Erin Dalbec, Library Director
WHS Library Media Center (LMC)
It’s June and there are just a few days left before the official start of summer. We now have a picnic table outside and we are encouraging students to take a break during the day and sit outside to just enjoy the beautiful view of our forest; it will hopefully provide them with just enough zen to get through the rest of the year. It also helps to bring down the noise volume in the library during this intense study time.
Please remind your students that to prepare for break we need all library books, Nooks and media equipment to be brought back to the LMC by Friday, June 15th. We will send your student a notice the week before just to remind them to start looking for any materials they checked out this year. Unfortunately, we need to update our cataloging system so students cannot keep their books out over summer; however we do encourage you and your students to visit the Wayland Free Public Library or Boston Public Library over break.
Here are a few recommendations for student and parent pleasure reading over break.
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett: Global warming has sent the U.K. and much of the U.S. into a new ice age. Fifteen-year-old Willo, born in the barren, snow-covered mountains of northern Wales-has never known anything but the cold; half-feral, he barely listens when his father tells him stories of the times before the weather changed. Coming home from a day on the mountain, he finds his family has been taken away by government men. Then, heading back up the mountain, seeking refuge from the weather, cannibals, and feral dogs, Willo stumbles upon two abandoned children. His first instinct is to "go quick away from those kids just standing all frozen and starving with their dark eyes begging me," but his basic humanity eventually intervenes. This brutal and at times terrifying postapocalyptic tale features a well-developed first-person narrator, strong secondary characters, and spare but compelling language. It shows that people are capable of unexpected kindness and altruism even under the most difficult situations.
Karma by Cathy Ostlere: this a loving story in poetic verse form. Written in free verse poems in a diary format, the novel straddles two countries and the clash of Indian cultures. 15-year-old Maya, raised in Canada, is the product of a marriage between her Hindu mother and Sikh father, a union that upset both families. Her 1984 trip to India with her father, after her mother's suicide, thrusts her life into further chaos when her father disappears during riots that follow Indira Gandhi's assassination. Then a family in a desert town takes Maya in, and 17-year-old Sandeep (who contributes kinetic, lovestruck journal entries) takes special interest in her. In contrast to the hatred and violence, the friendship and love between Maya and Sandeep offers hope, rebirth, and renewal.
Rebel Fire by Andrew Lane: this is for those who like a classic mystery/detective story. The second installment in the Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins series brings young Sherlock Holmes to the U.S. Frst he discovers that assassin John Wilkes Booth is alive but well, in England, protected by a group of men who had a part in Lincoln's death. When the conspirators head home, Sherlock; his mysterious tutor, Mr. Crow; and Crow's daughter, Virginia, are persuaded by Mycroft Holmes to follow them across the ocean. The sea journey is deadly, the events in the U.S. are hair-raising and though readers know Sherlock will survive, sometimes it doesn't seem likely. Having an American adventure so early in the series seems a bit odd, but the bit of Civil War history thrown in mixes well with the blood and gore.