Book Review: How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Beatrice has lived all over the country. She and her mother follow her father as he strives for academic excellence as a university professor. She has learned not to get too attached to the kids at each school. That only makes it harder to leave, so she tells herself not to care. One year and she's off to college anyway...until she meets Jonah. Everyone else may call him Ghost Boy, but her own mother calls her a robot.
Have you ever wished you lived in the future with a robot dog for a pet? Or had adventures that led to the long-forgotten under-realms of Hollywood where cast off sets and props take on a life of their own? Or have you ever wished you would suddenly wake up from amnesia and remember that you were someone famous, maybe a pirate?
After hearing about this title from numerous librarians, I finally placed it on hold and started reading it. After reading a number of Teen novels in the last few years I was not expecting the harsh adult tones, ideas, and language that permeated the book. And I loved it!
When a school shooting happens, what happens to those left behind? Garvin High School is left in emotional shambles when a student brings a gun to school and starts shooting people on the Hate List. Valerie Leftman is not only a victim of the shooting, but the girlfriend of the shooter and the originator of the now infamous Hate List.
What’s not to love about Friday? It’s the end of the traditional work week with the weekend in sight! I’m not a fan of the hot and humid weather, so I’ve decided to stay in this weekend and chill out with a good book!
Have you ever wondered what the library staff reads? After all, we move hundreds of books every day and are the first to touch all of those wondrous new books. Do we select a book by reading the blurb on the back of the book? Do we receive inside information on great reads?
There’s still plenty of time to Make a Splash or Make Waves at your local Mid-Continent Public Library branch! If you haven’t already registered, you can do it on our website or at your nearest branch. The program is set up in a new format this year. Instead of reading twenty or ten books per list, just six hours of reading earns you or your child a free book! After nine hours of reading, you or your child can select the following in place of a book:
Book Review: How To Sew a Button: and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
This is an excellent resource for those who are on their own for the first time or wanting to go back to the basics. This book teaches readers about things our grandmothers took for granted. Instructions on how to make gravy, how to can fruits, the proper way to iron a shirt or fold a fitted sheet are included along with many other forgotten tasks.