Highly Illogical Behavior
by John Corey Whaley
In Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley, to Solomon Reed the world beyond the walls of his house may as well be a universe. A Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, he views the world through the lens of his favourite show, his garage is the holodeck, his backyard the light-years away neutral zone, and the use of the pool his grandmother is building for them almost inconceivable. As a teenager with agoraphobia who once plunged himself into a fountain to quell a panic attack, this is how he works his life around his anxiety. Enter Lisa Praytor who is determined to insinuate herself in to Solomon’s life for the sake of an essay and a free ride in the college psychology program of her choice – a plan in which her boyfriend Clark likens her to “Lady Macbeth without the murder.” Despite Lisa throwing the stabilizers of Solomon’s life out of alignment, the trio become genuine friends, but then an unexpected love triangle threatens to create a rift between them, set Solomon back, and teach Lisa a hard lesson on what happens when you try to help someone for the wrong reasons.
Highly Illogical Behavior is a young adult novel by John Corey Whaley. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
The Jaguar’s Children
by John Vaillant
The Jaguar’s Children is the debut novel by Vancouver-based John Vaillant, who won the 2005 Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction for his first book, The Golden Spruce, and was widely acclaimed for 2010’s The Tiger. Vaillant delivers a dramatic, tense novel that begins in the claustrophobic confines of a water truck, in which fifteen would-be immigrants to the United States are trapped – what was supposed to have been an easy, three hour trip to Arizona has gone horribly wrong. The smugglers have abandoned the broken down truck, and the occupants, still sealed in, have very little water. Among the fifteen hoping to immigrate are Hector and his friend Cesar. When the vehicle lurches and suddenly stops, it knocks Cesar unconscious, leaving Hector to search for a cellphone signal to send out an SOS. A series of text messages and sound files form the narrative as Hector tries to contact AnniMac, the only contact in Cesar’s phone with an American number. The Jaguar’s Children is not only on 2016’s Evergreen™ Award short list, it also appears as Gail Gillespie’s choice in Haliburton County Public Library’s Fifty Stories and Staff Picks 2015 publication. The Jaguar’s Children can be requested through any of the eight library branches in Haliburton County and while you are there, pick up a copy of Fifty Stories and Staff Picks 2015 to find your next great read!
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