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It’s that time of year again. Summer time! Time to relax and pick up a good book. 

But how to find that perfect read?

Start by checking out this year’s FHPS Media Summer Reading List, where we’ve listed a total of 60 titles for readers of all ages.

For a smaller download, select the Summer Reading List 2015 in PDF format.

If you'd like the interactive version, which includes audio and video, download either the Summer Reading List 2015 Interactive PDF or the Summer Reading List 2015 EPUB file. This will take more time to access, but once downloaded you will have the interactive capabilities.

Whether you choose a book from our list, or find one on your own, we’d like to know about it. Send us a Tweet or post a picture to Instagram. Use the hashtag #fhpsreads. All summer participants will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card from Schuler Books.

And remember, a large number of the titles listed are available from the FHPS Media Center’s Overdrive collection! 

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Hey Readers!!! We're getting ready for summer reading and have added several new eBooks to our Overdrive bookshelf.

Take a look at the list here: New Overdrive Titles - April 2015

You can also take a look at a little video highlighting some of our new eBooks. Read on!!!


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The FHPS high schools now have a subscription to the SPIE Digital Library, which contains the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research with over 415,000 papers from conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, and eBooks. Content covers the broadest range of applied optics and photonics science and engineering papers anywhere.


Some of the technologies covered are:

Astronomy

Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging

Defense and Security

Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing

Illumination and Displays

Lasers and Sources

Mathematics

Micro/Nanolithography

Nanotechnology

Optical Design and Engineering

Optoelectronics and Communications

Remote Sensing

Sensing and Measurement

Solar and Alternative Energy

Here is a link to the SPIE Digital Library User Guide.

SPIE is an international not-for-profit society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Optics and photonics technologies enable researchers, scientists, and engineers to help improve life.


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If you want to find information around the web to use in your documents and presentations, you can use the Research tool.

To open the Research tool:

1. Open a document or presentation.

2. Do one of the following:

  • Go to the Tools menu > Research.
  • Right-click on a specific word and select Research.


3. The Research tool will appear along the right-hand side. Start a search by typing into the search bar.

4. You can narrow your search to specific types of results (e.g. images, quotations) by using the drop-down menu in the search bar.

Here's a short instructional video illustrating the process:

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The Internet has a lot in common with real life. Just as in real life, it’s important to keep a few simple guidelines in mind  to keep yourself safe. YouTube’s “Playing and Staying Safe Online” reminds us of the importance of maintaining one’s privacy, considering carefully what we post, respecting ourselves, and using common sense when navigating the online world.

"Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Basics." Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Basics. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2015.

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 In order to help students develop into digital literates, they must understand to basics of online search. Google Search has a number of features that make finding the right information quick and easy. Here are a few things to know about Google Search: 

  • When using the Chrome browser on a computer, tablet, or mobile device, you can use the omnibox (address bar) to search using Google
  • Typing in keywords can start you off on a search but using search operators can helpyou search more efficiently
  • Filters can help narrow down your search; they appear below the Google.com search bar when you view your results
  • Enable voice search in the Chrome browser to speak the “Ok Google” phrase to begin a search
  • Specific Google databases can provide better search results – try Google Scholar to search scholarly literature or Google News to search the headlines


Learning to use Google Search effectively is a process. Here are some ideas for starting out using the basics of Google Search: 

  • Start with a simple search for information using one or two words, for example, “Sao Paolo”
  • Add a location to a search for a thing; “New York City parks”
  • Understand what is relevant in your search terms
  • Spelling: Google's spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word
  • Capitalization: A search for “New York Times” is the same as a search for “new york times”
  • Punctuation: Most punctuation (?!,.%^*()[]\) is ignored when you search
  • Common words: “a” and “the” are usually ignored unless they are included in quotations as part of a phrase.

 

Take a look at this video to learn more about how to select the keywords necessary to perform a successful Google search:

 

"Google for Education: Google Search: Basics." Google for Education: Google Search: Basics. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

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The data and information that you leave behind on webpages and on social media services such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, or Facebook makes up your digital footprint. You should know that the information you provide may be stored with or without your knowledge  - intentionally or unintentionally.

