by Elsie Chapman
In her inaugural novel, Elsie Chapman, adds a twist to the dystopian society genre. In this novel the city of Kersh is a safe place in a chaotic world. However, in order to keep Kersh safe, all citizens must be ready to defend the city at a moment’s notice. To be sure that all citizens are competent defenders of the city, they begin military training as children. The culminating military exercise occurs when a person’s number comes up sometime between the ages of 13-20. When a person is notified that his or her number has been activated, the person must stay alive for 30 days. During that 30 day period the person is hunting and being hunted by his/her genetic twin, known as an alternate. The surviving person is deemed worthy to become a full-fledged citizen of Kersh. Dualed focuses on West Grayer and her quest to survive. This book is fast paced and thought provoking.
By James Preller
Bullying is a problem in most schools. Bystander is a fiction book that addresses the problem of bullying in school and out of school. Eric is the new kid. Before school even starts he witnesses an act of bullying, and once school starts he needs to decide what he will do about it. Will he decide to go along with the bullying, simply allow the bullying, or stand up to the bully? Although Eric knows he does not want to be a bully, he struggles with the decision between being a bystander or an advocate for the victim. Eric’s decision does not necessarily guarantee the bullying will stop, and it may cost him a friendship. It also can make him the target of bullying.
Bystander presents realistic situations involving bullying. However, it is more than a good story. It also gives readers the opportunity to think about how they would handle a similar situation.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.