June 7, 2019

Think you know books?

Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

A squat gray building of only thirty-four stories. Over the entrance, the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

By: Aldous Huxley
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's legendary vision of a world of tomorrow utterly transformed. In Huxley's darkly satiric yet chillingly prescient imagining of a "utopian" future, humans are genetically designed and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded and as a thought-provoking yet satisfying entertainment. —from the HarperCollins website

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The London Eye Mystery
Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery

By: Siobhan Dowd
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5, 6

Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye, but after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped offÑexcept Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land

By: Robert Heinlein
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

A human raised on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith has just arrived on planet Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while his own “psi” powers—including telepathy, clairvoyance, telekenesis, and teleportation—make him a type of messiah figure among humans. Stranger in a Strange Land grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a classic in a few short years. The story of the man from Mars who taught humankind grokking and water-sharing—and love—it is Robert A. Heinlein’s masterpiece. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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Round Buildings, Square Buildings, and Buildings That Wiggle like a Fish
Philip M. Isaacson

Round Buildings, Square Buildings, and Buildings That Wiggle like a Fish

By: Philip M. Isaacson
Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6, 7

What do we see when we look at a building? From the classical Parthenon in Greece to the simple fisherman's shacks in New England to the post-modernist Pompidou Center in France, Philip Isaacson explores what gives buildings their character. From the materials, form, color, ornamentation, placement in the landscape and the way the light strikes them, there are so many elements that contribute to shaping architecture into art. This is a perfect introduction to the complexities and wonders of architecture for children and adults. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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