Teen & Young Adult

August 13, 2018

The Vagabond King

"The Vagabond King: A Coming of Age Story" by James Campion Conway

When his mother dies and he discovers the man he believed was his father is not, sixteen year old Chris is haunted by a mysterious apparition that forces him to question his pampered existence and embark upon a quest to find himself. Hoping she will “make a man of him”, he seeks sanctuary in the home of Magda, a middle aged waitress with a penchant for sex, only to discover she lives with her father, a cigarette smoking, beer swilling immigrant. Chris hates his shabby new surroundings at the end of the street and the shabby old man at the end of his life who spends his days listening to old blues records and making Chris fetch him fresh cans of beer. But, when the old man tells tales of Communist Hungary, torture, escape and the mysterious medallion he wears, Chris learns that, like the old man’s skipping records, history repeats itself and the roles we play have been played many times before.

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July 20, 2018

Cosmic Games

"Cosmic Games: The Mars Wild Card, chapter one" by Ralph Camp

In order to avoid endless wars between alien civilizations on opposing sides of invading less technologically advanced planets (like Earth) the Universal King created the Cosmic Games.The Universal King anoints human child Rashad Lawrence to be Earth’s new Guardian. Rashad must face off with an ancient Martian named Ersatz, who is hell-bent on manipulating Rashad to help him fulfill his “thirst for power” over the Universe.

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July 18, 2018

Read or Die

"Read or Die: A Story of Survival, Hope, and How a Life Was Saved One Book at a Time" by Daphne Russell

"I look forward to the day I see yellow caution tape stretched around my students' neighborhoods, the chalk outline of apathy on the ground, crushed by the weight of a thousand books. Until then I treat each day as if books are EpiPens and every student has a shellfish allergy with a mouth full of shrimp." Most of the students in Daphne Russell's reading class have never read an entire book, and they can’t relate to Harry Potter and his magic wand. Abel is twenty-eight days behind everyone else and he needs enough books inside him to get his lungs to work again, mend his shattered heart, and kick the shit out of apathy.

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July 14, 2018

It’s A Breeze

"It's A Breeze: 42 Lively English Lessons on American Idioms" by Toni Aberson

This collection of short ESL lessons focuses on 42 popular American idioms. Each idiom is slowly introduced in a separate chapter. Designed for high school and adult ESL students, the books shows how to learn common American idioms to really speak English in a natural style. The good news is that studying idioms – even as an intermediate English student - can also be fun. We will go at a comfortable pace, learning idiom by idiom. In fact, each short lesson is built around a single common American idiom and its meaning. You will read a brief story of daily life, learn some vocabulary, write a few sentences, and ask and answer some conversation questions. The lively lessons encourage thinking and sharing in a relaxed atmosphere. Groups of lessons have been organized together in six units. The units go from easier to more difficult. You will get a chance to show your increased knowledge on unit quizzes too. As you know, learning English is often the key to a better life today. These lessons will help you use more colorful English in your life. These lessons will also help you gain a better understanding of the English you hear around you and on television, learn more about American culture, and speak more like an American. Idiom by idiom, you will find speaking English less difficult and more fun. You might even find speaking English “a breeze”.

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