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Hungry for More Dystopian Thrillers?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Hunger GamesLoved the Hunger Games trilogy and can’t find anything else to quench your thirst for dystopian worlds? Here are some other books that might satisfy your need for even more gripping stories of nightmare worlds and the fight for survival:

Partials by Dan Wells — In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a man-made race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a 16-year-old medic in training.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro — Kathy, Ruth and Tommy are special; at least that’s what they are told at the prestigious preparatory school they attend. As they come of age, these friends learn their role in society is not determined by their own dreams, but by others in the quest for the perfect world.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey — Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

Check out our online booklist for even more Hunger Games readalikes!


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Got Reluctant Readers?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

If you are a parent of a reluctant reader, summer can be a very challenging time.  While you have visions of your son or daughter continuing the progress made during the school year, your child probably has other plans.  What’s a parent to do?  Here are some quick tips on how to make the next visit to your favorite KDL branch enjoyable for everyone:

  • If you are a parent of a reluctant reader, have your child go to the reference desk and discuss what he or she likes rather than having you do the talking.  Your child may already feel self-conscious about being in the library and you talking may already make him or her even more uncomfortable.
  • The reluctant reader must be able to make a direct connection with something valued in everyday life.  Have your child ask for a book related to favorite sports, hobbies or interests to find engaging reading materials.
  • You or the library reference staff may suggest several books and your child may not seem interested in any of the choices. Give your child some space and let him or her make the decision in his or her own time.


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