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All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

Judith can’t speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

When Alex discovers that Rule is not a sanctuary, she must battle to survive against conniving adults, distrusting survivors, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick

Alex and Tom’s future is uncertain as they continue the struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, and their lives are threatened by the Changed and other human survivors

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King

Astrid Jones copes with her small town’s gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she’s sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they’ll know what to do with it. Her mother doesn’t want it, her father’s always stoned, her perfect sister’s too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There’s no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she’s trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love–and asking the right questions–will affect the passengers’ lives, and her own, for the better







Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

In China in 1898 bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough: harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers–commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from “foreign devils.”

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her name and identity in Christianity, but with the Boxer Rebellion in full swing and Chinese Christians facing death, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her religion or her country.

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Chasing Shadows is a searing look at the impact of one random act of violence. Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit– fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop. But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof. After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild– and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.







Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

In 1940, Jacob and his new friends escape from Miss Peregrine’s island and travel to London where they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Seventeen-year-old Amy, her father, and her stepmother become hostages when Somalian pirates seize their yacht, but although she builds a bond with one of her captors it becomes brutally clear that the price of life and its value are two very different things.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

After spending an amazing day and night with a nameless girl in Paris, Willem embarks on his own transformative journey to find her once again.

Takedown by Allison Van Diepen

After years in “juvie,” Darren cooperates with the police to infiltrate a drug ring to settle a vendetta, but sweet, innocent Jessica is now in his life so when a deadly turf war erupts, Darren must protect not only his own life, but Jessica’s as well.


Student Picks – Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014

Want to know what students at PDHS are reading and recommending? Check out the current library display of student picks. This will be an ongoing feature in the library and on the blog, so if you read a book from the school library and want to promote it, fill out a form and it will be added to the display.

CodeNameVerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Recommended by Grade 7 student

Plot: Two girls in the English army are separated in WWII.

Read it if you like historical fiction and action.


DeathNoteDeath Note series by Tsugumi Ohba

Recommended by Grade 8 student

Plot: Light Yagami finds a deathnote and figures out you can kill with it.

Read it if you like mystery.


AcrossTheUniverseAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: Amy is unfrozen, 50 years before she arrives at the new planet.

Read it if you like futuristic books, dystopia.


Eleanor&ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: Park meets a new strange girl at school named Eleanor.

Read it if you like romance.


ChroniclesVladimirTodThe Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot: It’s about a boy who is a half-vampire living with humans.

Read it if you like suspense.


LifeAsWeKnewItLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot: In the future, a family faces disaster.

Read it if you like mystery and survival.


BlueGirlThe Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Recommended by: Grade 10 student

Plot: 17-year-old Imogene has to save her new friend and herself from an enemy.

Read it if you like punk and mythology.


AnnaAndTheFrenchKissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: She goes to a boarding school in Paris and falls in love.

Read it because it is so intense, well-written, and there are cute boys.


KingOfTheScrewupsKing of the Screwups by K. L. Going

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: Liam keeps screwing up and gets kicked out of his house.

Read it if you like humour and realistic fiction.


MortalInstrumentsCityOfBonesCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Recommended by Grade 12 student

Plot: A girl, normal like you, or is she? Clary is a girl in New York, she has no idea what events are about to take place. After her mother disappears, Clary discovers a world within her, filled with demons, shadowhunters, and angels. She then embarks on an epic journey to find her mother with her newfound shadowhunters and her best friend Simon. What could happen to her if her mother is not found?

Read it if you like fiction, semi-fairy tales, action, and romance/drama.

New Books

A few new books arrived in the mail during the holidays! Be sure to check them out.

Note: all descriptions are from unless otherwise stated.


Guinness World Records 2014

Contains thousands of records that span every field of human and non-human endeavors, including science and technology, animals, sports, geography, arts and entertainment, education, hobbies and pastimes, unusual rituals, and many others. Guinness World Records 2014 is crammed with new and updated records, and never-before-seen photography.

Legend by Marie Lu

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day–a famous criminal, and prodigy June–the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Prodigy by Marie Lu

June and Day make their way to Las Vegas where they join the rebel Patriot group and become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector in hopes of saving the Republic.

Champion by Marie Lu

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic–and each other–and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks

Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms– but not both. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

New Books

The first order of new books has arrived! If you want to borrow one (or more) for Christmas, see me today or Thursday.

Note: All descriptions are from unless otherwise stated.







The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. But will she be prepared to face impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love?

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner’s life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

When seventeen-year-old orphaned shapechanger Tessa Gray is kidnapped by the villainous Mortmain in his final bid for power, the London Institute rallies to save her, but is beset by danger and betrayal at every turn.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.






