“Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek!” DENbrarian Summer Reading

Hi Book Loving Friends!

Was this school year unusually overwhelming and busy…. or was it just me?  I’ll spare you the boring details, but I accepted a position at a brand new K-3 school starting next Fall,  SO– that leads me to an announcement: I need a book club co-chair!

If you’re a library media specialist or book fanatic and you’ve been looking for a fun project to manage- please contact me!  I’m looking for a teammate to work with the Young Adult (middle/high school) DENbrarian book choices and I’ll handle to the brand new “DENbrarian Junior” K-5 book club starting in August.  — more info coming soon.

Here are the May-July DENbrarian YA Summer Reading Selections…enjoy! ….

May- Popular: A Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by M. Van Wagenen

popular-a-memoir-by-maya-van-wagenen 2Are you headed to a conference or workshop this summer? This book could help you branch out and meet new people!   I loved this memoir and it was an easy, light read with great insight into thoughts and feelings of a teenager…because it is written by an actual teenager!

Goodreads Summary:  A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen  Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular?

Popular Pinboard (see below to sign up and Pin!)


apprenticesJune- The Apprentices by M. Meloy (Sequel to last summer’s DENbrarian pick: The Apothecary– here’s a Book Trailer my students made about the Apothecary)

Amazon Summary: It’s 1954, and Janie Scott is in boarding school in New Hampshire, trying to make a new life. Two years have passed since she last saw the mysterious apothecary—or his defiant son, Benjamin. All she knows is that her friends are out there somewhere, trying to keep the world safe in an age of mounting atomic power. On the other side of the world, Benjamin is treating the wounded in a jungle war, and experimenting with a magical new formula that will let him communicate with Janie across the globe. But Janie has her own experiment underway, and it’s attracting interest from sinister forces.  Benjamin calls on their friend Pip for help, and they have to race to find one another, and to unravel the mystery of their powerful new enemies.  A magical new adventure, following Maile Meloy’s critically acclaimed novel The Apothecary, with illustrations by Ian Schoenherr.
Apprentices Pinboard – see below to sign up and Pin!


last wildJuly-  The Last Wild by P. Torday

Booklist Summary: In a world where there are no more animals (only a few rogue “varmints”), Kester Jaynes finds himself in an unusual position: a cockroach is asking him for help. Kester, who hasn’t spoken since his mother died, answers the entreaty of the cockroach (and some persuasive pigeons) and escapes to the forbidden wild, where a few animals have been hiding. It is up to Kester to save them by finding a cure for the deadly “red-eye” disease that has wiped them out. Torday weaves an intense narrative of survival and adventure akin to a sci-fi Brian Jacques tale and with great appeal to animal lovers.
The Last Wild Pinboard- See below to sign up and Pin!




Here are the links you’ll need to join or follow the DENbrarian project or to update your information in our database:

Click Here to be a Pinterest Resource Sharer- We encourage Discovery Education resources relating to our selections.
Click Here to be a Guest DENbrarian** and choose the book for a month (I’ll contact you later w/ your month)
Click Here to follow us on Facebook!
Click Here to follow us on Pinterest or see our previous selections and resources (You’ll have to do this before we can add you as a Pinner)

**Be a guest DENbrarian… it’s as easy as 1,2,3!

1- Write one DEN blog post on the 1st day of the month announcing your book pick
2- Add resource pins which include Discovery resources to the Pinboard & promote the Pinboard (I will make the Pinboard for you but you’ll need to “follow” Discovery Education or I can’t add you as a Pinner!)
3- Post to the Facebook page to share info and Pins.
If you sign up to select a book for a month I’ll contact you with your month.

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Sandi Dennis, DENbrarian
Westchester Elementary
Decatur, GA
Summer contact: sdennis222@gmail.com


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