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Hot Topics October 2013

It’s hard to believe Fall is right around the corner.  Before we know it, Old Man Winter will be here and we’ll be looking forward to the holiday season.  I’m getting ahead of myself and should be talking about things in the moment.  Speaking of in the moment, our Collection Development staff has chosen to honor two subjects that are note-worthy:  AIDS and Bullying.  To view the entire list of October is National AIDS Awareness Month, click here.  To view the entire list of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, click here.

October is National AIDS Awareness Month 

A Positive LifeA Positive Life: Living with HIV as a Pastor, Husband, and Father by Shane Stanford

When Shane Stanford discovered he was HIV positive twenty years ago, from procedures used to treat hemophilia, he knew he had a choice to make.  He could feel sorry for himself or he could live as faith-fully and boldly as possible.  Shane discovered that even a difficult road can offer glimpses of grace and that choosing how to live is the key to making life matter.  Pick it up and discover how to treasure each day.  Learn more and order here.

PositivelyPositively by Courtney Sheinmel

In this work of fiction, Sheinmel takes readers into the world of Emmy, an HIV-infected teenager.  Emmy’s mother has just passed away from AIDS and she is struggling to deal with the loss, her estranged father, and a condition no one understands.  Unsure how to help Emmy, her father and stepmother send her to Camp Positive, a camp for HIV-positive children.  Emmy realizes she isn’t alone and begins to open up to others.  I will be picking this one up and I recommend you do the same.  Learn more and order here.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month 

BulliesBullies:  From the Playground to the Boardroom by Jane Middleton-Moz and Mary Lee Zawadski

Bullying doesn’t just happen at school or to our children.  It happens every day at work and in our relationships.  No matter what the age or the environment, if someone expresses frequent and systematic cruelty, they are bullies.  The authors present interviews with bullies and the people they’ve abused, ways to cope and avoid bullying situations, and analyses of where the bullying is taking place.  Learn more and order here

Odd SquadOdd Squad:  Bully Bait by Michael Fry

Seventh-grader Nick doesn’t fit in with any groups or clubs and thanks to the school bully Roy, he spends more time inside than outside his locker.  Things go from bad to worse when the guidance counselor assigns Nick to join the school’s lamest club, the Safety Patrol.  He’s not alone.  Fellow misfits Molly and Karl have also fallen victim to the counselor’s quest to cure “peer allergies”.  The reluctant band of hopeless oddballs morphs into a team ready to face whatever middle school throws at them.  Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will enjoy this first book in a series.  Learn more and order here.


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