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Welcome to the Summer Learning Challenge
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Welcome to the Summer Learning Challenge for Barrington Area Library staff. Set up an account with your name and email address (your account from last year should work), log in, and share your reviews and ratings of the books you read and listen to this summer. In the spirit of our Summer Learning Challenge for our community, you are also invited to log in library-related activities, like downloading a Freegal song, watching a Hoopla movie, taking a class via Lynda or Gale Courses, attending a library program, or participating in the upcoming art installation. You'll be asked to write a short review, but you can set your reviews to be private, if you'd prefer.

Don't know what to read? Why not try an e-book or e-audiobook? OverDrive e-books and audiobooks can be downloaded right from our catalog. Don't have an e-reader? Check one out from Adult Services - they're preloaded with great things to read!

We'll announce a date in September when we'll gather for treats and a drawing for prizes - the more you read and do, the better your chances of winning!
Reviews
Book Title/Activity
Summitt Lake
Author
Charlie Donlea
Review
Good mystery with super characterization. The story involves the murder of a legal student. The author writes in a vary engaging manner.
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Book Title/Activity
Storm Too Soon
Author
Tougias, Michael J.
Review
If you love adventure and sea stories, this is a true thriller. Three men venture in a sailboat and get caught in a terrific storm. This is a real nail biter to see if they are saved.
Genre
Adventure
Rating
Book Title/Activity
When the Sea Turned to Silver
Author
Grace Lin
Review
The third book in the series Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Like the other 2 books, this book is full of Chinese folktales that interconnect to tell a larger story. This was very good, but it was my least favorite of the three.
Genre
Juvenile Fantasy.
Rating
Book Title/Activity
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Author
See, Lisa
Review
Fantastic story of China's ethnic minorities and the tea trade. Great story of the mores of the society and its affect on the main character paralleled with a young adopted Chinese girl struggling with her own heritage.
Genre
HIstorical Fiction
Rating
Book Title/Activity
Need to Know
Author
Karen Cleveland
Review
Got an ARC of this at ALA. It's a very plot-driving story of a CIA worker who finds that her marriage is not what she thought it was. Russia. Spies. I'll say no more. Read it one day, couldn't put it down.
Rating
Book Title/Activity
The Salt Line
Author
Holly Jones Goddard
Review
Got an ARC of this at ALA. It's pretty gripping to read: dystopian future America is overrun by ticks carrying a disease that means nearly instant death. There are safe zones, but rich people pay for excursions beyond "the salt line", where they can see nature and America as it sort of once was. The book is a little choppy due to the shifting narrative perspective, but I certainly couldn't put it down. I believe it'll be officially published in September, so I guess we'll see if anybody agrees with me then ;)
Genre
Sci-fi
Rating
Book Title/Activity
In the Great Green Room: The Brillant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
Author
Amy Gary
Review
I love memoirs and biographies from the first half of the last century, and this one is particularly charming and interesting. Margaret Wise Brown died too young-- she deserved a few more decades. And yet what she was able to accomplish in her short life was incredible.
Rating
Book Title/Activity
Saints for All Occasions
Author
J. Courtney Sullivan
Review
Two sisters leave their failing Irish town in the 1950s and head to Boston. The freedom and new lives they have entered in to leads them to have to deal with an impossible-every-way-you-look-at-it decision. The choice the girls make reverberates throughout the rest of their lives, and impacts nearly every person they know. Good stuff, great summer page turner.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Book Title/Activity
Starry River of the Sky
Author
Grace Lin
Review
The companion book to Where The Mountain Meets the Moon. This book includes Chinese folktales that are interwoven into the larger story of a boy working at an inn while the moon in the sky has gone missing. Gorgeous illuminated illustrations are included in the book. You don't have to read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon to understand the story, but you will pick up on fun details if you have read the first book.
Genre
Juvenile Fantasy
Rating
Book Title/Activity
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Author
C.S. Lewis
Review
Another classic buddy-read with my daughter. Was one of my favorites when I was a kid and its fun to share this with her.
Genre
Children's Classics
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