick Bookmarks too!
Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading! Registration just opened, get started today and earn some great prizes – check out our Summer page and look at the prizes you could win in your category. Please note that Children’s is broken into Toddlers and older children… both titled “Fizz Boom Read”.