Once a video, photo, or message is uploaded to a website or social network, or sent to a mobile device, it can be nearly impossible to retrieve or delete. With this shared information, other people can duplicate it, share it without permission or take a picture or screenshot of it, so even if the owner deletes it, it may not be gone completely. 

Learning to manage your digital footprint is a critical skill to have today and includes how to search for information about yourself and how to share information responsibly. To learn more about managing your online reputation, check out Google's Support Center.

Watch the following video created for A Platform for Good (a fosi.org project) to hear teen perspectives on the importance of digital reputation.

"Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Introduction." Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Introduction. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2015.

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We've all visited the online encyclopedia Wikipedia before. We may have even used information found at Wikipedia to complete homework assignments or research projects. But is that a good idea? Easybib takes a few minutes to explore how articles are created, whether or not they are reliable and/or credible.

To learn even more about Wikipedia, read through this eBook regarding the online encyclopedia published by our friends at Easybib.

Wikipedia eBook

Or take a look at this interesting and fun infographic, also from Easybib.


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If you're looking for your next great read, look no further than School Library Journal's Best Books list of 2014!

Boasting 70 stellar titles, the 
SLJ 2014 Best Books were revealed November 20. The list is broken down into four different categories—picture books, middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction—and represents the notable, can’t-miss books out of the thousands of children’s and YA titles published each year. This list often features books that will go on to garner coveted awards, such as this year’s Brown Girl Dreaming, which recently won Jacqueline Woodson the National Book Award.


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Primary and secondary sources come in many different formats. The librarians at EasyBib share the differences in this short video tutorial so you can best choose which to use in your assignment.


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On Wednesday, October 29th, Eastern Middle School welcomes author Mark Newman to their 7th grade science classrooms where he will talk about his new book, Super Yooper: The Quest of the Blue Crew. This sequel to Super Yooper is an entertaining and engaging examination of the ecological evils that exist today in the Great Lakes, as well as potential invaders like Asian carp that could spell future disaster. 


If you would like a copy of Mark’s new book, you may purchase it for $15. Or, if you’d like both book, you can order them for $25. Please complete the attached order form and return it to you science teacher before the day of Mark’s presentation. 

For more information regarding Mark, his book, or his presentation, please visit SuperYooper.com 

 


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We’d like for you to help us celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18).  Share with us the books that you’re reading. 

Tweet out your recommendations, your observations, your impressions, pics of the books that you’re reading. #fhpsreads

Or post a pic of yourself reading, a friend reading (with their permission), the cover of the book you’re reading, or other book related pics to Instagram. #fhpsreads

Just remember to add the hashtag #fhpsreads. We’ll collect the posts at the end of the week and share them out. Happy reading!!!

 


 

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The FHPS media centers have just added several new middle and high school titles to our Overdrive shelf. If you haven’t checked out our digital collection lately, take a look to see if there’s anything new and interesting for you. Or, take a look at the attached .pdf file which lists a small sampling of the recent high school purchases. There’s sure to be something here that piques your interest. And keep checking back, as we’re frequently adding new titles.


New Fall 2014 Overdrive Titles - Middle and High School

 

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Google Scholar can be a great way to find peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly articles. Simply visit scholar.google.com to get started. You’ll find that by searching Google Scholar you will find books and articles rather than websites. You can see who has previously cited the articles that you find, save article to your own personal Google Scholar library, and set alerts to learn when Google Scholar adds resources that are of interest to you. Take a look at Richard Byrne’s short tutorial video to learn more!


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Many of you will be writing research papers at some point during the school year. When you do, you'll want to be able to give proper credit to the source from which you are borrowing information. You can do this by using in-text, or parenthetical citations. EasyBib and NoRedInk have put together a short but very informative video about in-text citations. Take a minute (2:51 to be exact) to learn more about how and why to use in-text citations.

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This summer I read a lot of books. 21, in fact. I’ll admit, about half of them were graphic novels, which made my total rise more quickly. I probably couldn’t have read that many otherwise. 


Of all the books I read, are any worth recommending? Absolutely! Probably the best book I read this summer was about baseball legend Pete Rose. Pete was a professional baseball player throughout the 70s and into the 80s. For the most part, he played for the Cincinnati Reds. Now he’s banned from baseball for gambling on games that he managed. The book, called Pete Rose: an American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy, does a great job of providing a complete picture of Pete Rose the person and Pete Rose the ballplayer and discussing his place in Major League Baseball. I have the book on order for high school biography collections.

