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A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me: A Memoir by Jason Schmidt

How does a good kid overcome a bad childhood? Jason Schmidt’s searing debut memoir explores that question with unflinching clarity and wit, in the tradition of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle.

Jason Schmidt wasn’t surprised when he came home one day during his junior year of high school and found his father, Mark, crawling around in a giant pool of blood. Things like that had been happening a lot since Mark had been diagnosed with HIV, three years earlier.

Jason’s life with Mark was full of secrets—about drugs, crime, and sex. If the straights—people with normal lives—ever found out any of those secrets, the police would come. Jason’s home would be torn apart. So the rule, since Jason had been in preschool, was never to tell the straights anything.

A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me is a funny, disturbing memoir full of brutal insights and unexpected wit that explores the question: How do you find your moral center in a world that doesn’t seem to have one?

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A Real Guide to Really Getting It Together Once and For All (Really) by Ashley Richards

This is not your mom’s guide to life.

Sometimes being a girl sucks. A lot. Take it from Ashley Rickards, star of the internationally popular MTV show Awkward., who used to be a little awkward herself. She’s been picked on and bullied, binged and purged, financially cut off and lived to tell the tale. But it wasn’t easy. Throughout the whole process, she felt alone, scared, confused and sorta hungry. Sound familiar?

Well, RELAX. Ashley is here to share all kinds of stories, advice and corny jokes to help get you through it all, kind of like the cool big sister you never had (or wish your sister was). Plus, professional experts like spiritual coach Deepak Chopra, finance expert Zac Bissonnette and celebrity trainer Lalo Fuentes offer their tricks of the trade and behind-the-scenes secrets so you’ll be well-versed in Pretty Much Everything About Everything.

You’ll learn stuff like

• How to discover your talents and go after what you really want

• How to eat right and work out for your body type

• All the skin/hair/makeup/fashion tips you’ll ever need to look like a rock star (or other kind of star)

• Decorating your room to suit your style and organizing your crap so you’re on top of life

• Tips for making, saving and spending money

• Getting along with your family and friends—no drama allowed

• Most important: how to learn to love yourself (seriously, guys)

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia’s last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia’s poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.

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The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel’s story of his summer at a boys’ camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.

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Wildlife by Fiona Wood

During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen year- old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and love that gets complicated? That will take some navigating.
New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can’t help but be drawn back into the land of the living.

In this tender, funny story of first love, good friendship, and going a little bit wild, Fiona Wood introduces two unforgettable girls who discover that before you can be true to yourself, you have to figure out exactly who you are.

Junior Friends of the Library March Meeting Notes

Meeting March 23, 2015 6:00 pm

– Junior Friends Meetings June-August

  •  Two Meeting a Month – Second Mondays and Fourth Mondays
  • June 8th, June 22nd
    July 13th, July 27th
    August 10th, August 24th

– Selling Flowers at Mother-Daughter Princess Tea

  • Pot and decorate before May 10th
  • Raffle Ticket for a larger potted plant

– Junior Friends Glow Party Lock-in – May

  • May 15th 5pm-8pm

– Program Suggestions

  • Teen Summer Book Club – find teens that are interested and can commit and we will host it at the library!

– Next Meeting April 27th

  • Magi will be coming to show us Tinker Cat and 3d Printing

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