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Star-Crossed Love in YA Fiction

Love by ShanissinhaProbably one of the most famous star-crossed couples in literary history is Romeo and Juliet; the relationship obviously didn’t end very well and we pretty much knew from the beginning that, whatever their feelings, outside forces were going to keep them apart.  Although Romeo and Juliet are probably the number 1 model for a typical star-crossed couple, there are many star-crossed couples throughout young adult fiction.  A couple might be kept apart because of outside forces (parents, family, friends, society, circumstance, ancient supernatural curse, etc.) or they might even be keeping themselves apart (“we’re so different, I don’t think this could ever work!” – even if we know it could).  Below I’ve listed some of my favorite star-crossed

Geek Out!

Minifig Characters # 3: Monty Python's Lumberjack by minifigI’m a librarian, which already marks me as pretty geeky.  But growing up I was fairly nerdy, too. I was awfully geeky about music and movies.  I had a consuming obsession with Monty Python (the Flying Circus and the movies…and maybe a little crush on Eric Idle, circa 1971).  I loved (and still do love) to read historical fiction, I only ever wore Converse low-tops, and I really loved school (except, perhaps, for some of the people I went to school with).  I remember very clearly a “Dress Like a Geek” day in high school.  I didn’t dress up, although several brutally mean boys in my first period English Lit class were convinced I had.

Way to Go, Champ!: Sports Fiction for Teens

183/365 Bowling Shoes by stuartpilbrowI never played many sports growing up.  I had my share of some tremendously awful Physical Education classes in school and a bowling class where the opposing team glared at me whenever I would cheer their strikes or spares (which I totally didn’t get, because they had done well and I was just trying to be supportive even if they weren’t on my team).  What I ultimately learned from these experiences?  1. If there is a piece of sporting equipment that can fly through the air and hit me in the head, it will.  2.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Agrarian Leader Zapata, Diego Rivera. Photo by: IslesPunkFanEach year in the United States between September 15 and October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by paying tribute to people of Hispanic heritage from the past and present who have impacted our nation and who have enriched our American culture.  Living in the Houston area, we enjoy a wonderful diversity of cultural influences and there are many different opportunities open for us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  How will you celebrate?

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Back to School Reads

Day 101: Lockers by Visions By VickyWhether you’re still excited to be back at school, are counting down the days until the upcoming three-day weekend, are already feeling overwhelmed with homework, or are still lamenting over the end of summer, you might check out one of these Back to School Reads!  Each book takes place during the school year or feature school life in a big way.  So take a break and read!  What are your favorite back to school reads?

End of Summer Quick Reads

Clocks by blue2likeyouThe beginning of school is just around the corner.  Some of you might be counting down the days.  Others might be clinging to your last few moments of freedom.  Either way, you might pick up one of these quick reads – every one less than 200 pages – to celebrate one last hurrah of summer!  What quick reads do you recommend?

CCISD AP & Pre-AP Summer Reading Discussion Groups

Books by shutterhacksAugust 8th - August 17th  Are you or someone you know going to be taking AP or Pre-AP Language Arts or Social Studies this upcoming Fall?  At Freeman, we've got you covered.  Join us for student and group-led discussions of the required summer reading to help get yourself in gear for the school year (and enjoy some snacks while you're at it)! We're also going to test your recall with some trivia contests - so read your books and you might win some prizes!

Cures for Boredom: Funny Reads

You Make Me Smile by vastaAt this point in the summer, with just a couple of weeks before school officially starts, the Summer Reading Program about to end (have you logged your books or minutes? Log your books and minutes!), and weather that is so hot it saps your energy as soon as you walk out the front door, sometimes a little bit of boredom sets in.  We’ve enjoyed sleeping in, staying up later, hanging out with friends, and maybe taking a family trip, but these last few weeks seem to draaaaaaaaggggg by.  Why not check out a book that will have you laughing the rest of your summer away?  What funny reads to you recommend?

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fiction…

New York City is Alive and Well by Stuck in CustomsAlthough I used to read a ton of fiction when I was a little kid, I kind of took a fiction break for quite a few years once I got into 7th grade or so.  Rediscovering my love of fiction has been a fairly recent development in my life as a reader, but I still get the urges to read a really great nonfiction book every now and again.  There are nonfiction books that have stories that are just as captivating as fiction and, as they say, sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction.  Below I’ve listed some newer nonfiction titles that have either just hit the shelves or have come out in the last year.  What do you recommend?

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