Every Day by David Levithan

Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.  (Description from Halifax Public Libraries)

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

Game by Barry Lyga

After solving a deadly case in the small town of Lobo’s Nod, seventeen-year-old Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial murderer, travels to New York City to help the police track down the Hat-Dog Killer.







The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie.

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Special Edition 2014

A collection of bizarre facts, stories, and photographs featuring strange creatures, people, places, and adventures from around the world.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

After the death of her abusive father and loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn runs away, desperately seeking peace, as her younger sister, a sophomore in high school, also tries to put the pieces of her life back together.

Season’s Readings

Do you have big reading plans for the holidays? If so, be sure to check out the library’s festive red and green book display to stock up.


Student Picks

Want to know what students at PDHS are reading and recommending? Check out the current library display of student picks. This will be an ongoing feature in the library and on the blog, so if you read a book from the school library and want to promote it, fill out a form and it will be added to the display.

November’s student picks are:

BeautifulCreaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Recommended by: Grade 7 student

Plot: There was a girl, there was a grave, and there was a curse.

Read it for excitement, tears, and laughter.


UgliesUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Recommended by: Grade 7 student

Plot: Everyone gets an operation that makes them look the same, but there is an evil secret behind it.

Read it if you like science fiction, dystopian.


WarmBodiesWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: It’s about a zombie who falls in love with a human.

Read it if you like zombies and love.


CanterwoodCrest Canterwood Crest series by Jessica Burkhart

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot: Sasha is trying to get into an elite boarding school.

Read it if you like horses and drama.


TwilightTwilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot:  A vampire named Edward falls in love with a girl named Bella.

Read it if you like vampires.


DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth

Recommended by: Grade 10 student

Plot: A girl is trying to find her place in the courage faction.

Read it if you like The Hunger Games.


BloodRedRoadBlood Red Road by Moira Young

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: Saba goes off to save her brother and ends up on a wild, crazy adventure.

Read it if you like action, adventure, and The Hunger Games.


BookOfAwesomeThe Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: 1000 awesome things, i.e. chips on your sandwich, socks fresh out of the dryer, coming home to a cooked meal.

Read it if you like optimism and a daily pick-me-up.

Lights, Camera, Read!

Happy Catching Fire Day! The sequel to The Hunger Games just one of many high-profile movie adaptations of teen books released this year, which include Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Ender’s Game, and The Book Thief The books that inspired these films – and many others – are all available from the PDHS Library and currently on display, so be sure to check them out.







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Celebrate Movember by checking out a mustachioed book from the PDHS Library.MovemberLibraryDisplay

Remembrance Day Books – Fiction

Take time to remember by reading one of these historical novels about WWI and WWII, all of which are on display in the library.




















Miss Calder’s Picks

Here are a handful of books from the PDHS Library I’ve read and loved. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t already (they are currently on display).

AcrossTheUniverseAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

Plot: Amy’s been cryogenically frozen for the 300-year journey to a new Earth, but she wakes early when someone tries to kill her.

 Read it if… you want science fiction with lots of intrigue and a dash of romance.


Eleanor&ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Plot:  Two misfits fall in love, despite the odds that are stacked against them.

Read it if… you want a realistic  romance that will give you butterflies and break your heart.


FriendsWithBoysFriends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Plot: Maggie is starting Grade 10 after years of homeschooling. If surviving high school wasn’t enough, she’s also being haunted.

Read it if… you’re looking for a (mostly) realistic, stand-alone graphic novel by a Nova Scotian author.


GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore

Plot: Katsa is “graced” with the ability to kill and is forced to work as a thug for the king. When she meets Prince Po, who is graced with combat skills, Katsa’s world is never the same.

Read it if… you want a fantasy novel with gorgeous writing, rich characters, lots of action and romance.

GraffitiMoonGraffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Plot: Lucy is searching for Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist she thinks is the perfect guy. She doesn’t know it’s Ed, who she  once dated – and punched in the nose.

Read it if… you like quirky romantic comedies and off-beat adventures.


RevolverRevolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Plot: Sig’s alone in a remote Arctic cabin with his father’s corpse and his revolver when there’s a knock on the door.

Read it if… you like historical fiction, tense thrillers, and short books.


SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

Plot: Seraphina is a gifted musician for the Royal Court with a dangerous secret—she is half-human, half-dragon.

Read it if… you like medieval-style fantasies with dragons.



WillGraysonWillGraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Plot: One cold Chicago night, two very different Will Graysons collide – with life-changing results.

Read it if… you like humourous, but heartfelt, realistic fiction. And musicals.