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Baby, it’s cold outside!

Actually, it’s not. At all.  I’m writing this post a few days in advance, and it’s currently 88 degrees with a heat index of 96.  That’s not cold.

The Library I work at, CLP – Lawrenceville, has closed down early twice this week – we don’t have air conditioning, and when it gets that hot out it’s at least as hot inside.  I’m spending as much time as possible in air-conditioned buildings. I seriously considered buying myself a slip-n-slide while I was out shopping yesterday.  Right now, I’m sitting at the CLP – LYNCS location at the Pittsburgh Public Market (have you been here yet? If not, you should come check it out) and channeling the Wicked Witch of the West: “I’m melting, I’m melting!”

So, how do you beat the heat? One can only eat so many popsicles, and pouring ice water over your head isn’t always practical.  My new theory is that I need to THINK myself cold.  Repeat my new mantra: frigid, freezing, positively polar.  And get into a chilly state of mind with books that are set in cold climates!

Chandler, Kristen. Wolves, Boys and Other Things that Might Kill Me.

KJ Carson lives an outdoor lover’s dream. The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National Park. But when she meets the shaggy-haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self-possession. And she’s not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that they’re assigned to work together on a school newspaper article about the famous wolves of Yellowstone. As KJ spends time with Virgil, she also spends more time getting to know a part of her world that she always took for granted . . . and she begins to see herself and her town in a whole new light.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. The White Darkness.

Sym is not your average teenage girl. She is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears. But Sym’s uncle Victor is even more obsessed-and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves.

Mills, Tricia. Winter Longing.

When Winter’s boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she’s robbed of the future she’d only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer’s presence continues to haunt her. But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can’t change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love?

Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. Winter’s End.

Four teens, determined to escape the tyranny responsible for the deaths of their parents years before, flee their prison-like boarding school pursued by a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, in this award-winning story of courage, individualism, and freedom.

Reiss, Kathryn.  Blackthorn Winter

With her parents on a trial separation, the last thing fifteen-year-old Juliana wants is to be dragged by her mother to an artists’ colony in England. Halfway across the world, Juliana misses her father terribly. But soon she has bigger worries when the sleepy town of Blackthorn is set on its heels by the murder of one of its own. Juliana feels compelled to solve the crime, but she is shocked and frightened when she uncovers clues that have chilling parallels to her own mysterious past. Can she figure out who the murderer is before anyone else–herself included–gets hurt?

Stay cool, everybody!

Karen

CLP – Lawrenceville

3 Responses

  1. Loved Winter’s End!

  2. […] Baby, it's cold outside! « CLPTeensburgh: Carnegie Library of … Baby it's cold outside Posted on July 28, 2011 by bibliokaren. Actually, it's not. At all. I'm writing this post a few days in advance, and it's currently 88 degrees with a heat index of 96. That's not cold. The Library I work at, […]

  3. […] Baby, it's cold outside! « CLPTeensburgh: Carnegie Library of … Baby it's cold outside! Posted on July 28, 2011 by bibliokaren. Actually, it's not. At all. I'm writing this post a few days in advance, and it's currently 88 degrees with a heat index of 96. That's not cold. The Library I work at, CLP – Lawrenceville, […]

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