New books available in the WHS library

New works include young adult series and non-fiction

Last week, several new books arrived in the WHS library.

The process of purchasing new books for the library begins with recommendations from both students and teachers. Brendan Praeger and Laura Delfelder provide most of these recommendations, as the current English teachers at Wabaunsee. Librarian/Media Tech. Heather McCreight then adds books to the list based on suggestions from students throughout the year.

McCreight then researches reviews of each book to find out what they cover. “I usually read the first chapter of each book,” McCreight said, “I look at what the book covers and the different topics included in it.” She also consults Praeger to decide the final list. Once the books are approved, she orders them.

New additions include the Silo series, a self-published dystopian novel about a civilization living in silos following an apocalyptic dust storm. “Station Eleven” is another dystopian novel following a flu outbreak. Non-fiction book “Adrift” tells the story of a man lost at sea and “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” follows one woman’s search for the Golden State Killer. Norse Mythology is a retelling of mythological stories by Neil Gaiman.

“I try to choose books that I’m familiar with that I think the students will enjoy,” English teacher Brendan Praeger said. “I think we have a good selection of classics, but we need to keep up with new books, especially in the non-fiction genre.”

The library budget recently increased to $2,500, which not only covers new books, but also magazines, newspapers and any other supplies the library needs. This shipment of books totaled $677.12.

To recommend your own book or series, simply talk to McCreight and she will add your suggestion to the list.

— Emma Frey, @_emmafrey_, Photo by Kaytlyn Meseke

Recently added books:

11.22.63 by Stephen King

Adrift by Steven Callahan

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

How to be Good by Nick Hornby

Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

United As One by Pittacus Lore

Valley of the Horses by Jean Auel

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Character is Destiny by John McCain

The Silo Series (Wool, Shift and Dust) by Hugh Howey

Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore

Hello Universe by Entrada Kelly

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Land of the Painted Caves by Jean Auel

Mammoth Hunters by Jean Auel

Plains of Passage by Jean Auel

Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Station Eleven by Emily Mandel

Why Character Matters by John McCain

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