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Career Online High School summer reading

July/Aug 2017 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and listening pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include children’s books featuring a fiction story about a Muslim girl’s family temporarily moving to the U.S. and the universal aspects that all young teens face growing up; a book about the now extinct Great auk penguin; and, a picture book about creating a story including each words from the each letter in the alphabet. Listen to a teen audiobook about a bisexual teen leaving California to live in Utah and another teen audiobook from the Lorien Legacies Reborn series. Teen fiction selections include refugees from various countries and decades and the harrowing journeys they each encounter and another about a teen’s summer job that includes planning for his employer’s funeral. Adult fiction selections include an Indian couple who’s status in society changes from a lucrative website sale and another about bookstore clerk solving a mystery of a customer who committed suicide. Nonfiction readers will learn how to empower themselves in crushing everyday sexism, the intimacy of friendship, love and family, and about a father rescuing his son from ISIS. Our Spanish nonfiction selections include navigating the job market as well as resume writing and preparing for the job interview.

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 Amina's Voice book jacket

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Amina is Muslim and is temporarily in the U.S. while her father is assigned to a job in Milwaukee. As she enters the tween years, she navigates a path through her own culture, her increasing affection for American culture, and the world events that she cannot control but that certainly affect her and her family. Touching, insightful, and a reminder that some aspects of growing up are universal experiences. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Fiction

 The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk book jacket

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk by Jan Thornhill

A beautifully illustrated explanation of what made this penguin so remarkable and how it was hunted to extinction. We learned from our mistakes, the modern conservation movement was born, and now many people all over the world study the effects of human activity on ecosystems. An excellent read for budding young biologists and conservationists. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper book jacket

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy

List the letters of the English alphabet on a sheet of paper. Now, using words that start with each letter, can you create a story? New Yorker cartoonist Mike Twohy did! Clever, funny, and illustrated with his humorous drawings. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 Autoboyography book jacket

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Tanner Scott's family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen back into the closet. Now, with no obstacles between him and college freedom, Tanner plans to finish his remaining classes and clear out of Utah. He joins a prestigious writing seminar. Writing a book in 4 months sounds simple. It only takes one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

Teen Audiobook

 Generation One book jacket

Generation One by Pittacus Lore

Part of the Lorien Legacies Reborn series. The war may be over, but for the next generation, the battle has just begun. Set in the world of the New York Times best selling I Am Number Four series, this epic spin-off series follows a group of human teens who have begun developing powers.

Teen Audiobook

 Refugee book jacket

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together. Excellent and compelling, recommended for book groups or classroom discussion. Star Reviews. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 The Lake Effect book jacket

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

After high school graduation Briggs Henry takes a summer job on Lake Michigan. He is floored by his elderly employer's announcement that he will be helping her plan her imminent funeral, an arrangement further complicated by social gaffes, beach activities and a mystifying girl next door who completely resists his charms. Fun beach read and recommended for John Green fans. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 The Windfall book jacket

The Windfall by Diksha Basu

Moving to a wealthy community after the lucrative sale of their website, Mr. And Mrs. Jha, formerly of East Delhi, struggle with cultural changes while their son, studying in America, pursues romance and wonders how his parents' new status will affect his life choices. A heartfelt comedy of manners, this debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India. Star Review Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore book jacket

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Lydia Smith, a clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, must unravel a puzzle left behind by a patron who has committed suicide, an effort that is complicated by memories of her violent childhood. A first novel by an award-winning short story writer, this dark, twisty story will appeal to mystery fans and readers of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Girl Up: Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush Everyday Sexism book jacket

Girl Up: Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Already an international bestseller, praised by Gloria Steinem and Sarah Knight, this empowering survival guide provides no-nonsense advice on sex, social media, mental health, and sexism that young women face in their everyday life—from one of the emerging leaders in the feminist movement. Hilarious, bold, and unapologetic, Girl Up exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of sex and relationships, the trials of social media, and all the other lies society has told us.

Adult Nonfiction

 Together, Closer: The Art and Science of Intimacy in Friendship, Love and Family book jacket

Together, Closer: The Art and Science of Intimacy in Friendship, Love and Family by Giovanni Frazzetto

Intimacy is that moment when our true identity is revealed to another, when traumas, fears, and ambitions are shared. Through the ordinary stories of eight relationships, Giovanni Frazzetto has woven an extraordinary narrative of togetherness. He shares the details of romantic partners trapped in a long cycle of attraction and rejection, a single woman who finds herself deep in a fictional relationship with a boyfriend she has invented out of frustration with her love life, and a couple absorbed in a years-long clandestine affair. But intimacy can also extend beyond romantic encounters: coping with the loss of a loved one, dealing with overbearing or emotionally distant parents, or celebrating the joys and comforts of our dearest friends. In Together, Closer, Frazzetto unravels the components of intimacy in all of these relationships, illuminating the mysteries, challenges, and pleasures of intimacy through a brilliant mix of storytelling and science.

Adult Nonfiction

 Rescued from ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son book jacket

Rescued from ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son by Dimitri Bontinck

Dimitri Bontinck lived every parent's worst nightmare. His teenage son fell into the clutches of a radical mosque. Dimitri watched helplessly as his son, Jay, transformed from a gentle boy to a soldier in training, wearing traditional robes and following a strict diet. Completely brainwashed, Jay snuck out of the house and traveled to Syria, all but vanishing. Too late, Dimitri learned that large numbers of teenagers were being lured into this world and expertly indoctrinated into radical Islam. One by one, they disappeared into the Middle East, most never to be seen again. With no one to help him, Dimitri--a white, Christian-raised atheist--set off on his own to save his son. Using only his military training, a lot of courage, and a little luck, he gradually embedded himself deeper and deeper into the Middle East. After months of searching and several close calls—including being thrown in a jail cell and beaten—he was able to find his son and bring him home. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Nonfiction

 Cómo conseguir tu primer trabajo book jacket

Cómo conseguir tu primer trabajo by Mónica Flores

Written specifically for those entering the work force for the first time, this resource includes information on how to write a resume, prepare for an interview and how to choose an area of work. Aquí encontrarás cuáles son las competencias que hoy requieren las organizaciones así como los mejores consejos para: 1) Elaborar un currículum, 2) Prepararte para una entrevista, 3) Tener una excelente relación con tu jefe, 4) Conocer tus derechos laborales, 5) Detectar tus áreas de oportunidad. Also available in: eBook.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Aquí hay empleo y te enseñamos cómo buscarlo book jacket

Aquí hay empleo y te enseñamos cómo buscarlo by Amparo Díaz Llairó

Covers how to succeed in the labor market, how to determine what area of work is most fitting, how to use online resources to market oneself as well as a discussion on jobs of the future. En sus páginas se recoge algo de lo que será nuestro estilo de vida, el mundo laboral del mañana y las claves para enfrentarnos a él con el mayor éxito posible.

Spanish Nonfiction