Books for Snowy Days

Whether you are in the ski lodge taking a break from the slopes or cozy at home with some hot chocolate, we’ve got you covered with these snowy-day books.

wintersmithWintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance, into the oldest story ever, and draws the attention of the Wintersmith himself.

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions?

 

 

afterthesnowAfter the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Fifteen-year-old Willo was hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell all.

Along the way, he finds Mary, a starving refugee from the city, whose father is lost. The smart thing would be to leave her alone, but Willo can’t do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if Willo manages to keep Mary safe, what about his family?

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Sports Feature: Basketball

Basketball season is upon us! Here are some fast-paced reads for b-ball fans.

boy21Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont and takes care of his disabled grandfather. At school he’s called “White Rabbit,” the only white kid on the varsity basketball team. He’s always dreamed of getting out, but until then, when he puts on his number 21 everything seems to make sense.

Russ, a former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, has just moved to the neighborhood. Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21 — his former jersey number — and has an unusual obsession with outer space.

As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21” may turn out to be the answer they both need.

 

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Foul Trouble by John Feinstein

Terrell Jamerson is the no. 1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win state, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. But it only takes one false step to lose everything.

Danny Wilcox is Terrell’s best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself, but it seems like everyone wants to get close to Terrell. They say they just want to help, but their kind of help could get Terrell DQ’d.

Danny and Terrell better keep their eyes on the ball if they hope to last the season.

 

hoopsHoops by Walter Dean Myers

All eyes are on 17-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a citywide basketball tournament. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure, which he knows firsthand.

As the tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want him kept on the bench. As the last seconds of the game tick away, Lonnie and Cal must decide: Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?

 

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Sports Feature: Football

Here are some exciting books for all the football fans out there!

Ccoverupover-Up by John Feinstein

The Super Bowl — America’s biggest sports spectacle. Over 95 million fans will be watching, but teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol know that what they’ll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams has failed the doping tests. They know the owner is trying to cover up the results. The only thing they don’t know is how to prove it.

 

 

 

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Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

Felix “Red” O’Sullivan’s world is crumbling around him: The mine that employs most of the town is on the brink of closing, threatening to shutter the entire town and his high school with it. But Red’s got his own burdens to bear. His older brother, Bobby, died in the war, and he’s been struggling to follow in his footsteps ever since. That means assuming Bobby’s old position as quarterback and leading the last-ever Muckers team to the championship.

But the only way for the hardscrabble Muckers to win State is to go undefeated and tackle their biggest rival, Phoenix United, which would be something of a miracle. Luckily, miracles can happen on the field all the time.

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 2003

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A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she’s keeping a big secret — sounds, numbers and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

 

 

 

 

 

persepolisPersepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Wise, funny and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages 6 to 14, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Satrapi’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

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