Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 in 5: Lisa's Picks Pack a Punch

Lisa likes her fiction powerful and her non fiction unforgettable.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Love, life and death are tackled with humor and boatloads of tears in this brilliant novel about Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters and their undying love.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
What’s it like to be so different that you don’t even go to school? What’s it like to be bullied when you finally do go to school? Can kindness overcome fear and mean-spiritedness? Read this eye-opening book and find out.

Beneath a Meth Moon: An elegy by Jacqueline Woodson
How can a normal healthy cheerleader turn into a crystal meth addict and become homeless? Find out in this beautifully written elegy.

You’ve all read Number the Stars. Now read about a real-life hero who saved almost one-hundred-thousand Jews in Hungary by outsmarting the Nazis. This quick read is written in verse format and is full of photos and fascinating documents.

This inspiring biography of Steve Jobs illuminates the unique contributions Jobs made despite his quirks and serious flaws. Without Jobs we’d have no iPods, iPhones, iPads, or stellar Pixar films. Learn about the man who changed your world!

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

This is a 2011 title, but I want to give it a shout-out for all those people who were turned off by the difficult beginning. Please give it another try. Read past those difficult parts. It’s worth it!!!
This brutally honest depiction of outcasts, bullies, hate, and evil is tempered by the witty, funny, and sometimes crass, friendship between Charlie and Jeffrey, and the sweet budding romance between Charlie and Eliza. Brilliant writing, a compelling mystery, humor, and a philosophical bent combine for a terrific read.

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