Book Review: Graceling


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Review by Librarian Rachel from the Healdsburg branch

Katsa was born into a royal house in a time and place where some people possess an extreme skill, called a Grace. Katsa’s unfortunate Grace is that of killing. She is lightening fast, needs little sleep, is incredibly strong, and has endurance few can imagine. Her uncle, King Randa, is an unscrupulous ruler who uses Katsa’s Grace for his own ends. But Katsa is not content to be a pawn in her uncle’s games. She and her band of friends, called the Council, use their talents and influence to right the wrongs perpetrated by King Randa. It is during a Council mission that Katsa meets another Graceling, Po. This chance encounter sets in motion an adventure that takes Katsa over mountains in a blinding snowstorm and across seas to a rival kingdom. While Graceling is a book full of high adventure, Katsa herself is not a heroine soon forgotten. I find that I enjoy best books whose characters are truly flawed. Katsa must learn to control her Grace, a skill very difficult for someone whose very essence is to kill. The relationship between Katsa and Po is great because they are equals – the boy never rescues the girl and the girl must not out wit the boy in order to win his respect. Fans of Tamora Pierce’s books will love Graceling.

SCL Teen Idol @ Windsor


The Windsor library was the last branch to host the Sonoma County Teen Idol.  The audience was full, with 50 in attendance.  After the scores were tallied the Windsor branch found that there was a three-way tie for 1st place.  Good thing we were prepared for this, the contestants had to do a sudden death sing-off to determine who would go home with the 1st place prize.

Congratulations to the Windsor branch winners:

1st place:  Casandra, with the song "The Climb"
2nd place:  Melissa, with the song "All I Want to Do"
3rd place:  Jodi, with the song "My Heart will go on"


The Grand Finale is this Saturday, May 9th @ 7pm.  All the first place winners from the different branches will compete for the Grand Prize of $200.  We hope to see you there!

SCL Teen Idol @ Healdsburg


The Healdsburg branch had their SCL Teen Idol program yesterday afternoon.  The room was filled to capacity as 9 contestants went for the $75 first place prize.   The final branch competition will be held this Friday, May 1st @ 7 p.m. in Windsor.

Congratulations to the Healdsburg Winners:

1st Place:  Danica:  sang "This is Me"
2nd Place:  Brittany:  sang "Mercy"
3rd Place:  Kayla:  sang "Colors of the Winds"

SCL Teen Idol @ Petaluma


The 4th branch to host the Sonoma County Library Teen Idol program was Petaluma.  With a crowd of 100 people watching, 14 teens sang their hearts out.   The last branch competition is this Friday, May 1st @ 7pm at the Windsor Branch.  We hope to see you there!  The winners at the Petaluma branch were:

1st Place:  Beth Anne:  sang "I feel Pretty"
2nd Place:  Jennifer:  sang "Settlin"
3rd Place:  Marley:  "Daughters"

Congratulations to the winners!

SCL Teen Idol @ Cloverdale


Another successful SCL Teen Idol program at the Cloverdale library.  Last Monday, April 20th, six contestants sang to their favorite tunes in hopes of winning the $75 first place prize.  The next Sonoma County Library Teen Idol is at the Healdsburg branch on Monday, April 27th @ 3:30.  Congratulations to the winners from the Cloverdale branch:

1st prize, Kelsey sang "Much More"
2nd prize, Marissa sang "Walk Away"
3rd prize, Nicole sang "Capri"

New Books!


SCL Teen Idol @ Rincon Valley


The Rincon Valley branch was the next host for the Sonoma County Library Teen Idol.  On April 8th 16 contestants shared their songs with 80 members in the audience.  The winners at the Rincon Valley branch were:

1st place:  Jessie sang "Wash by the Water"
2nd place:  Victoria sang a song by Celine Dion
3rd place:  Bree sang "Take a Bow"

We would like to give a big round of applause to every teen who competed.  The next SCL Teen Idol will be at the Cloverdale branch on Monday, April 20th at 6:30pm.   We hope to see you there!


Sonoma County Teen Idol Program


The very first Sonoma County Teen Idol Program was hosted by the Northwest branch last Friday night.  They had 10 teens compete for the $75 first place prize.  The winners were:

 1st place:  Peter sang "My Girl"
2nd place:  Joy sang "Held"
3rd place:  Karla sang "Save Room"

Congratulations to the winners!  The next teen idol is at the Rincon Valley branch on Wednesday, April 8th @ 3:30.  We hope to see you there!

GLBTQ Reading List

Looking for a different kind of romance?  Love comes in all forms.  Check out one of these books featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer young people.  If you see a (*)  the author has written other books about gay teens.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn*
Down to the Bone by Mayra Dole
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden*
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger*
Totally Joe by James Howe*
Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr*
My Most Excellent Year:  a novel of love, Marry Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger*
Absolutely, Positively Not by David Larochelle
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan*
The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Hero by Perry Moore
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle*
Luna by Julie Anne Peters*
Saints of Augustine by P.E. Ryan
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan*
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez*
The Hookup Artist by Tucker Shaw
Freak Show by James St. James
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger*

Fantasy Series for High School Readers

Here are some series that will appeal to the fantasy reader.  Let us know what you think!

Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning
Kiesha-ra Series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Shannara by Terry Brooks
Sword of Shannara
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fellowship of the Ring
Alfred Kropp Series by Richard Yancey
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp