New Books 2013

Stieg Larsson's Concluding Volume in his Trilogy

If you, like millions of readers around the world, gobbled up Stieg Larsson's first two mysteries, then of course you must read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the hotly anticipated concluding volume in his trilogy, which goes on sale Tuesday, May 25.

To date, Larsson's trilogy has sold 40 million copies worldwide. The author, who died in 2004, didn't see any of them published.

All Library Books Are Now Due!


All Library Books Are Now Due!

Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Ask and the Answer. By Patrick Ness. 2009. Candlewick, $18.99. Gr. 9–12.

The middle volume in the Chaos Walking trilogy expands the series’ litany of heavy themes (genocide, extremism, civil war, terrorism), all while delivering some of the most pulse-pounding action around.

Catching Fire. By Suzanne Collins. 2009. Scholastic, $17.99. Gr. 9–12.

The deal was, if you win the Hunger Games, you get to live out your life in fame and comfort. The Capitol, however, has other plans for last year’s heroes, Katniss and Peeta, as whispers of growing unrest flit about the Districts.

A Conspiracy of Kings. By Megan Whalen Turner. 2010. Greenwillow, $16.99. Gr. 7–10.

In this stand-alone return to the series begun in Turner’s 1997 Newbery Honor Book The Thief, the focus shifts from Eugenides to Sophos, the reluctant king of Sounis, who relates his own rise to power, which is fraught with political intrigue.

Enchanted Glass. By Diana Wynne Jones. 2010. Greenwillow, $16.99. Gr. 6–9.

Fantasy veteran Jones hits a high note with this tale of a boy who is stalked by dangerous magical beings and seeks help from a powerful sorcerer. Instead, he finds the magician’s grandson, who has forgotten everything he was taught.

Fever Crumb. By Philip Reeve. 2010. Scholastic, $17.99. Gr. 6–9.

Set hundreds of years before the Hungry City Chronicles, this story of young Fever Crumb digs into the foundations of Reeve’s intricately imagined future, including how cities started gobbling each other up.

Finnikin of the Rock. By Melina Marchetta. 2010. Candlewick, $18.99. Gr. 8–12.

Ten years ago, the royal family of Lumatere was murdered by assassins and the kingdom ravaged by a blood curse. Now, a group of outcasts, led by the son of a former royal guard, look to resurrect the hopes of their people.

Fire. By Kristin Cashore. 2009. Dial, $17.99. Gr. 8–12.

This romantic and suspenseful fantasy, a prequel of sorts to Graceling (2008) set in an adjoining kingdom, introduces another deadly strong heroine who struggles to use her formidable powers for good.

Incarceron. By Catherine Fisher. 2010. Dial, $17.99. Gr. 9–12.

No one from Outside ever goes into Incarceron, a vast futuristic prison gripped by tyranny and strife, and no one Inside ever escapes. Until Finn finds a crystal key that unlocks every door, and the great escape is on.

Open Mike Poetry

During lunches on April 30, the library held an Open Mike Poetry reading. While students were reading and listening they could enjoy a Vanilla or Coffee Frappuccino with whipped topping. Applause after readings was replaced with finger snapping as it was done in the 1960s. Some poetry was free-styled, read from their phone, or read from script. Ms. Graham and Mrs. Othon shared their poetic talents as well. A Natalie Merchant CD was given away in a drawing. The winner of the CD was Roberto.

It’s the Merry Month of May!

May is like a field of baby’s breath. Impossibly bright greens and yellows. Cool mornings and summer afternoons. OMG!....the approaching end of the school year and graduation! But, my learned friends, May is full of ways to celebrate this journey we’re all on. So, make yourself a glass of sweet iced tea, enjoy the clean air, get caught reading, order a hamburger, take some photos, record your personal history and count the days down! May is here, indeed…Come by the library and check out some of the May Displays!

May Displays on PhotoPeach

1896 Quadricycle built by the Henry Ford Motor Co.

Collaboration is a priority at CCHS. Metal Manufacturing, English, Digital Graphics and Engineering classes combined talents to build a replica of Henry Ford's first car...A 1896 Quadricycle.

Children's Book Council's 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year!

Teen Choice Book of the Year - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Author of the Year - James Patterson for Max

Last Chance!

Ode to the Overdue Book Part Deux

Now that the year comes to a close
Your high school librarian feels the woes.
Where art thou?
Where art thou?
Hunter Games, Impulse and Hold Tight?
Now all those books you must return
Or another overdue notice
you will earn.
So look in your locker.
Look in your room.
And return those books
soon, soon, soon.


Houston Area Digital Media Catalog

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Summer 2010 Movies Blowout

From comes a trailer mashup of the hottest movies coming out Summer 2010!