I also read a fun (and gruesome!) graphic novel called Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. Yes, zombies have invaded Riverdale, and Archie, Betty, and Veronica are in danger! It’s really good (especially if you like zombie stories), and on order for the high school graphic novel collections.

The latest Stephen King novel, Mr. Mercedes, is not a work of horror. Instead, it’s a mystery-thriller. Mr. King does a really great job of building suspense with the cat-and-mouse game between former detective Bill Hodges and the notorious Mercedes Killer. This book is on order for high school fiction collections.

Other than that, if you have the chance to read Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Sisters, I highlyrecommend you do so. The book is appropriate for all age levels.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the books I read this summer, can you tell me what you read?

And remember, if you want to talk books or find the latest greatest read, visit your school library! 

~ Mr. Patrick



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As we roll into May, June is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to start thinking about your “non-required reading list” for the summer of 2014. Let’s be honest, summer is a great time to read the things that YOU want to read. Whether you’re at the beach, out by the pool, or in the shade of a tree, it seems like there’s nothing more rewarding than getting lost in a good book on a lazy summer day.

Because we want you to find the perfect book, we’ve put together a list of great titles from which to choose. The list contains something for everyone: mysteries, historical fiction, romances, and many other genres. If you take some time to read through the list, chances are you’ll a few books that appeal to your reading preferences.

We’ve divided the books up by grade levels. Start by looking at the books recommended for your grade. Of course, not everyone reads at grade level. If that’s the case with you, feel free to look at the other lists (above and below) as well. Our goal is to help you find a book that you don’t want to put down, no matter what list it’s from.

Several of the books that we are recommended are available to FHPS students through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. You’ll notice on the lists that our Overdrive titles are indicated with the Overdrive logo. Every FHPS student can access Overdrive with their student ID and password. One of the great things about Overdrive is that the titles are always available (24/7/365). If the book you’re looking for is not available through Overdrive, KDL or GRPL are sure to have the titles available on their shelves during the summer months.

If you or a parent would like to take a closer look at a book’s content, try visiting the websitehttp://www.commonsensemedia.org That site gives potential readers more information about many of the books on these lists.

Good luck finding that perfect book!

Summer Reads 2014 .pdf

Summer Reads 2014 .ibooks

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Our high school book clubs have joined forces.  Last month, students from Central, Eastern, and Northern all met together in the Northern High School media center for our first collective book club. During the meeting, we beamed in author Leigh Bardugo from Hollywood, California. Leigh, the creator of the young adult fantasy novels Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and the forthcoming Ruin and Rising, joined us in a Google Hangout to talk about her first book. It was an amazing experience. Leigh made it memorable by being open, engaging, informational, funny, and interesting. Our members thought it was a great experience. That afternoon, we decided to have all of our book clubs together. That’s how we became FHPS Book Clubs United.

Moving forward, we will continue to try to read a new title (from a range of different genres) every month. We have our next three books already selected, which takes us to the end of the school year. If there is enough interest, we’ll continue to read throughout the summer.  We use a list of potential books and the website Survey Monkey to vote on what to read. We’re currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. After that, we’ll read The Sea of Tranquillity by Katya Millay (April), and finally Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (May). We’re going to try to rotate the location of our meetings between the three buildings. Perhaps we’ll have our last meeting outside. Of course, we always have food at our book club meetings. 

In many ways, we’re a book club for the 21st century as I keep in touch with group members and they with each other through email, Facebook, Google +, and Remind 101. 

If you’re interested in participating in FHPS Book Clubs United please send me an email at cpatrick@fhps.net or find on us Facebook. You can also stop by your school library and inquire with the media clerk. We look forward to hearing from you! 


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We’ve just added 34 new titles to our Overdrive collection and there’s something for everyone! Remember, all FHPS students have their own Overdrive account. Your school ID and password is the key to checking out any of our great digital titles. You can read on your computer or just about any type of digital device. If you run into questions while trying to download an eBook, ask your school librarian for help. 

