Author: Kelsey Hedrick (Page 3 of 18)

Librarians Listen: Last Seen

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I hadn’t heard about the huge art heist in Boston before this podcast, but it has certainly sucked me in now.  At the Gardener museum in Boston, 13 irreplaceable works of art were stolen 28 years ago.

This true crime podcast dives into the characters, the places, the situations, giving us a true sense of the crime and the impact it has left.

I’m loving the editing and radio-like atmosphere of this podcast, and highly recommend it for most ages.

Librarians Listen: Ologies

Image result for ologies I have been absolutely loving this podcast called Ologies, with Alie Ward.  It is an independent podcast about science and scientists, and the host (Alie), spends one episode on a different branch of science.

I got hooked from a recommendation from a friend who told me to look up the postcards ology, which was perfect for a letter writer like myself.  I was sucked in with Alie’s humor, side bars, entertaining backstory, and her asking dumb questions to smart people.

I highly recommend this podcast if you are looking for a way to escape some of the political news and find something more joyous.  She does have the occasional curse word, so be wary with too young children!

Librarians Read: Crazy Rich Asians

Given the success of this huge movie in the States, I picked up this book.  I didn’t expect such a hysterical book, and was absolutely delighted to read about these crazy rich Asians.

The book follows a woman joining her guy in Singapore and the hijinks of the people around her trying to prevent her from marrying him.  It seems like it would be a light read, but I was shocked at how much Chinese and Singaporean cultural details were infused into the novel.  Having lived in Thailand with the Thai-Chinese, I had no trouble imagining some of the characters.

I highly recommend this book to adults and teens, and it can be found in the Popular section.

Librarians Read: Overdrive MG

I’ve been exploring some of the MG audiobooks on our Overdrive, making sure I can recommend some books for our young readers who enjoy audio over print.

These two were stellar audiobooks!

Demon Dentist is a funny and light book about a boy who hasn’t seen the dentist in years (and his teeth are exactly what you would expect).  A new dentist comes to town, and he is forced to go see her through a series of misadventures.  He’s worried about her and the impact she is having on the town, and begins to fight back against her tyranny.  In my opinion, the coolest parts of the book involve the made up words with a special sound effect to indicate that they aren’t real!

Recommended for any middle grades readers and those terrified of the dentist.

Soldier Boy is a much darker tale for middle grades, about a boy taken from his home and forced to fight in the resistance.  The reader of the book has a beautiful voice, and reads with confidence about the place.  The book is heavy, but not extreme, and while it touches on some hard issues, they are not fictional.  I would recommend this book to any middle grades reader who is exploring social issues about the world.

Find both of them on our Overdrive!

Librarians Read: The Family Romanov

I picked up this book in advance of our author visit from Candace Fleming, the author of this amazing story.

This is a non-fiction book that reads like a fictional tale, narrative and full of tiny details that enrich the environment of the scenes.

This book was an absolutely enthralling read of the family Romanov, the people that led to the collapse of the Tsardom and the October Revolution, and the factors that brought Russia through the 20th Century.

I highly recommend this book for any teen or adult interested in Russian History. Find it in the non-fiction section.

Librarians Read: Home Fire

The cover of this book attracted me into the story, and the thrill of the story left me speechless.  It starts with a Muslim woman stopped at the airport, left in a quiet and small interrogation room.  She’s on her way to a studious life in Amherst, Massachusetts.  You learn more about her father, who fought for a resistance, and her brother and sister, twins who are inseparable until they are seperated.  She develops a relationship with a man who has connections to the government’s homeland security.

This book shows several different viewpoints and weaves a story with beauty and grace.  Find it in the literature section in adult fiction.  This book is recommended for adults and mature teens.

Librarians Read: Demon Dentist

I enjoyed Demon Dentist on Overdrive as an audiobook, and it was quite funny.

The dentist in this boy’s small town is gone, and a new dentist, Ms. Root, has taken over.  However, kids keep putting teeth under their pillows and finding super disturbing things.

This boy is forced by his dad’s nurse and helper to go to the dentist… and then all of his teeth are being counted in her bin!

Find Walliams in realistic fiction and words and pics, appropriate for all MG kids.

Librarians Read: The Cheerleaders

I read The Cheerleaders in record time, flying through this quick little thriller.

Five Cheerleaders in a small town die within a month, so the younger sister of one of them is suspicious of what happened and what could have been.

She encounters a stepdad cop, a drug dealer, a shy dancer, and many secrets on her paths to discovery.

Found in Thrillers next to the other Kara Thomas, Little Monsters.

Librarians Read: Baby Teeth

This book has been on my To Read for some time, as a great new thriller.

It’s set in Pittsburgh (where I used to live) and features a Swedish man as the husband (a place that I just travelled to), so it was quite perfect for me.

The main premise is a back and forth narration of events between a young girl and her mother.  The girl doesn’t speak, and appears to have some jealousy of her mother.  She attempts to hurt her mother in a series of more adventurous exploits, aiming to have her dad all to herself.

It was a good and intense psychological thriller, and can be found in the Thriller Section of the HS/Adult fiction.

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