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Asylum by Madeleine Roux

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Sixteen year old Dan Crawford is going to a summer program for gifted students at New Hampshire College Prep. Here Dan doesn’t have to worry about standing out and can show his weird fascination with history and psychology without being thought weird.

When Dan arrives he finds that the normal dorms are closed and students are being housed in Brookline- a former psychiatric hospital bought by the school. As Dan and his two new friends Jordan and Abby explore the  dorm they find hidden secrets connecting them to the dorm and uncover that Brookline wasn’t any ordinary psych ward.

Including creepy and odd pictures this book is about three friends discovering the dark past of an asylum. So if you want a horror that’s not too scary but different, try Asylum and its sequel Sanctum.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Roux, M.

Edwardian Christmas Tea Dec. 3

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer as Mrs. Gordon transports you back to a 1908 Christmas during her Edwardian Christmas Tea.  Find out what ladies, gentlemen, and children wanted in their stockings that year, as well as the holiday traditions of the time.  Take a moment from the holiday stress as Mrs. Gordon shares with you her plans for the holiday including her preparation of a Christmas dinner.  And don’t forget to bring along your “Christmas Wish List” and she will open up her 1908 Sears & Roebuck catalogue and let you know how much it costs.

Weathering Shame Nov. 30

Join us as local weatherman Kevin Mannix and social worker wife Linda Rota, share from their inspirational book Weathering Shame.  In this honest and encouraging autobiography, the authors share their life experiences, lessons, struggles and feelings of shame and the stigma that results from growing up exposed to alcoholism, severe depression and suicide.

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Carley’s life is a mess. Her stepdad Dennis attacked her and her mom, landing them in the hospital and him in jail. Now, while her mom is recovering, she has to go into foster care. Her family: a kind couple and their three boys, named the Murphys. Julie Murphy is determined to help Carley’s heart heal, the boys are working their way into her affection, and she has found a new best friend: Toni. Just when everything is finally starting to get better, Carley’s mom sends her some news: news that might just destroy everything.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Hunt, L.

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