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Dystopian Science Fiction for Fifth Grade

Students in the fifth grade at Hoben have an assignment to read a science fiction book that has a dystopian theme. Here is a selection to get them started.

Archon by Lana Krumwiede


The Resisters by Eric Nylund


Sky jumpers by Peggy Eddleman


Wake up missing by Kate Messner


Earthfall by Mark Walden


Time snatchers by Richard Ungar


Time trapped by Richard Ungar

Christmas Romances

Romance authors love to pen novels and stories set in and around Christmas and we love to read them. This year there is a bumper crop of these seasonal tales, so grab your hot cocoa and enjoy.

Sleigh bells in the snow by Sarah Morgan

The Christmas he loved her by Juliana Stone

Carla Kelly's Christmas collection: four stories filled with romance and Christmas cheer by Carla Kelly

The cowboy's Christmas baby by Carolyn Brown

Lady Jenny's Christmas portrait by Grace Burrowes

Take me home for Christmas by Brenda Novak

Murder Will Out: December 2013

2013 Award Winning Mysteries you may have missed:

The beautiful mystery by Louise Penny — Best Novel: Anthony Award & Macavity Award

Don't ever get old by Daniel Friedman — Best First Novel: Macavity Award

The Blackhouse: a novel by Peter May — Best Novel: Barry Award

A killing in the hills by Julia Keller — Best First Novel: Barry Award

Taken by Robert Crais — Best Hardcover: Shamus Award

Black Fridays by Michael Sears — Best First P.I. Novel: Shamus Award

New Documentaries on the Shelf

JFK [videodisc] by written by Mark Zwonitzer ; produced and directed by Susan Bellows


Is school enough? [videodisc] by produced by Mobile Digital Arts in association with TPT National Productions ; produced and directed by Stephen Brown.


We steal secrets [videodisc]: the story of Wikileaks by Focus World presents a Jigsaw/Global Produce production ; an Alex Gibney film ; produced by Marc Shmuger, Alex Gibney, Alexis Bloom ; written and directed by Alex Gibney


Latino Americans [videodisc]: the 500-year legacy that shaped a nation by produced by Nina Alvarez, Adriana Bosch, Daniel McCabe, Cathleen O'Connell, Ray Telles, John Valadez ; directed by David Belton, Sonia Fritz


North America [videodisc] by produced by Adam Chapman, Justin Anderson, Mark Brownlow ; written by Sarah Kass, Max Salomon, Laura Fravel, James Manfull, Jeanine Isabel Butler


Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time by Artist Not Provided

Tales of Kindness and Giving for 1st - 3rd Grade

Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis ; illustrated by Dusan Petricic

The legend of the bluebonnet: an old tale of Texas by retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The giving tree by Shel Silverstein

Brother sun, sister moon: the life and stories of St. Francis by Margaret Mayo ; illustrated by Peter Malone

The velveteen rabbit by retold and Illustrated by Komako Sakai ; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko

Small gifts in God's hands by Max Lucado ; illustrated by Cheri Bladholm

If You Like Legal Thrillers

Prime witness by Steve Martini

The Lincoln lawyer: a novel by Michael Connelly

Running from the law by Lisa Scottoline

The fifth assassin by Brad Meltzer

The cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Food from All Over the World

New and delightful cookbooks and memoirs highlighting cuisines from many cultures.

Mastering the art of Soviet cooking: a memoir of love and longing by Anya von Bremzen — This witty memoir captures the feasts and famines of three generations of Russian women.


Japanese soul cooking: ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and more from the streets and kitchens of Tokyo and beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat ; photography by Todd Coleman — Comfort food Japanese-style.


Mastering the art of French eating: lessons in food and love from a year in Paris by Ann Mah — When her diplomat husband is assigned to Paris, Ann plots gastronomic adventures à deux. But when he is called to Iraq on a year-long post, Ann must stay alone in the City of Light.


Notes from the larder: a kitchen diary with recipes by Nigel Slater ; photographs by Jonathan Lovekin — British food writer Slater muses on a year in the kitchen--including a personal selection of simple and seasonal recipes.

100 Page Biographies

Searching for a biography that's just the right size? The following biographies have between 100 and 200 pages. Additional 100-page biographies can be found in the Who Was series and the Sterling Biographies series.

John Adams, the writer: a treasury of letters, diaries, and public documents by compiled and edited by Carolyn P. Yoder

John & Abigail Adams: an American love story by Judith St. George

Ansel Adams: America's photographer ; a biography for young people by Beverly Gherman

The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights by Russell Freedman

Failure is impossible: the story of Susan B. Anthony by Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon