The flooded coast of former Los Angeles. Two warring nations of North
America—the Republic and the Colonies.
Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen
-year-old June is a prodigy. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country,
she is being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles.
Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the
country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious
as they seem.
From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the
day June’s brother is murdered. And Day becomes the prime suspect. Now,
caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s
survival while June tries desperately to avenge her brother’s death. But in a
shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought
them together and the sinister lengths their country will go to in order to keep
Twenty-five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth. They gave the human race the greatest technology ever seen— four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles into space and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared. Due to the unique alien construction of the Laddertop space stations, only a skilled crew of children can perform the maintenance necessary to keep the stations up and running.
Back on Earth, competition is fierce to enter Laddertop Academy. It is an honor few students will achieve. Robbi and Azure, two eleven-year-old girls who are the best of friends, are candidates for the Academy. They will become entangled in a dangerous mystery that may help them solve the riddle of the Givers…if it doesn’t destroy the Earth first!
Would you kill to make the world a peaceful place?
Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world’s problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair.
His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.
Zed’s mission will disrupt the lives of a disgraced former CIA agent; a young Washington lawyer grieving over the loss of her brother, a soldier in Iraq; the oppressed employee of a foreign diplomat; and countless others. But will he finish his final mission before the present takes precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?
The Revisionists puts a fresh spin on today’s global crises, playing with the nature of history and our own role in shaping it.
We’re looking for students in grades 6-8 who like reading nonfiction to join our VOYA book club! We are participating in the very important VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Nonfiction Honor List review of new books geared towards middle school and junior high school students. We’ll gather a few times a month this fall and winter for review sessions with food and drinks.
The books cover a variety of interesting topics including: technology, nature, sports, poetry, biographies, history, and comics. Students will help compile a list of nominees for the top nonfiction books of the year; the list is published in VOYA Magazine, which is used by Library professionals in public and school libraries across the country.
Please contact Jason at the Iowa City Public Library at 319-887-6075 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested!
Shigeru Mizuki is the preeminent figure of gekiga/manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today–a true living legend. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, is his first book to be translated into English and is a semi-autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War Two. The soldiers are instructed that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive. Mizuki was a soldier himself (he was severely injured and lost an arm) and uses his experiences to convey the devastating consequences and moral depravity of the war.
A visionary and opinionated work of graphic nonfiction on the media and its discontents, The Influencing Machine conducts the reader through two millennia of history–from the newspapers in Caesar’s Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution and the manipulations of contemporary journalism. Gladstone’s manifesto debunks the notion that “The Media” is an external force, outside of our control, since we’ve begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read. With fascinating digressions, sobering anecdotes, and brave analytical wit, The Influencing Machine equips us to be smart, savvy, informed consumers and shapers of the media.
Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It’s not a tragedy. It’s an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts.
Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon.
A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man’s quest for ultimate self-improvement.
Roberto Clemente Walker was born to play baseball and as a young player, breaking into the Major Leagues was the easy part.
Born on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, 1,000 miles from the coast of Florida, Clemente began his journey in the early 1940’s, from an impoverished childhood to baseball superstardom. Helping the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series against the mighty New York Yankees in 1960, he became a dominant force in the game for the remainder of the decade. However, Clemente was met with resistance by many who refused to abandon old sociopolitical and cultural practices. Resilient and driven, Clemente captured the imagination and won over fans with consistent, first-rate performances, eventually leading the Bucs to a second World Championship and earning Most Valuable Player of the Series.
No. 21 was the first Latin inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He remained an enigma throughout his career; but those who encountered him knew a side of his character that differed from his public persona. Roberto Clemente’s sense of urgency was what came to define him beyond a mere grand athlete. Baseball gave him a stage to carry out his responsibilities and his message. An advocate of justice beyond the sport, Clemente possessed an unbridled passion for life and kindness for his fellow being.
Takio tells the story of two sisters in a multiracial, adoptive family who are driving each other insane!!!!
Their overprotective mother makes them walk to school together, eat lunch together, and play together. They can’t get away from each other!! But when a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime accident gives them real-life superpowers, these two sisters become the first actual superheroes in the entire world. And it is awesome!!
Now the sisters have to learn to get along so they can save the world and get home by six… or they are so grounded.