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Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM


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Mr. Reese: reesew@spprep.org 

Ms. Friedlander: friedlanders@spprep.org


BOOK MATCH

Looking for something to read, but don't know where to start? Fill out the BOOK MATCH form and Ms. Friedlander, a reading expert, will tailor a reading list based on your responses. A great way to find something new!


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To request a book for the library, just complete the questions on the linked form and we will do our best to get it.


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To download books, search for the Axis 360 app in your APP store. Follow the link and use your Prep login information to check out books.


What did your teacher's read?

Mr. Comey

Science fiction novel The Final Six introduces a world in which strangers compete for one of the six slots to travel to Jupiter's moon, Europa. Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, finds a friend in Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, as the training tests their limits.

Mr. Reese

"Since his debut in Detective Comics #27, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop Art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim ninja of the urban night, cycling through eras of dark melodrama and light comedy and back again...The Caped Crusade is a journey into the depths of Gotham that will delight new and old Bat-fans alike."

Ms. Quinn

In Firestarter, Charlie, an eight-year-old girl, has the ability to start fires by pyrokinesis. Now a government agency is after her and wants to use her as a weapon.

Mr. Morris

Mark Haddon's unique book, The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, tells the story of Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, who, despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. 

Mr. Dougherty

In Batman: Detective Comics, Batman and Batwoman team up with Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan, and Clayface (wait...isn't he a villain?!) to protect Gotham City. This is a surprisingly heavy and emotional read, especially for a superhero book. - Mr. Reese

Mr. Morris and Mr. Reese

The Fifth Child, by Nobel Winner Doris Lessing, tells the story of Harriet Lovatt, whose life is torn apart when she gives birth to Ben, an insatiably hungry, abnormally strong, brutal child, who she cannot bear to leave in an institution, but whose presence in her home terrorizes her husband and other four children.

Mr. Hollywood

"In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders."--Publisher

Ms. Quinn

In Finders Keepers,  deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn’t released anything since, is livid...[so he] kills his idol ...[and] upon his release thirty-five years later, he’s about to discover that teenager Pete Saubers has already found the stolen treasure—and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance... - Publisher.

Ms. Merski

Game of Thrones; the book that started the Song of Ice and Fire.  Lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, and all the forces of good and evil prepare for trouble in the land of Winterfell where summers can last for decades and winters a lifetime.

Mr. Caccaro

Now a TV show, Good Omens is written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. When Agnes Nutter predicts that the end of the world is days away, the demon Crowley and his angel friend, Aziraphale, team up to save humankind.

Mr. Welch and Ms. Fitzpatrick

In Hillbilly Elegy, "Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class"--OCLC.

Mr. Dougherty

"[The first part in Alan Moore's "Jerusalem" in which] in the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them."--Publisher.

Mr. Dougherty

"Led by Wonder Woman this team of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp must bring the fight against all supernatural foes too big for the World's Greatest Super Heroes! Earth's magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It's up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! Dark days ahead"--Publisher.

Ms. Dallam

A Mercy tells the story of Florens, a sixteen-year-old slave on a Virginia plantation who is given to a Dutch trader named Jacob Vaark as payment for a debt owed to Vaark by her master, and moves to his small Northern farm where her presence is felt keenly by Vaark's childless wife Rebekka, Native American servant Lina, and Sorrow, a foundling.

Ms. McLoughlin

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction. - Publisher

Ms. Quinn

Ready Player One, set n the year 2044, introduces us to Wade Watts who, like the rest of humanity, chooses to escape reality and spends his waking hours in the limitless, utopian virtual world of the OASIS, but when Wade stumbles upon the first of the fiendish puzzles set up by OASIS creator James Halliday he finds he must compete with thousands of others--including those willing to commit murder--in order to claim a prize of massive fortune.

Mr. O'Connell

In A Little History of the World, E. H. Gombrich presents a concise history of the world for young readers, tracing the development of humankind, from the stone age to the twentieth century.

 

Ms. Bagg

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle tells the story of Evelyn Hardcastle, who "will die every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others"--Publisher.

Mr. Giglio

The Art of Racing in the Rain tells the touching story of Enzo, the dog of professional race car driver Denny Swift, who recalls the memories of his life and shares his insight into the human condition that he learned from observing his owner. 

Ms. Fitzpatrick

Where the Crawdads Sing by author Delia Owens tells the story of "Kya Clark, the 'Marsh Girl' of Barkley Cove on the North Carolina coast. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist, she took life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. Drawn to two young men from town who were intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opened herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya"--OCLC.

Mr. Giglio

In The Fifth Risk, financial journalist Michael Lewis discusses the federal Government and the possible consequences of the Trump Presidency.

Mr. Caccaro

In The Forever War, the Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. Drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to survive  and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

Current Displays

New Arrivals

Children of Blood and Bone

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

A fictional oral history that begins with the mystery of a young womans' body disappearing from the morgue in an Arizona border town. Then more bodies from an inexplicable disease that solidified their blood are brought to the morgue only to vanish as well. Soon the government, biomedical researchers, lawmakers, and the Catholic Church must come to terms with what they are too late to stop, an epidemic of vampirism.

West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 : Best Coast

"A bold new era begins for the mightiest heroes to ever live on the pacific Coast. That means Hawkeye (your favorite one, Kate Bishop)! Hawkeye (the other one, Clint Barton)! America Chavez! Kid Omega! Gwenpool! And a guy called Fuse! Wait, what? That's right, these are the new West Coast Avengers. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world, and fast--because big things are heading for their part of the planet! Including the attack of the 50-foot were-woman--better known as original WCA member Tigra--plus more B-movie, monster-sized threats!"--Back cover.

The Nickel Boys

"Follows the experiences of two African-American teenagers at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida"--OCLC.

Stony the Road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow

"A . . . rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind"--Amazon.

The Caped Crusade : Batman and the rise of nerd culture

"Since his debut in Detective Comics #27, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop Art sensation ... He is constantly changing, jumping from page to screen and beyond, and yet he remains one of our most revered cultural icons. In this witty, wise, and fascinating history, NPR critic and self-proclaimed nerd Glen Weldon explains why we've continued to look to this masked man in the night--and what that devotion tells us about ourselves. ." -- Publisher

Justice League Dark, Vol 1: Last Days of Magic

"Led by Wonder Woman this team of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp must bring the fight against all supernatural foes too big for the World's Greatest Super Heroes! Earth's magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It's up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! Dark days ahead"--Publisher.

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