Book Deal of the Day

HSL Book Deal of the Day 6.1.17: The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family

It's no secret that we at HSL totally buy into Brontes mania, but the three sisters of literary legend make a great high school lit study, especially if you add this academic biography to your reading list. Even if you think you know all about Charlotte, Emily, and Anne (and Branwell—don't forget Branwell!), you'll discover new details in this deeply researched study. One of the best ways to learn how to write intelligently about literature is to read intelligent writing about literature—this book definitely fits the bill.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.31.17: Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution

The understanding of evolution didn't spring fully formed from the head of Darwin—though even in Darwin's own time, scientific thinkers who'd advanced pieces of theory were already being forgotten. Stott does a great job in this book of illuminating evolution's controversial intellectual history, from ancient Greece to Victorian England, pointing out that long before the Scopes trial, evolutionary ideas were shaking things up. A really fascinating read about a piece of science history that doesn't pop up in many places. I think we're going to do this as a readaloud this summer.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.30.17: Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited
By Evelyn Waugh

Waugh's surprisingly tender novel explores English life between the two World Wars through the eyes of a young man captivated by an aristocratic family. Waugh muses on privilege and ambition, class and religion, politics and faith in this classic book.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.29.17: His Dark Materials Trilogy

Today's a triple deal: All three books of the books in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy are $1.99 (each) today. Dark, subversive, and feminist, Pullman's world-hopping reimagining of Paradise Lost is (in my humble opinion) pure storytelling genius. 

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.28.17: Heart of a Samurai

Heart of a Samurai
By Margi Preus

Japan in 1841 is completely isolated from the rest of the world—so when 14-year-old Manjiro finds himself making a connection with the United States after an unexpected shipwreck, he's thrilled to have the opportunity to visit a whole new world as the adopted son of the captain who rescued him. Life in the United States is full of adventure and kindness, adversity and racism for its (allegedly) first Japanese resident, but Manjiro still dreams of someday going back to his native land. A great story that brings a piece of Asian history to life.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.27.17: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Suzanne was raving about this series at lunch this week (and I don't want to spoil anything, but it might feature in her next Library Chicken update), so I can't not share that Volume 1 is bargain-priced for the Kindle right now. Squirrel Girl is a smart, feminist, awesome superhero who adventures are pure, hilarious fun. Can't wait to read it myself!

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.25.17: The Fairy-Tale Detectives

All of my favorite writing students have something in common, and that something is the Sisters Grimm, a series that they cite fondly and reference frequently when we're talking about what makes good fiction. It's easy to understand why: In this series, sisters Daphne and Sabrina discover that not only are fairy tales real but they they are the latest in a long line of fairy tale detectives—which may explain the mysterious disappearance of their parents that left them orphaned. This first book is a great taste of what you'll get in the series: strong female protagonists, witty fairy tale allusions, lots of action, and a story that you don't want to end.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.24.17: El Deafo

El Deafo
By Cece Bell

Being different isn't always easy. When Cece Bell loses her hearing, she has to learn how to navigate the world in all new ways, including wearing a cutting-edge 1970s hearing aid and figuring out how to make friends when she can't always hear what people are saying—or when she hears too much. Cece is a likable, friendly character, and her story—part memoir, part graphic novel—is one that almost every middle schooler can relate to. This is one of the graphic novels designed specifically for the Kindle, so you don't have to worry about weird formatting issues.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.23.17: My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane
By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Come to this wild and weird YA historical fantasy expected a rollicking tale and lots of laughs, not historical accuracy, and you’re pretty much guaranteed an enjoyable read. Almost everyone knows the sad story of England’s nine-day queen, but this book gives her a shot an actual happy ending—if Monty Python decided to write an alternate Tudor history, this might just be the result. Fun and frothy in all the best ways.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.22.17: Dark Lord of Derkholm

Dark Lord of Derkholm
By Diana Wynne Jones

You can't blame people for wanting to visit the magical world next door, but it's not exactly easy on that magical world's inhabitants—especially when the holiday organizer, Mr. Chesney, requires everyone to put their lives on hold and enact fantastic scenarios for his Pilgrim Parties. The natives are restless, and they're determined to get their freedom back—starting with appointing a terrifically inept Dark Lord for the latest season of tourists. You can't go wrong with DWJ, and this often-hilarious novel is an ideal summer (or anytime) readaloud.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.21.17: Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

The original computers weren't machines, they were people—specifically women who, armed with slide rules and sharpened pencils, performed the complex calculations needed to get the space program (literally) off the ground. This book shines a long overdue spotlight on the women scientists and mathematicians who contributed to the early work of the space program, and it's a great read on its own or as part of a larger study with The Glass Universe and Hidden Figures.

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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.20.17: A Curious Tale of the In-Between

We reviewed this eerie middle grades ghost story when it first came out: A girl who can talk to ghosts makes her first real-live friend, and they quickly bond over the fact that they both have lost parents. She's never been happier—but her ghost-talking talent has been noticed by dangerous people, and her real and ghostly friends will have to team up if they want to save her. This is definitely more spooky and atmospheric than your typical middle grades novel, but kids who like that kind of story will be entranced by the adventures of Pram, Felix, and Clarence.

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