While the Olson library is an academic library, we do have some hidden gems to read for fun! If you like nonfiction, we’ve got tons, and believe it or not, fiction pops up regularly around here. This holiday season there is an entire section dedicated to fun reading books. On display on top of the Juvie shelves, you can find tons of childhood favorites. Here are some titles to get you started.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda, a high school sophomore is living her plain old life when in a split second an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth. The result is terrifying, tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earth quakes are shaking the contents and volcanic ash is blocking the sun. There is limited resources in this unfamiliar world, and they’re stuck in it. Told in the form of journal entries, this story is about Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important thing of all, hope. This is a young adult book with a sci-fi feel considering the apocalyptic plot.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Lyra Belacqua is an orphan. She lives a carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College until two powerful visitors appear. First her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel. appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far north including photos of a celestial phenomenon and a dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects to be part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra to the care of a enigmatic scholar who offers to give Lyria the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this narrative, nothing is as it seems and Lyra sets our to find the truth. Children are being captured and put under strenuous experiments. Lyra is determined to figure out what is happening, even if she has to do it alone.This book is part of a series and all of the books have pretty good reviews.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Hedley
A girl named Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. Since birth, she’s had a mysterious lung disease that makes it hard for her to breathe. When Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family thinks she’s crazy. Turns out her best friend Jason believes her. Aza is lost to the world and then finds another. She is not the weak in this world but the strong brave and powerful. She finds herself navigating a new life and sees war on the horizon. The whole of humanity is in Aza’s hands, where do her loyalties lie? This book has a fantasy feel to it. It is whimsical with a dark twist.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This book is about the four March sisters- Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. They have just moved to a new neighbor hood and face Christmas without their father who is in the midst of the Civil War. This story follows these sisters for the next fifteen years of their lives as they grow up and face many challenges. This book is older but is considered a classic.
All of these books are available for check out at the Lydia Olson Library along with a selection of others that have been set out on the top of our Pre-K through 12 section. If you need help finding a title, please don’t hesitate to contact us!