Bryan ISD eBooks and Audiobooks

Don’t forget about the fabulous eBooks and audiobooks that we have available at our libraries!  This is perfect for summer reading!

 

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No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

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Summary:  Anna Graves’s whole life has recently been turned upside down. A new mother, she’s just gone back to her job as a radio presenter and is busy navigating a new schedule of late night feeding and early morning wake ups while also dealing with her newly separated husband. Then the worst happens. While Anna is walking on the beach with her daughter, she’s attacked by a crazed teenager. Terrified, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her baby.

But her life falls apart when the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna’s story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister. A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her precarious mental state is further threatened when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the “Ophelia Killer,” a serial killer who preyed on the town twenty years ago–and who abruptly stopped when Anna’s father committed suicide.

Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life? Internationally bestselling author Tracy Buchanan takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride filled with heart-stopping secrets and hairpin turns until the very end.

I got the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this and really enjoyed it!  I love a good murder mystery and this one kept me guessing until the end.  It makes you question the actions you would take and the repercussions that may come with those. Is murder ever forgivable? Definitely one to put on your to-be-read shelf!!

 

Comes out June 13, 2017

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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Whisked to Oz by a Kansas twister, Amy Gumm discovers that the magical land has been destroyed by Dorothy’s tyrannical rule, a situation that compels Amy to join an order of deposed magic-wielders who seek to put an end to Dorothy’s reign.

From Booklist – Amy Gumm thought life was tough in the trailer park with her druggie, depressed mother and the mean girls in school. But that was before-before she was carried to Oz by a tornado, before she was rescued by a series of strange individuals, and before she was instructed, Dorothy must die. Sweet Dorothy returned to Oz only to rule it with an evil, greedy hand, gradually stealing all its magic for herself. Amy, also from Kansas and arriving on a tornado, has to reverse the earthling’s power by killing her. Paige has spirited readers back to The Wizard of Oz, fracturing the already strange classic by having good and wicked witches exchange places, amputating the flying monkeys’ wings, and creating a fear-eating lion, a nefarious Dr. Jekyll scarecrow, and a vicious tin soldier. Amy’s assignment? Navigate through magical defenses, while struggling with her own values of good and evil, to get to Dorothy.

This is a great read for those who are fans of the Wizard of Oz!

What Light by Jay Asher

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Story Summary: Dividing her life between her family’s Oregon Christmas tree farm and the California tree lot where they spend the holiday seasons, Sierra falls for a boy who lives under the shadow of a terrible mistake, a relationship that is met with disapproval and suspicion.

 

Asher’s latest is a surprising change of direction from the best-selling Thirteen Reasons Why (2007): a frothy, peppermint-in-hot-cocoa romance. Ever since she was little, Sierra’s lived a dual life, split between her family’s Christmas tree farm in Oregon and the California town where they run a tree lot for one month out of the year. But with tree sales not what they used to be, this winter may be her last in California. Enter Caleb, the social pariah better known for a sole act of aggression years ago than his current gig providing Christmas trees to needy families. Sierra’s friends and family try to steer her away from Caleb, but all she sees is who he is today. Can she convince him he’s forgiven? Though the plot is solidly in the Hallmark vein, Asher gives it the gentle romance treatment many younger teens crave. Sierra’s story provides an interesting window into alternative schooling and living arrangements facing some teens whose families work in agriculture. Certain to please readers seeking an escapist, feel-good holiday read. – Booklist review

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This is a must read for all who enjoy historical fiction!  Don’t miss this one!

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January 1945: as Russians advance through East Prussia, four teens’ lives converge in hopes of escape. Returning to the successful formula of her highly lauded debut, Between Shades of Gray (2011), Sepetys combines research (described in extensive backmatter) with well-crafted fiction to bring to life another little-known story: the sinking (from Soviet torpedoes) of the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff. Told in four alternating voices—Lithuanian nurse Joana, Polish Emilia, Prussian forger Florian, and German soldier Alfred—with often contemporary cadences, this stints on neither history nor fiction. The three sympathetic refugees and their motley companions (especially an orphaned boy and an elderly shoemaker) make it clear that while the Gustloff was a German ship full of German civilians and soldiers during World War II, its sinking was still a tragedy. Only Alfred, stationed on the Gustloff, lacks sympathy; almost a caricature, he is self-delusional, unlikable, a Hitler worshiper. As a vehicle for exposition, however, and a reminder of Germany’s role in the war, he serves an invaluable purpose that almost makes up for the mustache-twirling quality of his petty villainy. The inevitability of the ending (including the loss of several characters) doesn’t change its poignancy, and the short chapters and slowly revealed back stories for each character guarantee the pages keep turning. Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful. – Kirkus Review

This Is Where It Ends…..Review

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Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

 

I grabbed this one from the new box of books as soon as it came in.  Ever since I placed the order I had been waiting on this one….it didn’t disappoint!  I literally could not put it down and finished it in record time.  It tells the story of a school shooting, which is unfortunately a popular topic these days.    The story bounces between four students who are connected to the shooter in one way or another.  This was a heartbreaking story with a sad end that you knew had to be coming.  It puts the reader right in the middle of an unspeakable terror that we hear about in the news too often.  I would recommend this book to EVERYONE…it is not to be missed.

Books on Screen!

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A Dog’s Purpose comes to life in a movie that is sure to tug on everyone’s heartstrings. This story takes us on a journey of one dog’s path through several different lives to uncover the purpose behind his own.  The movie comes out January 27th but we have the book now!

See the movie trailer here