I love graphic novels, but not so much manga – purely because I want intriguing art, and I don’t favour simply black-and-white. However, if you’re like me, even though it’s in black-and-white, you will not be disappointed with this manga series, based on the “Maximum Ride” novel series by James Patterson. You will get swept up with the fast-paced storyline: six teens who have been genetically modified with avian DNA. Why? Who did it? Who’s chasing them? What will become of Max and her friends. I hope you enjoy it too. (submitted by SMC)
It’s a little corny, but I loved the simplicity of this book. It’s a fable intertwined with messages and practical tips on inspiring each of us to be ‘leaders’, regardless of what we do at work, what level in the hierarchy we’re at, or just generally in our day-to-day lives. Something that everyone should read. (submitted by SB)
I really enjoyed this memoir from Deb Olin Unferth on the travels of her youth. It is a coming-of-age story about a young American idealistic girl who went to join the “revolution” in Central America in mid-80s, along with her boyfriend. Very funny and honest. (submitted by SF)
What Are Library Staff Reading Right Now?
Sheila is enjoying You Are Not Your Brain by Jeffrey Schwartz.
Jeff Wells has written two wonderful books of short stories about all his favourite and most memorable things that have happened in his Veterinary medicine practice. And don’t forget about the sequel: All My Patients Kick and Bite. Some stories make you crack up laugh, some make you sniffle, and some just warm your heart. Excellent books that I would want to reread again and again. (submitted by AI)
I loved this graphic novel so much that I bought it. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve been told that it is just the moving version of the book – exactly the same. It details Marjane Satrapi’s childhood, from the age of six to fourteen, in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. (submitted by JF)