Gun Street Girl

Gun street girl : a Detective Sean Duffy novel / by
Adrian McKinty
. Sean Duffy, a Catholic policeman in the
gunProtestant RUC at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, finds himself demoted and demoralized. Then a suicide investigation that looks more and more like a homicide leads him back into conflict with his superiors, mysterious Americans and gun runners. Excellent narration by Gerard Doyle. Also on MP3.

A god in ruins

godA god in ruins : a novel / Kate Atkinson.
A companion to the author’s Life after Life, this is the story of Ursula’s brother
Teddy. A bomber pilot during WWII, and husband, father,and grandfather after, the story skips through his life adding up to a sometimes beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking whole. The narration by Alex Jennings suits the story perfectly.

Infandous by Elana K. Arnold

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Infandous by Elana K. Arnold

Sephora Golding always imagined when she was child, that she was a beloved character in her mother’s fairytale. Now being sixteen she realizes her fairytale is more Grimm, than Disney, living in the shadows of her beautiful mother. She’s tired of being in the shadows and wants to make the fairytale her own. Then she meets Felix, and the fairytale takes a turn she never would have imagined.

Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond

Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bondlois

Starting a new life in Metropolis, army brat Lois Lane is determined to fit in. Having her family move around a lot, she has seen many things. Lois wants to stay quiet at her new school, but she can already see that this is going to be hard to do. Warheads, a group of students, is making life miserable for another girl. Using the high-tech immersive videogame they all play, they are somehow messing with her mind. Lois wants to solve the mystery, with the help of a guy online – SmallvilleGuy.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Sydney’s brother, Peyton, grabs all of the family’s attention. But now, the family is saintconcerned for Peyton. His behavior caused an accident, drunk driving, and a jail sentence. Sydney is searching for a place in the family with everyone worried about Peyton. It seems as though she is the only one worried about the victim of the accident. The Chathams, are a friendly, chaotic family who owns a pizza parlor, and cares for their mother who has multiple sclerosis.  There Sydney feels accepted. She meets Mac, a gentle, protective guy who makes her feel seen for the first time.

My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando

My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando

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In Kate Marino’s candid twelve year old point of view, Tara Altebrando’s story is laced with compassion and humor. Kids will relate to Kate’s initial aversion to change, moving, and subsequent personal growth. Having lived in New York’s Hudson Valley for a long time, the Marino family’s home is lovingly named Big Red and is full of memories. However, Kate’s parents are financially strapped and their solution is to sell their home. Kids and tweens can relate to Kate’s honest feelings, observations, and creative attempts to disrupt the unwelcome move. Kate is torn between holding on to the past or growing into the future. When she realizes that “change is hard, until it’s not” she finds a creative way to honor her old home by crafting dioramas of Big Red to honor and remember the rooms in which she and her family grew up. Appropriate for children ages 9+

Time is of the Essence

Technology has at times throughout history made life easier even before Apple was a computer and a Mac was more than a McDonald’s meal. I woke up this morning, guzzled my two cups of coffee, fed our two obese dogs and headed to the barn to feed our pet ducks. Once the ducks were fed, I came back in from the barn and immediately checked the family calendar which is really filled with just the kids events and assigned times for Mom and Dad to shuttle them from practice fields to dance studios.
My day started and off I went. The constant in the day was that I always needed to be aware of what time it was. Some of the most simple technology advances, such as the creation of a time system, are truly a blessing. Whether we check the time on our smart phone, car radio, or an old fashioned watch it is the creation of time that makes life easier. Imagine if we had to tell our kids we would pick them up from the lacrosse game when the sun was 10 degrees in the eastern sky or try making a dentist appointment based on the sun’s position. The story of time is really worth, well, our time. If you want to know how come 1 pm is 1 pm, check out some these books at the Auburn Public Library.

The calendar : history, lore, and legend 

The book of time : the secrets of time, how it works and how we measure it

From sundials to atomic clocks : understanding time and frequency

Einstein’s cosmos : how Albert Einstein’s vision transformed our understanding of space and time

A grand complication : the race to build the world’s most legendary watch 

 

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