Friday, January 19, 2018

Free Friday: The Librarian of Auschwitz



Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)



The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe (translated by Lilit Thwaites)

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the TerezĂ­n ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Free Friday: The 57 Bus



Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)



The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Update: Congratulations, Chereise S.!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Free Friday: The Shadow Hour



Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)



The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace. But Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome. She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to The Shadow Hour, much-anticipated sequel to The Girl at Midnight.

Update: Congrats to Kalli C.!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

National Science Fiction Day: Explore New Worlds


What can you make out of boredom?

To pass the time during some truly miserable weather, in 1815 19 year old Mary Shelley wrote a book--and almost singlehandedly established science fiction as a genre of popular literature.

Since the early 19th century, science fiction has come a long way--and today, National Science Fiction Day, we celebrate it in its manifold and evolving forms. Here are a few titles you may have missed, including a few relatively recent releases.

Defy the Stars, by Claudia Gray


Teenaged soldier Noemi and an enemy robot, Abel, whose advanced programming has begun to evolve, set out on an interstellar quest to save her home planet, Earth colony Genesis. 

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but as time goes by the stakes turn out to be even higher than they imagined, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they've been taught was true.


Illuminae (Book #1 in The Illuminae Files trilogy), by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a tiny, icy planet at the edge of the universe. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, an empath and the daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith, as Lauren becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and the revolutionary concept of "Earthseed."

Provenance, by Ann Leckie

A young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet, from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

Scythe, by Neal Schusterman

In a world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery (humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death), Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and it is mandated that they do so, in order to keep population size under control.

Citra and Rowan are shortlisted to apprentice to a scythe, to master the “art” of "gleaning," or taking, life. However, only one will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice, and the ordained apprentice's first task will be to kill the other--unless, of course, the two of them decide to reject the rules of the game and take on the whole of Scythedom, changing it from within.

Not quite what you're looking for? Browse our wide selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks here and search our catalog, to catch up on sci-fi classics (Asimov, Bradbury, etc.), or discover more new reads!

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Free Friday: Crazy House



Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)



Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.

Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss, Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:

They took the wrong twin.

Update: Congrats to Kelsey L.!