The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

the language of flowers cover imageSummary: Victoria has spent most of her childhood in foster-care. She has problems with connecting to people and messed up the one chance she had at having a family. Through her relationship with Elizabeth, she learns the meanings that flowers were give during Victorian times. When she is emancipated at the age of 18, she finds herself on the street with nowhere to go. She makes a connection with a busy florist who needs help and recognizes Victoria’s unique gift for finding the perfect flowers for customers. Victoria chooses the flowers based on the customer’s emotional needs and they find that their wishes are answered.

While working with the florist Victoria reconnects with someone from her past and is able to confront her secret and set out to make it right and finally find the happiness she has longed for.

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a couple of close friends.

Why I kept reading it: Victoria is a really interesting character. Most people would give up on her but she loved plants and photography and is interested in art like I am. I wanted to find out if she would finally find the family that she so desperately wanted.

Who I would give it to next: I’m sharing it with all my friends who like a good coming-of-age story.

Reviewed by Mrs. Accorinti

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New Books in the Library – January

Here are a list of the new books for the month of January.
330.06 MUS Musgrave, Frank. AP microeconomics/macroeconomics. 4th ed. Hauppauge, NY : Barron’s, c2012.
Contains topic reviews of economic systems, demand and supply, consumer choice theory, public sector economics, national income and gross domestic product, inflation, unemployment, and more, with two full-length practice tests, an overview of the actual tests, and study tips.

 

356.16 STO Tanya Lee Stone. Courage Has No Color : The True story of the Triple Nickles – black paratroopers WWII. 1st ed. Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2013.
They became America’s first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Sibert Medalist Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II. World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of dis … (to read more see “A Look Inside”.

 

363.34 FAR Farmer, Paul, 1959-. Haiti after the earthquake. 1st ed. New York : PublicAffairs, [2012], c2011.
Dr. Paul Farmer describes the devastating impact the January 12, 2010, earthquake had on Haiti, and chronicles the experiences he and his colleagues had in the year following the quake as they worked with the UN to try and aid in the country’s recovery efforts.

 

921 CHA Chang, Ying-Ying. The woman who could not forget : Iris Chang before and beyond The rape of Nanking. 1st Pegasus Books trade pbk. ed. New York : Pegasus Books, 2011.
Chronicles the life of Iris Chang, as told by her mother, Ying-Ying, describing Iris’s childhood, her early years as a journalist, Iris’s role as a mother, and her struggles with her son’s autism before her tragic suicide, and discussing her authorship of “The Rape of Nanking” and the impact the book had on the world.

 

921 JOB Blumenthal, Karen. Steve Jobs : the man who thought different : a biography. 1st ed. New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2012.
Chronicles the life and accomplishments of Apple mogul Steve Jobs, discussing his ideas, and describing how he has influenced life in the twenty-first century.

 

973.06 APU Resnick, Eugene V. Barron’s AP United States history. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron’s Educational Series, c2012.
A preparation guide for the Advanced Placement exam in United States history that provides an overview of key topics, sample questions, test-taking strategies, and two full-length practice exams.

 

FIC BRA Bray, Libba. The diviners. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

 

FIC CAB Cabot, Meg. Underworld. 1st ed. New York : Point, 2012.
John Hayden, a death deity, takes seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera back to the Underworld against her will to keep her safe from the Furies, but her family is still at risk and she may never escape his captivity.

 

FIC COC Cochrane, Mick. Fitz : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2012.
Fifteen-year-old Fitz kidnaps the father he has never known, taking him from his St. Paul apartment building at gunpoint, in an attempt to address his bewildering mix of resentment and yearning.

 

FIC COHN Cohn, Rachel. Beta. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2012.
“On a futuristic island paradise where humans are served by enslaved clones, a sixteen-year-old clone named Elysia seeks her own freedom”–Provided by publisher.

 

FIC CRO Cronn-Mills, Kirstin, 1968-. Beautiful music for ugly children. 1st ed. Woodbury, MN : Flux, c2012.
“Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents–all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school”–Provided by publisher.

 

FIC DAN Danforth, Emily M. The miseducation of Cameron Post. 1st ed. New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

 

FIC DOL Doller, Trish. Some-thing like normal. New York : Bloomsbury, 2012.
When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and car, and he has nightmares of his best friend getting killed but when he runs into Harper, a girl who has despised him since middle school, life actually starts looking up.