See if we have something for you! 

34 newest FHPS Overdrive titles.



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If you're interested in reading current magazines (such as Newseek, National Geographic, Girl's Life, ESPN, and more) on your computer, tablet or smartphone, you should pay a visit to your public library website. Both the Kent District Library and the Grand Rapids Public Library have digital magazines that are available for checkout. All you need is a valid library card.

If you're interested in learning how to do this, you can either view this introductory video:

Or, you can access the introductory guides provided by each library district:

GRPL - Zinio quick start guide

KDL - Zinio quick start guide

After you have further questions after viewing the video or reading the quick start guide, feel free to contact Mr. Patrick at cpatrick@fhps.net, or contact your public librarian. They will be more than happy to help you download your first magazine.


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Talking Books with Teachers (and other important people) - FHN principal Mr. Gregory takes time to talk about VIII, a young adult historical fiction novel by H. M. Castor. Watch and decide if it’s something you’d like to read as well. If so, you can find it at your FHPS high school library, send for it via inter-library loan, or access it from our Overdrive collection.


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Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re super-excited to announce the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.

Learn more about the White House Student Film Festival.


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Aurasma uses augmented reality technology to help bring books to life. You can experience it for yourself in the FHPS high school media centers!

Aurasma is a free IOS or android app that uses your device’s camera to recognize real world images and then overlay rich media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages.

The media center is using Aurasma to overlay video book trailers on top of book covers. In other words, you can aim your device at a book cover and watch a short video book trailer.

Simply download Aurasma from the app store to your device. Open the app, search for and follow the “fhpsmedia” channel. Then you can aim your device at a trigger image, which are mostly book covers in our media centers, and the cover will magically transform into a video book trailer or another related video. To find books that work with Aurasma, simply look for the Aurasma logo on a book’s spine.

There are also other trigger images not tied to books throughout the media center. Some are educational, while others are there just for fun. Just look for the Aurasma logo and give it a try.

Take a look at the short video above for another explanation as to how it all works. And have fun!

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Are you the next Steven Spielberg? Why not find out by submitting one of your original film creations to the Kent County Teen Film Festival.

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Check out this music video produced by our very own FHN students for the Good Morning America/Katy Perry video competition. Incredible talent in these kids!  If the video is chosen Katy Perry visits Northern High and performs a concert just for FHN students and staff!  What an opportunity! 

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Thanks to the incredible artistic talents of two Forest Hills high school students, FHPS Media has a new logo! Recent Eastern grad Kailey D and current Central high school student Christine R took our challenge and turned it into something special.

Last year, when we unveiled our new website, this was our logo:


We decided that we wanted something new and original, so we approached our high school art classes with an idea. The student who could come up with the best new logo design for FHPS Media would see their creation on our website. As if that wasn’t enough, we also offered a small monetary prize.

We were looking for a fresh design that melded traditional with 21st century learning. We had several excellent entries from our three high schools, but were particularly impressed with the works of Kailey and Christine. In fact, we liked them both so much that we asked them to work together to combine their logos.

Fortunately for us, they agreed, and their collaborative efforts resulted in our brand new FHPS Media logo. You can find it on our website as well as on our social media sites.


Thanks Kailey and Christine!

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Easybib School Edition is now available for all students in the FHPS district.

Easybib is an online citation tool, but it’s also a lot more. With its notes & outline, website evaluation, and plagiarism prevention features, it’s a tool that can help you organize and complete a successful research project.

Take a look at the following Easybib introductory video to get an understanding of how it can help you with your research.


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Your media center would like to wish you a wonderful summer. Relax, have fun, and keep your mind active by reading! The Seattle Public Library kicked off their summer program by setting a world record. Take a look.

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I was trying to come up with a book to read for my independent reading project, my friend recommended one called “Too Late to Die Young” by Harriet McBride Johnson.This book is Mrs. Johnson’s memoir of her life.  She has a very interesting life because she is a lawyer with Muscular Dystrophy.

In the beginning of the book she explains how when she was little she realized that her condition would be the cause of the death at a young age.  As she gets older, she realizes that she really is getting older, and it is too late to die young, so she might as well live the most productive life she can.  She goes through college, goes to law school and has her own law practice in Charleston, South Carolina.  Throughout the book she talks about her adventures in a power wheel chair, and she has many of them.  She ran for State Senate, went to Cuba for a disability conference and did many other things that many able bodied people won’t do.  

