The Banned Books Week Festivities have begun!

New official trailer for Mockingjay, part 1 - in theaters November 21st. And yes, there are spoilers in this video.

The longlist is out for this year’s National Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Check out the 10 titles below. This list will be narrowed down to 5 on October 15th, and the winners will be announced November 19th.

  • ***Laurie Halse AndersonThe Impossible Knife of Memory           Viking/ Penguin Group (USA)
  • ***Gail GilesGirls Like Us Candlewick Press
  • Carl HiaasenSkink—No Surrender Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers/ Random House
  • Kate MilfordGreenglass House Clarion Books/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Eliot SchreferThreatened Scholastic Press/ Scholastic
  • ***Steve SheinkinThe Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers
  • ***Andrew Smith100 Sideways Miles Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster
  • ***John Corey WhaleyNoggin Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster
  • Deborah WilesRevolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two Scholastic Press/ Scholastic
  • Jacqueline WoodsonBrown Girl Dreaming Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA)

***Starred titles are available in the Salesian Library.

"March" with Congressman John Lewis, 9/20, 2pm

The San Francisco Waldorf High School Lecture Series presents:

"A Champion for Civil Rights on the Continuing March for Equality"

with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Andrew Aydin, Congressional Aide
moderated by Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism 

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2 PM
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is an American icon, one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement.  His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. 

Lewis was a leader in many of the most dramatic campaigns of the movement:  the lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington where he gave a speech (he is now a sole surviving speaker of the March) as well as the historic march in Selma, Alabama.  He has been an apostle of nonviolent civil disobedience in his pursuit of justice and is one of America’s most courageous champions of human rights.

To inspire a new generation to engage in the continuing battle for human rights, Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin recently authored March: Book One, a graphic novel, on Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, and a meditation “on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.”

National Book Award-nominated historian Adam Hochschild, moderator, is one of the co-founders of Mother Jones magazine and author of many books including King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley.

RSVP for this event here. (Free for teens, suggested $10 donation for adults)

Check out March: Book One in the Salesian Library today.

"She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one."

Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series)

Check out the 3rd and final installment in the Throne of Glass series today!

1. Excessive foreshadowing/telegraphing. Either I am amaaaayyyyzing at picking up clues, or there are a lot of writers out there who don’t know how to handle their foreshadowing. Foreshadowing should be a subtle hint, but I can’t tell you how many times I have figured out the ending to a book because the hint was more like a giant wink with a neon arrow pointing at it. Obvious foreshadowing coupled with the next list item gets a +2 annoyance bonus.

2. Lame twist endings for the sake of being “edgy.” A good twist ending coupled with subtle foreshadowing can be breathtaking, but a clumsy twist ending makes me hate a book more than just about anything. Ruining a book at the very end makes me twitch with frustration because I wasted time reading it that could have been better spent scrubbing my toilet. At least if a book sucks from the beginning, I can put it down and move on.

Further reading: Rioter Rebecca’s list of surprise twists she’d rather live without.

3. Overpowered protagonists. Back when I was a gamer, we used the shorthand “OP” (overpowered) when a character was way above the level needed to complete a task. Being OP was dull because part of the fun of gaming was to be challenged, which includes the possibility that you might lose. OP protagonists drain all of the tension out of a book in the same way; if the protagonist is able to work out all of their issues with confidence and quick solutions, the book drags along into Boringville. There’s nothing to keep me page-turning if I already know that everything’s going to work out fine in the end.

Plus, having the oh-so-cool protagonist who gets everything he or she wants kind of reads like the author’s main goal is to live out some fantasy that he or she has been harboring since adolescence. Which, cool, do that and everything, but I don’t really want to read it.

4. Heavy-handed messages and life lessons. To make someone really empathize with another person’s struggle, all you have to do is show the struggle–hitting readers over the head with the point doesn’t increase credibility. This is especially true when the author throws in a token LGBT/PoC character just to magnanimously prove a point that Prejudice is Bad, etc. It’s especially even more true when that isn’t even the main theme of the book, but an awkwardly-crammed-in side note. Reducing characters to stereotypes doesn’t help and can be insulting.

5. Overelaborate plots. Some plots do need to be elaborate, especially when dealing with long series of books involving scores of characters. The plot becomes too elaborate when the author has to start precariously rigging up events to make everything work out. This takes away from character motivation in a big way, which can make the characters’ actions seem false and the plot seem implausible.

Of course, these are only five ways a book can suck. What ruins a book for you?

via Book Riot


Have you seen or read Gayle Forman’s If I Stay? If you liked either, you should check out Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls or Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.

Have you read James Dashner’s Maze Runner yet? Get started soon and be one of the first to see what looks like a great movie adaptation.

We’ve translated these 12 famous first lines from novels into emojis. Can you name them?


1.) “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. 2.) “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” - Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis. 3.) “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” - Vladimir Nabokov,Lolita. 4.) “A screaming comes across the sky.” - Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow. 5.) “It was a pleasure to burn.” - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451. 6.) “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” - Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway. 7.) “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy,Anna Karenina. 8.) “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. 9.) “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.” - Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. 10.) “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” - Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude. 11.) “The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” - Samuel Beckett, Murphy. 12.) “Call me Ishmael.” - Herman Melville, Moby-Dick.