501 Must Visit Destinations, published by Bounty Books


With summer around the corner and trips being planned, this is a perfect resource for vacation inspiration.  The book is divided by continents, and each destination receives an indvidual one page write-up.  The pictures are very clear as well.  What’s nice about this book is it isn’t by city but rather by a point of interest like a landmark, geographical site, or architectural wonder.  Another fun activity to accompany this book is cross off all the places you may have already seen!


The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean

The American Library Association (ALA) has a prestigious award called the Michael L. Printz Award.  In 2008, The White Darkness won.  This is a very adventurous story about Sym–who is in love with a dead person! Titus Oates was the captain of an expedition to the South Pole, yet Sym is pretty obsessed with this historical figure. When she ventures out on a dangerous expedition with her uncle to the Antarctic wilderness, she experiences the dangerous struggles of existence on this adventure.  They are looking for Symme’s Hole–an opening that leads to the center of the Earth!

The Howell Book of Dogs, by Liz Palika

For anyone interested in dogs, this is the book for them.  Within many, many different breeds of dogs, each entry describes the physical attributes of the breed, the characteristics of the dog including temperment, pictures of each dog, plus detailed information about dog care.  While the pictures are slim, the information in this book is quite extensive–especially for dog lovers eager to learn more about the canine family.

The Ulimate Encyclopedia of American Cars, by Peter Henshaw

Basically, for any individual that loves cars–American cars in particular, this is the book for them!  The pictures and the information are both fabulous and plenty.  Each entry is alphabetical either by make or company.  There are cars from the turn of the century all the way to current day.  Just browsing through this encyclopedia is a treat as the mind may imagine the sweet ride in each of the automobiles.  There are even pictures of the motors inside.

Zel, by Donna Jo Napoli

Have you ever wondered about the other characters in fairy tales?  Have you have thought to consider what the other characters think happened?  Isn’t there a saying about there being “two sides to every story?”  Donna Jo Napoli rewrites fairy tales with these questions in mind.  For example, in Zel, not only do you hear from Zel (short for Repunzel), but you also hear from Konrad (the prince) and Mother.  This story becomes quite dynamic when you hear from everyone else–and not just the main character of the fairy tale.

An Inconvenient Truth, both the book and the movie by Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore has made remarkable efforts on creating the world’s awareness of global warming.  In both his book and movie, An Inconvenient Truth, he explains what global warming is, what causes it, and most importantly action we may all take in preventing global warming.  Both resources are very clear, informative, and visually pleasing–although the message is pertinent.  We must do something to protect the resources we have, Mother Earth.   

The Big Book of Brain Games, by Ivan Moscovich

The Big Book of Brain Games is big! It’s got 1000 brainthinks within it over 420 pages.  The puzzles are specific to art, science, or math.  The puzzles are marked by their difficulty, so you can mark your progression.  All the puzzles are super colorful, and the answer key in the back is very explanatory.  This is a very, very fun book that could keep you entertained for hours! 

More How Stuff Works, by Marshall Brain

With Teen Tech Week this week, this book seems like the perfect Book of the Week.  Inside MORE How Stuff Works is a second book filled with a description of exactly what the title states–how stuff works.  Here’s a sampling taken from the cover of the topics that can be found out about inside this book: black holes, fire extinguishers, CD burners, venus flytraps, encryption, cloning, hurricanes, artificial  hearts, metal detectors, and espresso machines.  The array of topics is vast, and just about everything is explained.  This is a perfect book to browse but could even be read straight through.

An A to Z Guide to ASB 2008, by ASB Yearbook Class of 2008

Why not make last year’s yearbook the Book of the Week!? I had it out on the circulation desk for reference, and many, many students have stopped to take a look.  Sometimes it fun to pull out old yearbooks from the past. The timing is good also as we lookforward to the end of school and the arrival of this year’s yearbook.

Last year’s yearbook was especially unique: it was published as a guide to ASB.  Everything is alphabetized and sectioned off with tabs.  It’s like a complete binder all about ASB.  Usually, one reads the yearbook in chronological order.  For this one you have to go to the “F” section for first grade while the 11th grade is one section earlier under “E.”  This is definitely a fun yearbook to browse through with plenty of pages for adding personal notes to friends.

Twilight, the audiobook read by Ilyana Kadushin

Many of you have read Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer.  Many of you may have even seen the new movie, Twilight, based on this very popular novel.  But, the question is, have you listened to Twilight?  The ASB Library now has Twilight in an audio version read by Ilayna Kadushin.  If you haven’t read the book or maybe you just want to listen to the story, come check out this version.  We also have many other new audiobooks on display like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Pursuit of Happyness, Wintersmith, and Esperanza Rising to name just a few.