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July 17, 2019

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"The Book Thief" is on the top of the list for Rosemary Carman

By Darlene Bowers
Join us this summer as the Ada Public Library and the Ada Icon team up to share favorite books from readers of all ages all over the region. Summer is the perfect time to check out the new library renovation (if you haven’t already) and check out some books. Check the Ada Icon frequently to see who is reading what and grab some ideas for your next reading adventure.

Rosemary Carman

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Name: Rosemary Carman, age 15, 10th grader at Allen East Schools

“The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is my favorite book,” shares Rosemary Carman, “because you learn a lot about people living in Germany during the Nazi reign; also what they had to endure.”

This international bestselling book was on the New York Times best seller list for more than a decade. The story follows a young girl (Liesel) in Germany during World War II forced to live with foster parents. Liesel learns to read from her foster father and discovers the power of words.

She begins stealing books from Nazi book burnings and the mayor's wife's library. During bombing raids Liesel shares the books she steals and the stories in them with her family and neighbors and also with a Jewish fist fighter whom her foster family is hiding.

Left Behind: The Kids Series is a collection of forty books that Rosemary Carman is currently reading. Five other books recommended by Rosemary are:

• The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings (fiction)

• The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (juvenile fiction, science fiction)

• Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (juvenile fiction)

• Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (juvenile fiction, historical fiction)

• Snow Bound by Harry Mazer (fiction)

So what are your favorite books? What books do you recommend to others? Join in, fill out the Ada Icon/Ada Public Library Favorite Book Survey (see attachment below) and submit your recommendations. Let’s start a reading revolution or at least have a spectacular time sampling all sorts of reads and exploring the Ada Public Library.