 

FIC GRI Griffin, Paul, 1966-. Burning blue. New York : Dial Books, c2012.
When beautiful, smart Nicole, disfigured by acid thrown in her face, and computer hacker Jay meet in the school psychologist’s office, they become friends and Jay resolves to find her attacker.

 

FIC KIN King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-. Ask the passengers : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Astrid Jones, who realizes that she is a lesbian, deals with the gossip and rejection she faces by sending love up to the people on airplanes as they pass over her.

 

FIC LOW Lowry, Lois. Son. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit.

 

FIC MAR Marsh, Katherine. Jepp, who defied the stars. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2012.
“Jepp, a teenage dwarf living in 16th century Europe, leaves home to seek his destiny”–Provided by publisher.

 

FIC MCC McCormick, Patricia, 1956-. Never fall down : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock ‘n’ roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return. And he learns to be invisible to the sadistic Khmer Rouge, who can give or take away life on a whim. One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn’s never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. In order to survive, he must quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demandand steal food to keep the other kids alive. This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier. He lives by the simple credo: Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down.

 

FIC MCN McNeil, Gretchen. Ten. 1st ed. New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
“Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one”–Provided by publisher.

 

FIC MEA Mead, Richelle. Shadow kiss. New York : Razorbill, c2008.
Shadow-kissed Rose is hunted by the immortal undead that are seeking vengeance on her for her Strigoi kills, which puts her in a terrible position that could result in the death one of the two people she values most, her best friend Lissa, or her tutor Dimitri Belikov, the man she loves.

 

FIC RAT Ratner, Vaddey. In the shadow of the banyan. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Raami is seven-years-old when the Khmer Rouge regime takes power in Cambodia and over the next four years she fights for survival amid the systematic violence and atrocities that surround her.

 

FIC RIO Riordan, Rick. The mark of Athena. 1st ed. New York : Disney/Hyperion Books., c2012.
“The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land–Greece itself–to find the Doors of Death”–Provided by publisher.

 

FIC SCH Schrefer, Eliot, 1978-. Endangered. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
A girl, having travelled with her mother to an animal sanctuary for bonobos in the Congo, struggles to survive with the animals after revolution breaks out and she and the chimpanzees are forced to flee into the jungle.

 

FIC SON Sonnenblick, Jordan. Curveball : the year I lost my grip. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

 

FIC STI Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-. The Raven Boys. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

 

FIC TAY Taylor, Laini. Days of blood & starlight. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is and finds out how far her loyalty to her people will go.

 

GN 741.5 CAV Yolen, Jane. Curses! foiled again. 1st ed. New York : First Second, 2013.
Follows New York City high school fencer Aliera Carstair’s continuing adventures as the Defender of the Seelie realm.

 

GN 741.5 PHA Pham, Thien. Sumo. 1st ed. New York : First Second, 2012.
Scott, abandoned by his girlfriend and having lost his dream of playing professional football, is offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” where he seems to find himself again.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Summary: Eragon Shadeslayer, son of Brom, and his Dragon partner Saphira on their final epic quest to overthrow the tyrannical king Galbatorix with the help of both old and new friends. Eragon marches to Uru’Baen fighting magicians, monsters, and dueling his half brother dragon rider who reluctantly serves the king. Secrets await both Saphira and Eragon as the final battle comes to a close in this thrilling finale that will keep its readers on its toes.

Why I picked it up: Have read the other three books in this series, and I really enjoyed them.

Why I kept reading it: I had to find out how the series ended, it’s a thrilling story that’ll keep its readers attentive.

Who would I give it to next: Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy or fictional novel and more.

Review by Billy C.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

41fJEgXTqIL._SL500_[1]Summary: Hadley is tired of being smothered and cloistered when by chance she meets Ernest Hemingway. As they get to know each other, Hadley falls in love with Ernest and ends up marrying him. She is warned by her friend that Ernest ‘likes women'(37) but decides that she will give Ernest another chance. She puts his writing career ahead of her goals and ambitions, and leads a life that revolves around her husband. Through Ernest’s scrapes, affairs, and lack of constant income, Hadley is Ernest’s rock,-forgiving him each time. She is fed through her all consuming love of her husband and will do anything for him. When Hadley encounters a deadly deception, she is forced to evaluate just how much she loves her husband and how much she is willing to sacrifice for his sake. Why I picked it up: I wanted to know how Ernest Hemingway’s wife felt during their marriage and how strong a women she was (very!!!). I also liked the author’s writing style and truthful honest and emotional way McLain wrote the book.