I really don’t want to go to law school.  I really don’t want to run for State Senate, or really fight for disability rights either.  But I love this book.  I love that Mrs. Johnson is a productive member of society even though her condition is much more devastating than mine.  Typically...


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Summer is a great time to read!  Whether you’re at the beach, out by the pool, or in the shade of a tree, it seems like there’s nothing more rewarding than getting lost in a good book on a lazy summer day.

FHPS Media has put together a list of great books that we’d like to recommend. While we haven’t read them all ourselves, we’ve read several and have heard enough good things about the others to recommend them with confidence. The list contains mysteries, historical fiction, romances, and many other genres. We think that there’s something on this list for everyone and believe that if you take time to read through it,  you’ll find the perfect book. Read More.

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If you survive this book review, go read If We Survive by Andrew Klavan. It’s a great book that will appeal mostly to adventure and action book lovers, but mystery fans might get a kick out of it too.  If We Survive has a brilliant story line and will leave you thinking back on it over and over again. And if you're anything like me it will stay with you for a long time. Andrew Klavan really lets you get to know the characters very well. You start to feel like they're your best friends. This book is most definitely going on my favorites list!


And if you liked “If We Survive.”  Look for Andrew Klavan’s other books “The Last Thing I Remember”,  “Nightmare City”, “Crazy Dangerous” and“ A Killer In The Wind”.  

(If you don't have a favorite book list start one! They are a lot of fun and you can look back on books and see how much your favorite genres have changed!)

-Book Review by Lukas B, student at NHMS
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If you haven’t had a chance to check out the diverse collection of eBooks and audiobooks on our Overdrive Shelf, now is the time to do it! 

Through a generous grant from the Forest Hills Education Foundation and several individual building purchases, our Overdrive Book Shelf has almost tripled over the past several weeks. We currently own 678 titles, and that number will continue to grow. We now own a variety of titles, with something to appeal to just about everyone. 

One of the great things about Overdrive is that it is compatible with so many different devices, 

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Watch the following video to learn how to checkout an eBook to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using Overdrive and your school username and password.


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The FHPS Media Centers are looking for a new logo and we think that you might be the person who can design it for us. Submit your new FHPS Media logo before spring break for a chance to have your logo featured on the media center website, to win the respect and admiration of parents, teachers, and fellow students, AND for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

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Jay Nazzarro is back at school for the first time in 2 years. That’s how long it’s been since his infamous epileptic seizure left him lying in front of the entire high school student body, unconscious,  and in a pool of his own urine. That was clearly the worst of his epileptic seizures, the one that forced him to be home-schooled,  but other smaller episodes have earned him the nickname “Spaceman.” When he returns to school, he’s still the Spaceman, a friendless freak to his classmates. At least until he meets Nicole.

Nicole was the most beautiful and popular girl in the school until she became somewhat of a freak herself. Her face is heavily bandaged. Underneath she’s scarred and disfigured, the tragic victim of an inexplicable and vicious attack by an unknown assailant who squirted battery acid on her face.

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Check out an eBook!!!

You can now check out eBooks and audiobooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, or other eReader. The FHPS media centers, grades 7-12, now subscribe to eBook lender Overdrive. This is the same service that is offered through KDL and GRPL, and we're hoping it catches on with our students here at FHPS.

We're beginning with a modest 250 eBooks. Our intention is to add titles throughout the year, and then hopefully expand to include all grades next year.

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Mickey Bolitar lives an atypical life for a 14 year-old. His father is dead, and his mother is locked up in a drug rehab program. Mickey lives with his uncle Myron, trying to adapt to his new life, when the Bat Lady mutters something that turns his world upside down. “Your father isn’t dead. He is very much alive,” she mutters. Sure, the bat lady is the old, crazy  neighborhood shut-in, but her words jolt Mickey and start haunting his thoughts. Is it possible that his father isn’t dead? Those ominous words propel Harlan Coben’s young adult novel Shelter into a fast-paced, action packed thriller.

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