The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, that was followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering BlueMessenger, and Son.

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. (Publishers Summary)


Is The Giver an old favorite book of yours? Just finished reading it in anticipation of the movie release last week? Either way, fans of this beloved book may also enjoy the read-alike book listed below, recommended by NoveList, our readers advisory database.

Matched by Ally Condie

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

August Calls for an American Adventure

Craving an American adventure during the dwindling days of summer? If so, you may like the following books:

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Hidden Order by Brad Thor

In Calamity's Wake by Natalee Caple

In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazer
Based on local history and family stories passed down by the author's great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded soldier Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war and back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. 

Hidden Order by Brad Thor
When a string of high-profile kidnappings in Washington, D.C. escalate upon the discovery that the victims are being murdered, an eventual ransom demand triggers terror throughout the country.

In Calamity's Wake by Natalee Caple
To fufill her adoptive father's dying wish, Miette sets out to meet her mother, the notorious Calamity Jane, and crosses the badlands of the North American West in her quest to find the woman who had forsaken her for a life of danger and adventure.

In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde
A rafting trip through the Grand Canyon changes the lives of everyone on board, including JT Maroney, a jaded guide; unemployed Peter, who is avoiding his family; septuagenarian veteran rafters Ruth and Lloyd, who know they will never make this trip again; and teenager Amy Van Doren and her mother, who will face the most daunting journey of all.

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Fleeing her strict grandmother's home in 1963 Mississippi, 9-year-old Starla Claudelle becomes an unlikely companion to an African-American woman at whose side she learns harsh lessons about period segregation and family. By the RITA-winning author of Back Roads.

The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton
Desperate to understand the war that claimed the life of his brother, journalist John Easley heads to the Territory of Alaska to investigate the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government, while the wife he left behind is forced to reimagine who she is and what she is capable of doing after he disappears.

2014 Hugo Award Winners Announced

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
As per the official Hugo Award website, the Hugo Awards are science fiction’s most prestigious award. Presented annually since 1955, the Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).

This year's winner of the best novel award is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie! 
Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control of a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions. (Publishers Summary)

Click here for a complete list of award winners and/or more information about the Hugo Awards!

Media Alert!

The Kills by Richard House
The Kills by Richard House "is headed to television as a drama series for Starz and the BBC produced by Colin Callender's Playground," Deadline.com reported. Click here for more information.

Book Summary: a single-volume release of an acclaimed four-part Guardian Best Book of the Year follows the experiences of a man on the run from a conspiracy that takes him from the ashes of war-torn Iraq through multiple continents into Italy.

The Kills is available at the Community Library, click here to place your hold today!

The New York Times Best Sellers - August 17, 2014

Click here to access The New York Times Best Sellers List from Sunday, August 17, 2014.
 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
New to the list this week, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty! 

This new book follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated. 

Click here to place your hold today!