Why I kept reading it: for bits of’ uncommon’ common sense and the truthful and powerful way that Hadley views the world “Ernest once told me that the word paradise was was a Persian word that meant “walled garden”. I knew then that he understood how necessary the promises we made to each other were to our hapiness. You couldn’t have real freedom unless you knew where the walls were and tended them. We could lean on the wall because they existed; they existed because we leaned on them.”(296) -Hadley

Who would I give it to next: anyone who likes honest emotional books that reveal human nature or who wants to know the definition of unconditional love.

Reviewed by Juanita D.

New Books

This month’s shipment from Atlantis has arrived with 7 new paperbacks. They will be on display for check-out in the library.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by C.J. Omololu When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother’s compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.

EXPOSURE by Mal Peet Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

 GOLDSTRIKE by Matt Whyman After escaping Camp Twilight, eighteen-year-old Carl Hobbes and Beth, his girlfriend, begin a new life in London, England, where he attempts to program Sphynx Cargo’s highly intelligentsupercomputer to help protect them from the CIA and assassins. 

NUMBERS by Rachel Ward Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.

 PURPLE HEART by Patricia McCormick $8.99While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

RIKERS HIGH by Paul Volponi Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facility on Rikers Island, as he waits for his case to go to court.

 THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF CHARLEY DARWIN by Carolyn Meyer In nineteenth-century England, young Charles Darwin rejects the more traditional careers of physician and clergyman, choosing instead to embark on a dangerous five-year journey by ship to explore the natural world.

New Books!

THE FETCH by Laura Whitcomb

After 350 years as a Fetch, or death escort, Calder breaks his vows and enters the body ofRasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven.

GHOST MEDICINE by Andrew Smith

Still mourning the recent death of his mother, seventeen-year-old Troy Stotts relates the events of the previous year when he and his two closest friends try to retaliate against the sheriff’s son, who has been bullying them for years.

PASTWORLD by Ian Beck

In 2050, while visiting Pastworld, a Victorian London theme park, teenaged Caleb meets seventeen-year-old Eve, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no knowledge of the modern world, and both become pawns in a murderer’s diabolical plan that reveals disturbing truths about the teenagers’ origins.

SELKIE GIRL by Laurie Brooks

When sixteen-year-old Elin Jean finds a seal pelt hidden at home and realizes that her mother is actually a selkie, she returns the pelt to her mother, only to find her life taking many unexpected turns.

SPRAY by Harry Edge

Disparate teenagers sign up for a three-week-long, city-wide assassination game during a water shortage, with pressurized water guns the weapons of choice, under the watchful eye of a mysterious game keeper.

TORN TO PIECES by Margot McDonnell

When her mother disappears during a business trip, seventeen-year-old Anne discovers that her family harbors many dark secrets.

WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson

A sister and brother, along with thousands of young people, have been kidnapped and either thrown in prison or turned up missing after accusations of witchcraft were made against them, and the ruling regime will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books.

New Books!!!

The library just received a new shipment of paperback novels. They are ready to check out.

Breathless by Jessica Warman

At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older bother.

Days Of Little Texas by R.A. Nelson

Sixteen-year-old Ronald Earl King, who has been a charismatic evangelist since he was ten years old, is about to preach at a huge revival meeting on the grounds of an old plantation, where, with confusing help from the ghost of a girl he could not heal, he becomes engaged in an epic battle between good and evil.

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl “passes” for white in order to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots.

Gamer Girl by Maria Manus

Struggling to fit in after her parents’ divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother’s house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Love Is The Higher Law by David Levithan

Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks

After his house burns down, twelve-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle, and the two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself  if he is to escape.

Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Born into a family of witches, seventeen-year-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical “Talent”, but when her beautiful and powerful sister is taken by an age-old rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny.

Perpetual Check by Rich Wallace

Brothers Zeke and Randy participate in an important chess tournament, playing against each other while also trying to deal with their father’s intensely competitive tendencies.

Ruined by Paula Morris

Rebecca goes to New Orleans to stay with her aunt and sees the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and meets a ghost girl named Lisette.

Shooting Star by Fredrick L. McKissack

Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.

Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti’s dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.

We Were Here by Matt de la Pena

Haunted by the event that sentences him to time in a group home, Miguel breaks out with two unlikely companions and together they begin their journey down the California coast hoping to get to Mexico and a new life.