In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. She has decided to end her life and drop out of time, but before she does, she wants to accomplish one last act of redemption: she wants to write, in the pages of her diary, the life story of her 104-year-old great-grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun.
Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island in British Columbia, who stumbles across a Hello Kitty lunchbox on the beach one day. The lunchbox contains a pack of old Japanese letters, an antique watch, and the secret diary of a sixteen-year-old teenager named Nao Yasutani. Ruth, who suspects the lunchbox is debris from the 2011 tsunami, starts to read the diary and becomes obsessed with discovering Nao’s fate.
Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, author Ruth Ozeki says A Tale for the Time Being “is about the relationship between a writer (Nao) and a reader (Ruth). It’s also about the way that a story calls a writer into being.”
A Tale for the Time Being can be requested in regular print and large print through the Haliburton County Public Library.
In Paper Towns by John Green, Margo Roth Spiegelman, the object of Quentin Jacobsen’s unrequited love shows up at Quentin’s window dressed like a ninja, and beckons him to join her for a night of revenge on all those she feels has wronged her, Quentin feels like he has hit the jackpot and looks forward to Margo finally hanging out with him and his friends at school.
When Margo doesn’t show up to school the next day, and her parents file a missing persons report, Quentin begins to look for clues to where she may be hiding… or buried. As a disconnected path of clues brings him closer to Margo, he feels like he is becoming farther away from the girl he thought he knew.
Paper Towns is John Green’s latest Young Adult novel to be adapted as a motion picture. Read the book before the film comes out in the summer of 2015. Paper Towns by John Green is available to reserve in print, audio, and digital formats at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM January 11th – 24th, 2015.