Welcome to the new Mill Valley Media Center webpage.
We hope you use this page to start your research process for school projects, and also take in the reviews for books you can find in our collection. If you have any questions over the information found on this page, feel free to stop in the media center and talk to Mr. Shelly. In the meantime, use the resources on this web site to meet your needs at school and during your free time.
Books to Read
by Annie Goodson Year Published: 2018 Realistic Fiction
It’s summertime on Chicago’s South side, and Caleb has it made. He’s about to start high school, his mom got him and his sister out of government housing, and his best friend, D, has their future all planned. But when a dead dog turns up in a dumpster, the summer takes a sick turn. Rumors of dog fighting begin to swirl, a big-bellied cop starts poking around the block, and Sway, a small-time gang banger with something to prove, starts pressuring the boys to join his operation. D can always talk their way in and out of all kinds of trouble, but now trouble has teeth and fur, guns tucked into waistbands, and mean-eyed boys acting like men. Overnight, the neighborhood transforms into a forest of monsters on the prowl, and if Caleb wants to make it through the summer, he’ll need to find a voice of his own.
by Jennifer Mathieu Year Published: 2017 Realistic Fiction
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small town Texas high school where the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harrassments. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with following the rules. She creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates, just to blow off steam. The thing is, other girls respond, she forges new friendshiips across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and realizes that what she has started is nothgin short of a girl revolution.
by Jason Reynolds Year Published: 2017
Will's brother Shawn has been murdered, so Will steps into an elevator with a gun in the back waistband of his jeans to follow the rules and avenge his brother's death. At each stop of the elevator down, however, someone connected to his brother gets on, giving Will a new perspective on his brother that impacts his course of action.
by Neil Gaiman Year Published: 2017 Mythology
Fantasy writer Gaiman stays true to the Norse myths in evisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong, and Loki - son of a giant - blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the nine worlds and delves into exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants.
Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods' fiercely competative natures, susceptibility to being duped and duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.