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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.

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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Mi’kmaq History Month

This October marks the 20th anniversary of Mi’kmaq History Month. As part of this celebration of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture, the following books will be on display in the PDHS library. Be sure to check them out!













Sports Books

Do you love to play or watch sports? Looking for stories about athletes? Check out one of these fiction and nonfiction sports titles currently on display in the library.







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Survival Stories

Do you love exciting stories about people fighting to survive airplane crashes, shipwrecks, deadly weather, and the unforgiving wilderness? If your answer is yes, then you will want to check out one of these great survival stories on display in the library.


































African Heritage Month

February is African Heritage Month. To celebrate, the following fiction and nonfiction books will be on display in the library. Whether you’re a student or teacher, feel free to borrow one of these great African Heritage titles.





















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More New Books

The rest of this year’s new books arrived this week! With the exception of the newest Ellen Hopkins book (yay!) and the complete Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater, most of the new fiction titles are additions to series already held in the PDHS Library. There are also a few nonfiction additions on the subjects of the atomic bomb, the gruesome deaths of historical figures, and bullying. Be sure to come by and check them out!

New Fiction













  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil (Book 5) by Derek Landy
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer (Book 6) by Derek Landy

New Nonfiction







New Graphic Novels

In addition to the new books featured in the previous post, the library has acquired several new graphic novels. Whether you’re a comic fan or reading a graphic novel for the first time, I highly recommend these titles.












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New Year, New Books!

The first book order has arrived! Be sure to check out one of these great new books.

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